Progress

It's been a lot longer for me to post an update then usual, I've been very busy with the new songs and also some traveling (post picture is from a recent trip to Los Angeles). One of my new songs is being mixed right now and I expect it will be released in the next month or two. I'm collaborating with a music company in London, so it's on their timeline. Excited to share it soon!

The other four songs are in various stages of completion. One is ready for mixing, another almost ready and the other two are probably a month behind. For all five songs I worked with incredible musicians to help liven up the songs, so it's not just me on everything. Tim Lefebvre is on bass (as always!), Gary Novak is on drums, Tori Elliott is on backing vocals/harmonies, Liam Howland is on lead guitar on a couple of the songs, and for the first time I worked with a talented keyboardist in Italy for three of the songs and a great percussionist for one of the songs.

At this point I am fine tuning the vocals, and I don't mean actually tuning them, but listening closely for lines, phrases or notes that just don't seem to fit with the rest of the song. I take note of those, then when I have a spare hour I record new parts to see if I can improve them. I'm also listening for instruments stepping on each other, or even for instruments that maybe should be there but aren't. At this stage I do a lot of muting tracks to see if the song sounds better with or without them, only keeping the ones that help. 

I thought that focusing on five songs instead of ten would be less time consuming…turns out it is not! However, I'm able to focus more on those five songs and I think the end result will be the best I've done so far. I'm already thinking of what to do next time as I've learned a lot this year. I've made a promise to myself to not start any new songs until these five are done though, so just practicing a bit here and there. One thing is for sure, next time I will try starting a song and sticking with that song until it's done, rather then start a bunch and work on them all for months. We'll see how that goes, it's not something I've tried to do before!