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February 2nd 2010
I hope you are all well.
We are already a month into the new year....pretty hard to believe. I feel like it was just yesterday when I was back home for the Holidays. The truth is, I have been down in Orlando putting together AB 3 for the last month. Things are moving along nicely. We are still in the middle of Preproduction with Elvis (our producer). He is bringing out the best in us like he always does. I think I will stop calling him Elvis and start referring to him as George.......as in George Martin (the 5th Beatle).
For those of you who don't know what the term "preproduction" means, I won't bore you with the gory details. I will say it is the most crucial part of making a record (other than writing the songs). It basically consists of sitting with the producer and making sure that the song's arrangements are solid. Does this verse need a different kick pattern? Does this riff have a smooth enough transition into that bridge? yada yada yada.
If one were to hear what we have completed thus far they might be led to believe that this is going to be a dark and heavy record...I am going to hold off on committing to that set of adjectives until the record is done and let you decide. How many times do you hear a musician (especially a Rock Musician) say "Dude, this record is gonna be the heaviest record of our career!" It gets kind of predictable. How refreshing would it be to hear a Rock artist describe his or her next record as "a collection of easy to digest radio singles that will please everyone from Soccer Moms to ABBA fans." Not that being a Soccer Mom is a bad thing......and I love ABBA!!!!! Who doesn't?
So what is happening with my Solo album? I'm trying to juggle my schedule so I can lay down the rest of my vocals and solos. Speaking of solos, yesterday Slash was kind enough to add some of his guitar genius to one of my tunes. As always, he knocked it out of the park! They don't call him one of the best guitarists of all time for nothing. I can't wait until you hear it.
I am still trying to figure out the best time to release my record. I have been inspired by those of you who have expressed that you are looking forward to it. It makes me happy to know that someone other than my Wife and dog will give it a listen.
I really do miss seeing all of you.....trust me, in the coming months I will return from the creative womb....back to a stage near you.
all the best
December 7th 2009
Last Wednesday night I packed up and said goodbye to my new friends at Cider Mountain Recorders. It was probably one of the best studio experiences I've had in my career. The basic tracks for my record are done, I just have to finish vocals and move on to Mixing and Mastering and we are off to the races. Everything is sounding great so far.
Yesterday I was on a plane making the journey from the Pacific Northwest back to Florida.
Tonight Mark and I continued working on AB 3 by putting some new tunes together. Very exciting stuff.
The last couple of days have been busy.....but I'm not complaining.
All the best
November 14th 2009
I just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive:) I realize that I have been pretty quiet lately.
I have been locked away working on my record. There don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. It's been an amazing experience. I'm working with some great people. I'll go into more detail at a later date.
Speaking of great experiences, as some of you know, I recently had the opportunity to write a song and record with Slash. To say it was an honor would be an understatement. Especially considering that his body of work has been integral in my musical evolution.
The day after I finish tracking my record, I will fly to Florida to finish AB 3.
It might be a while before I can get back to my keeping up with myspace messages etc. I figured you would all appreciate me investing my time in some new music as opposed to myspace. Thanks for your patience.
All the best
December 5th 2008
Today was supposed to be a day off. Little did we know that when we left Bilbao last evening it would be a 16 hour bus ride to our next destination. By the time we arrived in Brussels it was already dinner time and I thought the day was lost.
November 29 2008
"That was awesome. Definitely made my day. It really blows my mind that so many people took the time to do that.”
(Myles on all his birthday wishes you sent him)