Today I got an email that, at long last, my cd is on sale at cdbaby! Cdbaby is an online distributor of independent music. You can buy "Catch It When You Can" or download it. You can also write a review. I would love to hear what you think!
In the near future I will be shutting down the paypal portal and let cdbaby take care of sales for me. They will also distribute to other online entities (like iTunes, Amazon, etc.). How cool is that?
So if anyone would like to purchase a cd (Christmas is right around the corner!) click this link:
Cdbaby had me fill in sound-alikes for myself. Sort of a "If you like ______________ you'll like Emily Dunbar!" I said Natalie Merchant, Nanci Griffith & The Dixie Chicks. If you have a better answer, let me know!
Saturday night was my cd-release show. I did two sets with the Emily Dunbar Band: Jay Bayles (bass), John Bonham (drums--seriously, my drummer is named John Bonham!), Robin Harrell (vocals) and Todd Brown (guitar). This basically means, I got a bunch of talented friends together and we had a ball. The Hastings Business Improvement District agreed to sponsor the event, which we held in a new downtown park. My brother in law Gus got some folks who run a taco truck to come sell delicious Mexican food and my friend Angela is friends with icecream man, who set up shop in the parking lot. I did interviews with the Hastings Tribune and our local NBC affiliate--both ran nice stories. I knew we had the making of a good night, but was still nervous about how it would all go.
It could not have been a more perfect night.
It dipped down into the upper 60s. More than 200 people showed up with lawn chairs and filled the park. No trains came by and blew their horns (we were less than a block from the tracks!). People enjoyed the music, food and weather and bought cds.
I've been so thrilled with the response. I've gotten so many nice emails and such great chatter on facebook. Friends of friends are ordering discs through the blog. It has been wonderful.
Well, if you pre-ordered a CD, you should have it by now...or maybe Monday. I started shipping them on Thursday afternoon. Enjoy! And thanks so much for supporting this project. You're encouragement kept me going through the LONG months of getting it done.
Tonight I have my cd-release show in downtown Hastings. There is a little park (Central Park) that is adorable. I'll be playing with a band. There will be food vendors--a taco truck & the icecream man. Paul and my friend Susie will be manning the cd sales table. It's free and open to the public. I'm very curious what the turn out will be. There are posters up all over town. The newspaper ran a story and so did the local news station. It could be big.
As I type, Tom is recording the bass part for Ohio. We have been working like maniacs with amazing results. My brain simply cannot sustain a permanent state of awe, but if it could, it would. I couldn't be happier with how this is going.
We play the basic guitar track to which Tom programs the drums and then he says, "Okay, bass." And then he records the bass. "What next?" he asks. "Manolin?" I say. And so it goes. Once we have all the parts we want, Tom mixes it a bit and then I sing the final vocal track. This process takes a couple of hours for every song.
We are working our way alphabetically through the song list. We did four yesterday. We're on number four today and will do one more.
Exciting development: Tom will send tracks to Peter Lainson so Robin can record harmony vocals at Peter's house in Hastings. We'll send them back to Tom and Robin will be on my CD! Hooray for the internet!
Tom & I got started yesterday around 10:00 and worked until 4:00 or so. We finished the process we had started Wednesday afternoon--recording the basic guitar and vocals for all the songs. I ended up with 13 total, with no guarantee that I will use them all, but this will give me a little choice when we are finished. I even recorded a song that I wrote a couple of days ago.
Recording the guitar is liking being under a microscope. Okay, it's like being in front of a microphone. Why use a metaphor when the literal description is just as accurate? Every little pop, squeak, buzz or string hit not quite right is caught and then played back very loudly. This can make a person sad. But the beauty of Pro Tools is that you can record over the buzzes--punch in, play a clean chord or note, punch out. It's a bit like cheating. However, I'd make the same mistake live and you'd never hear it and it would be no big deal. This is going to be captured for posterity so I'm all for the edits.
We took a break in the evening. I checked email. I read Dracula. Tom was taking his step daughters out for Thai and I tagged along. I am very much looking forward to my leftovers for lunch. We came home and the girls and Cary went to bed. Tom & I headed out to the studio with Thurman and worked for a couple more hours. We worked until I got to that sleepy point where you can't think too critically or form a solid opinion. "Sure" was about all I could muster and we called it a day.
A note about Thurman: Thurman is a gigantic white Golden Doodle. He's like a big sheep. I love this guy. When the girls were at school and Cary was out, Thurman came into the studio with us. He just curled up on the floor and listened. I often asked his opinion of things. I found myself repeating throughout the day, "Well...I'll take your indifference as a yes!" or if my personal answer was no, "I'll take your indifference as a no."
The studio, by the way, is a converted garage just a few steps out the back door. I'll post pics at some point. The interior is entirely wrapped in sari's and other gorgeous materials. There's a bazillion instruments hung on the wall, book shevles, recording equipment, and the futon. No windows. A space heater for winter and a little AC for summer. I have slept the sleep of the dead out there. It's great.
That's all for now.
Paul, if you are reading: Golden Doodle = hypoallergenic
The roads were as bad as supposed. I got to Oklahoma City and had to call it quits. I got a room at a semi-dodgey Super 8, had dinner at 10 pm at the Denny's next door (I was the only customer), got up and had breakfast at Denny's at 10 am, and then got on the road. The first hour of travel was horrible. I could have waited an hour and still got to Dallas in the same amount of time. But around 12:30 the roads cleared and it was smooth sailing to Dallas.
Tom & I got started right away. He opened up a file in Pro Tools (the computer/recording program) for each song we will record. We then recorded the guitar part and scratch vocals for three songs. We'll do that for everything, then come back and add parts (bass, lead guitar, accordion, etc) and then re-record the vocals with all the parts. I have been practicing with a metronome. When I record, I have not just a click-track in my ear, but a drum loop, which makes it much easier.
After the three songs, we went out to dinner. $2 margarita night at Desparado's. Nice. We left it up in the air if we would work again afterwards...but after my travel nightmare and two margaritas I thought I should go to bed! There's a futon in the studio (formerly a garage), and no windows--it's like a tomb. I slept like a rock and am ready to go this morning.
I am sitting at work which is a windowless basement. Even thought I can't SEE it, I know the snow is falling. I know that last night Oklahoma and norhtern Texas got creamed. And as soon as I'm done with my final presentation for my January-Term class I'm driving south through Kansas and OK to Dallas. I'm a little bit worried.
This is the start of my big adventure and the weather is really putting a damper on things.
I'm not crazy, though. I'll see how far I can get and if the roads are bad I'll find a Super 8. And I decided to drive the Odyssey and not the Fit (sorry, Environment!) for the sake of safety and handling in snow.
I will update throughout the week so you can see how it's going. I'm super excited!
In the meantime, here is a song I wrote with the accompanying iMovie. It was project for my Instructional Tools class. If you are a teacher and think this might be helpful to you, please use it. If you just think it is fun and would like to pass it on, feel free.