This winter has definitely had many ups and downs. I came back from a steady stream of European touring lasting from October – early January and once I had recovered, I found myself feeling a bit lost, which is a weird feeling when you’re finally home. I am excited for a bunch of things coming up later this spring, but in January, I came home to not having a “real-grown-up-job” for the first time. I had taken one too many leaves of absence at my last place of employment (which I completely understood since I was off for a total of 3 months in 2008 and 2 months in 2009 before I even decided to leave in October). I’m unable to hunt for work right now since I have a month tour coming up in June, I’ve declared 2010 a period to focus on myself and music! My last CD “Hearts For Bullets” came out in the fall of 2008, meaning it’s been a year and half since my last release and until January, I hadn’t started working on any new music! I was creatively drained for the year of 2009. I really wasn’t feeling motivated musically, and wanted to take a necessary break while I focussed on my day-job (which was, when I was there, all consuming) and touring instead (I played close to 70 shows last year in Canada, the U.S.A., UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and Greece). I don’t regret any choices I’ve made as of now, and I’m not complaining about my current situation since I’m getting to do this thing I love to do, but I know it will be a bit of a tough time financially but I know I’ll be alright and I’m really looking forward to the future challenges and possibilities!
It’s now mid April, 2010 and I’ve been concentrating on working on demos for the upcoming CD which is still untitled. I’m proud to say that I’m about 8 demos in. Now these “demos” are all in various states of progress, with some being completely finished song structures and all lyrics and vocals and some only the first 1.5 minute loop with rough lyrics in place that I need to further develop, but still, I’m happy and excited where the new stuff will lead me and where production (by none other than the amazing Seb Komor who also produced “Hearts For Bullets”) could take these demos. I admit to myself that getting this far on music this year would have never been possible if I were at my last job since I work on music slow enough as it is
Even though I find the process of creating music incredibly personal, I want to document parts of my journey and share a bit of what’s going on. I think that in order to move forward, it’s important to remember where I came from so, I thought dissecting the songs from Hearts For Bullets would remind me where I was at in my life and help me remember the work that went into the songs. It would also give me a chance to let you into my world a little bit since I sometimes get asked what inspired certain songs, and what they are about and I’ve been bad at posting stuff regularly. It won’t be in any particular order and some songs will have more stories and explanation behind them than others, but I do want to try and post a write up weekly for the 12 tracks on Hearts For Bullets. My first song for this Friday will be the deeply personal and very stompy track: “1000 Transmissions”.. stay tuned.. yes, pun intended 😉