Thursday, September 03, 2009
it's the final countdown
Current mood: satisfied
OK, so there are only HOURS to go now till this record is finished - those of you who follow my twittering will know that we are in the studio right now on the final day of mixing
You will also know that my referring to it as a "record" has been met with derision and scorn by one of my 11-year old daughters, who can just about remember CDs, but really is more comfortable with the idea that music is something you download digitally, one song at a time, then listen to on tiny earphones, often with only one ear in, leaving the other ear free for a phone conversation, and both hands free to carry on adding photos of yourself in your new T-shirt to your facebook page. Sorry, did I get off the point there momentarily?
What you want to know is, when can you hear it, and I wish the answer could be, TONIGHT! RIGHT NOW! HERE IT IS! But I'm not allowed to do that I'm afraid. If I was a free agent I could post little snippets of it up here - but I am, as you might have guessed, still officially signed to a "major label" (I KNOW! How quaint is that?) and as such, the terms of my contract are still enforceable, and so this record is theirs, not mine, until it has been agreed what is to be done with it. I am in negotiations with them. I would like to release it in a different kind of way, but agreement has to be reached all round. So that is why I am not uploading new songs via my twitter page, or just texting it direct to your phone (yes, I do have your number, all of you).
I'm sure it will all be resolved soon enough. In all honesty I suspect we may see Christmas before we see actual copies of this CD
, but that's the way these things work - however it gets released, there will inevitably be a delay now between the finishing of it, and then its release. I'm assuming you do want an actual CD don't you? Or don't you? I suspect you do. You could let me know.
What's it like then? There's 8 new songs by me and 2 covers
(not telling you what yet, partly cos I haven't yet told one of the people whose song I have covered and I think I should tell him first before I tell you - the writer of the other one is, sadly, dead so I can perhaps tell you that there is a cover of a song by Lee Hazlewood).
It's a much more acoustic record than Out Of The Woods
- lots of guitar, and piano, and organ, bit of bass and drums, some strings, not a lot of programming, lots of lovely vocal harmonies. Cortney Tidwell
sings and plays drums on one, Jens Lekman
sings with me on the Lee Hazlewood cover.
A lot of it is quite sad, but that won't surprise any of you. It's my mid-life album, for want of a better description. Let's just say there are more lyrics about middle-aged divorce than about teenage romance.
That's enough now, or I'll end up reviewing my own record for heaven's sake. Five Stars. Album of the Month. Mercury Prize Winner.
You're always proudest of the one you've just finished. Until you start hearing all the things that are wrong, and then you make another one.