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For the past six weeks, I’ve been writing about the six tracks from my 2015 release Contest Winner EP, the only recording of my original songs I’ve ever released. I’ve released several other albums and singles, but I’ve written a lot of other songs that I have not recorded. Indeed, I plan on doing some simple cellphone videos of some of those unreleased tunes for subscribers in the coming weeks.
One reason I have not written another album is because I hit a songwriting drought somewhere around 2015. Sitting down and writing songs is difficult and time-consuming, and while I love it, my schedule grew increasingly hectic around that time. I began teaching very late nights at a local technical college (I could only keep it up for a year—even I can’t work that much), and the Artsville Songwriting Competition, which gave me the incentive to write regularly, folded.
Still, I have managed to write a few more tunes in the intervening years—maybe not enough for a proper album, but certainly enough for another EP. But that leads to the other reason I have not released a second album: the recording process is tedious and expensive.
It is also super fun, despite the long hours and late nights in the studio.
Today, I’m going to give a brief overview of the recording process, way back in 2014 (yep, it took me over a year before I finally released the album).