Obviously I haven’t been posting much lately, but not for a lack of things to write about. Quite the opposite. September seemed like an entire year in itself without two spare seconds for me to rub together. Here’s why:
Down with the Sickness
…and being sick is not one of those things. Being sick Really Truly sucks. Everyone knows this. Whatever I had hung on for a solid week and a half of misery, another week and a half of discomfort, and now (one MONTH to the day) it still manages to annoy. I’m sure there are worse things than being labeled as a ‘walking snot factory’ but I’m just hoping it won’t affect my vocals on…
Right. Drums are done. Basslines are half finished. The goal was to have all basslines done this week, Guitar and Vocals done around Oct 20th, and a final rough mix by Halloween. Like I said: Right.
Some guys go bowling, some get together to watch ‘the game’, some play poker, but there We were, meeting on Tuesdays after work: recording, arranging, cutting, pasting, looping, and critiquing, punctuated by the inevitable Windows reboot. We also listened to bands from Lamb of God to Blondie, From Motorhead to Ray (not to mention all the Ray Remixes).
For well over a year; just some guys who might just as well have been playing Dungeons and Dragons. In all this time, it never once felt like a band. Until last Tuesday. Strangely, we didn’t get much recorded that night, just some rough tracks to use as placeholders. But last Tuesday we got several things done which made it seem like we were finally a real band.
We decided on a name: Jagged Spiral. We also registered www.jaggedspiral.com and picked up a myspace page. Who doesn’t have a myspace page? Even God has one, and He even decided to be one of our friends. Hmm… Just don’t expect too much content, we’re focusing on recording. Plenty of time for marketing later.
The Demonslayer’s Handbook
Every day this manuscript isn’t finished kills me a little more. But I’ve learned that it writes itself, and every time I put a date on it, it stops writing itself just so it can show me that I don’t have total control over it. It can’t be finished soon enough.
More to come.