Wow this journal thing has been collecting dust for a while now...  Tomorrow is a day I have been looking forward to for a while now.  Opening day for the studio!  Which studio?  THE STUDIO!  The studio at which I will be recording my next album!

I don't think it has a name.

But two people who might be even more excited than I am about tomorrow are Bruce Spencer and Mark Harmon who built the studio...with their bare hands!...., the product of close to a year of hard work.  I knew Bruce and Mark when I was a little kid and then didn't see them again until very recently when they very graciously offered to record my next album for me as the kick off project for their studio and the label that they're going to be forming in conjunction with it.  The label actually has a name and that name is Blue Limit.  Maybe they'll let me name the studio.  We shall see...

Most importantly it marks in many ways the restarting of my "career".  I've kind of been at a bit of a standstill for the last....oh I don't know....period of time.  My last (and first) album came out over two years ago.  I don't currently have a band to rehearse with.  I'm doing some solo gigs here and there but not really seeing a whole lot of growth in that area either.  It's been a frustrating period, but what's been maybe hardest of all has been the fact that I have this pile of songs that I've been sitting on that just keeps growing and growing and I haven't had much of an outlet through which to share them.  I mean performing acoustically is great and has it's own charm to it and is definitely something I really enjoy doing, but when I really think of where my songs are ever going to be best represented it's in the studio where I truly have a limitless palette to work with.  Starting this new album is going to be amazing, for me at least.  I really want to make something great!  That's not an arrogant or pretentious statement; I just want this next album--or anything I put out for that matter--to be my best work.  Anyway....the actual starting of the album may still be a few weeks away, but this grand opening of the studio that's happening tomorrow (or today actually...look at the time!) is a big milestone that sort of marks the start of this whole process.  It's just been way too long since I've worked on any sort of recording project (besides one song that I actually already finished for the album over the past year....more on this later).  I almost feel malnourished or something, like I haven't eaten anything nutritious in a long long time or like a vampire who hasn't tasted blood in many nights....okay now it's sounding a bit weird....but I think you get the gist of what I'm saying.  Or maybe not.  I'm just excited!

In the meantime, I am still playing shows and just trying to improve on everything and anything that has to do with this music passion of mine which I so audaciously hope to make a living off of some day.  I've been breaking out the old electric guitar more lately and trying to get more into that.  I actually sequenced all the Beatles tracks I have on my iTunes onto one playlist and put them all, bootlegs and released stuff alike, in the order that they were recorded and have just been listening to them in succession.  There aren't a whole lot of artists out there worth doing that for, but the Beatles are definitely one of them.  I'm actually in the beginning stages of planning my first ever tour for the beginning of next year once recording is finished.  It will probably just be a California tour and I'm thinking I might just hit colleges.  If you go to college in California and would like to have me perform, please let me know and put me in touch with whoever it is that runs that sort of thing at your school!

That's it for now.  I'm going to try to start updating this thing more often.  I always say that, but I'll definitely give it a shot.  I'd love to hear from anyone who reads this, any thoughts, or questions, or comments, or anything....just something to let me know people are reading!  Talk to you later.

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