Working on the Big Concert
My, how the days fly by.
It feels like I just announced another performance of Goodbye Planet Earth LIVE yesterday, but nearly every day since then I’ve been holed up in my Composition Lab going over the technical gymnastics that make that show happen. Audio/video sync, live looping, practicing song transitions that sometimes overlap each other with less than a second’s gap. As excited as I am to do these shows this spring, it’s a hell of a lot more work than I remembered.
But hey, that’s fine with me.
I don’t know how you work, but when I’ve got a clear picture in my head of what the final project is supposed to look/sound like, it makes the hard work seem trivial. The hours and days and even weeks just seem to vanish as I tweak audio settings, hurl obscenities at Premiere, and so on. It’s a good thing I’ve got a schedule for myself, or I’d probably forget to eat.
Did you know I dropped about ten pounds when I recorded Goodbye Planet Earth in the first place? Same story… I locked myself in my room and only emerged when my stomach or my bladder were on fire. For three months. It was nuts, but it produced an album that’s still my best seller, even 8 years later.
In a way, I wish I could exist like this all the time, don’t you? Not with the starvation, mind you, but with such a clear direction and focus that everything else just blurs into bokeh. You’re left with a singular purpose, at least until the job’s done. To be honest, I’ve been feeling adrift these last few years, trying to figure out where to go next.
And while a full-album performance of an older album isn’t exactly paving the road to the future, it’s given me something to look forward to in a way that the blank page of a lyric notebook just doesn’t. I know a wind will grab my sails sooner or later, but until then I’m all kinds of excited to be working on GPE again. And I’m excited I finally get to share it with another audience after 4 years.
I’m even excited to just do the whole thing without the Hitchhiker’s Guide projected behind us at Furry Fiesta next month. If we can pull off a 70-minute nonstop album performance with the help of the amazing sound and light crew at that con, it’ll be something spectacular.
So I guess this isn’t much of a news update, just my enthusiasm bubbling over a bit. I hope you’ve got something that’s been driving you this way lately, whether it’s a work project or something going on at home!