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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lots Of Coffee

I envy those who can write a song at the drop of a hat. Those who write year-round, no matter where they are. Those who have mastered the art of balancing discipline and inspiration. Those who do justice to the term "song-writer". I think I'm a bit of a higher maintenance song writer. I need peace, quiet, solitude, and blocked-of time periods to write well. Oh - and lots of coffee. I also have come to rely on the tools I have at home to make the process more seamless. I have everything I need in my home studio to produce a great demo, with all the instruments a rock band could require. And things have come up a couple notches since the songs on "Thunder After Lightening" were demoed.

It has become a tradition - or more, a habit - that after finishing an album approximately every 2 years, I put down the ol' pen for months at a time. I believe I went almost a full year after recording "Wide-Eyed" without writing a single song. We (Jason and I) managed to write some of our best stuff for "Ending Is Beginning". But I wonder how much better it could have been had I exercised the muscle of writing more faithfully and regularly. Sure, a guy needs a break, and I thrive on the diversity of what I do for a living, i.e. writing, recording, performing, traveling, etc. Keeps it interesting for sure. But they say an artist lives and dies on their songs, and you wouldn't know it for the amount of time I put into the craft... proportionally speaking.

The crazy thing is that the reason why I take those long breaks is precisely because I take those long breaks. Follow me? The way I've functioned as a song-writer for the past decade is feast and famine - mainly out of necessity. I wait until the record label gives me a deadline, so that our management can block off "writing weeks" on the calendar. Then I gorge myself on writing with every free moment I can muster for 6-8 months. Then, hit the studio, record for a couple months, and come out the other end completely exhausted from the process, not wanting to think about writing again until I absolutely have to. So I/we have kinda cornered myself/ourselves into this endless cycle.

I've always had a tendency towards procrastination, and we've all heard the studies showing how procrastination adds so much stress on life that could easily be avoided by planning ahead, blah blah. (Yet, somehow I manage to remain pretty mellow.) Easier said than done, though, with all the days we spend in a 15-passenger van. Then again, I often write some of my best stuff under pressure! So what's the answer to this conundrum? To each their own? If it ain't broke, don't fix it? Apply for a government bail-out? The deadline for the next album is now in sight, so if any changes are made, they will have to come after the next record is in the can... and after I've recovered from the process again... ugh. You SEE??? (Don't get me wrong. I do love it.) Until then, I'll be writing my little tail off. One bright spot on the horizon this time around is that, thanks to many kind and generous people, we are getting into a bus soon. This could be conducive to on-the-road writing, which would be new territory for me. Yusssss! Here we go!

Your prayers are coveted.

Marc

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

How Many Kings Songs For Christmas

How cool is this? Today we release our very first Christmas album. This is also the first album we fully self produced.

You may be wondering what kind of arrangement of these songs you can be expecting. Well of course we have some fun as you'll hear in Good King and We Wish You and 5 Golden Rings. Jeremy has a short solo, a vocal solo that is. Jason's dog makes a brief appearance. This is the second album in a row for us with trombone on it. (That's odd.) I (Glenn) use a Juno award for percussion, as well as a mixer.

You'll also hear songs of praise and songs of reverence to our new born savior. Songs like Silent Night, Glory To God and What Child Is This. Marc also sings in his native French for the first time on this album.

We added some strings to the original version of How Many Kings to update that one a little. Then we thought it would be cool to "cover" our own song. So we recorded a completely different version of How Many Kings with Jason singing. New harmonies new ideas but still the same song. I think it turned out very cool.

So there's a brief preview for those of you who haven't heard it and for those of you who have now you have something to listen for!

To order now you can click here and we'll send you one or you can click here and download it from itunes. If you have the time there are a couple things you could do to help spread the word.
1. Add you review to whatever site you picked it up from.
2. Review it on your Facebook page
3. Let your friends know you just bought the album by updating your Facebook/Twitter status and give them a link to do so too!

Below are a few links to articles and reviews about the new album.
CMSpin.com
Titletrakk.com
NewReleaseTuesday.com

Article about the title track How Many Kings

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