With the success of our Kickstarter project to fund a Vinyl Release of "I...the Hare, and You...my Muse" (ITHAYMM) I have accelerated the recording/engineering of the album and the subsequent mastering process. Basically January has seen me complete the same amount of work which would normally take 3 months!
Although I feel great about the finished recordings, especially considering the efficiency in which I was able to nail them, I planned to use the last week in January to master the entire album, and have fallen disappointingly short. The source of my angst is because of the self imposed burden I've erected to deliver the album in a timely manner to the loyal and generous base of supporters I am grateful for. Also, being a perfectionist by nature, and dealing with the slow learning curve involved in the high level of mastering I'm set to perform, the last week in January stung my ambitions and pretty much bummed me out.
After taking a breath, I've realized my greatest task now is to carry on without this ridiculous pressure I have placed on my shoulders, and to do the work with gratitude for the opportunity of mastering an artistic labor of love for a vinyl release!
I have high standards, and when I don't reach them, I beat myself up. If I can just technically achieve the same level of integrity as I've done in the recording process, I should have nothing to worry about, and alternately feel proud to give to the world a purely DIY Vinyl LP cut straight from my soul.
With probably 2 to 3 weeks of work left, another project running concurrent, and a 2 -5 week wait for the manufacturing of the final product, April is the projected release date. And why exactly should I feel any anxiety about that?
I can't wait to share this with the world...see you in SPRING!