Hope everyone’s 2012 is starting out right! Mine has been pretty good so far. First off, WVU destroyed Clemson in the Orange Bowl and we’ve been having a lot of fun over at The Smoking Musket. I love writing over there! I’ve written at other people’s websites before, but never been able to stick around and find my place. This is one I’ve stuck out even though I felt like quitting a few times. It’s tough because I’ve had so much on my plate with the CD, the house (as always), and in general I’ve been rudderless about what direction I wanted to pursue. One of my favorite movies is a documentary about Robert McNamara called The Fog Of War. Which refers to being able to see past what’s in front of you to gauge the big picture. Or in McNamara’s case, seeing past the big picture to see what’s really happening. It doesn’t always work, but I try to keep this in mind before making decisions. David Hackworth talks about this extensively in his book, About Face. My favorite part paraphrased, “…despite the pile of wounded men I had I could also sense that my enemy was on the verge of breaking. We came too far for me to call for retreat. I owed it to my men after all the sacrifices they made on that night to finish what we started.” Moments later, they took the hill. I’m starting to see and experience the rewards of sticking it out and I’m really glad I did.
I’ve found that putting out a CD has it’s ups and downs. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It’s been the most fabulous experience. Mainly because there’s real results that mean something to me. There’s also a let down when you realize nothing you do is going to go viral and sweep the world. It’s selfish. You pour yourself into something over two years, but it’s not obvious to anyone else but you. I don’t expect people to fall all over themselves about the CD. I guess you’re just hoping to be surprised by something someone says or does. But believe me, if you have said anything nice to me about the CD or a song, it was very much appreciated. And of course, the writing continues for the next CD. There’s also a new show in the near future at the Adelphia with the Colten Settle Band. I’ll get a separate post up about this in the near future. Just wanted to put out a quick plug.
If you’ll allow me, I want to plug a couple sites. First, Your City Wing Man. I like the idea that someone would put the effort into making all the entertainment options in your town available. Their just getting on their feet, so if you would like for your venue to get some free exposure you should send your rss feed. Next, look here for concert tickets. I like that there are so many online options to purchase tickets to events. Hopefully it will eventually drive prices down and make the things we enjoy more accessible. You have to do your homework and make sure you’re buying from a legitimate business. Lava Tickets (linked above) seems to be okay. I saw one complaint about a guy that missed a football game because he didn’t know what time the game was. THAT’S ON YOU FOOTBALL FAN. I encourage everyone to do their own research before buying anything on line, though.
In a couple hours, another step will be taken towards finishing the attic. It’s such a cool space. I can’t wait to get it finished. Hopefully I can do that in time to start recording the next CD in that space. That’s the plan, and I’m sticking too it.