With all of the stuff happening at my job and the consulting I’m doing, I’ve not had a ton of time for music making. That doesn’t mean I haven’t made some progress, however.
My new record, Farewell Plutonia, is just about done. Originally, I had intended it to be another concept album about, well, something. I’d even toyed with the idea of publishing a short graphic novel with a CD included as the “soundtrack.” Unfortunately, the narrative never fully emerged, so I’ve tabled that idea for the time being. Now I’m looking at doing a fairly small run of CDs, once I figure out the design direction. Obviously, it will also be available at all the digital stores and services. And I’ll probably make some new videos.
I haven’t completely given up on the graphic novel idea, though. In fact, I’m thinking that the next album I make will be inspired by (if not completely based on) the life of Jack Whiteside Parsons — father of American rocket science and flamboyant metaphysician who blowed himself up back in 1952. That seems more suited to the comic format, and the narrative is already there.
In other music news, my friends Timothy and Elizabeth Bracy came over this weekend. Timothy used to be in the Mendoza Line. Some of you probably know them; they released records on Kindercore, Bar None and Misra. Anyway, they got me drunk (or I got myself drunk — it’s hard to remember) and roped me into playing with them at the Black Cat next weekend. Next weekend! That means I have to hurry, hurry, super-scurry to learn the material. But if I’m gonna end my moratorium on live performance, it might as well be with the Fabulous Bracys. As my revenge, I think I’ll force them to make a new record that I’ll produce.