It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since the official online release of my first little EP.
The perfectly colored birthday cake that happened to be at the grocery store the night of my CD release concert last year.
It is perhaps even harder to imagine that it was a few years ago I was so scared that I was only barely able to mumble to a room full of people that I even wanted to make a CD! Now it’s like, “Oh, no big deal, I’ve got boxes and boxes of them in my studio room!”
But an anniversary like today is a good reason to slow down, recognize and remember that it really was a big deal. My Rubicon Year in Austin was one of enormous growth, sacrifice, and learning. All those lessons I got are still with me today. The lessons are maybe a little less tangible than those boxes full of round plastic discs, but have such impact on my day to day life!
Also, I truly am grateful to have all those plastic discs. I know the world is going the way of digital clouds and all that, but right now, CDs are still a currency - something to trade and gift and sell. Something that shows a legitimacy, professionalism, a dedication, an overcoming of obstacles, a devotion to craft to make the recording and packaging happen. I’ve had shows where selling one meant I got to have dinner or put money in the gas tank without taking anything out of my bank account. I’m proud of that!
I’m also proud and excited for my new website design! Learning to be both patient and imperfect with your living and growing and learning and integrating process sometimes means not having a major website update till a year after your record comes out, instead of at the same time. That can happen with the next album! :)
There is one really important link up at the top there I’d like to point out to you above all others and that is the one that says “Thanks”. When I was making the packaging, there just wasn’t space to thank all the amazing people who made it happen, and my compromise at the time was to have a sentence saying that extended thanks were on my website. Until a couple days ago, those extended thanks were sitting in a Google Docs file (one that I actually created, for the most part, months in advance of even recording!!), and now they are up for all the world to see! I’m thinking that in this point in my career, chances are high that if you are taking the time to read this, your name is in there. If you’re reading this and it’s not there, my apologies and deep gratitude go to you for being here now!
(Also if you’re reading this and your name isn’t in the Thanks section, there’s a chance you may not have my album yet? ;-) AKA obligatory commercial break!
Here are a few options if you’d like to change that:
iTunes. You know what that is.
Bandcamp. This is where you can download or get the actual disc, and I fulfill the orders myself, so that means I can sign it for you and add an anchor sticker to the package!
CD Baby. You can also download or get the disc here, along with all sorts of other great CDs by amazing Indie artists.
Oh, and you can stream the full album over on Bandcamp, or also on Spotify if you wish!)
So yes! Much joy and love and gratitude and celebration today!
Before the end of the month I will cook up a little give-away type celebration, it’s still half-baked in my head at the moment, so stay tuned!