And off it goes!

It’s quiet in the studio. A little too quiet.

Yesterday I uploaded the artwork and the music files to the good folks that will be mastering and pressing the new album which means Keep Your Jazz Hand Strong is one step closer to being released into the world! It also means that the content is officially out of my hands and I can’t make any more changes, so, after weeks of listening to mixes of the songs every day, tweaking the sound and the fine details, I have no more control. No control! Aaargh!!

So now I’m afraid to listen to the tracks because if I hear something I don’t like I won’t be able to do anything about it. It’s time to be Zen, do your work, step back. And freak the heck out.

So, I’m dusting, straightening up the studio, folding and putting away the blanket fort isolation booth, and working on ideas for the first video.

One thing I’m not worried about is the cover, I love it more each time I look at it. For more work by Stephen Gardner, the artist who painted it, check out his Sketch of the Day blog. He’s an amazingly talented artist.

And in all honesty, I’m pretty thrilled with the music too. I had a lot of fun working on this album and I feel like I stayed true to myself by doing what I was inspired to do rather than what I felt I should do to fit in with a specific genre or marketing tract. I hope that comes through when you hear it.

Which will be soon because it’s out the door! Woot!