I know I’m about a week late on giving an update for March, but it’s been a busy week! First off, my basement / man cave / rock grotto finally got carpeted. It’s just about as complete as could be without doing some final touch-ups here and there (video forthcoming). I’m really proud of it since I designed and built most of it myself, and it’s a relief to finally have a room that feels new and finished where I can play music.
As for the album, it remains nameless. However, I’ve finalized the track listing and most of the musical writing work. I have 13 songs that I feel good about putting on the album. They all feel different and it makes me hopeful that someone listening to the album front to back won’t find too many similarities between songs. I was up to 14 songs at one point, but I sacrified a song that was coming off as too angry. Since last month, new songs have emerged to take the places of previous, weaker songs. There are a couple songs in particular that I feel are really strong. I’m trying to make an impression here!
My goal for the next month is to finish all of the lyrical work. There are a couple songs that still need to be refined, and some that are missing whole verses completely. I also thought about doing videos of just random parts of the process, but I don’t want to seem like I’m stroking my own ego. I want to connect with more people, but I’m not sure how to do it without coming off as self-centered. All I want is to make music and spread it around, but good intentions can easily get lost on the internet.
Let me know if you have any suggestions. How can I reach more people? Youtube is a big untapped resource, but my aforementioned concerns make me doubtful. I’ve also thought about a website, but I don’t even have enough fans on facebook (facebook.com/theryangilkay) to justify spending money to host a site. Any thoughts tumblr people? Peace!