Quick Blue Tattoo Update

For the seven of you that care…here’s how the Blue Tattoo record is coming along.


  • My guitars have been re-recorded.
  • Should be finishing my vocals tomorrow.
  • Mixing/Mastering tomorrow night.  (That sounds harder than it is.  I’ve been doing a lot of the mixing as I’ve been going along, so it’s really just the master and any fixes that need to be done…which is still a long process, but not as bad as doing the whole thing.)
  • I hope to hand the guys a semi-final mix on Tuesday.
  • We’re rehearsing as a full band again…so that’s cool.
  • We’re going to thoroughly discuss the cover on Tuesday.  We know what the picture on it is going to be…but we’ve got to debate format.  Digipak, Jewel Case, etcetcetc…  Also, are we doing a full booklet or just a one-page thing?  (I’m pushing for booklet, personally.)
  • Gonna have to get some gigs on the calendar.  So if you know anyone looking for a band, let me know.


…and that’s pretty much how it’s going.  I’m re-vamping how I’m doing some of my guitar rig after the recent unpleasantness…but that’s not quite “built” yet…so I’m not going to talk too much about it.  Most of you wouldn’t want to hear it anyway.  🙂


Okay.  I’m going to bed.  It’s f***ing 3 a.m. and I’ve got to go to work in a bit.  Lousy insomnia.  I’ve tried to sleep THREE times so far tonight…hopefully the fourth time’s the charm.


Current Reading:

  • “Housekeeping” by Marilynne Robinson.  I mentioned this a couple of days ago.  At that point, I wasn’t particularly taken with it, but now I’ve figured out what Robinson did with it.  The first 8-9 chapters are interesting, but they aren’t really the story.  There are some important details in there…but the actual STORY is only in the last two or three chapters, once you’ve finally been told who the main two characters are going to be.  It’s really well done.  Going to finish it tomorrow and I’ll let you know if the ending lives up to the build.  (For the record, yes, I’ve been reading this SLOWLY.  I’m usually a much faster reader, but her writing is so fluid and weighty that a slow read is almost inevitable.  I mean, I guess you COULD blow through it in an evening—it’s only about 220 pages—but you’d miss a lot of eloquence that way.)

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