Sheesh, Joe. I can’t believe I never replied to that heartfelt blog of almost a year ago. There you were, laying yourself open…countless tedious hours of writing, practicing, working out parts, laying down tracks…and now you were finally letting someone else hear them.
And my reaction was underwhelming.
I must confess to being a bit disappointed that night. We were going to start laying down some vocals on top of those tracks, and I remember not really feeling it…..and I guess I wasn’t too good at concealing it.
But looking back, I think I was expecting something more finished and polished. You had me spoiled. By the time I came in to do vocals on “Gathering Change”, you had pretty solid and complete mixes that I was singing to. This second batch of songs started from scratch, and they weren’t as far along back in January.
They came together for me when we went out to your car a couple of months ago to listen to the results of your first mixing sessions with Fish. I was very excited by what I heard. I think, like you, they began to really feel like songs to me that night. What a great feeling.
Truth is, you spend all that time and effort, and you never really know how people are going to respond. It’s downright scary putting yourself on the line like that. But that’s what being an artist is all about, right?