This is the week we're getting serious about doing final recordings of the band's songs. My husband and our guitarist have spent the last two days on marathon recording sessions that will probably encompass nine songs by the time we're through.
I've been singing about two songs a night, but I think I'll do much better to record over the weekend in the daytime when I'm fresher. It takes an enormous amount of energy to sing heavy metal and I just don't have the endurance I need at 8:00 p.m. after a long day of work.
I'm still behind on lyric writing. I have one song to rewrite, one new verse to write for another song, and a third song that needs verses and a bridge. If my weekend is as open as I expect it to be, I should be able to get them all finished.
Even though we frame it as "recording a CD," I think the physical CD portion of the project will end up being less important than electronic distribution. The web has opened up avenues for distribution that could allow a band's work to spread worldwide without the players ever needing to play live or produce tangible media. That's not necessarily our goal, but I'm interested in exploring the Net options as much as possible.
Now I just need to enlist a graphic designer to create a logo and some artwork we can use for our website, MySpace, etc. I'm considering engaging an illustrator to do comic book-style renderings of the band members that will look more or less like us only much cooler. I have an artist in mind, but I need to get in touch with him and see if I can afford him.
I'm really excited about how our songs are shaping up. I'll be sure and post a link to the band site as soon as we have something to share. The countdown to non-anonymity has begun...