This past week I’ve been listening to early mixes of 2 different records I have coming out. 1 of them is the new Rad Hos 7″. We recorded it about a week ago, with Rick playing bass and Brandon playing drums. I wasn’t happy with the vocals and Rick wasn’t happy with the guitars and so we went in and re-recorded those things the other day and it sounds way better! It’s sounding really good, super new wave-y which I’m loving. Plus I haven’t even gotten the other 2 tracks back for it yet which are more stripped down. The other record is the new Strawberry Heritage LP. Strawb’itage is a band that I’ve been playing drums with for about a year, and the record John made is a beautiful lush country folk record. The only real constants in the band is John singin’ and guitarin’ and me drummin’ and singin’, so it was really nice to have a bunch of people come in and play and fill the songs up nice and pretty.
I feel incredibly lucky to be able to make music that I really love on a regular basis. I have been able to play many different styles of music, with the one constant being it’s super fun music that I am passionate about and believe in. Making music that you care about is so important. If you are doing that then you are untouchable. No one can tell you it’s bad or it’s wrong or it could be better because it’s yours, not theirs. if you are making records and playing songs that mean something to you, then everything else is just extra. If you can make money playing music, more power to you. If you are TRYING to make money playing music, then you are a fool. Go learn a trade, become a plumber or something. You will make more money and your job will probably be more secure. Music and art are creative endeavors and if you have anything less than the purest intentions, any desire other than to make art that means something to you, then just quit.
Rant over. Stay tuned for these new records, both are hopefully coming out before summer’s end! Strawb’itage sooner than Rad Hos.