So I have been very absent on the blog in the last six months, and so much has happened. So it begs the question, where do I start, or to quote Shirley, "Where do I begin?"
I guess I will start with the studio. It is moving along, not as well as I had hoped, but I kinda think that is how these things always go. You shoot for a ambitious goal, and then if you get close to that, you are happy. Inevitably, things go wrong, your timeline extends, and your budget goes haywire and that puts you behind. So, the one year anniversary of our purchase has come and gone (in September), and we are still alive and even renting out the apartments.
As for the actual studio space on the ground floor, we have made big strides, but so much left to do. It is hard to really put something of this scope into perspective at the beginning, or even during, but I feel like most of the daunting, overwhelming parts are almost behind us (I'm sure I am gonna pay for saying that...). The front of the building was ripped off on the 12th of September and construction of the new facade begin shortly thereafter. BTW, I was out of town when this happened, fun! A little over a month later we had a lot of the framing done and it was starting to look like a building again. As a matter of fact, yesterday afternoon, the windows arrived and started to get installed. Oh yeah, me? Out of town again. I guess the short version is, we are getting there. Still lots to do, but the "ball is rolling".
Next item is in regards to my dear friend, partner in recording and creating, drinking buddy Shae. He is currently getting his ducks in a row and is planning on moving to sunny San Diego. It goes without saying that he will be missed more than I can say. I know our paths will continue to cross indefinitely, and I am sure we will continue to record together. His musical presence will certainly be missed in St. Louis.
Recordings that were finished up in the last few months or so include the full length effort from Jason and the Beast as well as the full length debut from the Jovian Chorus. The latter is available at thejovianchorus.bandcamp.com As for the Beast, he plans on releasing the record in the next few months possibly paired with a graphic novel. Keep your eyes peeled! Also released recently was an EP by Sleepy Kitty. Production of one song was done with Shae and I over the last part of the summer. Give it a listen for sure! Jon Hardy & the Public came by to do some mixing on some recordings done with Jason McEntire at Sawhorse Studios in early October. Look for those in the coming months. Lots of other things on the horizon that I can't wait to share, so check back sometime soon for more details.
Pics of building and more updates coming soon.