After a busy schooling year, we are enjoying the vacation, but still spend 1 hour daily with the band activity.
Here is some of the action happening this summer.
1. Our first album
We have finished, more or less, the composing and arranging work on 10 songs. We even played three of these songs live on our recent shows – here are two songs at the Costa Mesa show:
But we got stuck with the recording process. No good recording equipment, no mixing tools, no experience, not enough time.
These are great songs, we like them and we think they are definitely original. No catchy tunes, no hypnotic dancing rhythms, no extreme power – but still there is a lot of substance in each of the ten songs. The problem is we don’t like how they sound on record. There is a lot which is lost or changed, or it sounds too muddy, or not loud enough, or the sounds are different… Really painful.
Anyway, we keep working on this. Cannot release it the way it is right now, but one of these days we’ll get it done somehow. Our first album is almost here.
2. The “History of Rock” cd
We have gathered some of our covers, which reflect the rock music timeline, on a cd, and got ready to release it. We had put a lot of work into this project, besides the previous effort of learning and recording these 14 songs, now we have spent time to re-record or re-mix some of them. Then we announced the release on facebook… But on the very last moment we found out that we actually need a license for doing this. Playing covers and distributing them cost money. In order to release this cd physically or on downloading sites, we would have to pay about $500, for the start. It doesn’t make sense, we don’t expect to sell anything.
So that’s it, no more covers from now on. Sorry.
The one hundred copies of this cd will stay in our storage as a reminder of a fruitless effort.
3. Live Shows
We are being quite busy this summer with playing live. Already made it to
- San Diego Fair, on June 14
Here we have played for 1 hr, 15 songs as History of Rock show. Audience: about 200
- Costa Mesa Fair, on July 17
Same as in San Diego. History of Rock show. Audience: about 200.
This was probably our best live show so far. The stage manager was impressed and already invited us to play at the next year fair. The start, Purple-Haze, Du-Riechst:
- “Across the Street” at Mueller College, San Diego, on Sept. 13th.
More about this show: https://childrenmedievalband.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/across-the-street/
- Mira Mesa Fair & USACD Convention (Palm Springs) on Sept. 20th
More info about these two shows: https://childrenmedievalband.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/playing-out-all-day-and-most-of-the-night/
- Escondido Faire on Oct. 19th. More…
That’s about it. Thanks for reading this post.