Hello, good morning, good Thursday, and welcome One and All to my weekly blog post!
Yes, that’s an exclamation point at the end of that very first sentence. It may be in poor taste, but I feel enthusiastic this morning, for reasons on which I’ll elaborate below, and I need to make the most of such times when I can, because they’re unreliable and comparatively infrequent.
First and still foremost, of course, the final edit of Unanimity is going well. I’ve already finished “Part 1” of the book—about a quarter of the way through—and I’m moving along quickly. Obviously, that’s exciting for me, and I hope there are those out there for whom it’s likewise exciting. It’s been a looooong time coming, this mega-novel, and with only minor breaks it’s been the only fiction I’ve worked on for well over a year, if memory serves.
I won’t say that I’m getting tired of it—I don’t easily get tired of my own stories, that’s one of my few areas of unapologetic narcissism. However, I do still get impatient for my stories to be finished and out there in the world wreaking whatever havoc they are capable of wreaking. This particular novel is obviously not going to be available for purchase any time in June, and probably not in July (though that’s not entirely impossible), but I suspect that, barring the unforeseen, it will be released by end of the summer at the latest.
Speaking of releases: I am absurdly pleased to announce that I have just released my first commercial single. It’s my song “Like and Share”, which lost its quotation marks in the release process, I’m not sure how. Oh, well, though they were deliberate, their lack doesn’t seriously change the message, which is sort of a lament about one of the darker aspects of social media.
I’ve taken the “video” off YouTube because it seemed kind of silly to compete with a free* version of myself. The single is in the process of being released on many worldwide venues and will even be available as a purchasable CD single on Amazon, if anyone uses such things anymore. It’s currently available for your listening pleasure—I think it will be pleasure, I’ve gotten quite good reviews from listeners—on Apple/iTunes and on Spotify. Other venues will follow. Here are the links:
Apple music: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1518756570
Spotify URL: https://open.spotify.com/album/1pw3cSfHBysZu5ZyfIvJn1
Spotify URI: spotify:album:1pw3cSfHBysZu5ZyfIvJn1
I’m not sure what the character of that last link is or how specifically it works. It doesn’t look like a typical URL, and of course it has a different acronym designation. Perhaps it’s used in the Spotify app, which I do have on my smartphone, but on which I have NOT yet listened to my own song.
Don’t be too impressed by my restraint. I used the web player on the desktop computer to listen to it as soon as I saw that it was available. You cannot expect a kid not to eat chocolate eggs on Easter morning when they’re all just sitting there in his basket!
I’ve used my Iterations of Zero symbol, or icon, whatever the term might be, as the art for this single, and it will likely be the look of the final album (and probably the name also) when it’s released in the end. It was a toss-up between Like and Share and Schrodinger’s Head for which song to release first, but the former got more votes in my small poll, so I chose it. It’s certainly the most topical song that I’ve done.
So, anyway, I’m excited about this. It’s not as monumental as having my books out and published, but it is very cool, nevertheless, and all the more so because it’s me doing something I hadn’t ever done before. I mean, I’ve only really been playing electric guitar for a short time, and I’ve definitely not been arranging, recording, producing, mixing, etc., my music before the last year-ish. So, it’s a nice feeling to have accomplished it, and of course I’m going to be releasing more, and am in the process of writing a few more songs as well.
For all my difficulties with depression, dysthymia, self-hatred and so on, one big strength I have is, I never assume or even suspect that a thing isn’t doable**. I figure, if other people can do something, then with enough work, I can do that thing. Throughout my life, whenever I’ve become enamored of some form of expression—music, poetry, books, comic books, science, math, medicine, etc.—I’ve always just automatically felt that I wanted to try doing my version of it.
Remember, there’s nothing magical about other people that isn’t also magical about you. Obviously, innate gifts vary somewhat from person to person, but as Albert Einstein is reported to have said, every human being is a genius. I think, sometimes, that’s what frustrates me about people the most: I know how much potential every person out there actually has, and it’s so infuriating to see the way it’s used and not used. But it’s not my place to tell other people how to run their own lives. It’s not like I’ve been uniquely impressive at running my own.
Anyway, that’s my exciting bit of news, which is good to have amidst all the far-from-exciting*** madness filling traditional and social media lately. Perhaps listening to the song will give you a bit of ease from the stress out there. I hope so, for though it’s not exactly a happy song—it deals with troubling things—it has a nice melody.
I’ll release Schrodinger’s Head next, don’t worry; that’s more upbeat and kind of funny. But that won’t be for a little while yet. I hope you all are feeling and doing as well as you possibly can. Thank you for reading and, hopefully, for listening.
*A bargain even at twice the price!
**Unless there’s some physical limitation…I will never play professional basketball, for instance, and I am unlikely ever to fly under my own power.
***I suppose, from a certain point of view, some of it could be considered “exciting”, but only in the same sense that all catastrophes tend to arouse our fight or flight centers.