Hello. I have my head above water, but I’m not out of the woods yet. Mixing my metaphors. Last I wrote, I was struggling with my message, my method of bringing that message, and generally treading water on my way to a new album. After about two or three years of tinkering, another year of actual writing and recording, I am happy to say I am on my way to having a new cvs record. Today I referred to it as my “mini-opus.”
Without going too far into it, what I am putting together is a musical journey through my first fascinations with music and LPs, my personal blind spots, insecurities, romantic attachments to the my past. And as I grow up-- if you can imagine that happening within a album-length timeline-- I find it “so strange to change” into an adult. Sonically I have tried to create water themes, and a general feeling of being underwater, or as I like to put it, completely submerged under my own fears and unwillingness to take in the life I’ve been living (or not living at times). Toward the ending, I emerge from that dark pool of fear and suggest that I can actually start to have fun with who I am and who is here.
As self-reverent and autobiographical as it sounds, I believe this album reaches out to the listener with an empathic sense that we all take on these battles at some point, one way or another.
In other news, I am on Facebook. The Academy Avenue film “Why Isn’t Chris von Sneidern Famous?” is somewhere out there awaiting release.
I listen to a lot of music on the stereo late into the night. I play piano at home and at Hyde St. Bass too, but guitar is my best instrument still. I need to sing more.
I have become a too-aggressive driver. I read poetry and realize how far behind I am.
Today I listened to Glory Days Are Gone and think it’s much better than I thought previously.
We’re playing at the Swedish American Hall on Thursday, May 21.