random thoughts on a sunday…

A few random thoughts today during some “down time”… The album Perspective has been released and is available on all the usual online outlets. I’ve been cleaning up in the studio the last month, clearing out some of the old, making room for the new, and catching up on some listening, mostly Prince’s albums from 2014 – Art Official Age (love it) and PlectrumElectrum with 3rdEyeGirl (love it). Well, I’m a huge Prince fan.

Nights on Venus News: Several people have asked why “Blue Mountains Walking” wasn’t on the recent release, and yeah, that was a judgment call along with a few other songs. I wasn’t completely satisfied with it and it was more electronic which didn’t quite fit in with the overall vibe of Perspective. For now, you can find it here as a mastered demo. It will be on the 1st EP for this year of which there should be at least two. It’s paired with a new song, “The Owl and the Lynx”, so far.

Moving forward, I’m going to a more-or-less perpetual release schedule starting in 2015, which means when a few songs are done, they get mastered and released. NoV in bite-size chunks… with a summary album of all recorded material at the end of the year, the long and the short. It’s a bit more ambitious and, at the same time, more personal, rather than the standard one album per year release. A couple of gigs are tentatively scheduled  for the summer at festivals in the mountains here, with an expanded lineup – nothing definite (or signed) yet.

In the meantime… I’m watching Green Bay vs. Seattle in the NFC Championship game, the Cowboys having been eliminated last week. Go Pack Go!

On this day in Rock history: From 1974… former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. Their debut album was released in June that year.

I remember seeing them that summer of ’74 at the Denver Coliseum, having never heard of them before and opening for the Edgar Winter Group; they kicked ass that night! That album and their next, Straight Shooter, became listening staples during senior year of high school.

And finally, a staple of the current morning routine around La Casa NoV… Bryan Cranston (Walter White, aka “Heisenberg” of Breaking Bad fame) narrating that children’s classic (for adults) “You Have to F***ing Eat”. Cracks me up… “The bunnies are munching on carrots…”

Until next time…

"Perspective," the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover
“Perspective,” the 4th Nights on Venus album, MP3 album cover

Perspective” and all previous albums  from Nights on Venus are available as MP3 digital downloads on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3, and the NoV website.

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Author: nightsonvenus

Musician and producer with the band Nights on Venus.

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