Four days ago, on Sunday, I was convinced this would be one of those weeks that would slowly drag by. Every day would feel like a Monday, I’d be unable to sleep for more than two hours at a time and my food would have no flavor. And no, I’m not coming down with a summer cold or anything like that, I’ve simply been in this situation before – the final countdown before an new CD “hits the shelves.” And yes, you should be humming along to that little band in your head performing Europe’s legendary 1986 rock classic “The Final Countdown.” If you’re not, well, I understand. That song is absolute rubbish.
It’s true, though, that the weeks and days leading up to every CD I’ve ever been a part of – including a few which only featured me briefly – seem to crawl along at a snail’s pace. I’m not certain why this time around has been the complete opposite, even though it has been over seven months since my fellow Master Thieves and I first began the recording process, way back in November. I can tell you, however, that this release differs in no way from my previous ones when it comes to that near-uncontrollable feeling of nervous excitement, anticipation and, at times, dread.
The only way I can put it is that, while the band is unanimous in its praise for the album (it should be, considering we wrote, rehearsed and recorded all twelve songs), you never know what the average listener will think of the finished product. Will the disc live in their cars (like the ever-changing rough mixes have lived in mine for over half-a-year), their home stereos or their iPods? Will they jog to it, cook to it, sleep to it or (let’s hope) simply jam out to it?
What I’m getting at it this – you never can tell what a person or group of people will think of the music you’ve created until they get a chance to really hear and experience it. That’s the scary part, and the waiting never helps.
I must admit, though, I’m not all that worried this time around. Recording this album involved surprisingly little stress and – to be honest – I don’t know that it could’ve gone much smoother. All in all, I’m extremely happy with the disc and I’m looking forward to some feedback once it’s officially released this weekend. As Tom Petty would say, the wait may be the hardest part, but in this case I’m fairly sure it was worth it.