I?m surrounded by puffy envelopes, mailing lists and yellow spined CD?s: my new album is out and I?m trying to let the world know.
This is the second time I?ve done this and I?m finding it?s a time of mixed emotions. I?m intensely proud of all the CD represents but overwhelmingly self-conscious about promoting it because somehow I have to stand up behind it and be counted. Back in the dim and distant days of the release of the first record I ever played on I took one of the discs and framed it as if it was a gold record complete with its own plaque. The plaque read: ?This miserable piece of black plastic represents the dreams of a lifetime.?
Times have changed, I?ve played on a bunch of stuff now, been on TV with my guitar and seen my songs in the top forty but the insecurity hasn?t gone away. I know my production skills don?t keep Moby awake at night and Noel G isn?t threatened by my song-writing abilities and I don?t care – this has always been my dream – to make records on whatever level I could.
The new album has already registered its first sales with Soundscan and is listed as the 37,120th top seller on the www.amazon.com sales chart (right up there with Blodwyn Pig’s “Getting To This”). I?m ecstatic: my first album is much further down the charts – their 246,401st most requested title (almost as good as Hardin & York)! I?ve still got a way to go before John, Paul and the lads need to get worried but things are definitely improving.
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