I’m happy to note that we’re about halfway through the recording process of the album, and have also significantly narrowed down our list of songs to cover. Mom just has seven songs to go (four of which she’s currently practicing). We’ve also got plans for two single releases, unconnected to the album, which should materialise later this month.
I’ve seen her grow so much as an artist in the 6 months that we’ve been conceptualising, rehearsing, planning and recording this album. My experience with sound and remix production has given her space to grow in confidence, and she’s beginning to really come out of her shell now — singing songs she feels genuinely passionate about, rather than singing because it’s “expected” of her. I am so proud to be her daughter.
The album will be called Winter Cold Night, and will be available at my Bandcamp website on November 20th. There will be 13 tracks, and it will include the previously-released singles “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (from last year) and “Auld Lang Syne” (from 2017), both of which I hope to remaster for better quality sound. I’m also looking into distribution options for iTunes, Spotify and other music platforms.
For those of you who don’t recall my previous update on this, I have three other projects I’m working on, as well. The audiobook of my poetry collection Apocryphal Musings, the scripts for my one-woman podcast drama Ark One, and the sequel to my debut novel Griffin Unbowed. These are still in various early stages, as I’ve chosen to prioritise the recording sessions for the album for the time being. But progress is still being made, so you’ll eventually hear more on those too.
And, of course, in between all this, I’ve been editing and releasing old fic on my AO3 page. Ya girl is still pretty busy, but she’s trying!