TODAY'S PRESS: Thanks to Scott Collins from guitar-muse.com for this very cool extended interview, which was conducted early on in the promo cycle, back in July. Did you know that the initial inspiration for "The Storm" was a Macedonian folk song? Check it out to see who brought that to my attention, and lots more.
I'm catching up on some "regular life stuff" after the frenzy leading up to the release of "Scenes From The Flood", but once again, THANK YOU to everyone for the incredibly gracious reception the album is getting. It's every artist's dream to put out their life's work and have it land this way. I just...can't even.
And I know there are some who are just now hearing it for the first time, or are about to. I look forward to your thoughts as well!
(and yes, that's quite a goatee glory shot, so thank you Facebook for choosing that thumbnail?) ... See MoreSee Less
Guitar Muse's Scott Collins caught up with Bryan Beller while he was on tour with the Aristocrats, and they talked about Bryan's new release, which is a massive vision and collaboration among many musicians.
SO WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT, ANYWAY? Today's review of "Scenes From The Flood", from Shay Spivak of Rusalki Media, goes beyond my deliberately general description of the album's themes - ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and disillusionment - and takes a look at how the songs themselves address these themes throughout the album. Thanks so much to Shay and Rusalki Media for this thoughtful and incisive review. No spoilers from me, and I remain committed to inviting people to have their *own* experiences with SFTF. But let's just say she's hovering over the target. ... See MoreSee Less
WHAT'S *YOUR* CONCEPT ALBUM? It's Sunday so let's take a hard left turn here: When I ask that question, "concept album" is a metaphor for "that thing you always wanted to do". Maybe you're working on it now, maybe you're trying to figure out how to start it. Maybe you did it already, and if so, that's great. I'm not even just talking about music here. Could be anything.
I say this because of what I'm experiencing and realizing as it sinks in that "Scenes From The Flood" is complete and released. I suspected somewhere inside that this was really the record I wanted to make for my entire life. But now that it's really out there, it's no longer a suspicion. It feels like a noise that's been in my head for years - decades? - has been replaced by a quiet calm. It's kind of amazing.
And then I thought: Surely everyone has (or had) something like this in their head. Why not kick that up for discussion on a Sunday?
We'll have plenty of time to talk about the record going forward, and more press is coming up this week. Also, I know not everyone has heard it yet, and no one has the vinyl yet! So, plenty more SFTF excitement to come.
I remain profoundly grateful for the incredible feedback thus far. 🙂
P.S. This pic was captured not far from the album front and back cover shots, which were taken at roughly the same time of day just under three years ago. ... See MoreSee Less
YOUR THOUGHTS ON RELEASE DAY + 1: I've said plenty about "Scenes From The Flood". Now it's your turn. If you've got it, and you've heard it, sound off! As they said back in the day, open thread.
This moonrise pic was taken last night, as I tried to absorb the feeling of knowing the album was finally out there, and how incredibly gracious and awesome everyone's reactions have been so far. Saying "thank you" is just totally inadequate. I can't put it into words. I can, however, always say that "Scenes From The Flood" was released under a full moon in Pisces on Friday the 13th...for those who take note of those sorts of things. 😉
There's more press and reviews coming up, starting on Monday. For now, the microphone is yours. ... See MoreSee Less
TODAY'S PRESS: Thanks to Scott Collins @guitar_muse for this cool extended interview. Did you know "The Storm" was influenced by a Macedonian folk song? Very cool extended chat. Meanwhile: THANK YOU to all for your amazing "Scenes From The Flood" reax!
Not to be overly mercenary, but in the spirit of trying to be helpful here: Anyone listening digitally who wants more detailed info on "Scenes From The Flood" can pick up the 28-page digi-booklet PDF from my webstore for just $5. https://t.co/aSAGLG0Tuo