Monday, July 28, 2008

Is it live or is it DP in a studio?

I had a talk with Rob Seals last week, and we chatted a little about what the next DP project might be (in between the baseball trade deadline talks).... I have been thinking about doing something a little different. I have done 7 studio CD's in my career, 4 of which are still in print, and am thinking it may be fun to do a live CD. I would love to hear your thoughts on live vs. studio CD. If I did a live CD, it would include some new songs, some old favorites, probably a couple cover songs. There would likely be a mix of solo acoustic, stuff with limited backup musicians, and a couple of full band songs...
If I did a studio CD, it would be a similar feel to '$12.99', with mostly new DP songs, along with a couple of cover songs.
If you have any opinions, thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment, or send me an e-mail. I'd love to have my devoted fans (you are devoted, aren't you?) involved in the planning stages of this next project.
There is still no timeline for this, but at least the thinking stages have begun.

Have you seen Batman yet?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

When something's this good, gotta talk about it

Wow, Batman 'The Dark Knight' is an amazing movie. I don't care if you don't like superhero/comic book movies, I don't care if you like action movies or not, I don't care if you don't even like movies at all, you must go see this movie! It is a stunning film on so many different levels... Big budget Hollywood blockbusters are not supposed to have this much depth. But this is art, pure and simple. Fantastic.

Note : Do not take your children to see this movie. It is violent and disturbing, and probably should be rated R instead of PG-13.

Monday, July 07, 2008

To CD or not to CD?

That is the question... I am starting to think about the possibility of doing some recording in 2009, and am wondering if the CD is starting to reach the end of it's useful time? Digital music is becoming much more popular every year, and at some point, will take over for Cd's entirely. I remember in 1999 when I put out my 'County Line Road' CD, I also made cassettes. Before that point, it had been necessary to have cassettes, but soon after, cassettes were totally obsolete, and I still have a box of 'County Line Road' cassettes.
I don't want to end up with a box of thousands of a new CD while everyone is busy downloading my music, and using my old CD's as frisbees, coasters, etc.
There are becoming more ways to distribute music digitally, ITunes being the most popular. There are also download cards, which I can sell at shows. And, of course, you can download songs or full albums straight off the homepage of my website.
But, on the other hand, some people still do enjoy having an actual CD, and there are still people who haven't joined the current century, and don't know how to download music, much less put it on an mp3 player.
If you have thoughts on the 'to CD or not to CD' question, please do share!