Once again, the Weird West Cabaret is out now. Take a listen. If you like it buy it. Buy it as a Xmas gift for your friends. Buy it and send it to your frenemies. Buy it send it to random people . Leave it in peoples’ mailboxes. Just send the composer envelopes full of cash. Many options await you.
Okay my little sweets. Let’s talk. First of all i thank each and every one of you once again. There is a mountainous response to this album and i weep with joy and relief. Every time you share it online, post about it, blog about it, an angel visits you in the night and gives you a backrub. Platonic, yes, but i mean a REALLY good massage.
Seriously, i am indebted to you.
Now, let us talk of the next one. Much like this one, after a make an announcement about the next one there is very little i can or will say about for the next X many months until it is released. I despise spoilers. I will take a short break, and really, in that time the big thing i must do is figure out how to plot the next one. I know how it begins, how it ends and some nice moments in the middle there, but there’s a whole lot i need to work out structure wise.
The Cabaret was actually quite difficult to plot out. The plot is.. simple in a sense, but how to get from point A to point Z smoothly was a real conundrum. The next one too is tough in different ways. I don’t have the character background songs to fall back on. (I LOVE character background songs. That was the thing that attracted me to the cabaret idea, i could split the plot between a long form plot and short song by song plots.) A cabaret is nice and easy to frame. The performance will begin, everyone has a reason to be singing, even a reason to be singing odd, dialoguey stuff, and at the end of the album the performance will end. SO nice and neat.
Moving forward, as with any second act, things get more complicated. They cannot be quite as… well bookended. More stuff gets brought into play. I wish to avoid the Atompunk opera’s one sore spot of being a bit tough to follow. But things must get a little more complicated. There’s some weird shit going on.
I must also introduce 2 more characters. One of whom… oh god you do not know the pleasure it will be to write. OH i cannot wait to write shit for this one character. I squeal with delight. Literally. Squeal. I’m doing it now. You just can’t hear me.
I cannot tell you anything more. I am sorry. I can tell you the working title of the next Act, but that’s it. A long time will pass while i write and record this. It took about 7 months to make the Cabaret. Expect the same. At least. I will not rush. Never again.
But in about 7 months or so will come Act 2 of The Ballad Of Lost Hollow, whose working title, which could TOTALLY change, EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT IT RIGHT NOW COULD TOTALLY CHANGE, but for now, just right now, the working title is Mr. Raven’s Super Big Tent Happy Funtime Carnival Show.