So as most of you know, sometime in the late fall i will release all the New Albion operas in physical CD form, including a combined box set.
This box set will include an extra Act outside the existing operas. It could be an extended track like New Albion 7, it could be different track about different bits of New Albion lore, but honestly, i really like the idea of a song cycle.
What makes this tricky is i canNOT go to London to record singers. Financially i cannot do it. I could get Lauren to record as she has the exact same mic i do, but i’d need to pay her (i’m personally a stickler for this. They MUST be paid) which is difficult but not impossible. It would only be a few songs IF i decide to use another singer. It’s just… another singer sounds SO much better than just me. Anyone wanna send Lauren 100 pounds and note asking her to do it? Cause then problem is solved.
I am leaning towards… i’d like to go back in time. I’m leaning towards the generation beFORE the Steampunk Opera. But i COULD choose after. But i’ll probably choose before. It’d be fun to take the music genre back in time. It’d be fun to go right before the steampunk genre. (it’d be pretty steampunk but a different angle).
I am leaning towards it featuring either one of the red haired lineage (however the only characters i’d want to discuss are either the dwarf or his… great great grandson who spends years trying to gain control of the rusty sand drug. Hell i’d LOVE to feature the newest albino red haired girl but the trouble is either her or her dad are WAY after the Steampunk era. So any stories featuring them would be stuff i’d write as extras. it wouldn’t be this song cycle.)
Or Jasper. While he was actually alive. I could do an extra song cycle that takes place some years before the steampunk opera which features Jasper.
The last possibility would be an ancestor of Annabelle. We already know she has some great grandmother (could be great great or great great great) named Libby who was also a bit mad scientisty. I wouldn’t do it on Libby, i already cover Libby well enough in one of the extra stories, but… hmm…. no. No. Never mind. No McAlistairs.
Jasper vs. on of the red haired lineage.
I had MEANT, while writing the SO that if i ever actually DID make a trilogy, to have one of the red haired lineage be a voiced character in the final opera. I also HAD the red haired lad as a 1 song voiced character in the original map of the Dieslepunk Opera, but it was better story telling and sense for Constance to meet Jackie right after the bust rather than run to the red haired lad’s apartment. In both cases, it was best to not include them. As cool conceptually it seemed upon wishful thinking, the practicality of telling the actual stories in the DO and AO meant it would be WAY too forced shoehorning them in. And there is a coolness in them only being these background bits throughout the entire New Albion chain of songs.
I ramble. So, Jasper vs. one of the Red Haired Gangster lineage. (could be Jasper’s mom or dad… they could…. AH! STOP! STOP! I could do this all day.) I’m pretty set on pre SO i think.