My most recent collection of songs, called “The Bliss-Chasers,” is now available. I’ve been working up to this finished piece since 2007. I am very pleased I did not rush it.
I am happy if anyone hears and enjoys my music, but I would encourage you to enjoy it through Bandcamp. There are two reasons.
First, I looked back at all the ways I’ve made my music available to people, and the one that brought me and other people the most happiness is when, beginning with “The Bathroom Mirror,” I made photocopied booklets to go with the cassette and, later, CD, and put them both in a properly-sized ziplock bag. It fit my budget at, made by hand, had a feeling to it that was good. It was a labor of love, very genuinely.
For “The Bliss-Chasers,” I typed up the booklet, assembled it, added a little bit of public domain artwork, photocopied it, stapled it into a booklet, and then added the cassette or CD.
Listening to the music while holding the booklet in hand, reading the words and the text interspersed between songs is the real experience. You won’t get that just by streaming the audio.
I wrote in the piece about “Funeral Hymns and Outlaw Ballads” that I had two “hit by a bus” projects I wanted to complete: projects that I wanted to get done so I could have something to point to and say, “this is the best I had to offer in this life.” “The Bliss-Chasers” is the second of the two, the more important to me, and the most from my heart.