A high five with just one hand in the air?
I’ve been trying to think of something profound to tell you about The Buddy System now that we’re done recording and have just started the pre-sales. There are some amazing stories. Strange but cool miracles that happened to make it all unfold pretty quickly and easily. From start to finish, this album just really kind of feels like it wanted to exist. While we were recording, Lyndy told me about a book she was reading, called “Big Magic”, by Elizabeth Gilbert. She kept referencing it every time something crazy happened that made us feel like something was meant to be. I haven’t read the book, and I’m not heavy into self help books or mystical ideas. But Lyndy kind of made me a believer. I might need to check it out.
Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. I wrote a song called, “There For You.” In the bridge, I had always imagined these soothing “oooh” sounds happening. And in the studio they just didn’t work. No matter what we did. It was really weird. So I finally said, “Let’s bag those. Maybe we should just have a mandolin solo there or something.” Just then, Ryan Tilby, our producer, paused for a moment and then pushed a fader up on the mixer. Right there waiting the whole time, in the perfect spot, was a mandolin solo that he had played for fun on an earlier take. I couldn’t stop laughing. It was meant to be. I think that was the most difficult experience we had in the studio, and that’s how it turned out.
Miraculously the songwriting, the planning, the fundraising, the recording, mixing, mastering, artwork, and layout have all unfolded pretty easily and naturally. Now comes the hardest part. Spreading the word. Sending this baby out into the world and hoping people will love it.
Our title track says, “A high five with just one hand in the air, it doesn’t even know what it’s supposed to do.” Releasing an indie album always makes me feel a little like I am setting up a high five and hoping it will be reciprocated. I have to admit to feeling vulnerable. I have the confidence in the project that it takes to go for my end of the high five, but now I’ve done all I can do. I want to believe these songs will find the people who will treasure them like I do.
This project has brought a whole lot of happiness into my life that I never even expected. My kids have some new anthems about resilience, creativity, play, and motherly love.
Take a listen to the song at the top of this post. Follow the link to our bandcamp page and take a listen to The Astronaut and the Mermaid, too. Consider pre-ordering a copy of our album and helping us spread the word. It would mean so much.