I’ve been extremely busy since my last progress update in April, but that’s a good thing. These past four months have been damn good to us.
Since the album’s release, my band and I have been hard at work. With each passing month we seem to book more gigs. In July, we booked every single Saturday along with a number of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday shows to the point where we’re averaging almost three shows a week. As if this weren’t enough, at each show we’re selling CDs. We had two shows back to back where we sold 5 CDs, and in the past three months we’ve gone through a box of 100 CDs; that’s half of our inventory. Although that doesn’t sound like much, it means we’re making a strong enough of an impression to convince complete strangers to buy our music. It’s encouraging, and in the music business, that’s a word that’s rarely spoken.
Along with more gigs, we’re getting bigger and better gigs. We’ve added some regular shows at quality venues in downtown Charleston, right in the heart of the night life when venues in that area seem to stay at max capacity. Besides the fact that it’s fun as hell, it’s excellent exposure for us.
Of course, everything has its drawbacks. More shows means less time to write music, and it also means less energy to do so even when you find the time. I have around fourteen unfinished pieces of music that I can’t seem to finish. I don’t know if it’s a time problem or an experience problem (I certainly hope it’s the former). What I do know, however, is that I’m stuck. My hope (I have many of them) is that the busy schedule will dwindle along with the heat, and come autumn I’ll find myself with some more free time and, in addition, some fresh ideas. I could use both.
Anyway, I have a gig to get to.