Hey there, friends and fans! I hope you had a magnificent holiday season! This post is a little overdue….
They say to limit your New Year’s resolutions to just one, but I’ve had surprising success in the last couple months with quitting a few things at once. I will continue the following:
1. No drinking
2. No smoking
3. No drugs
With these added resolutions:
1. No kissing ladies
2. Working out every day
3. Making a to-do list every night
These resolutions are not goals in themselves, only means to an end. I am working on a few projects at once, and I aim to finish the best records I’ve ever made this year.
First in the oven is the freshman Chris Merritt And The Dirty Girls release, which will be my magnum opus. Close to thirty songs are being recorded…weird, insane, beautiful. No compromises will be made. Brilliant percussionist Brett Ripley will be tying the whole thing together, engineering it to make sense rhythmically, providing meaning and backbeats to support the madness. Other guests will be there too. This album will also include my interpretation of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherzahde, which has taken six months to even arrange and learn to play. This record will definitely give you tingles in your pynus.
I’ve also been working on with a couple of great young musicians on a new band called Future Caveman. The songs are magical, raw, youthful, simple. We’ve finished quite a few songs and will start recording any day now. Think Paperface meets White Stripes meets Ash meets a swift kick in The Shins.
And finally, I’m working with a hyper-talented young lady who smashes drums and guitars for a living. She’s the most rock-and-roll human I’ve ever met. We have some songs that are so heavy they will melt your face. More on these projects as they develop.