I’ve been feeling a bit torn in many directions lately. It seems life comes at you randomly with a lot of entropic chaos. Since It’s the holiday season again, I’ve been doing a bit of promotion for our (with my lovely wife, Lisa Theriot) Christmas album – The Gifts of Midwinter. I’ve been doing most of that through the Raven Boy Music site and social media. But I keep forgetting that there is a Ken Theriot website too:). And of course there is a Lisa Theriot site. There actually is no Ken and Lisa Theriot site, which is actually OK since it’s one less thing to tend to. Did I mention I was feeling fractured?
Anyway – what was my point again? Oh yeah. I want to assure everyone that I am actively working on recording my new album – Outlaws and Bystanders – while doing everything else (which includes the unreasonably long recovery from a couple of surgeries this year). This very day, I will be completing the vocal for the 3rd-to-last song on the album. And we will be releasing it early in the new year. BTW, the picture at the top has an early concept rendering of Outlaws and Bystanders that Lisa put together. It is not the finalized design.
I mentioned above that we are promoting our Christmas album now also. I’ve been sort of mentioning/sharing/plugging one song every few days, usually starting on the Raven Boy Music Facebook page. I will typically link to a page about that song (which always has an audio player on it) on the Raven Boy Music web site (https://www.facebook.com/RavenBoyMusic). Then I usually fold in a link from the Ken-and-Lisa-Theriot Reverb Nation page for whatever song is on tap for that day. Of course the other social media stuff follows – Twitter, Google+, etc. I will try to keep our personal sites updated as well as that other stuff. Though I make no promises. I’m scatter-brained by design. But since I’m here now, I should mention that the song being plugged form the Christmas album this weekend is “Do You Hear What I Hear,” (lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker) the only modern Christmas song on the album, and the only cover. Everything else is traditional (mostly from medieval through 19th century) or original for this album (The Gifts of Midwinter, Drink to The Holly Berry).
Here the song below:
OK. Now I’m going back to the studio. Mischief managed for another day.
There’s kind of a full spread on this over at the Raven Boy Music site. But since the song is on a “Ken Theriot” album, I guess it sorta kinda makes sense to mention it here too;).
Today is St. Crispin’s Day. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, you’ll probably know that one of the most famous “…now-go-out-there-and-kick-ass” speeches EVER was in Henry V. King Henry delivers this rousing call to inspiration just before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. And as you know, the English went on to win the battle against overwhelming odds.
For my album – Human History – we (words by Shakespeare and Lisa Theriot, music by moi) wrote the song Band of Brothers, which essentially turns the iambic pentameter of the Henry V speech, and turns it into a pop song. How cool is that?
Anyway, you may download a free mp3 of Band of Brothers below, if you wish.
Here is a streaming only version (that works on iOS!):
If you’d like to purchase the full album of Human History from iTunes, click below:
And if you want a hard copy of the CD, CLICK HERE.
Happy St. Crispin’s Day!
Hi Everyone. I’m sorry for all the delays on the release of my latest album (yeah, you can call them albums again now, since CDs are going the way of all things), but you can blame my bad medical luck in 2013. I had 3 surgeries and just found out I’m having another one in January of 2014. These are not – I am happy to say – age-related medical issues;). And after the repairs, I will actually be better off than I ever was.
Anyway, progress is being made. Only three songs remain to be recorded after the current one we;re working on – “William Tell” – is in the can.
There is a bit more detail about all this in the post that went up earlier today over at the Raven Boy Music site here – What Is The Status Of Ken Theriot’s New Album?
So think good thoughts and all this new music might just be out before the end of the year. But I’ve learned the folly of making promises on release dates;).
Just finished composing the music for William Tell – lyrics by Lisa Theriot – and then presenting it to Lisa, always the most stressful part. We played catch-ball with it a little bit and then gave it the big old rubber stamp. This means there are only 4 more songs to write the music for and the entire album, Outlaws and Bystanders, will at least have all the songs for it written. Then of course they all have to be recorded:).
But this album will be out in July (barring any more medical setbacks).
[update: Yup. Medical setbacks. The surgery in July was quite invasive, and the recovery time is looooong. They say up to a year! That doesn’t mean I can’t work on the album starting, say, in mid September though. the new estimated release date is late October.]