Sunday, May 6, 2018

Musical Update, Spring 2018

Finally, more music is coming through! I just started a new studio song for the next album...which is going to be relatively genre-defying...even more so than usual. I find that as the general trend seems to be towards the formulaic, my drive is to ignore all formulas. I've never understood why everyone wants to sound like everyone else...but there are a lot of things about humans I don't understand.

Aside from the odd open mic and potentially busking, I've pretty much given up on the notion of live performance (though that may change if I end up working in Madison or some other larger city with broader tastes than the place I'm at now), so I'm kind of going back to the pure art of things in terms of recording. So what I'm coming up with seems to be a blend of singer-songwriter, jazz, electronica, and things that have no actual description attached to them. They sound like John Ludi...who sounds like himself.

Still plugging away at the Ludi & Fitzpatrick material...a full album's worth should be done in the next few months. Another album consisting of the Calm the Hell Down material should be happening at some point in the not-too-distant future as well.

My ultimate goal for the next couple/few years is to put together a career retrospective representing what will be forty years of recording I'll be dipping into my archives and bringing out some of my older material. Once I have a decent package of 12 or so albums, I'll plop them all on thumb drives and send them out into the world...assuming we still have a world at that juncture...increasingly hard to tell these days.

On that note, another thing that I've given up on is that notion that humanity will ever wake up and learn to live within the gentle constraints of the natural world...we are stampeding in the opposite these days my Big Lifelong Mission of trying to open people's minds to such notions has been largely discarded. I'm sure I'll continue to write songs about such things, but they will be directed towards the alien archaeologists who will translate my words thousands of years from now and say “he seems to have been a bit of a difficult person, but he had a few insights here and there...too bad he exploded along with the rest of them”.

So that's where I am with the music right now. Hope you all are well.

Stop building and buying so much won't actually make you any happier...maybe have fewer kids: they face an increasingly bleak future.


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