Who knew that making it to the start could be so hard. It took everything we had, but we made it: our album, Talking to Myself, can be streamed on our player, or purchased in our store. We will have many more updates in the coming weeks.
Next, we need to give a big thank you to Evan Graham Dunn, our producer. This album would not be possible without his help and support!
Last, over a year ago when this concept was nothing more than colliding ideas and a distant possibility, I wrote a blog entry about what I hoped would happen. Now, I hope it can help anyone that would like to make it to start, and ship what they create:
A Leap of Faith
Taking a leap of faith is always difficult. Uncertainty is unbelievably creative at maintaining the status quo - it finds ways to reduce difference. The negative side of uncertainty senses weakness and creates the frames to reveal only the side of the story that can extend complacency. In the process, it plays on fear: fear of rejection, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of change, fear of making something that matters, and fear of staying committed and the arduous process it implies.
Every time that possibility, opportunity, openness, importance, or transformation could happen - the moments that matter the most - the negative side of uncertainty will do everything it can to negate change. This applies to both macro and micro events - relationships, forming new habits, truly caring, deciding to become what you already are, sharing, social change, and innovation.
It shows up by criticizing, saying cannot, replaying the idea of not good enough, extending the decision making process long enough so that nothing happens, maximizing the size and potential consequences of choices to make it harder to begin, introducing distance, and reducing the potential of the human spirit. Or worse, it pushes stereotypes, narcissism and hedonism. The negative side of uncertainty says why wait for something that may not show up for years, when safety and familiarity are present right now. Safety is what it is most concerned with, but because all growth happens by embracing the unfamiliar, the negative side of uncertainty does the opposite of what it says. In the long run, despite promising safety, it diminishes the brightness and colors of the soul, the evolving and versatile nature of personalities, the depth of emotions, and the wonder of learning.
Today is a day of uncertainty and mistakes: We are taking the leap of faith that new features will be added by the time this album launches; We are taking a leap of faith that it will mean something to someone;We are taking the leap of faith that we can continue to be committed to the music making process with the added miles; We are taking the leap of faith that the pull will bring us back together. More than anything, we are taking a leap of faith that there will be a reason and a path; that the questions will have answers, or at least lead to deeper questions; and that, even if only momentarily, alone will replaced by connection for all to enjoy.