Greetings true believers!
Its been a little bit since my last check in. Things as usual have been busy, busy, busy the last few weeks. I've been emersed in finishing the album, which I am happy to report that I finallllly finished the last 3 main vocals I had to record, plus added some backgrounds to one at my new home of rock Starr Ridge Studios in Brewster NY.
I booked 3 hours of studio time in preparation for many takes but amazingly I was able to knock everything out in less than an hour! Now after a guitar track here and a piano track there this weekend at the home compound in GBR2.0 its off to mix and master with my dear friend Darrell in Cleveland. He's done an amazing job laying down drums and as usual making everything sound great with his studio magic 👍
It took a little longer than expected. I was hoping to release the album in late May then get the band ready to play shows in the Summer but much like the road I've been traveling with my health I didn't want to half ass it. I could of easily put out an EP but I really wanted to make it a proper full length album and not release it until I was 100% happy with it.
It's got a good mix of songs I have been working on for ages. 2 I released as demos last year, some are new I wrote this year and there is even a re-release/recording of an old Dalliance song that never came out the way I wanted it to. I really hope it doesn't get lost in the sea of cyberspace I'm going to do my best to make sure it gets the proper attention it deserves I'm extremely proud of it and I can't wait for everyone to hear it.
I'm also happy to report that the #HEAL journey is still going strong. Although the month of May was the first month since I've started where I saw no loss (damn plateau!) I'm not bummed about it. Considering I was over 300lbs before the end of 2014 and at the beginning of June I've been teetering back and forth not going over 260lbs I feel so much better.
I think I contribute it to the fact that a) although I've been staying under my daily calorie goal of 1,500 I've been indulging in carbs and sugars here and there and b) even though the schedules at home and the recent neck troubles have prevented me from doing my DDP Yoga at least 3x a week (only doing 2x or missing weeks all together rarely) I can feel and see muscle on my arms and legs for the first time in literally decades! Maybe that is me preventing me from losing weight cause I'm gaining muscle recently since I've got it back to 3x week this month. I walk around with sleeveless shirts and "wife beaters" on in the house and for once I look in the mirror and am not wincing.
Honestly, I feel great I'm still using the Fitbit and counting calories too. I was very psyched to learn I could sync the Fitbit with the MyFitnessPal app since I preferred it to the calorie tracker on Fitbit. It gives a lot more detail about the nutritional value of what I am eating and not just tracking calories. Plus any activitity I do on Fitbit it syncs back to MyFitnessPal so I don't have to log in two places and it awards me with any calories I've earned. It's like deposits in your account you didn't expect 😀
Now that the Summer is finally here and the girls will be done with school in 2 weeks I'll be able to have some more breathing room and I'll be able to really push it more with both the exercise, eating better and of course the music. No more getting up at 6am and worry about "can I crank this out before I have to start getting the girls up, making breakfast/lunch, dressed, etc.?" I'll have at least an extra hour for myself to sleep more and do it! I even have some great meditation apps I want to try after the workout to center myself and give me even more of a clear head before the day starts. I literally have to sleep with some sort of white noise wether it's a podcast, TV etc. cause my mind is always racing when my head hits the pillow. Heck, if it's nice out I might even go outside on the lawn and do my yoga with the audio.
As I finish this blog I'm sitting on a bench in the warm breezy outside in front of White Hall at WestConn waiting to go in to see my beautiful girls perform their dance recital. As I walked in to drop the ladies off a wave of nostalgia and gratitude hit me. This building is special to me in a way because not only did I attend college here but this stage is where I've performed myself literally dozens of times wether it was with a concert band, brass ensemble and even plays. Plus this stage was where Product of Society played our first ever show for a battle of the bands way back in the early 90's and we performed many concerts after that too (went here from 90-94).
To think back then a heavy set, long haired metal kid who also moonlighted as a brass player studying classical music and theory who used to think "I'll probably be dead before I'm 30 going out in a romantic rock and roll lifestyle" is sitting under a tree in the shade nearly 25 years later waiting to see his two beautiful daughters perform on the same stage in better shape than he was back then is pretty amazing to me. I have nothing to complain about and am completely thankful.