RPM2018 – Day 27 (plus a little day 28)

The RPM website’s countdown just dropped below 11 hours. By the time I get home from work it will be around five hours. PANIC TIME!!!

Last night I mixed two and a half songs. That’s it. On Monday I was up working until 1:00am. I got four hours of sleep, tops. I planned to have a similar marathon last night, but around 10:00 I fell asleep with the laptop in my lap and the song I was working on playing at an obscene volume in my headphones. I did manage to wake up before dropping my laptop, so that was lucky, but I admitted defeat and put it away. When I got up this morning I finished the song I was working on.

The current counts are as follows:

  • Seven songs finished
  • Four songs ready to mix
  • Four songs still need lead guitar
  • Three songs still need vocals and lead guitar

Well the seven songs in the bottom two bullets are now officially dropped.  The songs waiting for leads can have rough mixes done to post to the fawm.org site (not fawm.com, that’s a porn site) but they aren’t going on the RPM Challenge album.  I need to mix down the four songs that are ready to mix tonight before I fall asleep.  It might take some caffeine, but I should be able to get it done.  They are going to sound worse than normal because I will have to blow through them quickly, but they should get done.

After the mixes are complete I need to come up with a running order.  I’ve been sort of doing that as I go, using the tried and true “best songs first” method.  Nothing artsy for me this year.  No time for that!  I have the cover art done.  I used an app that I’ve used in the past.  Unfortunately they watermark the shit out of things now so I caved (without much thought) and bought the watermark-free version for way too much money ($4.99!).  Once the running order is set all I have to do is upload each song to my RPMchallenge.com account (which I have also been doing as I go) and make a playlist and fill out the 2018 album section.  Then I’ll be done.  After that I’ll run off quick exports of the four songs that are missing lead guitar, upload them to soundcloud, and post them on my fawm account.  Then I will have both February music projects complete.

Once I get home from work I’ll have about five hours.  I think I can do it.  Maybe.  If nothing else comes up.  Maybe.


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