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31 March 2004 @ 09:34 pm
Harumph. and then some.  
I haven't posted a real entry in several days. Part of it, I must confess, if a fear that I have no skill with words. I've been panicked about working on the rewrite my novel so desperately needs. I don't know that I can do it. Every book I read seems to point out to me how much of a hack I am, how lame my characters and how pallid my imagery. Self-doubt much, Kel? Truly, though, this is paralyzing me. I need to get the frell over it, to write something - anything - just to get my momentum going.

Right. I'll stop whinging about that and move on to whinging about something else.

Recording the third Crimson Pirates CD!!! I don't want to go into huge detail. I'll just tell y'all that, with a dozen of us on vocals and various instruments, it took FOREVER to set up. We ran through the first song ('Skye Boat Song') at least a dozen times. By the time we hit my first solo, we'd been in the studio for several hours. I sang 'Henry Martin' twice - it's all I had in me. My throat was ragged. I was exhausted. I sounded AWFUL. 'Tom o' Bedlam,' which doesn't even have to be pretty, is not much better. I could weep right now thinking about how bad I sound. Just plain BAD.

On the plus side, I was solid on the bodhran for 'Fire Marengo.'

That is all.
I hear: 'Isabelle,' Steeleye Span
Goddessavhi on March 31st, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)

weeee...fire marango. was telling Jared that's got a place in my heart cause of last NYRF.

Feel better. Take a break maybe? or at least a couple of steps back. Between that and house stuff you must be all dizzy! I'm only in the initial prequalifying stages and i'm already a wreck!

How in the world did you get through it?

Hang in there.
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on March 31st, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
So my question is, where do I get a copy of this CD since you seem to be recordng a lot of my favourite tunes....

Ratesjul: awayratesjul on April 4th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
They did two other CDs already.

Try the Crimson Pirates website, though it looks like it could do with an update.
Kelladyjoust on April 4th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Ratis! For some reason I thought I'd already responded to this. Ah, the early onset of senility!

I agree that the music section of the site desperately needs to be updated. As for what will be on the next CD, let's see if I can remember it all:
Tom o' Bedlam
Old Dun Cow
Sailor's Way
Chicken on a Raft
Fire Marengo
Marching Inland
Henry Martin
Rolling Home
Brightly Beams (our Father's Mercy)
Dark Lady
Run the Riggin'
Skye Boat Song
Putrid and Disgusting
Day of the Clipper
Barrett's Privateers

and one more that I know I'm forgetting. :P
Ratesjulratesjul on April 4th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)

*makes note to tell Panther Tom o' Bedlam is being done* I think she raves about that one.

*finds lyrics*

Yup. That's the one that all the Bedlam's Bard series titles are taken from.
Ratesjul: connectratesjul on April 4th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
For reference:

Panther's response to my note that it includes Tom O' Bedlam is


I could have guessed that.
Kelladyjoust on April 4th, 2004 05:43 pm (UTC)

You might want to let her know that we don't do the 'Knight of ghosts and shadows' lyric, though... which makes me a wee bit sad, since I love that. Trouble is, there are so many verses to Tom O'Bedlam, they don't all fit together to make a coherent story. The one we're doing has been done by Steeleye Span, among others.

Sadly, that means that 'With a heart of furious fancies,
Whereof I am commander:
With a burning spear,
And a horse of air,
To the wilderness I wander"
doesn't make the cut. It's my most favourite. *sigh*
Ratesjulratesjul on April 4th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC)


I'm sure your version is perfectly glorious, however.
Jobs, baby, Jobs!picoland on April 1st, 2004 05:09 am (UTC)
they just recorded it! Yeesh, there's a process there yanno...ya gotta wait for the master, then duplication, artwork, packaging.......

I'm sure you sounded great as ever, kk :)

Adrienne C.adrienne429 on April 1st, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
You have a gift to tell a story. Hack? I think not. Stop comparing your work to other people. Just write and write and tell the stories that are locked within you....
Skaldstrytllr on April 5th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
If you trust in me and whatever talents you have seen fit to recognize in me, know that I have found the same in you and your writings. I do not read not because of disinterest, but because most writers bore me. Your *rough* I read in short order and have since looked forward to more.

Your time to be recognized professionally for your talents will come but I also thank the gods for your humility; it causes you to strive to become even better than you already are.

Never stop being you, K. I wouldn't have it otherwise.