After over a year of recording and rehearsing, writing and ranting, working and waiting, my first-ever solo album, “The Exited Door,” is finished and in-hand. What’s more, as of today it’s available for purchase online! In honor of that, I thought I’d devote a post to sharing links to all things Exited Doorian. If you’ve enjoyed my blog or liked reading about the album, please pick up a copy! It is an entirely self-funded project (look ma, no financial backers or label!) – I made the entire album with my hands and the scant contents of my bank account. Your support really matters and is very appreciated.
Ways to Buy the Record:
1) The best way is to order the disc online from CDBaby. I love CDBaby, and they love me – the disc is a steal at $11.95, and the physical item is the way to go, not only because it includes all the lyrics, but because it contains all of the wonderful artwork that accompanies the record.
3) Download it from DigStation. Another good way to go – I’m not sure what the deal is with the downloads at CDBaby, but I know that when you download my album from DigStation, I get 100% of the income. iTunes gives about .67 on the dollar, so that’s a huge improvement. Plus, you get a downloadable PDF of all of the album art and lyrics, so it’s really the next-best thing to buying a CD.
I had a really good time writing the blog series about the creation of the album, and have organized the posts below:
- Part one covered the album’s initial conception; this is the “why” behind the disc.
- Part two discussed the initial writing process; this was probably the most exciting time in the album’s creation, when it felt like anything was possible.
- Part three detailed writing the lyrics and creating the initial demos of the record. This was also a fun project, and was a really fun time of the year (April/May of 2008).
- Part four got all technical and stuff about the recording process; getting the rhythm section, strings, and horns recorded was a big logistical challenge that was fun to tackle.
- Part five went inot detail about the final recording sessions – woodwinds, vocals, guitars, percussion – and the initial organization and mixing of the record.
- Part six covers the mixing and mastering process; in other words, how we wrangled the audio from raw to finished.
- Part seven discussed the album artwork and design, and the process of organizing the wonderful artists who contributed original artwork to the project.
A lot of amazing musicians played on The Exited Door. Below, I’ve posted links to their various websites and projects.
Lindsay Garfield sings with the alt-folk group Or, The Whale – they are great, see them live!
Kenji Shinagawa played mandolin, and is an amazing guitarist who lives in NYC.
Scott Foster teaches with me at Urban and plays all over the Bay Area.
Alex Kelly is an amazing cellist, and has done some pretty rad things things. He plays all over the place.
Joel Behrman played trombone; he is an amazing trumpet player, as well.
Daniel Fabricant played upright bass; his group The Nice Guy Trio is really good stuff.
Khamara Pettus is a fabulous actor and performs regularly around the SF Bay Area.
Samantha Fisher did the album design and layout, and is truly amazing.