iTunes and horses and a great way to work 

Checking on the new album as it goes on sites; horse stuff; lunch with Wendy... nothing better 

October 5, 2018 is when the new album will be available world wide on these sites and more. 

      

                   

 

We use TuneCore to distribute the album to all these places. We load the music, art work, and info to Tunecore. Tunecore puts it on all these other places and tracks the sales. 

That is the kind of stuff I’m checking on for the album. 

Horse stuff I’m checking on is about what’s going on at the ranch.  How the horses are doing, how many visitors we had to the ranch’s website yesterday, what horses are being sold, jobs that are being done like fences built. Stuff like that. 

Somebody asked me when I was going to retire?  I said well I do horses and music. What would you have me stop doing? 😊 

It’s a great way to work. 

Then as a super bonus….there’s lunch with Wendy 😉

 

 

What are replicators you might ask? 

Wendy’s been working away with the replicators. 

What are replicators you might ask? 

You give them one copy they give you bunches back. 

But first, boy is the devil in the details in this process. 

Type setting, fonts, credits, bar codes, spacing, printing, packaging, insertion….tons of details. 

Here’s a pic of some of the twilight zone replicators at work. Not really a sexy part of the recording process ... but yeah i guess maybe it  is  :)

 

 

Travis

What song goes where? 

What song in what order on the album? Does it even matter these days…with playlists and ripping? 

I think it does. 

We're thinking: 

  • Cry (If We Were Vampires), 
  • then get emotional 😉 ( Towns Van Zandt’s Tecumseh Valley ) , 
  • then get really sad (Maybe), 
  • then do a few songs that are sweet sad stories, 
  • then say yeah but nobody really knows about life anyway so just sing along to this final happy little sad song 😊 

This is Wendy working with George to finalize the songs orders.

All this thought seems a waste because when people get the album they will just put it in whatever playlist order they want anyway. Oh Well. 

As long as they don’t rearrange Willie’s “Red Headed Stranger” Album.  That would be a sacrilege 😊

 

I think we’re going to use a photo of silence... 

 

Album covers. What to use. I think we’re going to use a photo of silence...

Or at least as close as we can come to a photo of silence.

That's kind of a funny thought for an album cover :)

 Wendy took the photo and beautifully captured the silence and feelings we get when we are there.
 

There’s a place on the land where Ute Mountain comes down, 

Where a man can stand and not here a sound. 

And it’s there, 

I can hear my soul.
 

Travis

I think she likes what she hears… 

Wendy is listening to the songs from the CD Image of the next album.

The person mastering the songs, George, sent them to us. 

These are the actual images that will be sent to the CD manufacturer. 

This is where we are in the journey of getting a song to a CD: 

  • Write It 
  • Learn It 
  • Play It 
  • Record It 
  • Mix It 
  • Master It 
  • CD Image <<<  we’re here 
  • CD Production 
  • CD 

Course you have to live thru stuff and then be hard wired in a weird enough way to have to write it in the first place.  If I didn’t write it and tell my stories I’d be crazier than I am now. 😊

 

One more Wendy, because she's not only talented, she's pretty...

 

"I've got a woman I love, she's crazy paints like God..."  

At Lunch today I had one of the best views in the world....and the view of the church was pretty too 😉 

That’s when Guy Clark's line “I've got a woman I love, she's crazy, paints like God", came to mind. 

    Alfred Stieglitz thought that of Georgia O'Keeffe. 

    Guy Clark thought that of Suzanne. 

    I think that of Wendy. 

This view started this whole "woman I love, paints like God" thought...

 

Alfred Stieglitz thought "the woman he loved painted like God" of Georgia O'Keeffe.

See the church from our lunch?

 


Guy Clark thought "the woman he loved painted like God" of Suzanne. He wrote the line in "Stuff That Works" that also has:

    "I got an ol' blue shirt 
    And it suits me just fine 
    I like the way it feels 
    I wear it all the time"

 This is one of Suzanne's paintings of an old blue shirt of Guy's. 

Get the beauty in the connection of  an "old blue shirt" and "the woman I love that paints like God" ?  Guy and Suzzane did.

 

I think "the woman I love paints like God" of Wendy. This is one of my favorites of Wendy's paintings....

Guy wrote… 

    “I got a woman I love, she's crazy, paints like God 

    She's got a playground sense of justice, She won't take odds  

    I got a tattoo with her name right through my soul  

    I think everything she touches turns to gold” 
 

Yep…and I’m a lucky man because of it.

Great music comes from the imposters... 

Stressful times. Good times. 

Success and failure.

The “imposters” according to the poet Rudyard Kipling. 

"If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;    

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;    

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 

    And treat those two impostors just the same; "
 

These imposters will bring out the beauty of life and music if we look for it.

Here’s family and horses at our ranch which brings out the beauty for me.

 

 

 

When I was in Jr High I wanted to play Wildfire and have a cool girlfriend...  

Michael Martin Murphy playing Wildfire was on the radio everyday and it had that cool piano part.  I thought it would be great to do that one day. 

Of course I also wanted a cool girlfriend. 

Well.... 

Last night at his show, Michael Martin Murphy asked me to sit in with him and play the piano part on Wildfire. 

I have great memories of that song. Quite an honor. 

And Wendy, my wife, has been my cool girlfriend for 41 years. 

It doesn't get any better.

 

"No, I'm Not Robert Earl Keen" :) 

As they listen, I usually try to transport people to somewhere in my songs. 

Kind of like the transporter beam in Star Trec...except there's no Scotty. And no Captain Kirk. And no transporter beam. But still...

Like in El Blanco.  I hope you feel like you're with Juan as we ride into his sad destiny. 

Robert Earl Keen is really good at this and he is pretty much a saint where we come from, as Ray Wylie Hubbard says. 

His, "Feeling Good Again", is a great transporter song. 

We get to walk right along with Robert Earl as he walks into this little bar. He just takes you with him and you see everybody, and you feel like everybody there knows you. 

And it makes you feel good. 

Speaking of Robert Earl Keen... 

 

I was backstage with Robert Earl Keen after one of his shows and this young lady walked up and wanted her picture taken with me...not Robert Earl. 

Well I was feeling mighty flattered, so I said yes and Robert Earl sorta smiled and stepped aside. 

As the person was taking our picture the young lady says to me "You played really well tonight." 

Confused I say "I didn't play tonight.  It was Robert Earl Keen's show." 

"You're not Robert Earl Keen?" 

"Well, no I'm not Robert Earl Keen." 

She turned red and walked off. 

"Wait! I'm sure Robert Earl will be glad to have a picture with you.", I said as she walked away. 

She just kept walking. 

But I still smiled because for just a little while there, I was feeling mighty flattered :)

"I's gonna die before I sees ya again."  

 

"I's gonna die before I sees ya again." 

That's what Denver told me one day. Several of us were camping at a ranch in West Texas. The sky was cloudy, and it was cold. We had been standing around a smokey fire. Everybody else was off chasing cows and it was just he and me and the fire. 

"Is something wrong, Denver?" 

"No nothins wrong" 

"Have you been to a doctor?" 

"Travis I don't need no doctor to tell me I's gonna die." 

Denver was getting angry.  Sometimes when I asked questions he felt he was being told he didn't know what he was talking about and Denver had been told that he didn't know what he was talking about too many times in his life. Still I had to ask. 

"Well , Denver, you're not talking about..." 

"No I's not gonna kills myself. I's just trying to tell you." 

"Ok, Ok. This kind of talk just scares me." 

"Everybody's gonna die and I just knows. I won't see you again, Travis." 

We hunched a little closer to the fire and tried to keep out of the smoke, My eyes were watering. Damn smoke. 

Denver passed away a short time later. I never saw Denver again. 

Denver was one of the best people I have ever known.  I didn't get to spend much time with him but I miss him dearly. Denver’s thoughts show up in my music. Kind of strange how some people can have such a big impact on you.

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  • Bonita Harthan

    Bonita Harthan

    I love the song "The Pain"! It must go on your next album! For some reason, I can visualize you sitting at your piano singing that very song. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with others! God bless you, Travis and Wendy! Bonita

    I love the song "The Pain"! It must go on your next album! For some reason, I can visualize you sitting at your piano singing that very song. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with others! God bless you, Travis and Wendy! Bonita

  • Bonita Harthan

    Bonita Harthan

    I love the song "The Pain"! It must go on your next album! For some reason I can visualize you sitting at your piano singing that very song. Thank you so musc for sharing your talent with others! God bless you Travis and Wendy! Bonita

    I love the song "The Pain"! It must go on your next album! For some reason I can visualize you sitting at your piano singing that very song. Thank you so musc for sharing your talent with others! God bless you Travis and Wendy! Bonita

  • Evert White

    Evert White Muscatine, IA

    What a wonderful assortment of thoughts, feelings, fun lyrics, and terrific piano music.

    What a wonderful assortment of thoughts, feelings, fun lyrics, and terrific piano music.

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