Today I'm in the studio recording my latest song, Time Sure Flies When You're Drinking Rum. This is the first song I've written specifically to go on my upcoming Island Songs CD. I got the idea to write and record an island music themed CD while in Florida again this winter.
The warm sun and breezes and the laid back way of life is addicting, with a much slower pace than I've experienced at other places, and it definitely has an effect on your attitude in a positive way. When folks would buy my CDs, many times they'd ask if I had one with the island songs I usually play there on it. I had to say no this past year, but next year I'll be ready for that question and will point them towards Island Songs. This first song, Time Sure Flies When You're Drinking Rum, is spot on with what I want to write and record for this CD. It speaks of living life from 3 until 3 each day at a couple's favorite Tiki Bar watering hole, dancing and partying with the locals and tourists, making memories and friends. Other planned songs for the CD include Hop On In Slide On Over Here and I'm Shagging, both of which I've written and licensed to other bands but have never recorded properly. I'm also going to put my version of crowd favorites Stand By Me and My Girl on it as well as 3-4 more songs I hope to write based upon my inspirations or yours that you share with me.
So why am I telling you this now? Not so I can beg you for money to buy it before it's real or to pay for recording it. Nope... I just want to say out loud to those who follow me that I'm going to do this. Asking fans to pre-pay and fund a recording project seems to be a hot trend now and I'm sure my friends and fans would hop on board with it too, but that's just not the way I operate. I'm just standing on the mountain top today yelling out at the world to "look out, I have a new CD coming!" Doing so makes it real, putting more pressure on me to actually work on writing songs that fit a theme instead of just whatever happens to hit me.
It also lets you know the new CD is coming and I could use some inspirations when you see them. If you hear or see any catchy signs or words about life at the beach or on an island, please shoot them my way. The latest song was inspired by a sign we saw at the beach that was making a play on the line "time sure flies when you having fun" by substituting having rum. So if you see or hear any catchy lines be thinking about me. Shoot a picture of it or write it down and get it to me. If I write a song based upon your inspiration then you'll not only get your name in the credits but you'll also get a signed free copy of the CD.