This week I want to show you a new song I've been working on. It's the last one that will be on the record, and it's called "Never Home".
Being a bicultural immigrant is a double-edged sword. On a good day, you feel at home no matter what side of the border you're on. You're like this unstoppable amphibious creature. However, there are bad days as well. On a bad day, every land is foreign, and you're always at least half a stranger. This song is about the bad days.
The writing for the album is finished, and now I'm working on refining the songs. The point is to make small changes to melodies or lyrics and turn good songs into great ones. I should be done with that by mid-January.
After that comes the arrangement process I've been talking about all this time. Edson and I will flesh out each song carefully and deliberately, incorporating all of the influences the songwriting process exposed me to: Son Jarocho (from Veracruz, Mexico), Americana, Delta Blues, Cuenca (from South America), Son Guatemalteco (from my homeland, of course), Trova, and on and on.
I'll keep you all posted on the songs as they go from simple guitar and vocals recordings to more complete arrangements. Of course keep in mind these arrangements will only be rough drafts. Once all of the arrangements are in place and we know what we want each song to sound like, THEN the real recording begins. I suspect that will be in March.
And I think I'm ready to (finally) throw a date out there as a tentative completion date for the album: July 6, 2012. My 30th birthday. What better way to get old than to release your solo debut? This may seem like it's a long way out, but in Edson's words "You only get one debut." Here's to getting it right.
Enjoy the new song, and we'll be in touch.