Monday, September 29, 2008
We spent 3 days in CO. Actually, I'm still here...leave bright and early tomorrow morning. I'm an idiot and still awake. Been suffering from insomnia lately. Not sure why. Just can't sleep. Feel like crap all the time, but still can't sleep. Hopefully that passes soon. I've been told that sleeping pills are an artist's best friend...I might have to go to the doctor to see. I'm so freaking tired, but can't sleep. Got so much on my mind, trying to process.
So, what's been up?
Let's see...of course, I did the Requiem. Been listening to that a lot, trying to figure out ways to make it better. Also been discussing out how to get the Requiem out there. I thought I might like to put it at the end of the next album, but I'm second guessing that. The next album is kind of going in a very poppy direction ("Hands Up" and "Love Remains" prime examples) and I'm not sure Requiem will fit on that record, even separated at the end of the album. So, we've talked briefly about possibly releasing Requiem as a separate EP on it's own. I mean, it's 6 songs, 26 minutes...maybe throw a couple more sacred songs on there and it's a good sell...maybe something to tide everyone over till the next album...which may be a while. Anyway...that's one thing on my mind.
So, not sure if any of you ever read or heard about a novel I was writing long before Idol happened called Locks, Stocks and Sylvia Romero. Well, it has sat untouched for almost 2 years now. I recently started working on it again. (For those that don't know) The novel is probably going to end up more like a novella. It's kinda like a bit like a Chuck Palahniuk novel (Fight Club) or like a novelized version of a Coen Brothers movie. It's zany, weird, character-driven, funny and, in the end, will (hopefully) have gravity to it. Before Idol I had written 12 chapters (short chapters, but I digress), so I recently started working on chapter 13. Soon, chapter 14 will come. So...that's been on my mind.
I'm still working on the screenplay idea I talked about a while back. In fact, October is a slower month for me, show-wise, so I'm going to spend a good deal of time working on the script. I have finished the treatment and the scene outline both...so it should be easier to work on a script now. I think this script has real potential to be really funny. We'll see...
In October, it looks like I'll be meeting with some new agents for the acting side of things. My management and I think that tv/film could be a great avenue to put me in...but we need an agent to work for me. CAA was the agency I was with, but as I started to book shows, we realized quickly that they simply didn't catch the vision for what I wanted to do, so we moved over to Third Coast Agency for my personal booking. They are so great and they've worked their tails off for me...but they don't have a theatrical/movie/tv side. So, we're looking at some agencies for that.
In October, Gina will be coming into town to stay with Sarah and me for 5 days. We'll be spending every day in writing sessions with some of the guys I've written with over the last few months. Gina's finally beginning to work on a record. I'm hoping to be able to produce some of her record, too...so we'll see what happens with that.
We're still working hard on the tour for next year. We're looking at a 5 artist co-headlining tour. 5 artists that are up and comers will go out together, and change off every night who closes the night. If we can work it out, it's gonna be cool. Really cool.
In November, of course, we have the Chris Sligh STRIPPED tour. If you can make one of these shows, make sure to make it...they're gonna be cool. Jason, Jon and I will be doing a stripped down acoustic show that I think has the possibility to be really, really cool.
The day after Thanksgiving, I start out on the NewSong Christmas tour. It's NewSong, Rush of Fools, Ayesha Woods and me! Should be great. I'll be sleeping on a bus again! Thank God! I'm so tired of driving in a van or SUV! That tour is 15 dates up until Dec. 21.
So, because of the tour, I'll be going into the studio in October to record a Christmas song or 2 to sell out on the road. So...another thing on my mind.
So, life is busy. But life is good.
And, we're back to where we started. I'm in Colorado. And it is freaking beautiful. How anyone could believe this just exploded into being, I don't know. I look at Colorado and know that there must be a Creator.