AS ALANIS MORISSETTE'S LAWYERS FIGURE IT, 97% of bands with major label record contracts earn less than $600 from them. That's 600 bucks to bands which are already the 1% of the 1% that made it that far. That's the dream, and apparently the overwhelmingly likely result of that dream is a payday in the high/middle three-figures.
I started playing guitar at 16 because there was one under my parents' bed and I couldn't get ahold of a drum set. Back then, I always used to dream about making it--I'd imagine some industry bigwig happening across one of my recordings or sitting in a coffee shop where I was playing and deciding that the next big thing was me. I grew up and got a day job and eventually stopped playing that particular scene in my head. But I never stopped playing. I kept writing songs. I kept recording them. Fifteen years went by like that; this is the record of those years.
Every time I pick up the guitar and work on something new, I feel this little bit of extra potential energy; it's an electrical charge of almost mystical possibility--I think every artist feels it. I used to think it was the lure and promise of potential rock-stardom, but at some point along the line, I realized it couldn't possibly be anything so small as that. In 15 years, I've figured out that it's a promise of something within, not without; more than that it'll probably take me the next 15 years to figure out.
released 31 May 2011
All songs written, performed, produced, and © copyright 2011 by Paul Mariz and The Calculus Affair.
All songs recorded at The Cowslip's Bell in Seattle, Washington. Additional recording and mixing for "Men of Luggage" was done with the assistance of Gino Scarpino at Joralemon House, Seattle. Gino and Jason Hyatt also sang backing vocals on that song.
Poor Young Man was mastered by Steve Turnidge at UltraViolet Studios, Seattle.
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