My friend Douglas John Cameron hosted a very successful CD release at Hugh's Room last week. The new project is called Riverdale, a series of excellent original tunes recorded last year. He took a rather derring-do approach by listing and performing the songs on the CD (and the first set of the concert) in alphabetical order. As it turns out, the sequencing was brilliant.
As I was preparing to send Whiskey Jack's latest recording project (Whiskey Jack Presents Stories & Songs of Stompin' Tom) to the manufacturer, our producer John Switzer and I emailed back and forth over how we should list the songs. John's take was to fashion the order on a live show. Since there are four lead singers on our project, my inclination was to formulate the sequencing by mixing up the voices.
I've now seen the error of my ways. The cat's out of the bag. I think Douglas John is on to something. My approach from now on will be much more organic, more spontaneous, more random. The hell with the analyzing and the organizing. Art is not to be presented. It is to be experienced. We're better off just putting it out there...no more focus groups, no more second guessing. I say stream of consciousness all the way.