I’ve had to make an update to my availability for commissions due to continuing issues with my health and due to a couple of operations I’m going to have done before the end of the year. Please have a look at the Commissions page for details. Note that I’ll always be open to talk about commissions, so please feel free to drop me a line at any time. Thanks for dropping by!
Here’s a long overdue announcement for you today. I’ve got a new album coming out in a couple of months! The details are as follows:
Album Title: “Lady Tygress’ Suite and Other Commissions”
Release Date: November 4th, 2022
Release Formats: Physical CD, Digital (w/bonus material), and Streaming
It’ll be a jacketed CD release this time – times are tough, and money is tight. CDs will be distributed via CD Baby to Amazon and all the other usual suspects. I might do another eBay auction of the first ten numbered/signed CDs, like I did with the first ten Calibrations and Derivations CDs.
Of course, it’ll be available for streaming on all the major outlets to which CD Baby distributes (Spotify, YouTube, etc.). I’ll also have it up on Bandcamp for Digital download, with some bonus material like liner notes, album art, and maybe something else.
Along with the new tracks, the album will include some previously released singles, including the soundtrack I wrote for Dan Douglas’s Duke Smoochem 3D demo. Now will be your chance to get this and more if you missed them previously.
This will be my fourth album, so what better date to release it on than the 4th of November. Look for it then!
Geisterwolken, my new Hard Rock / Heavy Metal single, has dropped! It was released today, May 6th, 2022, on Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, and all major streaming platforms around the world, thanks to CD Baby‘s distribution service. You can reach it by way of my HearNow link service at https://leejackson.hearnow.com – bookmark that link to have all the major links on one page.
Geisterwolken (“Ghost Clouds”) is my biggest experiment at Hard Rock / Heavy Metal to date. It was inspired by a cloud formation I saw while riding home one day in 2021. You could practically see the ghosts streaming amongst the thunderstorm clouds in the distance. The genesis of this music immediately jumped into my head and stayed there until I got home, where I could get it into the computer.
This has been a month of mixed news so far. As the post title would indicate, I’ve completed a couple of commissions, been in the hospital a couple of times, and I’ve got a new single due to be released soon. First things first, though, we’ll cover the completed commissions.
To be precise, I’ve completed two commissions since my last blog update. The first was for Mr. Corey Burton of Australia, who commissioned a piece that I’ve named DeadBeard Fantasia. The other was commissioned by Mr. Dan Douglas in the U.K., who is working on the “Duke Smoochem” mod project. His work is titled Double Decker Chase, and can be heard right now on Mr. Douglas’s YouTube work-in-progress post. Both pieces will eventually appear on my Commissions page in full, hopefully sometime in May. I want to heartily thank Mr. Burton and Mr. Douglas both for commissioning me to write their songs!
Onto the health matters. I’ve spent more than my fair share of time in the hospital this month. On April 15th, I was admitted to a local hospital for extreme swelling in my legs, as well as for severe pain in my right arm related to my neck surgery (radiculopathy). I was given intravenous diuretics, and over the course of the next few days wound up losing 17 pounds of water weight from my legs. That’s over two gallons of water! I was also given strong painkillers for my arm, which is still bugging me after my release from the hospital.
A few days later, I underwent outpatient surgery to remove a screw from a toe on my left foot. It had been implanted to correct a “hammertoe” condition in my big toe last year, and was in the process of trying to work its way out through the tip of my toe. The doctor removed it without problems, but my arm began acting up on me again in the recovery room. Time for more painkillers. Sigh. I’m told that physical therapy will help my arm, so I’m going to start it as soon as I can.
My final note concerns a new single I’ve got coming out on Friday, May 6th. It’s called Geisterwolken, which translates to “Ghost Clouds,” and it’ll be released on Bandcamp, Amazon, Spotify, and all other major streaming platforms. I’ll announce it here when it’s out. In the meantime, allow me to leave you with a preview of the cover art for the song. I hope you will enjoy it!