Tonight I'm having friends over for pizza and beer, and to play them my second draft of Calling All Dawns. Woohoo! All twelve songs are written, and I'm feeling good about every single one.
This is something that I've started doing on this album. It kind of brings me back to when I was a grad student, and we would have our composition workshops. We'd all sit around and listen to each other's music, and give (mostly) constructive feedback. Obviously when you're working on a film or game, you don't have time to workshop your music--and really, the director of the project fulfills that role for you. But on a personal project like this one, it's nice to call together a group of my friends for some constructive criticism (and most of them come from diverse artistic backgrounds, and are seriously, seriously analytical).