A lot of SCA bards cut albums. A few have asked me if I have one, and the answer has always been "Aw, HEEEEEEEELLZ naw!" I need this to be my hobby. And while I may be serious about doing it well and serious about teaching, I need to stay on this side of "serious" in general, right? I need this not to feel like a job. And producing a CD, and then trying to promote said CD in order to recoup costs, would start to feel like a job. And then it would stress me out and make me enjoy it less. I went through this years ago with acting, I learned my lesson. I love this a lot, but I don't wanna go pro - not even semi-pro, not even hemi-demi-semi-pro.
But I think I've found a reason to record my songs. I've reached the point where I have too many songs to keep reliably practiced up. So I find that I'm spending all of my time practicing the songs I haven't played in a while, rather than writing new work. I feel like I'd like to record my songs so I can have them somewhere in a practiced, finished state. I want to be able to take out a CD and say, "that's my song!" or to listen to it to remind myself when it's time to practice it up again. Mostly - I just want my songs to feel finished. Then I'll feel freer to move on to other music.
I think if I record my songs to have an album, it'll drive me nuts. But if I record them for myself, then it'll be alright. And I'll also have an album.
So Aeron and I are looking into home recording equipment now. I don't want it to be a big, studio-digitally-post-production-mastered ordeal, right? But at the same time, the idea is for my songs to feel "finished," and the lap-top mic recordings you've heard on my blog sound anything but finished. So we'll see. If anything comes of this, you'll read it here first (assuming I remember to blog before I Facebook). And it will be a digital download, because dealing with CDs and jewel-cases and album covers and whatnot are what we're trying to avoid here. :-)