We want to start out by saying that we know nothing drives fans more crazy than when an artist says they’re going to give an update on things like a new album or new tour, and then the big announcement contains extremely vague information that really doesn’t say anything. We apologize in advance if this, or any of our posts (past or future) come across that way. We honestly aren’t trying to do it on purpose. It’s just that a lot of times, we aren’t even sure ourselves of where things stand, so we can’t paint a clear picture for y’all. And also, what does “soon” really mean anyway? 🙂
Just to give y’all a heads up, we’re going to do our best to share this entire upcoming recording process with you guys. We’re hoping to take lots of video that we can show you so you can feel right in the middle of the action and get a first hand, behind the scenes look at everything we’re up to. Today’s post will be the first of many in a series we’ve simply named, “The Debut Release.”
Some of you may or may not know that we are in the final stages of choosing which songs will make this first project. This process gets more and more interesting the closer we get to the finish line. The upside of having the caliber of people like Mark Bright on our team is, when they feel great about a song of ours, it’s incredibly rewarding. The downside is, as you can imagine, impressing these people is not an easy task. When you produce albums for superstars like Carrie Underwood & Luke Bryan, you hear spectacular songs all the time, and that’s what he is hoping to hear from us as well. The last few song meetings we’ve had were for the distinct purpose of narrowing down our songs to the elite ones to record with Mark. Over & over we have asked our team about certain songs we felt were great and hoped would be considered…only to hear the heartbreaking sentence, “It’s a good song, just not good enough.” After these meetings, in our sorrow, we sometimes pretend that our insufficient song is called “We’re Just Hanging Out,” and we play the following scene from “How I Met Your Mother” in our heads.
Hey…anything for a little laughter, right???
We’ve purposely surrounded ourselves with people who are smarter than us and it’s definitely paying off. Even though sometimes their comments are NOT what we want to hear, they are constantly thinking of things that we don’t. It’s great to have a team of people that have been through the battlefield and can tell you where the land mines are that other artists have stepped on.
For example, the two of us compiled a first draft “wishlist” of songs that we hoped might have a chance of being recorded. The list was long, but three of the titles on it were, “The Sun’s Gonna Rise,” “Lifted,” and “Nothin’s Gonna Bring You Down.” These three songs, even though they all have a completely different feel and tempo (slow, mid, & up-tempo), they have a similar overall positive, uplifting message. Our team said that if we put all these songs on the same project, we might as well rename our duo The Positive Pollys. Just kidding, they didn’t say exactly that, but they were trying to make us see that it’s just as important to show depth and diversity in what we say lyrically as it is to have a good balance of ballads, mid-tempo’s, & fun up-beat songs for our first official release. Needless to say, we’re extremely confident that these people, and their meticulous eyes and ears, will help us make a very strong first impression!
One other thing that has been really fun lately, is getting to hear some a.m.a.z.i.n.g. songs written by some GINORMOUS hit songwriters in Nashville. The fact that these guys are sending us their songs to consider for our project is so humbling and flattering. If we don’t write all the songs on our CDs, that is a-ok with us! We just want to sing great songs!! After all, whatever we decide to release, especially as a single, absolutely must be able to compete with whatever the superstars have on the charts at that moment.
We’re so excited to begin recording this first project and even more excited that we get to bring y’all along for the ride!
11/9/14 – 8:50pm