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April 2014 update

One might notice that I missed doing a March update entirely! We were busy with yet more final decisions but I can now say that the record is at the factory and it sounds really good! So, it won’t be too long now although much has to be set in place in the next few weeks, such as a new band website already underway, a new CDbaby page, a new youtube page, a new page at progarchives etc. It’ll be a little while till all that is in place as some of these sites depend on having the physical CD delivered to them first. We’ll do everything we can to get it all moving, but if you’re local, the CD will be at Records on Wheels in Dundas by the end of April.

A lot of cool albums seem to be getting released this year so I think we’re in very good company. Here’s a link to one of my favourite bands: http://www.iq-hq.co.uk/

Anyway, please check back here often to see when we have more up about the new album. There should be lots of announcements from now on.

February Update

The album cover, inside cover and liner notes have been sent into the factory today and we’re almost at the final mix and mastering for the CD. We’re almost there, but I think the release date is probably in March now. Reading back to my earlier posts of the last few months, it’s a bit of slightly painful comedy to me how many times I’ve said “We’ll have it by the end of the month”!?! Still, better to get it right for the first printing!

 

January 2014 Update

Here’s wishing everyone a happy 2014! I should have the CDs by the end of the month or first weeks in February so things are more or less going according to schedule (the one I kept adjusting…)

More news soon, it’s sounding good!

Ken.

 

 

December 2013 Update, part 2

Happy Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Festivus and everything else! I’m adding a few more keyboard parts here and there to the mix, but the rest of the mix/mastering is essentially ready to go and I still feel very hopeful about finally getting this to CD in January. Should be good!

December Update

I’m listening back to final mixes of the album and making small changes in the mastering this week. Just about ready to get this to the factory for the CDs—the album cover/graphics are also pretty much ready to go, so I think the January release is on schedule. Thanks to Steve Cochrane for all the help from his studio in the last 3 months, couldn’t have done this without you man! Also, thanks to Dave Carswell who’s dropped in on several key sessions and loaned some great keyboard gear including some wonderful mellotron sounds. Further thanks go out to Dave Kruger and Rob Adlers for additional production input.

I’ll do another update later this month.

Update, November 2013

It’s funny how one notices so many things about a project when it’s almost done. I’ve been doing all kinds of minor and sometimes major changes to the album. All I can say is it sounds better this way and I don’t think I’m over-producing it at all.

I can set a release date as January 2014 and I actually feel confident about that date! :)

That’s the good news, but I will also mention some very sad news: on October 31st the Canadian music world lost one of the great “behind the scenes” people, Simon McAully who I had the pleasure of working with a few times over the years when I was playing keys for Ray Lyell. Well known as one of the best lighting techs around, I knew him when he was more involved with management and I can actually say he was one of the very rare ones, a GREAT manager who actually CARED about people! Always looking out for everyone and making sure people were feeling good, and got paid too! He even took the time to build some high quality custom cables for me (with my name on them, lol!)  when 2 of mine were accidently taken by a stage crew. Another favourite memory is him taking orders for Swiss Chalet takeout for the 25-30 people from the band/crew/etc. He was always thinking about everything and everyone.

Update, October 2013

Lots of last minute changes in September, but I’m glad to say the album is finally getting there and sounding great! I expect mastering to take place in the middle of this month, meanwhile the album cover/inside sleeve art is being put together although it’s really just a question of what font to use at this point, all the art is pretty much ready to go.

And so, I’m happy to say that this will be a band-titled project, even though I’m treating it with the same degree of work and care that I took with my previous albums, I wanted to have a focus on a group sound. I think it was 2 or 3  years ago that Chris Lamont(drums), Dino Verginella(bass) and myself(keys/vocals) got together to rehearse and arrange some new material and then began recording. A lot of unforeseen delays occurred along the way, but I’m very glad to say that the spirit of those initial rehearsals lives on in the recording (you can still spot quite a few 3-piece moments)

Finding and adding the guitar players was a lot easier than I thought, all 3 of them (John Mamone, Kelly Kereliuk and Steve Cochrane) played brilliantly and creatively on their respective songs.

As soon as I have the CD in my hands, and the new website is ready, I’ll be announcing the title of the album and the name of the band. :)

PS I should add that I’ll still be maintaining this website in addition to the new band website.

Update, September 2013

The album is nearing completion and sounding better all the time. Most of the work has now moved over to Steve Cochrane’s studio because I needed a few more tracks for final touches (I’m only using 16 at home). It’s nice to have someone else to work the controls though. Thanks also to Dave Carswell for lending his virtual Mellotron. I’m having some fun with this thing!

On August 10th I did an interesting gig for John Mamone in London Ontario which was really a studio where you can be filmed/no audience except sound and camera guys, I think they did a great job! and you can watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_Rcs2LjpAo John is featured on my upcoming album too, but not on bass/vocals as he is in the video, but on electric guitar as is the other guitarist in the vid, Kelly Kereliuk. The song is from John Mamone’s new album which is fantastic! More info here: www.johnmamone.com

Improvements to this website are coming soon, such as a new attached site for the new band name as well as a way to reach me through here!

Here are more videos from the same session for John:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXSnM7QdaYQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq1kQx11fwc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f07T_XGJzys

August 2013 update

Once again my last update has made a liar of me, or rather, one thing leads to many others and the mixing, organization and final bits of recording of the album have been first and foremost but there’s still lots to do. There will be an announcement of the new band name, hopefully this month, but I wanted to wait until a new web page is ready to go as well. Obviously it’ll be very much linked in to this site, so no worries.

I’m also happy to announce that all of  my past albums are now available for download or on CD from CDbaby

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KenBaird

 

July Update

I’ve made a decision that the upcoming album will not be called a “Ken Baird” album but rather, it will have a band or project name to be announced later this month. The band features Chris Lamont on drums,  Dino Verginella on bass, Ken Baird on keyboards and vocals. Also appearing will be 3 guest guitarists: John Mamone, Kelly Kereliuk  and Steve Cochrane who have all done amazing work! So this month it’s onward with the mixing and recording backing vocals, plus Steve’s contributions on classical and acoustic guitars. Both John and Steve have recently released great solo albums, more info here: www.johnmamone.com www.spiritcompass.com

In other news I’ve just heard my good musician friend Jacob Moon will be opening for Marillion on their European tour this fall!!! I wish him all the best and wish I had the money to get over there! I’ve been lucky enough to have Jacob play guitar on several tracks of mine in the past including “Victoria Day” from Martin Road, “Dolphins” from Orion and “Into Night”/”Passing Secrets” from Fields. Great guitarist, writer and singer. Congrats Jacob! More info here: www.jacobmoon.com