GETTING TO THE NEW NORMAL
As I am writing this I am sitting in a dark (but thankfully not too cold) house riding out Hurricane Sandy. The power has been out for hours and so all I have is what is left of my laptop battery. It’s 3:18 AM but I can’t sleep, so I figure now is as good a time as any to get off an update. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to do this but as I reported in my last update it has been the worst year of my life, and it only got worse from then.
For those of you who did not hear, on July 10th we lost my mother, and like the straw that finally brings the camel down everything that I was doing came to a screeching halt. You see, I had no brothers or sisters… or father, it was just me and her, though I had to share her with countless other people who needed and depended on her. She was brilliant, and eccentric, and unique, and brilliant. Yes, I meant to say brilliant twice. Everything I am was shaped and forged by her. In the end she was Grandma, a job that she really never relished, but once thrust upon her she undertook with her uniqueness and exemplarity of style and methodology. There was no Grandma like her before or ever could be again. Brilliant. I will love and miss her forever.
So, needless to say, work on mixing the album halted right there. I am still trying to get my mind back to that creative place. Right now, we are also still knee deep in settling my mother’s affairs, so that does not help either. However, all is not bleak.
In dealing with my mother’s passing, I have come to understand some truths. Perhaps I knew them before, but now I believe that I finally, truly, understand them. The first is this… Life is TOO short! My mother was not ill and was only 76, and I took it for granted that she would be with us for quite some time to come. Now I have many regrets to take her place. Perhaps the largest of these, was the fact that her favorite music of mine, and MY favorite music of mine, my Jazz, had never been released. This was due to the fact that for my entire career I had made up excuses about pursuing it, how Jazz wasn’t that popular and I wasn’t that good at it and I didn’t know how to market it. Now I’m 53 and still sitting on it, and my mother will never get to see it published. I will make no more excuses. The next music that I work on after the Newcleus album will be my Jazz.
Another huge truth, that follows right behind “life is too short”, is that you shouldn’t waste your life pursuing things that do not fill you with joy. What good is a life without joy? So, I am no longer going to do tracks and projects that don’t make me feel good about what I’m doing. Period. I realize that at my age and station it is a bit easier to make that kind of decision than say, a much younger man with a family to raise and feed, but be that as it may, it is my life and I have to live it. Everyone has their own walk to walk, and I have mine. Look for this decision to play a MAJOR role in my music from this point forward.
So… here we are. Let me get to the business side of this update. First of all, God is Good! Even through this hardest, darkest of years, I am Blessed!
As for the news, first, the “Automan” single project has been scrapped. I really wasn’t feeling it, I was putting it out for business purposes only and like I said, I’m not doing that anymore. Instead, you all will get the new “Automan” on the new album, which is extraordinary!
The Dream 2 Science EP release on Rush Hour Records was a smashing success! Our release of it, complete with the extra remixes of “My Love Turns To Liquid”, will be the first release from our new Dizkotek Records label on digital in December and on CD in January.
Speaking of which, Jam-On Productions finally has a physical distributor, Darla Records! They are actually very enthusiastic about working with us! Through them we well be doing CDs and (gasp) vinyl!!! This is a long time dream come true!!!
Hitting the stores right now on Rush Hour and following soon on Dizkotek is the rerelease of the timeless House smash, Sha-Lor – “I’m In Love”, which contains a never before released instrumental! The Dizkotek release will also contain the original remixes, including one that was never released by Philly’s #1 DJ, DJ Ran and super producer D-Ross! Oh, and even a Drum & Bass remix by yours truly, heheheh…
The Ben “Cozmo D” Cenac Presents Cozmic House compilation is being put together right now for release on Dizkotek in December on digital and January on CD! All of the best Cozmo D produced House jams from the ‘80s and ‘90s all on one album! Even juicier, Thug Records out of Australia is putting 4 unreleased gems from the compilation on a vinyl EP in December. The Cellar Boyz – “Pay Me”, Bodywork – “Deeper And Deeper”, G4 – “Who Loves You” and Lady E – “Seems To Me” all get the floor rocking nod on this guaranteed smash vinyl release! By the way, The Cellar Boyz are all of the original Jam-On DJs and the track was produced and arranged by myself and the immortal Chilly B in 1986! Newcleus and the Jam-On Crew on a pioneering House track! Not to be missed!!!
The Newcleus – “Teknology” remixes are in and they are SPECTACULAR! Look for the best of them to be released along with the original on CD, digital and even vinyl! Some absolutely fantastic remixes created by some of the best Electro and House producers on the planet!
And, finally, Newcleus Featuring Cozmo D & The Jam-On Crew – “Jam-On Returns”. I plan to finally get back to mixing the album this week (if the power comes back on). It only needs to be polished up and mixed now, everything else from distribution to pressing to marketing, is in place. I think that it is appropriate that it should be our first release of the brand new year. Again, I will not give a target date and will only post a release date once it is certain, but at this point that is what I would like to see. That, and the backside of 2012.
Once again I want to thank every one of you for your unbelievable patience and for backing us up and supporting us through every twist and turn of the journey we have been on. We truly have the best fans and supporters in the world. I pray everyday that through my actions and my music that I can make you all happy and proud.