I think it might be about time for an update on the charity CD. Last week we (meaning Brandon and Ryan, thanks to them both) finally began selling the finished product throughout the school. I personally never expected them to sell very well, but I'm glad to have been proven wrong by the sales from the last week and a half. It looks like I'll have to fulfill my promise that if sales went well I would burn 50 more copies.
Now that we're nearing the end of our Charity CD Odyssey, I would like to impart some experiences of what I would do differently if I had the chance:
- Change the recording arrangement to where I wouldn't have to record every single song on shoddy, slow, finicky, and borrowed equipment. I would have had bands record their own tracks or strike a deal with someone's basement hobby studio.
- Get a larger variety of artists. If from nothing other than the liner notes, this CD looks like a compilation between about six people. There must be about 20 bands in my school alone; get a song from each and there's your CD.
- Get someone who knows what they're doing to make the cover. Ryan, you can play guitar like no one's business, but keep away from the graphic design.
- Finally, HAVE SALES OFFSET OVERHEAD!!! I don't know what Brandon was thinking when he decided to pay for blank CDs out of his own pocket (and the pockets of others).
Don't let the previous rants fool you, I had a great time putting this CD together and I'm very glad that our classmates are enjoying music from their own. I just hope that if this becomes a tradition, the future classes can learn from our experience.