So… what’s next?

Recently a friend asked me something that I had already been thinking a lot about. It was two questions, actually:

  1. What have you been working on?
  2. What’s next?
Photo by Jill Friedman.

The first question is pretty easy. I, as a solo artist, and Towering Above finally had a first public performance since everything shut down early last year. I’ve been promoting the release of Remembering Anarcha (see it on VOD, review at Rotten Tomatoes), I’m near the final edit for a music video for Electric Blue Yonder’s upcoming album, I’ve edited and done some poster art for a new short documentary (from Terrible Master Films, Carolyn Jean’s Son Visions, 803 Films and Early Riser Films), and I’ve been helping edit a new project from Foolish Henry Films.

Then the hard question… what’s next?

That’s always the hard one. I think most artists feel an almost constant need to create, so when you’re between projects, it’s easy to feel kind of lost.

Somewhat related, there’s also the “post-show blues” that happens at the end of a project. I know that hit me earlier this year after the close of Sweat. When you spend almost every day for over two months becoming a character, there’s a bit of grief when the play closes. Or at the end of a film project. People become like family in a short amount of time, and then everyone is off to something else.

Towering Above is about to return to Headless Dinosaur Recording to begin work on a new album, so that’s something to look forward to as a “next,” but I want to do more acting, make more movies and music videos, write more songs, write more screenplays… and I don’t know exactly where to begin on any of it at the moment.

Sometimes the initial idea is the hard part for me. Hopefully something will spark soon.

If you’re wondering about a point I’m getting to here… um… I don’t really have one. This has been on my mind recently, and I haven’t blogged in close to a month, so it was time to express my thoughts. Hopefully it was an enjoyable read anyway.

Thanks for reading, and for your support and encouragement. Hope to see you at a show soon. Much love.

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New merch! (And yes, self-promotion is still weird)

Last February, I wrote a post talking about my feelings on self-promotion, and… well… I just read over it again and still feel exactly the same way as I did then.

But I also just put a new design up in the store, so if you feel so inclined, here’s the link.

Others are available as well, so if your sentiment is more along the lines of “I hate Josh Carples, but his music is tolerable,” or “Whomst the f**k is Josh Carples,” then there’s a shirt for you too.

Also, there are some shirts available for my band Towering Above as well. Click here.

Uhhh… while I’m on this whole merch/promotion thing, I also have some prints available of some of my photography if you’re looking for some new art to hang on the wall. Those are handled through Society6 here.

This could totally be on your wall.

OK, with that out of the way, there are a couple of upcoming shows I’m involved with. I mentioned them in a post earlier this month, but here’s your reminder:

Friday, July 9 I’ll be performing at Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of their Garden Glow music series (with Megan McMillan and Neal Lucas.) I was told the last performance in this series sold out, so if you’re planning to come, get your tickets ASAP.

Saturday, July 17 at the Sanctuary: Towering Above, One Like Son, Lonleysev. Details here.

Oh, one more thing: Remembering Anarcha recently got added to the Rotten Tomatoes website, so if you’ve seen the film, please leave a review and/or rating there. My producers and I would love to read your thoughts. We’ve had some kind words said on the DVD on Amazon and on YouTube Movies. And if you haven’t seen it, here are some links on where you can find it.

OK, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading. I hope to see you at one of those upcoming shows. Much love.

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