I finished it today. Mark's assembling it in order & burning a master for the pressing plant tomorrow (and a spare for me - with a copy to you ASAP), the artwork will be ready Tuesday night, it all goes off Wednesday AM.
And just before I mixed the final song, the lead singer shows up - and tells us that since she contributed so much to everybody's songs, she should get co-writing credit on all of them. I'm over it. I didn't say a word. I just wrote out the song credits as I saw them for each song (including credits to her on any song she wrote even a single line on), told everyone that's how we'll copyright them, and to put "All songs by Skyypilot, except as credited. All arrangements by Skyypilot." on the CD, so no one gets individual credits except for outside writers (Z. Budapest - "...Goddess", Gwen Zac & what's his-face - "Circles", Charlie Murphy - "Burning Times"). And walked back to finish mixing. I don't know or care what the final decision was. All I want is for it to be finished, and for the final product to have the dedication to "We All Come From the Goddess" I asked for. I don't need my name on anything.
They are all convinced this CD sounds great and will eventually sell thousands of copies. But I can hear that it's not anywhere near standard airplay or major-label release standards because of flat vocals, off-tempo drums, and some other problems that weren't fixed because we "had" to have it pressed in time for upcoming gigs - same as last time. So I am going to quit being frustrated and do my own thing, once this is in the can. Good luck and God/dess bless them.
They say in AA that insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. So I'm going to get my copies of the CD for archival purposes, learn from the experience, and move on. Giving up a week's pay and spending a couple hundred dollars in expenses just to play with them at PSG is not worth the grief. Having a song on Witchvox and playing in front of 800 Pagans in a field somewhere in the woods is being a medium-sized fish in a very small pond. I understand that, and none of them seem to.
But if they are happy, I am happy for them. But I need to do what it takes to create work that is up to my own personal standards. I HATE having to apologize for something I worked on because of somebody else's lack of effort, committment, or ability.