The latest from Michael on Facebook:
"Days of MOMLAP. That's the acronym for the Live Album of the Movies of the Mind show. Movies of the Mind Live Album Project. So we don't have to write it all out.
It was hard. I hoped to get everything out shortly after the tour finished at the end of November but I ran afoul of Mother Time and her sneaky tricks. I won't bore you with that -- only to say that we just now got the Super Deluxe and the Deluxe versions shipped. There were only 200 each. Only!?
What was I thinking?
I thought it would be a small batch of CD's I would assemble myself and send out like an artist's edition of a print. Silly me. I had to ask my family to come bail me out -- yet again -- which they did. We all sat on the floor and licked and stamped and taped and wrapped for days until we were worn out.
The Super Deluxes should have started their arrivals to their customers by now -- I saw where Monley posted his box opening -- and the Deluxe should hit by this weekend.
Of course there is still some of the Standard edition. This is the edited show so it will fit on one CD and the final product is the CD with a T-Shirt, not signed or numbered, but limited -- we only made 600. Only!?
It has been a real lesson in manufacturing and production at the artisanal level. I have more of an appreciation for those little cans of olive oil that home gardeners grow and bottle.
Finally, of course, it all reminds me of days of my youth sitting on the kitchen floor and bottling up and boxing Liquid Paper while my mother did the sales and bookeeping.
There is something wonderful about this kind of hands-on experience of making something and selling it. When the packages finally went out the door there was a relief and a bittersweet sense of a complete cycle -- a beginning and an end. The beginning starting out on tour with the show -- and the ending watching the final boxed editions of the recording of that show going out to its patrons. Of being elated and dog tired.
The Super Deluxe and Deluxe sold out in a few hours but we still have a couple of hundred of the Standards left and I expect I will take some those with me to the MonkeeCon in New Jersey.
I am going to play the Movies of the Mind show for the Monkees fans. MOMLAP meets Monkees fans. Full circle."