You bust ass and finish the record and you're excited about the music and your plan is focused and organized. You could easily release it yourself TODAY, but you have to sit back and wait for the powers that be, letting the wheels turn and the play develop, which takes weeks, or in some cases, months. This is called "setting up the release properly." Unless you just wanna be another tiny tree in an ever-growing forest of noise, this is crucial. But it is my least favorite part of the music business. Some wise old dude once sang, "The waiting is the hardest part." Meanwhile, I'm just kicking around NYC playing for some other folks on their projects - bass here, mandolin there, keyboards here and there - and trying not to watch the pot boil.