I read a killer article the other day.

The basic premise was this: Life isn’t easy, but it IS simple.

Boom. Isn’t that good?

Okay, how do we unpack that idea in a way that helps us make better music? Here are a few examples to work our way there:

Eating healthy isn’t easy, but it is simple. This year Pam and I have dramatically changed the way we eat. I’ve lost about 15 pounds and don’t see myself stopping. For the longest time we would try to find the perfect eating plan, the perfect diet that would make us be more healthy. As it turns out, it doesn’t really matter what you do when it comes to eating healthy. It doesn’t take a genius to know that junk food is bad for you and vegetables are good for you. We wanted to find something easy. It turns out we needed something simple instead. Read more »

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This week I share a little snippet of the “fat mic” from my drum tracking session yesterday. (We ran a room mic through a crazy tube Limpander that made it sound super cool.) Plus I answered questions about everything from songwriting to creating vintage-sounding recordings.

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In this week’s episode, I talk about doing pre-production for my upcoming EP, answer your questions, and play the scratch tracks to one of my new songs.

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I’ve been blogging and YouTubing since 2009. That’s a pretty long time in internet years. When I first started out, I read every article I could get my hands on about how to write blog posts and headlines and emails, etc. Everyone had a formula. “This 3-Step Formula Will Double Your Subscribers.” Stuff like that.

The things is, those formulas work…sort of.

We’ve all fallen prey to the super catchy headline that promises something amazing or interesting or surprising if we just click the link. After all, that’s the purpose of the headline, to get your attention. (Hello, click-bait.)

So I tried the formulas, and they kinda worked. But the problem with formulas is that once you start using them, you feel like you have to use them everywhere.

“If formulas work for things like headlines, then I should create formulas for how I record and mix things,” I thought to myself. So I would start coming up with “My 7-Step Formula for…” and “3 Secrets to a Better…” Read more »

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In this week’s episode, I answered a lot of great questions and shared a GREAT quote I heard from Jimmy Douglass at NAMM.

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I re-read a book by Donald Miller recently that I just love. It’s called A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Don is a Christian writer, but his stuff doesn’t read like a typical religious book. It’s more like the random, thoughtful ramblings of a Christian who’s trying to make sense of this crazy life. (I mean no disrespect to Don, I really connect with his books.)

One of the themes of the book is the idea of story — what makes up a good story. The elements of story are similar to the elements of life. What makes a good story makes a good life.

Don comes back again and again to the question “Am I living a good story? Or is there a better story I could be living?”

Don suggests that we can actively insert ourselves into a better story, especially if we find ourselves in a dull or unexciting one. Read more »