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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 »

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I’m back from winter NAMM. Got lots of questions about mic bleed, mixing and recording, amongst other things.

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I just got back from the NAMM show out in California. It was a fun time. I got to meet some great folks and hang out with new and old friends.

I attended a talk by big-time drummer Kenny Aronoff. He’s quite a character, super entertaining. He was talking about some of the keys to his loooong successful career in the business. One thing he said was:

0 + 0 = 0

A few times at NAMM I heard successful folks acknowledge that luck was a part of their success, but they were quick to say that the luck was in the opportunity that presented itself to them. What set them apart was that they were prepared for that moment when it arrived. Read more »

Since today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the US, I want to share a song and a story.

I’m a white guy. I grew up in a small town in Mississippi. We were a squarely upper middle class family. While there’s technically no segregation in Mississippi, it’s still a very segregated culture. White people live in this part of town. Black people live in that part of town.

Growing up, I remember feeling a distance between me and any black friends I would make. It was almost as if we were looking over our shoulders, waiting for someone to tell us we weren’t supposed to talk to each other.

Fast forward to a few years ago, and I met Donté. Read more »