I worked one two mixes today. One is shaping up nicely. The other is making me wish I had some hair to pull out.

Instrumentally the mix sounds great. Punchy drums, big guitars. Thick bass. All is well in the land. But the lead vocal is KILLING ME.

This is a track I produced, so I’m the one who recorded the vocal, and I even swapped out microphones to get a better sound (you know, GIRATS and all), but it’s not coming together for me…at least not without a fight.

So what did I do? I got the heck outta there. I’m typing this in the parking lot of Owen’s school. I decided to pick him up from school before I punched my studio computer. I’m still pretty worked up. It’s frustrating to sit and work on a vocal for a solid 30 minutes with nothing to show for it.

What’s WORSE is that this was a part of this month’s Behind-the-Scenes Training for my VIP Members. I stopped 1.5 hours into the mix and said, “I’m sorry. I’m frustrated and need to take a break. I’ll come back and finish this video later.”

And that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take Owen home. Kiss the wife and the girls, and head back to the studio to do battle.

And I will win…as God as my witness…

The only reason I tell you this is to remind you and me both that music is fun, but it’s also WORK. And things don’t always go according to plan. That’s okay.

Get in there and DO THE THING anyway.

Oh, and if you want to see how this story (and the mix) turns out, you’ll need to be a VIPer. That’s what I call my VIP members. Ten bucks a month gets you into the Promised Land. Click here to check it out.

Later skater.

Joe Gilder
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