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I finished up a notebook yesterday and moved into a brand new one.

As I flipped through the pages of the old notebook, I came across this horribly-drawn diagram that I wanted to share with you.

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6 Creative Block-Busters

Not Blockbuster like at the theater.

Something that busts creative blocks.

I’ve gotta write, record, and release an EP in the next week or so…and I got nothing. I’ve been legitimately busy, but the year is almost over, and I need to keep my commitment to release four EP’s this year. I released Someone to Blame, Rain, and Fighter. Now just one more…

I tried to come up with a few song ideas yesterday, and everything I wrote was lame. So today I’m giving myself some ideas of ways to bust through these creative blocks and crank out some songs. (more…)

What if they don’t like it?

I’m always hounding you to keep creating music. Occasionally one or two people will “get it,” and awesome things start to happen for them.

Here’s a big hang-up for a lot of people: “What if I create something, put it out there, and people don’t like it?”

Here’s the answer: (more…)

Movies, Exercise, & Zombies

I love a good movie. Heck, I love a bad movie. I just like movies.

Whenever I watch a big action-hero-type movie, I walk away thinking about what would happen if I was ever in a situation where I needed to be the awesome hero.

My first response is usually, “I need to get in better shape.” (Because you can’t save lives without six-pack abs.)

But I generally take it to a more serious place, like a zombie apocalypse. (more…)

It feels like such a bad word…

Just yesterday I had to say ‘no’ to two small recording projects from two different people.

They were projects I actually wanted to do, only they both had to be done ASAP.

I stepped back, listed out all the projects I’ve already committed to for this month. Then I wrote a number next to each project. That number represented how many days that project would take me. (more…)

John Candy & Scott Stapp

I got two quick stories for you.

Story #1: A couple weeks ago, while setting up my new studio, I decided to listen to a bunch of music I released in high school and college. As I unpacked boxes and organized cables and adapters, I just laughed and laughed at those old songs. They were terrible in every measurable way, but there was one thing in particular that stood out to me the most. It had to do with my voice. As a teenager, I had no idea what my voice was supposed to sound like. Every week at band rehearsal I would try to imitate another singer I liked. I really liked Creed at the time, so I would try to sing like Scott Stapp a lot. As I listened to those old recordings, it was so obvious that I was still trying to find my voice, that I was imitating other singers in a frenzied attempt to sound like a real singer. God forbid I simply sounded like myself. (more…)

Multitasking

Would you like to know the times when I feel the most productive, the most focused?

It’s not when I’m juggling ten different projects, making tiny progress on each of them. It’s not even when I have 20 items on my to-do list for the day, and I cross all of them off.

No, the most productive (and fun) days are the days when there’s ONE thing on my to-do list. (more…)

This works every time

For the next two days I’ll be producing an acoustic EP for my friends Ben and Caitlyn of Homestead Collective. (If you’re following me on the Facebook, I’ll be live-streaming some during the sessions. Come check it out.)

This will be the first session in my new studio…just a few days after moving in. (I’ve had exactly 4 business days to get everything set up and ready.) The last few days I’ve scrambled to figure out cabling, wiring, layout, basic acoustic treatment, headphone stations, etc. It’s been a whirlwind, and you might think I’m crazy, but this is EXACTLY what I needed. (more…)