There’s a song on my upcoming album (releasing next month!) that I was worried about from the get-go.

This album posed a lot of challenges. First off, it’s a collection of old Christian hymns, each of which I’ve re-arranged and “modernized.” Hymns can be difficult because they’re fairly repetitive. They don’t have the typical Verse-Chorus-Verse-Chorus-Bridge-Chorus structure that you typically see on a project.

On top of that, there’s one song that’s quite different from the others. It’s a much darker song (the only one in a minor key), and it has this haunting melody to it.

On top of that, I completely went for it on this song, writing some freaking huge guitar and piano parts. I took the “go big or go home” approach.

And I was worried.

I was worried that my attempts to make the song huge would fall flat. I was worried it would sound weak, anemic, maybe even boring.

I was worried it would sound like I was TRYING to make it huge, but failing miserably.

For a lot of us, that kind of worry can be crippling. We don’t want to work on the song anymore because we fear it’ll fail.

Well, to paraphrase Bobby McFerrin, I say, “Don’t worry, be SCRAPPY.”

Take a defiant stance.

Tell yourself you’ll make it happen, then get to work.

Take the song by the proverbial horns and stare it down, then do whatever is necessary to get it to where it needs to be.

For me, that involved lots of experimentation with guitar parts. I spent a lot more time recording electric guitars on this song, and there are layers upon layers of guitar, but the end result?

I did it.

Operation Humongous was a success.

Now, you’re not gonna succeed every time. Trust me, I fail plenty.

But if you take that “I’m gonna make this happen no matter what” approach, I think you’ll be surprised.

What say you? Wanna give it a shot on a mix? Got a great song to flex your defiant muscles on this month inside the Dueling Mixes members area.

Go get your scrap on:

Joe Gilder
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