Owen is my 2-year-old boy.

I love him to pieces, but sometimes he can be stubborn little booger.

For example, the other day he was eating lunch and wanted some strawberries. So I cut up a few strawberries for him. As SOON as I put them on his plate, he asked for more.

“Eat these first,” I told him.

“No, I want ALL of dem!”

Of course you do.

Thanks, Owen, for giving us an insight into human nature. We constantly want what we don’t have, to the point that we refuse to enjoy the good stuff sitting right in front of us because we want the “more stuff” that’s just out of reach.

And it’s sooooo easy to do this in the studio, too.

“I’m sorry, you can’t come track vocals until I buy that new preamp.”

“I’ll finish this mix once I get that new bus compressor everybody’s been raving about.”

And we sit and do nothing.

We don’t eat the strawberries right in front of us, even though they are perfectly good strawberries.

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To eating our strawberries,

Joe Gilder
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