I had a weird dream last night.

A 13-year-old kid was babysitting Maggie, one of my 18-month-old twin girls.

They were upstairs at an old house, with a big banister/railing overlooking the downstairs. The gaps between posts was huge, and I told the kid to make sure Maggie didn’t get close to them or she’d fall through.

Then he picked up Maggie and held her out OVER THE RAIL.

Holy fury.

I slammed the kid down and held his face with my hand and threatened him within an inch of his life. You don’t mess with my family.

Whew, I’m getting riled up just typing this.

If you have kids, you know what I’m talking about. You may be mild-mannered in all things, but if something threatens your little one, you become an angry mama grizzly bear.

And sometimes…sometimes mama grizzly comes out when she shouldn’t.

Sometimes we treat our latest mix like it’s our baby. And anyone who has anything negative to say about it will suffer the wrath of our burning anger.

But see, that’s not a good thing.

Yes, you should protect your children.

No, you shouldn’t protect your mixes.

You need to put them “in harm’s way.” You need to at least occasionally ask for honest feedback. It’s one of the most powerful ways to improve your mixes. (I think it’s powerful because it’s painful. Ha.)

That’s what Graham Cochrane and I subject ourselves to every month. We each mix the same song, then we open it up for hundreds of people to critique it.

But then some of those people are brave enough to mix the song themselves and submit it for critique to their peers.

Those brave souls are getting better.

And it’s awesome to watch.

So, what say you?

Ready to put yourself out there? To risk a little pain in order to finally improve those mixes you’re working on?

If so, bravely click here:


…and come join the fun.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

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