I’m a reasonably intelligent guy.

I can do a lot of things really well.

But when it comes to making coffee, it’s like my brain turns to mush. I don’t understand why it happens.

Like most people, we own a Keurig machine. I love having the ability to make a single cup of coffee on demand (by the way, Starbucks Pike Place Roast is where it’s at).

But for some reason, at least once or twice a month, I will completely forget to put a cup under the little coffee spout. Not only that, I will usually leave the room to go do something else. When I come back to enjoy my piping hot cup of coffee, I realize my blunder and now have to clean up the mess. Luckily, our coffee maker has a little tray that catches all the coffee that was meant for the cup.

Is there a point to all this?

Probably not.

But I just felt the need to remind you that we all do stupid things.

Perhaps you’ve had one of those sessions where you work for a couple hours and forget to hit save, then an unexpected power outage deletes everything you’ve been working on.

I’ve been there.

Maybe you sang an entire vocal take into the back of a microphone.

I’ve done that.

Maybe you’ve recorded an entire song at the wrong tempo.

Me too.

Chances are good that if you’ve done it, I’ve done it too. And I’m here to tell you, it’s not the end of the world.

Shake it off, make yourself a cup of coffee (preferably without spilling it everywhere), and get back to work.

What’s that? You need something to work on? I have just the thing.

Start here:


and you can be mixing an awesome tune in just a few minutes.

Joe Gilder
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