Yesterday was a Monday.

So I tweeted out: “Happy Monday, folks. (I love Mondays.)”

I really do love Mondays. New week. New challenges.

And the first challenge of the week for me was unexpected…and awesome.

I’ve been getting back into running. I go with my wife, and we take our son Owen in a jogging stroller.

We woke up and decided to feed Owen breakfast then head out for a run. First thing in the morning, Monday morning. Good idea.

We got to the park where we run, and the gate was locked.

What the heck?

It’s 7:30 on a Monday morning, the gate should be unlocked.

We wound up at a different park with a 1.6 mile trail through the woods. So we went for it. Off-roading!

It was ridiculously bumpy, and Owen was cracking up the whole time.

There were hills and fallen trees and mud…it was challenging but awesome.

I wasn’t really looking forward to pounding the boring pavement for a couple miles, so a jog through the woods was just the thing I needed.

Beautiful scenery, challenging run. Loved it.

And there’s a lesson here for you and your studio.

If you’re stuck in a rut of working on the same stuff in the exact same way…over and over and over…I bet you’re feeling burned out.

Or perhaps you’re simply not getting better because you’re not changing things up and constantly challenging your creativity and recording skills.

How am I doing that?

On my next album, I’m recording real drums and real piano, rather than using virtual instruments.

That’s a whole can of new awesomeness to have fun with.

What about you?

What can you do differently?

One thing you can do is change the WAY you use the tools available…like compression. Are you using it the same way you did when you first started recording? Do you still not quite understand what it’s doing and how to get a good sound with it?

Then your “jog through the woods” moment could be watching my Understanding Compression videos.

Might be just the thing you need to shake things up and start making better recordings.

Get started here:

Joe Gilder