Structure, Spontaneity, and Decisions

I have a confession.

I hate making decisions.

I love having MADE decisions, but the actual decision-making process wears me out. It’s not so much normal, everyday decisions like “Should I put Sriracha on my eggs today or not?” (By the way the correct answer is “YES ALWAYS.”)

It’s the important decisions, the ones about work and music. You know, decisions about things like how I spend my time at work, how I spend my time NOT at work, how to become a professional model…things like that.

But seriously, it can be a struggle. I’ve gotten better, but the underlying resistance is still alive and well. (more…)

A Case Against Pre-Production

I’ve talked about pre-production before…a lot actually.

(In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, pre-production is the process of planning out a song before you record it, nailing down the essentials like tempo, arrangement, key, etc.)

Why do I keep bringing it up? Is it all about productivity and efficiency? Yes and no. Sure, you want to be productive in the studio; you want to finish things relatively quickly.

But more importantly, you want things to be FUN.

If working in the studio starts to feel like a JOB, you’ll be less and less motivated to get in there and make some progress. (more…)

The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Recording Engineers

You know that old saying? It goes something like this:

“Even the best-laid plans of mice and men go awry.”

So, if that’s the case, why bother planning your next recording project, right?

Because if you plan it, it’ll just go wrong anyway, right?

Bzzz. Wrong.

Here’s my experience. (more…)