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Next Record

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I have been thinking a lot about our next CD. We have talked forever about it being a “quiet record”. Originally it was going to be disc 2 of the 2-disc set that was going to be Note To Self. That became too big an idea at the time and we decided to go ahead and make it into 2 different CDs instead.

I love the idea of making a quiet CD, partially because the instrumentation will be so stripped down and simple. Seemingly this will be easier to make. However, I think it will actually be pretty tough. The more stripped down music becomes, the more crucial the individual elements become. They have to be dead on right and serve all their orchestration purposes perfectly. They have to carry the emotional weight in a much more specific way. It will be an exciting challenge.

But first…let’s get this sucker done. Any day now!

Waiting & Listening

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

So the masters of Note to Self are in. These files are essentially the final product. This is what we send off to get printed into 1000 CDs. We have been listening furiously to make sure that they are where we want them to be. It’s a very hard process because they sound different in different locations. In my car, it sounds like there is too much bass. In my rental car in Arizona, the sounded perfect. In my headphones, they sound dark. On my computer speakers, it sounds like the vocals are too loud. How do you decide what is ‘right’ in this situation?

It reminds me of the subtlety of listening. Energy can be hugely effected by only the slightest shift in volume or tone. Is there anyway to know what’s right? If everyone is gonna hear it differently in the end, is there even a ‘right’ to begin with?

And ultimately, do I have even the slightest bit of objectivity left?



Monday, September 6th, 2010

Where does true musical growth come from? This is a question that has been in my life for so long and in so many different contexts. Does it come from writing music in as many different arenas as are available to you and then several more? Does it come from listening to as many different kinds of music as are available to you and then several more? Is it about practicing your instrument 800 hours a day and then several more? Is it about starting at the right age (for you)? Is it about having music around you as a child? Is it about being in touch with yourself on a deep level so that you can have access to the emotions that are the root of your individual expression?

The answer is simple.