Archive for September, 2010

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?

Oye!

Note to Self – the end begins

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

After 10 years or work, we are finally about to send off our new CD, Note to Self, to be printed. It’s crazy. What a long, strange trip it’s been. I am very proud of the work that went into the huge project. There is so much that goes into making a CD. Tons of recording, arranging, engineering, etc.. Hours and hours can be spent on a single 2 measure guitar part. Weeks can be spent on a piano part. Tons of time is devoted to getting the artwork just right. And in the end, the desired result is that it all comes off as simple and effortless.

Did we succeed? You be the judge. Watch for the release of Note to Self in the next few weeks.

Growth

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.

Yes.