Pushing the red button and tangling wires

August 8, 2015  

The last two days in studio have been a spectacular struggle. Troubleshooting has its good and bad days. I keep thinking that there has got to be a better way to handle the to-do checklist. If there is any consolation to be found, it is in the moments that we have managed to capture and that we are heading in a direction that feels right. There are other moments between head scratching and teeth grinding that I feel needs to be written down as well - if only to say that this recording business ain't easy! I can only tell myself that at any level, there are limitations: budget & time being the most obvious ones. Despite those odds, it's best to keep in mind that the only real limitations we face are our own selves. The way we choose to play our instruments take after take to bring perfection to the captures brings a certain measure of complacency if we're not careful to keep in mind that we are in fact sculpting emotions for every string plucked and every snare drum tapped. If you waver for even a microsecond, and the metronome is always ticking, you'll falter, you'll lose your nerve, and you'll cave in to hesitation. Hesitation is death in a recording context. The tension between making every note crisp and layering the tracks with feeling is a mental battle that every recording musician endures; but the question of a perfect or imperfect capture is not about precision, but of spirit. In this sense, human beings become instruments and our musical instruments become extensions of our intentions. Dare I say that they're pure..?