im thinking about it right now and im so excited: i dont have to go to the stupid meeting this friday. or ever again. so im slowly hacking away at that to-do list. got a couple of things knocked out today. the fact that i have my WHOLE friday at my disposal is really going to work to my advantage…
ive decided to put to rest this post-a-day goal. ive proven that i can do it if i want to, but what is the point in posting every day if your posting has no point. im going to take a few days off to attempt to get better at this new craft of mine…
talk to you soon.
ive gotten on a late-nite schedule. its crazy how when things are not busy, they are really busy. for the past week i have not been working at all. and all kinds of other chores have come up that need to be tended to. its good, ive been productive, and i am getting caught up on a lot of stuff. one thing that is suffering, however, are the quality of my posts. not that any of my posts are very good, but the last couple of posts have pretty much not served any purpose other than my own satisfaction. i guess when you really think about it 90% of all the blogs out there are really just for the personal satisfaction of the writer.
what is left to do:
2 clean house
3 study acoustics/studio construction
4 back up data from studio powerbook, and upgrade os
5 meet w/ paul
6 work on blogging skills/website
7 roll coins
8 knock out to do list on ical
i seriously considered not writing a post today. its 3am here in nashville, and i just got home. its been a long day. i have had some time off of work, and have been using the time to do things that get neglected when you are making records. ive got a long to do list that keeps on growing. i hope to get done by the end of the week. i expect to be moving a little slower tomorrow, due to the fact that i stayed up too late tonight. well thats basically it… i pretty much wrote a post just for the sake of writing a post. i really wanna stick to my goal.
i was talking to someone the other day about the state of the music business. the main point of discussion was how record labels are dealing with the changing tides of the industry. there were a lot of subtopics brought up during our discussion, and many ideas touched on that would be possible solutions to the needs of a new market. at one point something was said that struck a chord with me. i dont remember verbatim what the person said, so i will just paraphrase it.
in most industries you do your daily job, working hard to become successful. but you dont live and die by what you do. at night you go home to your family. on the weekends you go to the movies, you go boating, you leave your job at the office and have fun. in the music business you have to live it. if you want to be more successful than your competitor, and the competition is working every waking hour, then you have to adopt that work ethic too.
in short, you basically have to give up your life to make records. at least this is the case with artists, producers, engineers and assistant engineers. it doesnt help when the music industry is taking a huge hit because record sales are down. there are plenty of solutions out there for opening up alternate revenue streams. everyone who works in the industry has an opinion of what those solutions are, but nothing seems to change. the only thing that does seem to change is that budgets shrink, and rosters get smaller. i could go on and on, griping about what is wrong with the music industry, but im just going to stop short. i woke up on the wrong side of the bed. tomorrow is a fresh start to a new workweek… i swear im gonna be positive.
i almost missed my post goal again today. i spent the day at the lake in the hot sun. i had a lot of fun, but im very tired tonight. i dont have much to say. i think the only thing that is really on my mind at all right now, is that im kind of in a phase of writer’s block. when i say “writer’s block” i really mean “creative block,” because although i do write, its not what i earn my living doing.
im at a crossroads right now. ive quit my staff job at the recording studio i have held since the summer of 2004, and am trying to focus all my energy into my own production work. right now im in between projects. i have been hired to be a part of a project that starts on the 23rd, but im going to be more of a co-engineer/assistant. after that project is done, i dont have anything else lined up. my mind is full and racing with how to move ahead with my plans for my production company. im going to spend the next week learning (how to be a better blogger, for example) rather than creating.
currently im trying to meet a one-post-a-day goal. for the last four days ive been on track. i almost broke the flow today.
im finding out first hand just how hard blogging is. its very challenging to come up with original content that is valuable to everyone. im still refining my abilities, trying to stay away from just mindlessly blabbing about myself. there is no telling just how long its going to take me to get this down. it also makes me feel weird to see how much i am talking about myself. ive gone back to read the posts ive written, and i kind of cringe when i see how many times i typed “i” or “me.” the art of blogging is a struggle for me. hopefully this post-a-day goal will keep my mind stimulated, and things will fall into place. so with that im going to close this post (crash and burn). im going to get some sleep, and spend tomorrow at the lake.
im quickly becoming obsessed with blogging. it has already proven to be very rewarding/fun, and im constantly thinking about what my next post should be. ive started reading a whole lot of other blogs, researching how others who have been blogging longer than me do it. im also reading up on internet technology a lot more. this has opened a whole new interest in my life, and im very excited about the possibilities. its also kind of strange to me, because i feel like im someone who pays pretty good attention to what is going on in the world of technology. however, blogging has made me aware of just how far behind the curve i actually am. new development in our modern digitized age is moving faster than we (or maybe just i) can comprehend. no one could have ever predicted just how deep of an impact the internet could have had on our global society. the uses and applications for the internet continue to multiply every day. what is also amazing to me is how valuable this intellectual property becomes. through blogging i sought out to become inspired. i have become inspired…
ive just finished mixing an ep that i produced for an artist who goes by the name wes sp8. there are five songs on the ep, all recorded, mixed, and produced by me. the project was recorded and mixed in its entirety at my studio, which im for the time being referring to as farmhouse recording company. the ep should be going out to mastering soon, and hopefully falling on your ears very soon.
another bit of significant news is about my studio. i have finally upgraded my pro tools rig to a mac pro running pro tools 7.3.1. this was a much needed and put off necessity. even bigger news that im very excited about is that i have plans to build a whole new studio from the ground up. currently im working out of a room that i converted to a studio. its basically a big tracking room with my equipment set up in one corner. im very excited about the idea having a facility with a tracking room, iso booths, and a control room that are all separate. in the next 4 to 6 weeks im going to be drawing up plans and designs, and talking with contractors. right now im planning on building a studio that will be around 1000sq ft. the room im in now, which is also about 1000 sq ft, will become the guest quarters for artists. im planning on breaking ground on this project sometime in the fall.
lastly, im gearing up to begin recording another project starting the 23rd. should be a fun rock project, although its going to be moving quite fast. there is basically two weeks to track the better part of a record. it definitely wont be easy, but there will be a lot of excitement flying around. im certainly excited. stay dialed in. ill give you details…
first let me say thank you for your interest. i realize there more than likely is no one out there at this point. after all, im just starting this blog. how could anyone possibly know about it? there is the chance that there are a few people who have wondered across this page much like you would by clicking on the “cool new people” section on myspace. but for the most part, i am talking to no one but myself.
my goals for this site immediately is to promote myself and my artistic/creative work. 90% of that is going to be production work in the music field. however, there are times when i may have a song or picture or whatever else that i have created that i want to show off. on the more long term front i would like to use this site to talk about other topics. things such as politics, general business and finance, for example. what i really want to stay away from is just mindlessly journaling my life. as if im publishing my diary or something. my basic desire is to document interesting topics that are beneficial to others as much as they are to me. i want this page to hold some kind of value for others. my not so basic desire is to stimulate my mind in a new way in order to engage in some kind of personal growth. naturally, its going to take some practice with a side order of trial and error to find the right topic/content/agenda for this page.
in the end im going to have fun. on some level im going to achieve my goals. im already learning and growing. thanks for reading. if you are even out there at all.
at the first of the year i decided that i wanted to cover new ground in my life. i have a vast list of things that i want to accomplish this year, with a few key endeavors taking the priority. i love being creative. my entire life, and how i attempt to make a living, is based off of being creative. my primary creative outlet is music. however, i enjoy other creative pastimes such as photography, motion picture, and literature. as the year is now more than halfway expired, i am hoping to begin accomplishing what i set out to do in the beginning. starting this blog is the first foot forward. in the remaining months i hope to use this site as a spark to my creative life, and begin showcasing my artistic identity. there is a lot of art i would like to share with you, as well as an infinite collection of topics and ideas.