Tag Archives: Songwriting

Difficult Collab Conversations

In the Disney, fairy tale version of music production, the story goes something like this: a group of brilliant and talented musicians collaborate, in the studio, to voluntarily and cheerily create a true masterpiece.  No money changes hands.  The art … Continue reading

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First Takes, First Drafts and Alla Prima Painting

I’ve come to a realisation.  Most of the art I make is presented as it came out.  I rarely go back and correct or edit.  Everything is more or less as it happened.  I need to understand why that has … Continue reading

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100 Things That Make Me Smile

Have you ever caught yourself smiling, without at first being aware that you were?  That happened to me recently, so I thought it might be a good idea to note what it was that made me smile, in spite of … Continue reading

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It All Depends on How You Look at It

When I was a teenager, circa 1975, I had a band.  We liked to play loud and we practiced in the front rooms or garages of our parents’ houses.  Sometimes, if the weather was fine, we’d play on the back … Continue reading

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Puzzles and Works of Art

I dislike puzzles. That seems a bit surly, doesn’t it?  Bright people are supposed to enjoy puzzles.  Everybody assumes that if you’re bright enough to be in Mensa, there is nothing you love more than to solve puzzles.  Even Mensa … Continue reading

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When Should You Add the Vocals?

A lot of music producers, me included, have a very bad habit. It’s our shameful, guilty secret, but it’s time we confessed to it and mended our ways.  What is this dreadful habit we share? If you’re like most music … Continue reading

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Second Guessing

I saw an example of this, again, just the other day.  A guitarist, who had been in a quite well-known band, in the seventies, was talking about his latest band, in which he and his now elderly band mates were … Continue reading

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