I just turned 46 the other day. Wha???? There’s something about looking down the barrel at 50 that gets you thinking about things differently. My sweet husband then reminds me that I could live another 40 more years. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about that! It’s been a bumpy 46 years indeed. If I do have another 40-ish years ahead of me, I’d really like them to be a bit smoother, please.
A few months ago, I watched the movie “Sing Street”. The movie kept showing up on the “what to watch now on Netflix” lists, and it was written and directed by John Carney, the one who brought us “Once”, one of the most beautiful and brilliant movie musicals ever (which later became a Broadway Musical and cleaned up the Tony’s). So, of course I had to watch it. It was only slightly annoying that John completely disregarded the enormous problem these kids would have had back in the 80’s of recording these catchy tunes they were writing. John showed the kids recording in this teeny living room by a large window … with … a …. portable …. cassette…...recorder……
Let’s talk about writer’s block. Have you ever felt all of the creativity that once flowed freely just stop? I’m not talking about hitting a wall on a particular song that you can’t seem to move past, until you clear your head and go back to it the next week. I’m talking about, straight up “I don’t think I can create any more” type of phase? It happened to me once.
t’s almost predictable. As I’m wrapping up a meeting with a new client, they look around my home studio, and ask how I got started doing “all of this” as they sweep their arms around the room in one gesture.
here is a big difference between being a "singer" and being an "artist". The journey toward authentic artistry can seem not only daunting but abstract . While you can develop vocal chops by singing along and imitating your favorite singers, as soon as you are able, you should detach yourself from the training wheels and explore your individuality.
That first experience of going to a studio, hearing your voice in the headphones, forking over your hard earned and painfully saved money to the engineer and/or producer is a mixed bag of elation and terror.
You can’t stress the importance of professionalism in this industry enough. And these guys embody the word in all of the areas that matter completely. Wouldn’t it be nice if, before someone heard a single note of music coming from you, they already liked you?
No doubt that you’ve already read an article or two on the subject of preparing for a recording session. It probably listed a good amount of “Do’s” and “Don’ts”. I’m venturing out a little to the left of the playing field to give you some beyond-the-basics advice.
This segment is all about the language of music production. If you are an artist that hopes to someday create an album, this entire segment is focused on teaching YOU the artist all you need to know in order to select the right producer for you and to speak their language so that you can best convey what you need and want in your music.
There’s this voice in my head I call “Sassy-B”. Most of the time, what she says and thinks stays quietly in my noggin as it properly should (my husband gets to hear her annoying voice more than he’d like).
Over the years, the title of “Music Producer” has not only changed shape but broken off into categories and sub-categories. It can be confusing for an artist who is about to dig deep into their pockets to invest in their music.
Well folks, it’s been ages since I put up a blog but that is all about to change. After working in the music industry for over 20 years, I’ve decided that it is now my responsibility to share the knowledge I’ve attained with the masses!
I turned 45 last month. Arriving at such a milestone compels one to reflect. I’m a reflector anyway, but, becoming officially “middle-aged” (assuming I’m going to live to be 90. Ugh.) has my hand hovering over the panic button.