I’m hopefully writing to describe the hardest part of recording this record. We had a piece written that has one specific loop that is used throughout almost the entire thing. I knew the success of this piece was dependant on the success of recording 4 measures and looping them throughout the entire song. I had lots of ideas on how to record this well and sat down one day a few weeks ago and couldn’t get this semi difficult loop to be just right. I tried every trick that I had as to how to practice this part. After about 2-3 hours of working I was no closer and decided before I threw my cello out the window I should go to sleep and try it again the next day.
The next day I went to work in hopes that I would have more success. Again after several hours of working and trying to get it just right I still didn’t have “the one.” I continued to work and work but I couldn’t be convinced of that I was getting the product that I wanted.
Thanksgiving break hit and me and my family went to Milwaukee and was a much needed break of the frustration of 4 measures. I came back determined to get this recorded perfectly. I sat in the recording studio for a few more hours and I decided it wasn’t my playing that was the problem it was my mind and confidence. Anything I recorded wasn’t good enough. After my first failure I lost the confidence to know what works and what doesn’t. At this point I probably put 8-10 hours in 4 measures, which shows my obsessive behaviors. I decided recording alone doesn’t equal success, at least for these four measures.
I then asked my wife to please sit down and give me the moral and musical support that I’ve needed for this section. I got her a nice chair to sit in, some headphones, and a hot chocolate and we went to work. We decided on our process and started. After an hour of work we finished what we set out to do.
This proves the point, that no matter how skilled someone is at something, or how much work they put into something, one of the most important things people needs for success is support. Yes I realize this blog post is touching that proverbial line of cheesiness. If this was the 90’s you might be thinking your reading chicken soup for the musical soul book, or maybe the end of a touching Full House Episode where Danny Tanner tells the girls a very important life lesson. Even amidst my corny post, it was an aha! moment for the recording process and am thankful that this trial in the recording process is for at the moment done with and can move on knowing that success was reached last night. Thankful for my wife.