Today I sent some uke & vocal tracks that I’ve been recording to our mixing engineer, to see how I’m doing, technically speaking. This way, if there’s something that can be improved, I can do it now, instead of trying to fix it later in the mix.
He might say “slow down the compressor’s attack” or something; that is a possible critique.
If all’s well then it’ll be full steam ahead to try and finish off all the songs that have been knocking about in my head for far too long. It’s a bit stressful, keeping them all in there. They need to be let outside.
So, once we’ve locked down a new recording location, then we’ll start tracking this record. I was going to record in a church, but that’s not going to work. I might have found a new location with another musician who isn’t home much and understands my need for solitude and quiet when recording. I meet her tomorrow to see her space, and hopefully that works out. I have all the gear I need, and some of it is borrowed, so I need to get started.
I’ve been a little stressed by how scattered my brain is with all these songs. I do have a handful of finished songs, but I have heaps of song bits and pieces that just keep coming. New ones arriving into my head all the time, usually while driving my car.
I feel like I should work on all these bits and flesh them out into full-grown songs before I attempt the recording process, but part of me wants to write them while recording. I think some seriously cool spontaneous things might happen. And I like cool spontaneous things. The song “Lazy” came together while I was recording it. All I had in my head beforehand was the opening uke riff and the rest just kind of fell out of my mouth.
When it comes to songwriting, I don’t really know exactly what works for me yet. I don’t have a reliable approach. Sometimes I try to re-do a method or approach that worked really well the last time, but it won’t work at all. Some days I really have to coax out my ideas, and sometimes they just flow out faster than I can keep up. I don’t know if there’s a logic behind the process or not, but if there is, I’m going to find it.