Every time I start to think “Hmm, I think for my next album I’ll just make it free,” I get a check in the mail from CDBaby for music sales. Almost like the Universe is trying to tell me something. It is. My new approach, which I will set in stone, is that I will always put out music that is free to listen to online. And if people want to purchase it and show support, they will be able to buy it from either Bandcamp or iTunes.
My life is complicated. I keep changing my musical goals. Why? Because music is one of two hobbies for me. My life, if divided up into categories, would look like this:
- Work (Career) – Web programmer and developer.
- Home Life – Wonderful (and beautiful) wife, two great kids, and a not super well-behaved dog.
- Hobby 1 – Software Developer. I own Cool Classroom Software.
- Hobby 2 – Songwriter/Recording Artist.
That’s not the order of importance – but it probably is the order of how my time is spent. One of the things I am learning, with everything going on, is to stop setting spur of the moment goals. I’ve gone through a bunch of “goals” lately and I keep changing them, which means my goals need to be more general. Instead of “I’m going to record an album about dogs,” my goal should be “I’m going to write and record songs I like.”
It’s kind of interesting reading through my previous blog posts. It has taught me that I need to be more focused and work on tasks, and stop making big long term goals on a whim.
And yes, it is pretty funny that I’m a web developer yet I’ve chosen the most basic WordPress theme in the universe for this site. But it’s exactly what I want – simple and functional. For something jazzier, go up and click on the Cool Classroom Software link.
This is Time Management 101. This is basic GTD. You can’t “Record an album about dogs.” It’s too big a task. But you can “record a guitar track for a song.” Last night I recorded 5 guitar tracks for the song “Dog of Thunder” – two tracks on my Epi Les Paul, and two tracks on my yellow Strat, and then one clean track on my yellow Strat. The first four tracks were recorded using my Line 6 Floor Pod Plus, with the Modern Distortion patch I edited. It’s the same patch I used on the choruses of “Never Completely” and “A Guy Like That” on the choruses. Bringing the heavy guitars in on the chorus is one of my favorite arrangement tricks. It’s like you’re cruising along through the verse, and then the chorus comes in and it gets more dramatic.
I suspect the fun isn’t over. Today I’ll record a clean Epi Les Paul track. And with the two clean tracks I’ll run them through Amplitube 3 and see if I can come up with something I like better than the Pod sound. I’m pretty sure I will. If not, the Line 6 sound is the fallback. Also on the agenda is to record a bass track. Which means I have to write one first. Um, also on the agenda is to write a bass track.