The trouble with owning a recording studio
February 7, 2011 Leave a comment
The central problem with the DIY-ethic self-owned recording studio is that it’s entirely too easy to value your time at $0, and engage in the quest for the absolutely perfect take of that one guitar part or vocal harmony. There is something valuable in paying someone else for their time in this way – it’s a lot easier to declare something “finished,” because it’s finished once you stop paying for it.
The same is true with home repairs: once you’re not paying contractors, you are in fact done, at least with that project.
So that said, I feel pretty good about the lead guitar parts and vocals for Return to Me (which I just finished) – that will probably just about fill the non-ironic emotion quota for the album: most of the other songs are a bit more emotionally detached, or are at least not quite so earnest. Next up is the basic track for The Ballad of Lost C’Mell, which is in fact inspired by the Cordwainer Smith story of the same name (and if you’re not familiar with Smith’s writing, it’s definitely worth some time, but start with The Game of Rat and Dragon).