It's time I confessed something: I have never enjoyed audio production. Creating demos of my music has long been a task that I view as a chore. I have no excuse to not make demos: I've amassed a respectable (if not pretty great) in-home recording studio*, I've become reasonably adept with Logic Pro X, I play the piano and sing, and I know a wealth of terrific actors/performers. Yet somehow in spite of these blessings, I just don't enjoy making demos - evidenced by the (relatively) small library of my music featured on this site.
The reason is simple: making even the most basic demo takes a lot of time, and I'd rather devote that time to writing something new. Between enlisting capable performers, coordinating rehearsal/recording schedules, engineering a recording session, choosing takes, and post-production mixing/mastering, even a basic demo can take days to produce. There are some people who really love this process (oh, how I wish I were one of them...), but my real joy is in writing the song. Songwriting has always been my passion, while audio production leaves me cold.
Apart from the tangible upside of creating a demo, the collaborative nature of this process has been a welcome reminder of how grateful I am: grateful to be surrounded by such a wonderful community of talented people who graciously lend me their time and talent. I have always believed that business is about people first and money second, and the music business is no exception - to say nothing of the truth that, for me at least, making music with people is one of life's greatest joys. With this latest experience soon to be under my belt, I hope to take this newfound positive view of demo making with me into the future.
Though recording Dunstan (...after dealing with some backend tech problems with my recording studio, don't ask...) occupied the lion's share of my creative time in July, I also made some progress on my other projects. I was able to do a little more work on the Act I Finale of First Year, and I'm steadily plugging away at my story outline of Elizabeth (I just hit page 30, with no end in sight. Yeah, draft two will involve some serious tightening).
As for August, my big project - in addition to finishing and releasing Dunstan - is to finish my first outline of Elizabeth and start draft two. Unrelated, I'm super excited to be participating on stage in a two-week reading of Sondheim's Into the Woods with AfterWork Theater (purely for fun!). It's one of my all time favorite shows: I've seen every major production in NYC since I moved here in 2008, and playing Baker was the pinnacle of my high school theater career #GolfClaps. Though this means less time for writing this month, performing brings with it its own joy - to say nothing of the invaluable perspective it affords me in my writing.
That's it for now. Happy August, stay cool!
* My core studio consists of: Kawai MP-7 keyboard, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, SM-7B mic, Behringer BCF-2000 mixing board, Edirol MA-15D stereo monitors, and a slew of MIDI controllers, headphones, pedals, additional mics, and other equipment.