Haha, it is a rather weird time for me now. It seems like there is really nothing much to update as of now. I mean several events did happen but I don’t see them having much significance to warrant a post. So yeah, I am just going to throw some stuff out and just go from there.
My music production has been a bit stuck. Several things has happened that made me a bit discouraged. My photoshop and lightroom has expired. So the single cover is never coming along. I have actually quite a few songs floating in my head as of now. To get them out and produce them as a track really takes quite a bit of time. Getting the chords out is only a small part of the story. There is so much work to try and generate like a demo track, think of what goes with what. Then finally ask someone to help. Then after recording is yet another hard process. There are hundred and one decisions on what to add. How to tune and edit the track. To generate a demo worthy track really takes quite a bit of time. It is true that I am my harshest critic.
Sometimes I watch people online talk about how they managed to make producing their career and my heart gets encouraged. I really wonder if there will be such opportunities for me. Ideally, it would really be a dream job. Mixing music for a living. Must be nice.
Recently, there have been quite a few people exploring the world of recording. More and more people are trying to record what they play. It is such a great thing! If more people get more aware of how they sound being recorded, it will only result in better musicians and they will be more aware of how to arrange and mix.
I am humbled whenever I start on my music production. There are so many people that are WAY better than me when it comes to playing music. In fact, it downright envy people who can play a pitched instrument. It really isn’t easy to remember so much of theory, having the muscle memory to play stuff. It is really amazing. I wonder if having drums as my first instrument was meant to make me a whole lot more humble. Not that drums is any less of an instrument, don’t get me wrong, but if I were to play guitar or piano as my first instrument, I probably would be able to produce all these songs with more ease.
Recently DL posted a video of him covering a song. He had friends that helped him with the shooting of the video and all. DL really made me rather self conscious. I mean, he started off as a vocalist and then he made his way all the way up to being one of the most talented musicians in CAMY. In fact, the tracks he produced are really impressive. His voice and guitar playing. Man, how I wish I sounded like that.
I then think about the people that have been trying so hard to post covers and originals over the years. CK, KY, PS, PB, DC, etc etc. Wouldn’t it be weird if I posted a song out of the blue with me singing?
I made a cover recently and it is really somewhat of an afterthought. I just tried whatever I thought was cool, mixed it together and that was it. I feel kinda ashamed that I did so much editing. It kinda makes me feel that I didn’t honour all the hard work that people have been doing all these years trying to get a song to sound good; all the vocal training that they had.
Don’t get me wrong ok, I really don’t want people to think that all you need to make a song or a cover is some engineering tricks. You definitely need musical training one. I am struggling to learn music theory now. Seeing music as a formula based thing really isn’t that helpful. It is extremely tedious. I am exploring a work around recently. There is a plug-in called the chord trigger. It is amazing! HAHAHA! I used to click all three notes to make a chord, it was REALLY tedious. Now I can input one note and it plays the chord for me.
Sorry got derailed by cool technology.
I would much rather play those notes than to rely on dead MIDI stuff. MIDI definitely has its own place, but there is really nothing like a musician playing those notes. Working on how to sing, how to play, etc etc really helps. There is a limit to how much I can edit. Just imagine an underexposed photo. No matter how hard I edit, the noise will still come out even if you use photoshop, perhaps you can rid of some noise by really cutting the layer and pasting it to a different background, but the cut layer will still have noise. It would be better and so much simpler to take a photo that is properly exposed.
What I am getting at is that musicality is really important. In fact I would put that above the engineering side of things. Engineering technicalities are way easier to grasp after you nail down the musicality part.
For me, Engineering is my strong suit. I learned it in school about the same time I got better on the drums. Just like how they put in effort to work on their singing and playing, I put in effort in my engineering. Perhaps the issue isn’t honing musicality over engineering, I think it is doing whatever you can to get the best results.
There are million of ways I can go about making a song or cover. One should focus on their strong points and really drive it home on those while working on what they are weak in.
The self consciousness, I guess, I will just have to deal with it eventually. Oh I saw the video and I thought to myself that I could film that MV much better! AHAHAHA! Not because of anything luhh, it was just too shaky. Just use a tripod and everything will look better.
I give thanks for all that God has blessed me with! Thank you for so many gifts oh Lord! 🙂