I just got home from an afternoon in the studio. I will soon have some sound bites of what I’m up to on these pages.
The process of recording always leaves me with mixed feelings; on one hand I find it creatively inspiring, on the other hand I am sometimes uncomfortable with the thought of freezing a moment of musical time into a musical still life.
During a live performance an occasional small mistake is of little consequence if the overall performance is good. A small mistake in the studio can seem like the audio equivalent of having a portrait photographed with spinach on my teeth!
There is also the balance of capturing a performance that is passionate yet technically excellent. It can sometimes require several takes to get a balance of both.
My playing and listening skills always evolve during the recording process.
I am constantly surprised with how different it can be to hear myself play as a listener rather than listening while I am playing. I often can’t really know how successful a take was until I listen back to it. I have been surprised in both directions.