Work continues on the new songs.
Yeah, I know. Big shocker.
I reached out to a local friend - Howie Kolb - for some feedback on my most recent mixes/mastering attempts. Sometimes fresh ears can help. His did. He offered some wonderful thoughts on how to improve the overall sound. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. However, I want to give myself a day or two away from the material, then listen again on different sources. I listened some today wearing headphones at work and on my car stereo. I think some of the songs ARE ready, but some need some gentle tweaking. Nothing drastic, and everything sounds much better than it did back when I thought I was done the first time.
So, while this has taken significantly longer than i would’ve preferred, it’s been a valuable learning experience. So I got that going for me.
However, there’s a reason my next musical project is me singing unaccompanied and doing one take videos - music production is not my favorite aspect of making music. Making music is my favorite part of...well, making music. Writing and performing, and I’m not sure which is better. Arranging is a distant third, followed by recording, and then mixing/mastering. Honestly, I could live without ever doing the latter myself again, but I’m fairly sure it won’t go that way.
On the non-musical front, I had to have a tooth pulled Friday. It required oral surgery, and I caught a cold or the flu about the same time. May have been at the oral surgeons office, but I’ll never know for sure. I also have at least two cavities that need attention sooner rather than later, and there was a third problem I can’t recall. The tooth had to come out because it was loose, and I wasn’t going to wait for it to pop out on its own and have an exposed nerve.
No fucking way.
On the plus side, I have a great dental plan. Even so, I paid $362, and after the fact, they said it should have been more, but they did something wrong. Still, we signed paperwork, so they didn’t charge me the extra. That’s great and all, but I suspect they’re still not biling properly. I’ll check my claim online at some point. I am DEFINITELY going to insist they preauthorize any further work; I’m not having any confusion when it comes to how much it will cost. I’m not exactly rolling in money.
That’s it for now. Be good.