I experienced something today while working in a big writing session that I really didn’t like about myself and I need to change it quick. I was set to record a vocal part as a harmony to another part already done by another one of the writers. I had some issues with getting it right. Instead of being told it wasn’t working out, I was asked to come out of the booth.
That bothered me.
I prefer to work something if I’m not getting it straight away. But because I wasn’t told outright to forget it, or allowed to work on it, I got down on myself like I wasn’t contributing anything. Of course it didn’t come off well like I was getting my feelings hurt. That wasn’t really the case, I was more bummed at myself than anything. I really need to take a step back and realize that I can’t be everything at all times – sometimes, that’s a hard pill to swallow.
That didn’t stop the song from kicking major ass. It’s kinda weird to have written a “boy band” type of thing and actually like it. But then we added some really cool elements and gave it a nice edge. The next step is to polish up the mix a bit and get it ready to show to the band in question by this coming friday.
For today, I’m going to push out with a tune by a band called Fat. I’ve got a CD of theirs kicking around in my stereo and unfortunately for them, they never hit the digital services. The definitely had the vibe of electronica meets the hard rock. I’m not exactly sure why they didn’t take off. It could have been something to do with a Major Label merger or something. Stealthy cool keyboard stuff, mixed with pumping drums and screamin’ guitars. It all adds up to something that gets your head shakin’. At least it does for me.
Next time I’m feeling like I’m not adding to the mix in our writing group I’ll have to make sure I don’t act petulant and instead go sit in the easy chair and relax about beating myself up. I’m sure Fat would. Wouldn’t you?