What happens when your mind is left to its own devices?

Get in and get out

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All of my albums are recorded in a single day.

Played live during one continuous session. Which usually takes about eight or nine hours.

My sound engineer thinks I’m crazy, but there’s a method behind the madness.

First of all, it’s much cheaper. Most studios charge by the day.

Secondly, my impatient and imperfectionist nature won’t allow me to spend any more time than that.

Third, my need for continuity and consistency is too great. And you never know how your instruments are going to sound on any given day.

But the key reason for approaching the work in this way is as follows.

By only giving myself a small, finite amount of time to record, it forces me to create something pure without overthinking it. Without losing momentum. It allows me to stay present, surrender to the music of the moment, accept whatever results show up and let it go the minute the session is over and the music is on wax.

Whereas coming back to the studio for multiple sessions over a period of weeks or month would only create significant and unnecessary doubt and anxiety.

Besides, my songs mature over time anyway. They grow into themselves. One, five or ten years from now, whatever happens in the studio that day will ultimately become a draft.

Remember, each day presents us chance to overthink things. Next time you have project that could potential drag on for months, get in and get out.

Don’t give yourself the chance to disappear into your mind and muck it all up.

What happens when your mind is left to its own devices?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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