It seems like we’re constantly trying to get something done. Maybe its cleaning the gutters, washing the car, taking the dog for a walk… the list goes on and on. We’re lucky if we get to schedule a day, or even and evening, to just work on making music.
So when the opportunity comes up, we jump at it with an ambitious to do list. “Write a song, program the drums, mix the vocals in, master a different song, record the keys solo in that other song…” The list is longer than the amount of time we’ve sectioned off, but hopefully that will help us to make the most of our time, right?
Well, sometimes. It’s a good idea to be super productive and get things done once in a while, but it’s also a good idea to keep your to do list short and your schedule clear. Here’s why.
When we’re making music, recording, and even mastering – we’re being creative. We’re taking a bunch of individual elements that have very little or no value on their own and creating a brand new sound that has never been heard before. And this takes experimentation. In order to do that, you must have the time to just play around and be artistic.
The other day, I decided to test my little theory out. I decided that, on a Saturday, I would do absolutely nothing but make music. No to-do list, no chores, I didn’t even worry about checking my email! (I turned off the internet – it was pretty incredible). I woke up, got dressed, and started making music.
I didn’t know quite what was going to happen, and I didn’t even have an idea of what I wanted to have happen. Sounds crazy – right?
It was magical. Refreshing, actually. I hopped from instrument to instrument, exploring musical ideas, recording riffs here and there, and scribbling down a few lyric ideas. At the end of the day, I had a ton of ideas started that ultimately led to writing a few pretty cool songs and learning some cool things about new styles. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t taken the day to just make music.
While this is certainly not the mindset you should consider every time you sit down to work, just remember that it can be extremely beneficial and refreshing to do once in a while. It’s a great way to remind yourself why you fell in love with music and recording in the first place.