If you’re a songwriter or musician, there’s something you should know.
You’re going to forget things.
But that doesn’t mean they have to be forgotten! Some of the most frustrating times in the studio occur when you or another musician is fiddling around on their instrument and strikes the perfect chord, lick, or harmony. You’re super excited about it until you realize that you have somehow forgotten exactly what it was.
With lyrics, it’s the same thing. You never know when genius is going to strike.
Although it would be difficult to somehow train yourself to remember everything and to never forget a single event that happen during your sessions, there is a simple way to always remember everything so that you never forget that perfect line again.
You see, there’s a reason why they take minutes at business meetings and record every word during courtroom trials. They’re usually dealing with important stuff, so they need to have a record of it that they can go back to.
The same goes for your sessions. Whether you’re just writing a song or working on a full production, the best way to never forget something is to be constantly recording.
And I don’t mean having Pro Tools always at the ready – because once the musical idea floats into the air, it’s already gone. I’m talking about having a running recorder constantly on in the background, just in case you need to reference it.
I know what you’re thinking – “that sounds crazy! How inefficient and unpractical!” I thought the same thing when I first heard of this method.
But after trying it for a few sessions, I found that it was a lifesaver on more than one occasion.
The best part is that you no longer have to worry about forgetting anything. You free your mind up incredibly when you can simply create. It’s really incredible.
There are plenty of ways to achieve this. You can have a dedicated separate recorder (like the Zoom H1 – H6n series). For $100, you’ll be able to start recording yourself in pretty high quality. You can also run a program on your computer, like QuickTime. This will allow you to record yourself (audio and/or video) and save it directly to your computer or external drive. If you’ve got the computer power to spare, this is a fine way to go. The third option is to use a device like your smart phone. This is a great way to go as well.
I know that if you start recording yourself, you’ll never want to do it any other way. It may not be useful the first, second, or even fifteenth time. But even after the first time you reference it, you’ll be really glad you had it!