One of the things that I struggle with as an artist is remaining enthusiastic about recordings I have done.

It's a funny thing to go back 4 or 5 weeks after a project is finished and listen to it. Sometimes, there are moments of brilliance (if I do say so myself), and sometimes there are moments of, "What the heck were we thinking?!" For those of you who've never experienced it, studio time is a weird vortex. In our case, we're always in a place far from home, we eat weird food (OK, In-N-Out burgers are the best in the world, but still not normal fare), and sleep in strange beds. We also constantly watch the clock. Studio time (at a good studio) is not cheap, and while we've developed a great relationship with our producer over the years, we are aware that he can't possibly make a living giving his work away. So we have to weigh the time costs of everything we do.

Now, I know that there are some guys who can turn brilliance on and off like kicking on an effects pedal, but for most of us, brilliance takes work. Think Einstein just conjured up the theory of relativity? Think Steve Jobs just imagined the iPad in finished form one day? No way. These things take time and refinement, and then more time and more refinement. Besides, I would submit that, even though Stevie Ray recorded Texas Flood in two days, it was years of practice and gigging (read: work) that got him and Double Trouble into a state where they could nail down brilliance like that.

I know I can't be the only artist who has done this, and I often wonder, "What does Paul McCartney look back on and hate?" It's a trip to think that, 30 or more years later, Paul may look back on some of his Beatles or Wings stuff and go, "Geez. I can't believe that got printed."

That said, I'm listening back to the demo we recorded a few weeks back and I have to say that, while there are a few things I'd do differently given more time/money, it really is a kickin' demo. You should give it a listen. :)

In the next installment, I'll talk about our recording process. It was super unique and worthy of documenting.


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