So, what’s happened this week?

Well, I am learning why more people don’t make albums this way.  Or at least, good albums ;-)

The main reason is… simply the sheer number of jobs to be done.

To give you an idea, I am:  writing all the music, composing all the arrangements, playing all the instruments, engineering the recording sessions, editing and mixing the music, doing the sound design and will be (at some point) mastering the whole album.

Each of these jobs would traditionally be done by one person, or a team of people.

So there are a lot of hats.

That said, this is still be my preferred method.  I enjoy each of these areas, and they all feed back into one another.  Also, what this means is that when the record comes out, it will be 100% mine.  It will either stand up or fall down, but either way it will be wholly my own.  This is important.

I’ve been rolling video on some of the sessions.  (Because, y’know, why not? ;-) )  This is interesting.  The footage is pretty raw, but I still may post it in some form at some point.

I don’t really have a detailed plan, so much as I have an endpoint and an intuition.  When I start planning things out in too much detail, they lose their shine for me, I prefer to focus on where I am and what I feel to do in that moment.  So I only know stages in hindsight.

I am, however, given to analysing how I am able to do the things I do that bring me joy so I can share that knowledge with others.  That is actually one of the principal reasons that this blog exists.  I want people to be able to benefit from my experience, both positive and negative.

I’ve been thinking about it, and I think one of the biggest reasons I am able to do this thing now is:  I have a rock solid support structure.

The two most important things in my life are:  doing what I do, so I can give it to people; and the chosen family that I have been gifted with.

For me, there is no doing the former without the latter.

My partner, and my closest friends believe 100% in what I do and why I do it.  They are literally my foundation.

I think that this is may be the most important lesson you can learn, if you want to accomplish something which is outside of the box.

It’s all about the team, kids. ;-)

Until next week.

[68 days to go]

P.S.  If anyone wants to know anything specific about the process, the record or me, just post a question in the comments section (just below this) and I’ll answer it there, or in an upcoming blog.  Nothing is out of bounds.  Hope you are well.

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6 thoughts on “ The Most Important Lesson… ”

  1. Interesting just struggling on decide what exactly I want to create .im like one of those people who dream a lot . I found that I usually get exited about starting a new track or song but during the process my mind gets involved and insecuties sink in and I never really finish the tracks because of that .do you have any advice for me.


    1. Sorry that I haven’t replied to this before – it got diverted to my Spam section.
      The best advice I can give is, find a way to make yourself fully commit to finishing a piece. Do whatever you have to do in order to get yourself, internally, to the place where there is no choice but to finish. That could be a public commitment or a private one.
      Once you are genuinely committed you will find that solutions to the sticking points in your projects just appear because they have to. Once you have finished one thing, start another, then finish that. Rinse and repeat. You have to love the process and let go of the idea of perfection, just do the work and let it be what it wants to be.
      I hope some of that helps, let me know how you get on with it,
      good luck!
      – J


  2. So fun, James! My husband and I have recorded three albums so far…we have an independent label out in Arizona, so we’ve traveled there from Texas every time, and recording is such an amazing experience! I mean, I just feel excited for you! :)

    I’m signing up to follow your blog and am looking forward to hearing some tunes when you release some. If you’re interested, my husband and I have a few posted on my wordpress blog…I think they’re tagged under “sing free.” We’re kind of in a write-and-record-video stage right now because we have five very young children, and it’s a little challenging to find/pay a consistent babysitters for playing shows. But we plan to get back out there as the kids get older and easier!


    1. Wow, that’s really cool! I have no idea how you find time for music with 5 kids! That’s amazing!
      I’ll try and check out your stuff after I release the record, I am expecting great things ;-) It must be cool to work with your spouse on something creative, well done you!
      Big love and best wishes,


    1. Thanks man, couldn’t agree with you more.
      I liked your site, especially your tagline/mission. You can never put enough good stuff out there, keep on it.
      Appreciate the connection – all the best to you too,
      Be well,


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