3/27/2009 7:52:16 PM
Each Track is a High Wire Act
Well, maybe not EVERY, but surely MOST.
I mean, when I'm laying down parts, nothing is certain, nothing can be taken for granted. The reason is I can't keep doing the same thing over and over. It's different each time.
I've read about guys that can just reproduce the same part over and over, Elliott Smith, for instance (which is a reaon why he doubles so well), they say he would play it as many times as they wanted pretty much just the same.
With me, it's a balancing act with each take unique and many I fall off the wire....
So when something happens with a certain personality, a certain goodness, I usually keep it even if it might have some things off about it. Most recordings are a collection of those moments, moments when I managed the balance and it hit the tape.
I am especially fond of things where I go off into something I hadn't planned to do but it worked and it was the first time I thought of it right there on the tape.
I also tend to get nervous when I hit that red light, even though it's silly to be nervous since it's just me alone and I can do as many takes as I want.
Recording is a kind of a high wire act....
but with lots of nets of course.
Live music is without nets....