Is anyone else feeling slammed out there? Remember when you were a kid and summer vacation rolled around? (I’m writing this in late May, as the neighborhood kids are getting out of school. I can see them outside my window, enjoying the gorgeous sunny afternoon . . .um, where was I?) Three months of glorious time…available to be spent however you liked (at least mostly how you liked). It’s no secret that most people would love to have more time — and most working musicians, engineers, and producers are included (since we are, after all, people).
As much as we wish we had more of it, time remains a precious and heavily rationed commodity, which means that we have to prioritize as best we can. But as musicians, engineers, and producers, we must ensure that we don’t prioritize ourselves right into a corner — it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day: studio maintenance, software upgrades, client requests, production deadlines, session scheduling, working around a day job, the list seemingly never ends. And that’s before you go home and have to make your life work. . . .
When time gets crunched, it’s often the intangible stuff that gets lost in the shuffle — and for us artistic types, the intangible stuff is what we’re all about. Next time you’re putting together a schedule or to do list, make sure to put some “art” time on there — time you can spend getting back in touch with why you got into this crazy endeavor in the first place. Take some time to play — to record or make music for the joy and love of it. Remember why you started recording. Try something new or different. Expand your horizons — not because you have to, but just for the fun of it. Trust me, the time will be well spent.
A Void In Our Lives
Over the next few months you may notice a distinct lack of articles in EQ from Technical Editor John Krogh — and for very good reason: John has been tapped as Programmer/DAW Operator for Whitney Houston’s summer tour, and will be hitting stages around the world. Congratulations and best of luck, John. See you when you get back.