As a Creative, I am my own worst critic (most of us are)…and I’m really hard on myself. So much, that sometimes it’s completely counterproductive to what it is I’m trying to create. Some days are better than others, but when I’m having a particularly ‘hard on myself’ day, my confidence simply tanks. It’s a horrible feeling.

Today was one of those days, and I was telling myself that I’m not a very good singer. Try practicing your parts or recording with that mindset. How can you deliver your best performance when you’re telling yourself that you shouldn’t be even trying?

I think I stumbled on something today, and I tried it out while I was practicing some vocal harmonies. I simply told myself to DGAF! For those that may not know what this lovely acronym stands for, it’s Dont Give A F*ck. I adopted this mindset during my practice today and lo and behold, I started hitting runs and harmonies almost effortlessly. By taking that approach, it basically told my doubting brain to shut the hell up and I just sang from the heart. It was great!

So…the lesson for today…DGAF when you’re being creative. Allow the mojo to flow through you and keep your head out of the way. Just do what you do, stay focused in the moment, and trust that what you’re doing IS good enough, because after all…you DGAF!

You ever get excited because you got a new thing that would make this other thing better and then you spend all afternoon setting up the new thing only to find that something ain’t quite right with the new thing and the old thing together? Yeah…that. That was my day…blech. Maybe I could explain that a little better.

I bought some new equipment for the studio which will make my workflow easier and more efficient. After everything was installed and configured, I was raring to go…I’m recording some 12 string guitar parts for this song I’m working on and am excited to see how the parts I wrote will fit together. I open the song, set levels, and start playing. Freeze!!! My DAW (digital audio workstation) freezes and I’m only mildly annoyed. It’s no big…nothing that a quick reboot won’t fix. Reboot complete! Let’s do this! Freeze…again. OK…a little more annoyed at this point. Reboot. Reconfigure new equipment…Freeze!

At this point I’m getting pretty irritated, but I go through the proper troubleshooting steps in an effort to figure out WHAT is causing the error. Long story short, I’d hooked everything up properly, configured everything properly, and in the last place I thought to look…BAM! Turns out the song file itself became corrupted somehow. Yay, because I found the problem…Boo, because I’ll have to start this song over. It’s ok…my plan for today took a slight detour, but I will bend like a reed in the wind (Dune reference) and check my inconvenience at the door. Tomorrow is another day.

Today was not Studio Saturday as I like to refer to my weekend studio time…obviously. Rather, today was whirlwind, round trip, nine hour car drive to pay respect to a sweet little old lady who decided it was time to move on from this plane of existence. Though I only met her a few times, it was a humbling experience to see and hear the ways in which this tiny person made big impacts in people’s lives. Rest easy Alice (aka Grandmother)…rest easy.

Today was just one of those days. It’s ‘Studio Saturday’ and it was time to get some work done. I’d been working on this guitar part, both writing it and creating a guitar tone that would fit the song. The writing part came easy (knock on wood), but the guitar sound actually took a little longer.

 

I might’ve mentioned this before, but I love technology. As musicians, we are able to produce and distribute our music for pennies on the dollar compared to what it used to cost. Having a home studio is a simple as having a laptop and an audio interface…we can create pro level music sitting in a recliner at home…it’s amazing.

 

Back to the lack of motivation today…it just wasn’t there. I went into the studio with the idea that asses would be kicked and names would be taken. I ‘did’ get some work done however. I recorded my guitar part and did a rough mix of what I had so far…it’s ok. Not my best work, and I will probably wind up re-recording some of what I did. The takeaway? Despite my lackluster feelings about working on music today, things did get done…I buckled down and got to a place that will be easy to pick up next time I’m working on the song.

 

We all want inspiration and desire to be there when we want it, but that’s not the way it works. Sometimes ya gotta force it a little bit, and putting in the hard yards when you don’t want to demonstrates to yourself that you’re committed…that’s a good thing!