We're about a week into mixing the album and there's a little over half of the tracks ﬁnished. I've been heading to Rye every day to mix with Ido Zmishlany and Yaron Fuchs, and I have to say, this is the best mixing experience I've ever had. Quite frankly, mixing can be a downright boring process, ﬁne tuning every little drum kick and lining up every last guitar track, but as I'm understanding more about all the mumbo-jumbo on the computer screen, I'm taking part in the whole thing a lot more too. That's not to say I didn't have any say in my music thus far, it's just now I know what I'm talking about when I want something changed. Instead of "that doesn't sound right", I can say "bring those levels down and put less delay on that", and get exactly what I want. So far we've mixed ﬁve tracks in about 6 days, and ﬁt in some lunch-time sailing trips. You can only take so many hours in a room listening to the same thing again and again. Granted iPad games help too; I recommend Diner Dash.
One thing I do love about mixing is falling in love with my songs again. You take so much time writing the song, then so much time producing and recording it that when those steps are done, I never want to hear the damn thing again. But after some time away from the track, hearing it mixed, I remember why I wrote it inthe ﬁrst place, and get to hear it pretty much exactly as it was in my head.
It's been a long wait to put this album together, but I can definitely say I am very proud of it. I'll always be a singer-songwriter, but on this album, I get to rock out a little too. Look out for a single soon, and check out the couple of shows I have coming up. I'm heading down to my alma mater, the University of Delaware, for a special alumni show with some old friends, and then it's the 4th annual Amity Cares Habitat for Humanity Beneﬁt Concert at my high school alma mater. Hope to see you all soon!
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