Quick and Dirty
Most of you know that I work at Sweetwater Sound for my good ol’ 9-5. Well, this week a coworker of ours who has worked there for around 7 years passed away from cancer. As is common when someone you know passes, you start to reflect on your own life. You get consumed with a “live every day to the fullest” mentality. You want to leave no regrets if your time comes sooner than you may have thought. The truth is, and this is in no way me bragging, I feel like I’m doing pretty well at that. Many people wish they had spent more time with family, but I spend every hour outside of work with my family. We play music, work in the garden, play games, go on roadtrips, rock a slip n slide, have G-Rated Dance parties with the kiddos, and do whatever else comes to mind. Many have personal goals that they wished they had achieved, but honestly my goals in life were to find a great wife, and raise awesome children with her. The children are still in progress I suppose, but so far I think we’re doing well at that. Some may wish they had seen the world. As boring as I may sound, I could take or leave seeing the world. I’ve been a lot of places, and honestly the people I’m with have always been more crucial than where we were.
So what is my one regret? What is the one thing I’d be left wishing for if my number were called? I thought it through and even acted it out in my head last night.
– I’m there on my deathbed, in a hospital or maybe at home and I’m surrounded by my wife, and my children. The doctor says I’ll be going any day now and my wife asks me what I’d like to spend my time doing. The only response I could think of in this imaginary world is to play my music. Presumably though if I’m that close to the end, I won’t be up to slinging a guitar around the ICU so the only other option is listening to recordings of said music, and watching my kids sing and dance along as they love to do. Then it occurred to me that of the 150+ songs that I have written, I have only recorded about 2 dozen of them. We’re talking strictly my songs, not projects I’ve played on or recorded for others. Some are just simple demo recordings, while some are full productions on an album. So that brings me to the final regret…I didn’t record all of my songs. My family will be left with scrawling on pages with cryptic notes about chord changes and melody that no one but me could decipher. Having a grandfather who was a musician and a songwriter and not having a single recording of any of his music after he died, I know how much of a void that might leave for my family.-
Because of this, I’ve decided to hunker down with 2 mics (1 on guitar, 1 on vox) and record each and every song that I’ve ever written. I’m going to be keeping it to 1 take per song (assuming there are no broken strings, gear malfunctions, etc), and just get these things laid down so that if I go tomorrow, my music doesn’t also leave my family when I go. Even with such simple recordings planned, this will be no small or quick task, but I’ve been procrastinating on recording many of these in lieu of work, or spending time with family, etc. It’s just time to do it, no matter how quick or dirty.
I know this is a bit more introspective than we normally get here on Beards and Gear but it’s where I’m at so I thought it suitable to post. I’m hoping to get back to frequently posting gear reviews and shootouts (many of which are already tracked) but these have been the busiest 5 months of my entire life and I’m struggling to find time to get things done. Thanks for reading as always, and if you’ve been putting off any recording, for any reason, get it done! Even if you just track it into your own answering machine, or on an old microcasette, get it done.
Until Next Time
The Bearded Man