If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Have you ever read the Children’s book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”?

Here it is read aloud. The basic premise: if you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll ask for milk. If you give him milk, he’ll want a straw. Once he’s done, he’ll want a napkin. Then, he’ll want to check the mirror. Then, he’ll realize he needs a haircut…

My version: If you encourage Laura to start a journal (shoutout to Kristen Garaffo!) she’ll start writing songs. Once she starts writing songs, she’ll want to record them. If she messes with Garage Band, she’ll want a Digital Audio Converter to plug in piano, guitar, ukulele, and other stuff. Once she does, she’ll want a mic. If you give her a mic, she’ll want more cables and stands.

That’s about what you missed. Next up: who knows. Soundproofing the house. Moving to a remote location.

Seriously, this microphone though. I’ve been squealing with glee. Cheers to Kevin de Souza and Brendan Smith for talking sound stuff with me! Under “Original Music,” you’ll hear “I Believe,” my first experiment with it. I’m going for warm and intimate. I think my performance could have more energy, but I was trying to keep it down for the neighbors because it was after 9pm. I also recognize my tendency to get way too harmony-happy (choir nerd for life), so I might pare it down a little more in the future.

I had a great conversation with two of my bandmates Jason Wilson and Manny Arciniega over the summer. They were both recording different projects at the time, and Manny recording as a “snapshot,” not something to get too precious about. Just share it with the world. It’s a capture of one performance, one moment in time. Hit print. Then go do more stuff. I used to freak out about recording, wanting each performance to be note-perfect and technically precise; not surprisingly, I think my older recordings lack something expressive and vulnerable. I haven’t stopped thinking of that “snapshot” image – it was such an incredibly helpful mindset shift to help me to get over my recording angst. Take it. Share it. Keep going. Do more stuff.

In another post, I’m sure, I will wax poetic about how talented and wise my band mates are. They’re seriously great.

Jon Acuff, in his book, “Quitter,” says:

“80 percent perfect and shared with the world is better than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.”

Easier said than done, right? I’m fucking terrified to share this 80 percent perfect recording with you.

Print. Here’s to more stuff on the way.

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