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  • You've certainly heard it said that timing is everything.
    I'm here to confirm that it really is (literally).

    I'm working to record my second song...wait, let me clarify...I'm working to PRODUCE my second song. There's a huge difference (of which I'm immensely qualified to speak about having been through the process earlier this year).

    Recording a song is easy. You just pick up your guitar, lay down a track in Garage Band and you're good to go.
    Producing a song is hard. To start the process, you also just pick up your guitar and lay down a track in Garage Band, but as for the "good to go" part? Well, that's another story all together.

    You see, in order for your producer to birth your musical baby...and that's exactly what it's like...your timing has to be perfect.
    Therein lies the initial difference between simply *recording* and really PRODUCING a song and therein lies my problem.

    My timing sucks.

    When I started the production process on my first song, I'll never forget what my producer, Theo, told me after I sent him the first guitar track:

    "I can't do anything with this."

    So back to the guitar I went and tried and tried again to get the timing right until I felt as if my fingers were going to bleed. I'm embarrassed to say how many takes it took for me to finally get something Theo was able to work with. It was a long and painful process, but the end result proved it to be a labor of love.

    Now I'm working on the second song and the process isn't any easier. I sent the initial track off to Theo last night and am waiting (hoping, praying) that I passed the test and can "graduate" to the more fun parts of the production process. If not, you'll find me back in my studio, guitar in hand, counting under my breath with both the built-in Garage Band metronome and old-school one my dad gave me ticking away the moments in the back ground. 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4...

    When it comes to producing a song, timing really IS everything because it's the foundation for all of the subsequent tracks of the song to come. When it's a little off, everything will be a little off and you end up with a mess. At least with a song you get opportunity to do-over. But if you suffer from bad timing in life, well...you'll just have to learn to deal with the beautiful mess you produced.
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