When Less is More
THIS WEEK, a friend suggested removing the drums from the mix of “Don’t Hear Nothin,'” which had been part of the recording since I’d laid down the scratch track. Never occurred to me. So I did. Wow! So much better.
I’d also come to dislike my vocal performance. It was wearing on me, feeling at times forced or disjointed or even harsh. As luck would have it, I’d just received an expensive (for me) mic in the mail especially for vocals. What better time for a test!? Here is the result. Give it a listen:
I think it passed—the new mic sounds less raspy on aggressive notes and smoother all around. And I think my performance is more even. Meanwhile, the lyric really stands out without the drums. I hope you agree. Let me know what you think.
Yes, this is my final answer.
Why I Wrote the Song
It’s fairly obvious that our national media ignores climate change. A report from Media Matters quantifies this for coverage of the Camp Fire that recently incinerated Paradise, California. In their wall-to-wall coverage of every aspect of the disaster—the explosive visuals, the unprecedented loss of life and property, the inconceivable human suffering—ABC, NBC and CBS spent less than four percent (4%) of their time on climate change.
Yeah, sometimes you don’t hear nothin’
Solstice Song Just Around the Corner
JUST IN TIME to celebrate the season! I’m in the midst of recording a song set, combining an original with the classic Silent Night. I hope to have it ready to release in my newsletter next week.
Can’t freak out about climate change all the time…