So I just wrote and recorded a song, from (almost) start to finish, in one month! The song is called Disappearing, and it’s embedded above. Listen and share!
I follow Graham Cochrane’s blog The Recording Revolution. Graham’s blog is full of helpful tips on making successful home recordings. This year, he’s doing a #onesongonemonth challenge, and I decided to try it out.
It worked! Here’s a handy link to all his posts on the #onesongonemonth challenge.
So what did I do and learn? Quite a bit:
- I have a ton of lyric rough drafts and snippets, so I pulled something that was almost finished to use for the song. I tend to start from a lyrical hook idea (usually the chorus).
- I worked really hard to keep my volume levels down during the recording process. I was trained in the late 80s/early 90s, when tape was still king. We learned to slam the volume to tape to make awesome saturation. This simply doesn’t work in a digital world!
- I tried out my new bass guitar on this song – and it was awesome!
- Also tried out some new overhead mics on the drums, and they worked great.
- I think my mix is one of the best ones I’ve done, so I’m really happy with that.
- ok – I also learned that I can, in fact, write and record a song in one month. Wow.
- And I followed along with Graham’s suggestions on simple ways to use eq, compression, mastering, etc.
I’m very happy with the results. What do you think? Let me know!