Fact of life is we live entangled in entropy. Days gnaw away, dissipate, dissolve  Even for the little nuclear furnace personalities with seeming boundless energy. I have an old friend who calls himself Starrman (I’m convinced the Energizer Bunny was cooked up by some ad exec who met my old buddy) .  , but even the heat kicked off by Starrman’s energy field displays a draining charge despite his best efforts as one of the most upbeat people I’ve ever met.

For this brooding artist. . . entropy drains away the days, especially as I’ve aged. Waning health compounded with a good case of who cares has my battery in the red zone.

In spite of this, life goes on and so do I. Slowly. I’ve not posted for awhile because sitting was unbearable. Finally this past week I decided to do battle with the entropic despair. I bought an broken down chest of drawers and moved my computer to this new perch where I can stand. On a good session I can stand for an hour and work on all the things that have laid abandoned for nearly four months.

Now to access the projects that have been left stranded in the digital vortex.

I unearthed a song I’d tracked back in 2012. At the time I was stuck on how to fix it. The vocal and two guitar parts are slaved to one stereo track. The original studio session mysteriously disappeared. Probably on a previous computer that died last year, Problem was the vocal was buried in the final mix because I’d never gotten a chance to fix it.

My son Eric told me about a friend of his in Nashville who enhances his mixes by using an additive approach. He leaves the original track pretty much untouched and finesses the signal by adding channels that he then adds EQ or compression or reverb, etc. It got me to thinking that I might be able to use that process to push the main vocal more to the front of the mix. By scooping out the gut of the vocal with EQ in another channel and mixing it in with the original it bumped the vocal enough that I could live with it. The resulting final mix is below.

Some would probably like to hear the original which I have posted below.
The difference is subtle, but it makes a difference in the feel of the song.

The recording side of music has always been fascinating to me.This song was tracked on a very cheap audio interface that was pretty noisy. I forget how noisy until I go listen to music recorded in a world-class studio. For example, I just discovered a song tracked by David Crosby and Graham Nash, The warmth of the recording (how smooth the signal is on the ears) just pushes the song to a wonderful place, especially since it is such a simple production. I’ve listened to it a bunch and hope to get this entire album that was released in 2004. You ought to go give it a listen at:

 Lay Me Down Crosby and Nash.

In the meantime, I am still working out ideas for new paintings and spending time in the studio trying to improve my recording skills and my guitar playing. The latter feeling like a lost cause. I love playing the guitar, but it doesn’t seem to love me. : >)

Wishing you a very prosperous New Year.

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