“A job worth doing…”

On June 21, 2012 by Eddie


Yesterday, when I recorded the last tiny bit of vocals for my new record, it felt really good to be done. I just looked back at my calendar, and our first day of tracking was on July 12, 2011. Exactly 11 months ago. That, to me is pretty cool – and a bit crazy. How on earth can it take 11 months to record an album?

For me, this process has had its ups and downs. It definitely has had fun moments, but it’s been hard work too. I don’t remember much from my grandfather, but one of his quotes that my dad always used to repeat was that “a job worth doing is worth doing right.” That’s one of the biggest things I learned from Nathan Nockels through this process – creating something new takes time. It’s easy to re-create the same thing everyone else has done, and for the most part it will be good. But to make something great, it takes time and a lot of painstaking effort, the kind of effort that most people wouldn’t be willing to put in.

The scary part is, in the end there’s no guarantee that what you’re doing will turn out great. That’s been a huge battle for me, wrestling with whether or not people will like what we’re spending so much time doing. But in the end, I am constantly reminded that it’s not about the end result, it’s about what you’re developing along the way. Through the process of making this record, I feel like I’ve finally discovered who I am as a musician and songwriter, and who I’m not as well. Who knows if we’re making a hit record, but that knowledge is pretty priceless to me. In the end, whether it turns out great or not, “a job worth doing is worth doing right.”

What are you working on that is a “job worth doing”? What are you learning in the process?

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