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Tiny Crash and Burn

January 30, 2017

The deadline for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest was last night, 11:59 pm EST. As of 11:00 I had one complete take, but the audio was distorted, and the video was poorly lit. So I tried again, and again, and again. Take 90 or so was at 00:14. Missed that deadline.

 

WHAT WENT RIGHT?

I think I ended up with a decent song, "Movie Musical". Sean and Geri liked the lyrics. 

The guitar and backing tracks blend ok on the video.

I learned how to use the Canon XF300 camera.

My attitude was good, even though I was disappointed I missed the deadline.

 

THINGS TO PRACTICE

Singing live with live guitar. Especially new songs where I'm not solid on the lyrics, melody, or guitar part. 

Mixing for live recording. Because I can hear my voice in my head, I tend to mix my voice too low. Need to find the right balance without having to stop recording, play it back. Justin said he'd help mix, so that may be a short term solution.

 

OTHER LESSONS

Don't cut the deadline so short. I wrote one and a half other songs, and kept writing because they weren't good enough. So lyrics weren't final until Thursday 26th. 

Extra people require extra time. I was hoping the song would be a duet. It may be a duet, or even a full band. But it's too late for the contest.

Focus. I was thinking about clearing calendar for travel, possible set lists, other videos. I should have just kicked out the best I could do by deadline. Also, there were plenty times I SHOULDN'T have been thinking about the song, but I was. 

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