Last night David and I decided to record our new songs being performed live (by us). We do this sometimes to look critically at a recorded version to see what weaknesses the songs have and how they might be improved. The sound doesn't have to be perfect, blah blah, it's more for our own use when we decide to nail down the final version of the song, that we are happy with it.
However, the evening, as often times, did not exactly go to plan. For one thing, David had us sitting on stools and that is just never how we play live. Fine, we tried that. Then we killed the stools because I hated them. Then...what was wrong... everything it seemed. The sound wasn't great for some reason. I don't know why, maybe the settings weren't just perfect, who knows. There were pesky mistakes being made, that's ok. Then at one point David had an epic sneezing fit.
We didn't get through all of the songs. We decided it was no night to have a camera looking at us while we flailed about stupidly. We decided to look at what we had done and then try the whole experiment again another night.
Interestingly, the playback of course didn't include me getting angry at the stools or David's epic sneezing fit, and it didn't really seem as bad as we had imagined. The whole recording was actually somewhat useful (in the way we had intended) and NOT horrible. Weird.
Then we looked back at a the years worth of videos we have done. From the album videos to the tiny tub videos. It's amazing how a bit of time away from being immersed in the process of doing the video and performing the song, has an effect. The longer time away, the less critical we are of our efforts! We actually liked them and appreciated them in ways we really didn't when we were right in the middle of making them.
There must be a lesson here somewhere. Maybe a different vantage point gives a better objective lens from which to view. Oh, do you like how profound?
Happy Saturday you guys