I sit here thinking about Lionel Ritchie’s song “All Night Long.” It’s after 3 a.m. on Sunday morning and we’ve just finished for the day. Something really special is beginning to grow. Despite setbacks, the creative energy of five musicians and a passionate producer is beginning to form a sculpture from the clay.
It’s been one of those days where there have been real highs and real lows! Great playing; great vibe; great fun … and then one track doesn’t quite ‘sit’ right. The upshot is manual editing of around 15 tracks of percussion, bass and guitars which steals over two hours of much needed time from what is already a tight schedule. Thank goodness for Fair Trade tea which has done well from us today.
It’s not always the big things that cause the problems or make a difference. As we’ve discovered today, it’s those small, apparently insignificant events that go unnoticed at the time they happen and aren’t even identified as problems, until a lot of other things are built on top of them. This ‘feel’ thing we identified on one track was a very small, almost inaudible issue of where the beats sat. Nothing more. Once identified it could have been sorted by a very minor adjustment taking perhaps only 10 or 15 minutes to fix. However, once compounded it took more than two hours to fix. But the effort was worthwhile because it made all the difference.
I’m thinking about things I do and say that may be only very minor, almost invisible or inapparent at the time I do them. But, they lay weak foundations on which instability and problems continue to build until suddenly, everything becomes visible and the long, painful process of sorting it all out has to start. A minor issue has become a major problem.
However, as with our little song problem, even if it takes a long time to sort out, the effort and end result is always worth it. Perhaps I need to think a bit more about what I’m doing and saying so that I can avoid more of these problems in future. And erhaps I need to be more ready to seek reconciliation with those I have hurt, rather than holding a grudge, which solves nothing and continues to build on the weakness of the foundations already laid
I’ll sleep on it as we have another early start tomorrow (for breakfast of course!).