The process of recording an album is different for everyone. Some musicians complete their album in a week’s time, maybe it takes a couple of months, or if you’re Miles Davis, you can knock out an album in just two days – worked out beautifully for his 1959 album Kind of Blue. I’m not that kind of musician – at least not yet. Teaching lessons during the week pushes recording time to the weekends. And the fact that I don’t tour consistently means it takes longer to figure out how the song should sound on the recording. Nonetheless, I’m happy to report that the tracking for “The Shy Gemini Sessions” is now complete! This marks the end of a six-month period where Jonathan, Bobby Holland (my
producer and engineer) and I have spent almost every Saturday and Sunday exploring parts, experimenting with instruments and hammering out details. We sure have had a lot of fun working our butts off! Time for a break, right? Silly Rae, recess is for kids! The moment I start thinking that I have my weekends back for a little R&R, I remind myself that when it comes to being an independent music artist, weekends simply aren’t for relaxing – there’s a LOT more to do. In fact, I’m frequently saying to myself there’s too much to do. For those of us that are moving towards bigger visions for our lives, there’s always going to be too much to do.
Successful people “understand that there’s no real finish line, no magic moment when they will ‘arrive’ and get to rest on their laurels. Discipline is a perpetual process, and the growth is in the journey. Simple, but here’s the part that you won’t want to hear – you don’t get a day off. Ever.”
There have been plenty of times where I feel like I’m running the hamster wheel, never getting a chance to just finish something. But when I have the discipline to stay active with moving my music career forward, I realize that I’m rejuvenated by staying active, NOT from taking a break! I find that maintaining this state of being wipes away that craving for “zone out” time in front of the TV, luxurious weekend spa treatments, or drinking the weekend away.
In her book “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron depicts this idea perfectly when she urges her readers to learn to “rest in motion.” It’s a counterintuitive truth that I think we all have a good grasp of already. Think of it this way: exercising our bodies requires energy, but it gives us a whole lot of energy in return. Exercise gets our blood flowing, which delivers oxygen throughout our bodies – oxygen that’s required for making energy. In short, we spend a little energy to get a whole of energy back (now that’s my kind of investment!) “Endless” is a song about continuing to move forward even when it feels like there’s no where to go. (Please keep in mind that this is a SNEAK PEAK unfinished version!) Now that a milestone has been achieved with recording “The Shy Gemini Sessions” it’s time to tell myself, “good job!” and then quickly tell myself to keep moving.