Well, I had a chance to put in some very productive time the other day. Daytime. The kids were at school. Nothing like being able to do some recording in the daytime when I have energy and can get lost in it. And I got a lot of things accomplished. I messed around with editing a lot. On my old machine, if I played a lousy guitar track I would have to play it over and over again until I got it just right. On the one hand this helped my guitar playing and on the other hand it was a long, tedious process. Now, i realize that I can play a guitar track, flub it, and then spend the next 20 minutes cutting and pasting the shit out of it to make it work. Maybe not exactly a time saver, but it’s pretty cool.
I really feel like I have come full circle in my attitude. I am having fun with the editing process. Whereas before I scoffed at it as a distraction from the creative process, I now realize that it is part and parcel of the creative process. For example, in the song I am working on I was trying to formulate a chorus/bridge but to no avail. At one point, I considered scrapping what I had and starting over completely. I’m sure this would have worked out had I done it. I would have come up with something. But instead I chose to perservere and test different ideas. It led me to create a blissful little sonic nugget in the chorus that I am very proud of. The irony is that it kind of makes the rest of the song sound somewhat motononous, whereas previously the chorus was the weak link. But the reason I was able to create this sonic gold nugget was because I feel like Garageband allows me to implement ideas quickly and efficiently. If they don’t work I can scrap them. Or maybe I can keep them around until I find a way to fit them in if I head down another pathway. My sonic nugget occurred because I started playing with vocal layering and the next thing I knew i had a really nice vocal section with four layers. It’s only about 3 seconds long, but it was enough of a portal to a brave new world that it thrilled me. It was not something I ever would have created on the Boss Br1180 because A) there are not enought tracks on the Boss to expiriment in such a way and B) I feel like the GIGANTIC screen I get to work with on Garageband gives me both sonic AND visual ideas for the song, whereas with the Boss I was limited to only sonic ideas.
It has been 11 days since I received my computer and interface. I almost have a song completed. Nothing amazing, but definitely a song that never would have been possible without the ability to make it come alive through Garageband. It is something I can play on the acousitc guitar, but it is a pretty boring song to play live and solo on the acoustic guitar. But the recording makes it so much more interesting.
I have some mounting criticisms about the program and my interface, but I am far too smitten right now with the possibilities to dwell on the negative. Oh the possibilities!!!!