The End Is Near……

I know: possibly marginally over-dramatic title. As we rapidly approach the end of 2014, I have been thinking quite a lot about ending things. Please, dear reader, do not be alarmed, I do not mean “ending things“, as in, permanently. I have a problem with ending things generally. I am pretty rubbish at it! I start a great song, I have a cool and amusing narrative for the song, it’s going really well…..I have tracked all the parts, I am mixing it, and……I just don’t know how to end the bloody thing! Fade out? Arranged ending? A coda? So I usually stop, put the song to one side and start working on the next one. Only, I end up repeating the same process over again!

I am the same with writing articles, letters – yours sincerely/yours faithfully – blog posts (!) and stories. I start off really well, I am inspired, I am fist-pumping at the end of a session, but then the inevitable ending issue comes along. I am encouraged that I appear to not be alone. The composer of the theme tune to the TV game show Countdown had the same problem, as did Beethoven – he left several works unfinished, which were completed by his students, using thematic sketches the great composer left behind.

2014 for me has been a topsy-turvy kind of year. I have had good things go well, and some things go badly wrong. However, one of those things that went badly wrong has turned out to be pretty good so far. I am determined to learn lessons taught to me by this year, to end the year well, and start 2015 with a fresh vision, focus and determination, to set off well on things like my studio business, and end projects well, leaving me with happy clients who will recommend me for further work.

So, 2014 sees the end of Mr I-can’t-end-things and the renaissance of the long-forgotten Mr Determined-to-succeed, ready for 2015.

This blog post is likely to be the last one of the year. I may or may not get a quick couple out around Christmas and Hogmany. If I don’t manage it, I’d like to wish every reader a very happy Christmas and a wonderful start to 2015.

Until next time……………See youse!

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Studio Makeover COMPLETE!

For those of you who don’t know, I run a project recording, mixing and mastering studio business from home. I have been running it since 2011, and just this year, we moved the studio into the back bedroom. Once in, we experimented with a couple of layouts, but nothing really worked particularly well, until we decided to start again from scratch and invest my recent birthday money into making it look and sound a huge amount more professional – which it now does!

The new layout and the big changes put in have made a massive difference! And it means that while I am working, the rest of my family can carry on with normal life without risking disturbing me or effecting the recordings, and it also means that I can properly treat the room acoustically. I mean, who wants acoustic foam up on the walls in the lounge?!

So……in today’s post, I am giving you the chance to have a guided tour of the studio, so you can see what I do and where I do it. Here it is, then! My studio Tour!