It’s fun to rip open a copy of an album you’ve been anticipating. It’s fun if you’re a fan, and it’s just as fun if you played on the record.
It’s almost like getting a roll of film developed from a vacation you went on a few months ago. Afie, Don , Jason and I had a good thing going in the studio when we made this album.
When so much music is recorded in a disjointed way – everyone overdubbing their parts and rarely seeing the other musicians on the album, it feels extra special to spend time recording together. The old way, I guess. That’s how we made this album. Over a couple weeks last spring, song by song.
list of questions (like “what are the three greatest lessons I learned this year?” and “what’s something I want to stop doing in the next year?”)
I scan through photos, my calendar, and journal entries, jotting down the most significant things that happened throughout the year. Having a list of questions to answer helps guide the process. It’s worthwhile to come up with your own list to use year after year.
I’ll suggest one really good question. “What were my three biggest accomplishments this year?”
Here’s my answer:
1. The Rainbow Kid – I composed and recorded the entire score for this film over a couple months in the spring of 2015.
2. Hitting all of my financial goals – I set really specific financial goals this year (one for debt, two for savings, and a few related to income) and tracked them on the wall above my desk. I think having them staring me in the face all year really helped.
3. Our trip to Paris – Ali and I went on two vacations this year – Tulum, Mexico and Paris, France. The trip to Paris felt more like an “accomplishment” because I managed to squeeze it in between a whole bunch of touring. And it was exactly what we needed at the time.
And now I’m ready to celebrate the end of the year. Tonight we’re off to a Fake New Year’s party.