I have long been a fan of personal development books and videos from folks like Tony Robbins, Rhonda Byrne, Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, Stephen Covey and Wayne Dyer. A few years ago, I was doing some goal-setting while working with Rhonda Byrne’s book, “The Magic”. The idea was to set specific goals in various areas of your life – health, relationships, financial, career, etc. – then to choose your top 10 out of the entire list and visualize them as having been accomplished.
One of my goals (closer to number 10, but still important to me) was to have a home recording rig. Not necessarily a giant studio, but something I could record high quality demos with. Even though it hasn’t been a huge investment, my circumstances dictated that I slowly build it piece by piece over the span of about four years, but I finally have something I can work with.
So now begins the learning curve of recording, mixing and mastering. Granted, I have been around professional studios before, so my learning curve might be shallower than most, but it is a learning process nonetheless.
At about the same time that I bought the last bit of gear I needed to get started, I was listening to a Tony Robbins seminar in the background as I was going about my day. He said something that stopped me in my tracks. I don’t even know why it stuck with me because it is a very common metaphor, but he went on a little spiel about how we live (literally and figuratively) in boxes. Our houses are boxes, our workplaces, our cell phones are little magic boxes. And we also get caught in mental boxes, patterns of thinking. How about that tired old expression “think outside the box”? And yet how often do we stay trapped in our boxes because we are afraid of what might happen if we left them? They can be pretty comfy after all.
Anyhow, to keep this long intro relatively short, I wrote a song about it. And I chose it to be the first song I recorded in my little “studio”. Now…not only is this the first time I ever recorded anything myself, I also played every instrument, which is also a first for me.
My bass playing and percussion leave a little to be desired in my opinion, but I kinda like the banjo solos I layed down. So, I’m putting this out on the internet with the caveat that it is just a demo, but damn it, I’m kind of proud of it!
And if it can inspire one person to step out of their personal “boxes”, I think it’s worthwhile.