My thing today is this: Have you used “it” to make music in the last year? If not, let it go.
In recording and in music in general I have spent so much time trying to hang on to stuff that I loved or used for a period of time, for whatever reason. Sometimes it’s a good thing to do this. Sometimes not. Some musical things can end up being collectable, some not. Some things are easy to use, and some, not so much—later. Some items or approaches to a certain desired sound, I’ve spent lots of money on so I just can’t seem to let them go…even though they are tired, old, and outdated. Some are classic pieces of gear, some are old junk. Scope it out at least once a year.
The worst waste of your creative time (time that should be used actually creating) is to keep trying to use something forever….just because.
My example: a dear friend of mine got “married” to an old synthesizer that, in it’s day, was a really nice new addition to the musical world. He totally bought into this thing. The reality of the situation ended up being this however: there are now tons of other, newer, cheaper, better boxes that will do the same thing, only a million times better, and with much less trouble to maintain and deal with from day to day. Why does he put himself through this?
The result: he is now out-of-step with the rest of the world. He is behind the curve. He is missing out. All because he is not using his brain on this item; he is using his memory of it.
I spent the day rewiring my studio and discovered (again for myself) that less, is truly more. If you have a classic old piece of gear, hold on to it, by all means. If you have an albatross that used to be great, but you are left simply propping it up because you used to love it, but don’t really use it anymore-let it go. All good things must end. And all good new things must have a beginning. See it on Ebay…and go shopping.