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Putting the magic together

Over the last couple years, I've been extremely fortunate to meet some very gifted musicians from all over the world. A few of them I've enjoyed some conversations of our past experiences as musicians, and share some insights in regards to things related to music. I've even been thankful enough to have offers to collaborate online, and record our parts separately to mix down and master. Through the current age of technological advances, the days of needing to book a studio to record an album has become less and less demanding, as more and more artists are figuring out methods to do the music themselves, and make their supporting team smaller. While the upside of this becomes the costs saved by doing it yourself, the downside becomes the expanded vision of the potential your material can reach, both in audience and creativity. Now, if you've explored your options and have come to the conclusion the best choice is to do the task yourself, then I applaud you for at least taking the time to do the research. If on the other hand you're getting ready to just go for it on your own and put yourself out there, then here's a few items you may want to keep in mind as to whether to do it yourself or hire someone to do it for you. Please keep in mind there is no right or wrong process to any of the items mentioned, but merely items to keep in mind as you go along.


Songwriting/Collaboration

Some people have a natural talent for it, some have to truly work at it. While country singer Garth Brooks wrote quite a number of hits on his own over the years, Some of his greatest singles were actually written by others:

- DeWayne Blackwell/Earl Bud Lee: Friends In Low Places

- Tony Arata: The Dance

As well, Garth co-wrote several songs with others, including:

- If Tomorrow Never comes (w/ Kent Blazy)

- Unanswered Prayers (w/ Pat Alger, Larry Bastian)

Whether you decide to write every instrument piece yourself and record yourself playing every piece, or decide to get some studio musicians to help