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PEOPLE LIKE TO GIVE ME THEIR CDs
Originally Posted: 05-18-2012 10:16 AM
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People like to give me their CDs. I love that. It's really still fun for me to hear everyone's hard work in making a recording because I've been there. It takes guts to put oneself out there and make a recording. I admire that.

When listening, there are a few categories my mind places things in: Awful, Lackluster, Lackluster But Technically Good, Lackluster But Creatively Good, Good, Great. Then occasionally, I find the illusive: Amazing.

“Awful” is usually made up of varying parts of: a) no funds or resources to get help in making a solid project, b) no experience to pull it off without help, and c) an utter lack of fear or self-consciousness. I tend to be pretty forgiving when I stumble across awful because I served up a few helpings of awful back in the day when I was getting started.

“Lackluster” is just like it sounds: forgettable, nothing special. Projects that are lackluster could also be described as “Look! A black squirrel climbing a tree!” At least awful gets moaned about, “Lackluster” is lost.

Just above “Lackluster” are two qualifiers: “Lackluster But Technically Good” where the recording quality or production at least allowed a full listen; and “Lackluster But Creatively Good”, where the performance or creative content encouraged suffering through a full listen of poor engineering and production.

Now we get to “Good”. This is palatable. This might get a second listen. With “Good”, all components of technical and creative have to be of reasonable quality. However, it needs more.

“Great” is a joy to listen to. The production is either stellar or invisible, the latter of which is a compliment not a criticism. The performance is memorable. This is the bottom level of achievement any artist should ever strive for in making a record. Great gets good word of mouth, gains listeners and fanbase and puts the artist in the light they intended to arrive at when they set out to record something in the first place.

And now “Amazing”. “Amazing” is made up of top notch production and engineering and a performance that does something to the listener, specifically, keeps their attention. Then afterward, the listener remembers and wants it again. Maybe they can't get that ^*%$@ song out of their head in the shower. That is the goal. There's something in the sauce that doesn't leave you. It gives something back to you in repeat listens. This is achieved through a combination of the right lyrics, musical arrangement, sound choice, and an incredible mix.

Here's some examples of “Amazing” that quickly come to mind, in no particular order. If you've disregarded or forgotten about these records in the past, check them out. For the best experience, I recommend that at the very least, you download them from iTunes or check out a CD— audio rips for youtube can be very harsh in the top end. To achieve “Amazing”, sonics do count.

Still The One – Shania Twain. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin. Produced by Jimmy Page
The first 13 songs of Astro Lounge – Smashmouth. Produced by Eric Valentine You Should Be Dancin' – Bee Gees. Produced by Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson, and the Bee Gees
Rock On – David Essex. Produced by Jeff Wayne.
Owner Of A Lonely Heart – YES. Produced by Trevor Horn.
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden. Produced by Michael Beinhorn & Soundgarden Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap. Produced by Imogen Heap

Be sure to listen loudly, for me.

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