BLAH BLAH BLAH, HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE OF "THOSE" ARTICLES AGAIN.
AN ANECDOTAL STORY THAT MAKES ME SOUND LIKE A JERK
In the mid-2000's I had a band approach me to record their album. I had heard them live a couple of times and was thrilled to have the opportunity. The lead singer had told me they had written some new material and were ready to record. We set the date and venue (a large theatre with really high ceilings and beautiful acoustics), and I was looking forward to it. Fast forward a couple of weeks and I meet the band at the recording location with a truck full of recording gear. We get set up and start tracking. The scratch tracks are solid and on tempo, the drums are sounding killer, and then we start having some trouble. The bassist doesn't know his parts. We struggle through a couple of songs, and then the guitarist says, "Well, I don't really know any of it either."
I wasn't getting paid by the hour. I was getting paid by the song. I think to myself, "Well, how bad can it really be?"
It was bad. Really bad.
At this point, I stand up and start packing up my gear - yes, right in the middle of the session.
"Hey man, what are you doing?"
"Because you aren't ready to record. Go home and work on your songs."
I'm thinking to myself, "Oh well, there goes that - they won't call me again."
Fast forward a month - I get the call! "Hey man, we're ready now. You still wanna record us?"
And were they ever ready! They killed it, and we turned out a great album!
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