I took yesterday off from working on music so that I could get some other stuff done. My hope is that when I listen to it now, I'll at least have a little bit more objectivity to work with. If this holds true, then I might consider expanding the time that I step away for the sake of gaining even more perspective. We'll see.
On the other hand, I also don't want to lose momentum. Every once in a while, when I step away from a big project for too long, it becomes difficult to reconnect with it in exactly the same way. While I do complete a vast majority of the projects that I take on, I also have a number of screenplays that just kind of fell apart in the second act, as well as a novel that I started writing about ten years ago, which more or less did the same. (I have since learned the value of outlining and found that this helps considerably.)
If I do it right, though, stepping away from a project for just the right amount of time in order to gain a fresh perspective really can add a whole other dimension to the work. I find that the ability to zoom out like this can also be helpful in separating one's art from one's ego. As with most things, I think that it's about finding the right balance. Sometimes that means knowing when I'm ready for a project and other times that means knowing when a project is ready for me.
As I move forward with this new album, I will try to put each song under a microscope and fix everything that I am capable of fixing within my relatively limited means. After that, I will officially move on to mastering. In the meantime, I'm still working on finding a dayjob, which in many ways, is kind of like a job in itself. It can be rather time-consuming.
Thank you for supporting independent art. If you like what I'm doing, please share my music with your friends and add my songs to your playlists. You can also purchase them, if you feel so inclined. Presently, I have 54 songs available to stream or download wherever you get your music, and I shall be adding another 11 to that total in the very near future.
I do it all for listeners like you (and because I love to write songs). Music is meant to be shared. If a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, DIY recording artist makes an album in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?
Thankfully, people like you are listening.