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that I see that get used over and over and over
again. So, I would like to give people a list of
topics, things like home. It never hurts to have
some songs about home. " I wanna go home, "
" I'm leaving home, " " Home is where the heart
is, " songs about non-romantic love relationships
that could be used by somebody saying goodbye
to a parent who is dying. There are some things
that are just more usable than others, and they
come up all the time. You didn't like that, huh? I
told you, the counterargument.
[Mason chuckles]
No, I like it-point/counterpoint. Yeah, there
is validity to that for those that choose to
round up a catalog such as that. I guess what I
would want to balance that with is if somebody
who has never ever been in a
relationship wants to write a love song. If
somebody who has never lived ever in a city
wants to write a song about the city streets,
it's gonna be fake, right? It has to be authentic.
Sometimes you might hear about a
project, or have somebody say, " Hey, we need
songs about home. " There are a lot of
women-empowerment songs, and a lot of
social-justice songs, now. There are songs
about life and hope, but they are general that
don't need anything other than just, you
know, you might use metaphors, you might
use imagery: The sun is shining, the grass is
greener and we all come together with family;
life is wonderful. Those are great, but they
can also be just cheap and generic. Sometimes
that's really good for my needs because it's so
generic that it will never call attention to it.
So, I can agree with you on that. What I like
doing, though, is supporting the artists and
say, " Write what you want to write, and write
it great. And write a lot of them. " But also,
you don't only have to write about your life.
You might be inspired by a friend's life, a family
or history that you have read, or a novel or
anything that inspires you to write about a
topic. You might not be a hiker at all, but for
some reason you go visit a family member
and they say, " Let's go hiking. " And it just
inspires you for some reason, something that
you would have never written about.
Write a song that you want to write, and write
it great. What I mean by not writing for sync,
Michael... I can agree with you about that.
Topics are a good place to start because they
inspire us. If you're writing your own album,
you're looking for topics that are either universal
for somebody else, or personal to
yourself. You don't want to write a song that
means nothing to either you or the other
person.
RECORDING November 2021 69
Right, but finding that intersection is difficult.
Yeah, right. So, what I mean by not writing
for sync is dumbing down your song. And I'm
glad you said topics, because I had another
writer use that word with a couple co-writers
that have been uninspired by [that approach].
But these persons held themselves out as specialists
in sync. They wrote for sync. And I
had a meeting with this person once, and they
were telling me, " You know, there are certain
rules. " I forget all the rules; I lost it after the
first two. It's like there are certain words you
need to use for " night " or " nighttime. " He
was going down this list, and it was the
biggest piece of... Let's just say it was the
biggest piece of malarky that I have ever
heard.
sync. Don't dumb yourself down; don't sacrifice
something that you want to say, play or
sing. Be true to yourself; respect yourself.
Where you then do for sync might be the production,
might be your performance, and will
be about having passed it and how you pitch
it, when you pitch it and match it up-the
business side of everything. That's for sync; it
should be the process of getting it for what
you created to be used. And that's business,
but don't dumb yourself down. Write what
you want to write.
Don't miss the final part of this interview next
month!
And that's what I mean about don't write for
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of November 2021

Fade In
Fast Forward
Studio Upgrade Roundup
Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
KRK Systems: KNS 8402
Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
Novation Circuit Rhythm
Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
Mackie: Onyx16
Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
Readers' Tracks
Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Intro
November 2021 - Cover1
November 2021 - Cover2
November 2021 - 1
November 2021 - 2
November 2021 - 3
November 2021 - Fade In
November 2021 - 5
November 2021 - 6
November 2021 - 7
November 2021 - Fast Forward
November 2021 - 9
November 2021 - Studio Upgrade Roundup
November 2021 - 11
November 2021 - 12
November 2021 - 13
November 2021 - 14
November 2021 - 15
November 2021 - 16
November 2021 - 17
November 2021 - 18
November 2021 - 19
November 2021 - Inside the Studio with Mark Hornsby: A Crash Course in Atmos
November 2021 - 21
November 2021 - 22
November 2021 - 23
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Slate Digital MetaTune
November 2021 - 25
November 2021 - KRK Systems: KNS 8402
November 2021 - 27
November 2021 - Southern Avenue and the Modern Memphis Sound
November 2021 - 29
November 2021 - 30
November 2021 - 31
November 2021 - 32
November 2021 - 33
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Raising Jake SideMinder ME2
November 2021 - 35
November 2021 - Shure MV7 USB Podcast Microphone
November 2021 - 37
November 2021 - RECORDING Show and Tell: Studio Upgrades (2021 Edition)
November 2021 - 39
November 2021 - 40
November 2021 - 41
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: bx_console Focusrite SC
November 2021 - 43
November 2021 - Novation Circuit Rhythm
November 2021 - 45
November 2021 - Session Log: The AngelHeaded Hipster, Part 11: Home Mixing in Home Studios
November 2021 - 47
November 2021 - 48
November 2021 - 49
November 2021 - Mackie: Onyx16
November 2021 - 51
November 2021 - Alclair: Electro 6 Driver
November 2021 - 53
November 2021 - Plugin Outlet: Arturia FX Collection 2
November 2021 - 55
November 2021 - 56
November 2021 - 57
November 2021 - Inside the Box with Joe Albano: workflow-focused programs and plugins
November 2021 - 59
November 2021 - 60
November 2021 - 61
November 2021 - RME Fireface UCX II 40-channel USB Interface
November 2021 - 63
November 2021 - Readers' Tracks
November 2021 - 65
November 2021 - 66
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November 2021 - 68
November 2021 - 69
November 2021 - 70
November 2021 - 71
November 2021 - Fade Out: Studio Feng Shui
November 2021 - Cover3
November 2021 - Cover4
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