“There is a very fine line between ‘hobby’ and ‘mental illness’.” – Dave Barry
I wrote most the songs on Doing Is Better Than Watching back in the 80’s, when my friends and I had kind of a songwriting collective. It was great fun.
In the ensuing decades, home computers developed amazing music-recording capabilities. So, years ago, I got it into my head to try recording homemade demos of some of my old songs, on my own, as time allowed while raising a family, working, etc.
It took me a ridiculous amount of time to record this. But without any deadlines or pressures or studio expenses, it was always just fun to be able to steal 10 minutes here, 20 minutes there, and a few hours in a row whenever possible to try to slowly arrange, perform, record, edit, mix and master each of these songs.
Along the way,
I had a ton of fun, but I realized that by trying to do everything myself, I was essentially trying to be all four Beatles AND George Martin all at the same time, which is kinda nuts. Hence the quote at the top of this page :-)
I did finally manage to put it all together, mostly on my own, sprinkling in a few great backing vocals, riffs and suggestions from family members and close friends.
So, yes, amazing what you can do with a computer these days. But it’s not as much fun as playing music with other people. If I ever do another album, it’ll be a collaboration.
The album title
“Doing Is Better Than Watching” was what I re-discovered every time I decided to work on a song instead of watching TV at the end of a long day. Way more fun and energizing.
Other titles that I was considering for this album included:
- 15 Bits More Than I Needed
- More Songs About Bitterness And Appreciation
- The Beatles Had Talent But I Have Software BWAHAHAHAHA
Didn’t use it, don’t like it, don’t believe in it. Not because I’m such a great singer; I’m not. But when it comes to vocals, I just prefer honest human singing to synthesized illusions of perfection.