I have a couple thousand dollars of recording gear. Not real high end, but pretty darn good stuff. And it sits. I recorded a lot more when I had basically no gear but lots of ideas. So I spend a bunch of money so my ideas will sound better recorded. Now? Nothing. I sit down with my guitar, and nothing. I guess I've reached that age of mortgages, kids, horses, jet ski, never turning down work etc. I don't even listen to music much anymore. I'm a talk radio junkie. I listened to Suspended Animation the other day when I was mixing for a thing at our church. I cranked Suspended Animation through my Makie system while they where playing volley ball. It was great. No one had heard it before and I got asked a lot who that was. Anyway, it was new to me again. It was inspiring. I was like, "wow, I forgot what amazing guitar playing sounds like, man I need to get practicing and recording again!"
Anyone else in the same boat? Besides Shane Regal!?!
I pay every weekend in church and am working on a cover project with my daughters for a couple different events.
If you know Christian music, you'll know that there are some great bands. Some are getting secular radio air play, Like Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Flyleaf, and I think Fire Flight. We are doing Fire FLight, Pillar, Anberlin, and even Shimmer from Fuel!
There are no real guitar solos in that stuff, and the ones there are my daughter is doing. Just playing is fun, but I think most of us around here have that guitar virtuoso gene waiting to be unleashed! Fact is though. You practice for ever, shred like mad, and no one cares. But they do care if you play a song that just rocks and they can move to it.