I like to wear ball caps. I wear them on my day off and I wear one to work. I have quite a selection of caps. I have a gray cap that has a US flag on it, (bought it to wear on stage), KU cap, NY Jets cap, (not a Jets fan but liked green) , NSAI black cap, and many others. My favorite cap is my Bluebird Café cap. It is comfortable and broke in. It has sweat stains around and is looking pretty rough. You can definitely tell it has been worn a lot. I have different caps for different activities. I wear a Dillons cap to work, and NSAI cap to my monthly meetings, and I work outside and mow my yard in my Bluebird Café cap.
As a songwriter I wear many different hats. Here is a list of some of the hats that I wear. Lyric writer, song idea creator, melody writer, guitar player, bass guitar player, recording engineer, blogger, NSAI coordinator, performer, and the list goes on and on. It is so easy to get sidetracked and not write songs. I could spend all my time working on my guitar playing or all of my time blogging.
I remember when I first bought my Tascam DP-01 digital audio workstation. I went from being a songwriter to being a recording engineer. (and not a good one either.) I had so much to learn that it took up all of my time. I had to learn to record tracks, how to EQ tracks, how to mix tracks, how to master a CD, how to burn a cd, and how to make it sound better. It was a full time job being a recording engineer.
It took me a while to realize the error of my ways. Now, I don't try to make a perfect demo. I do my best. I probably spend 30 minutes making a demo. I play my guitar and sing at the same time. If I mess up singing the wrong words I will record it again. Usually I can get it right in three or four tries. Is the singing perfect?No! Is the guitar playing perfect? No! Does the demo give me a permanent copy of my song? Yes. Is my rough demo good enough to allow a pro studio to create a great demo? Yes.
It is necessary to wear many hats. Maybe you are like me and you are doing too much. Remember to keep the focus on what is important. I am a songwriter, not a recording engineer.