Facilitating fantasy in the studio
A charmingly candid description of producing custom recordings for “aspiring ‘aritsts’” from songwriter and sometimes producer Marty Funderburk at his new blog The Mundane Matters. Funderburk manages to be both humble and humorous about the downmarket realities of producing southern gospel’s “adequate” amateur talent. Money quote:
Some are genuinely talented, humble, God-fearing people whose church insisted that they record an album. It’s fun to help them get accomplish that dream. But, unfortunately there are more of the other kind… I’m but a facilitator of fantasy. Oh, I don’t “blow smoke.” I don’t tell them how wonderful they are. I use phrases like, “That was absolutely ADEQUATE! You go, girl! Let’s move on…” But, in the end, no matter how wrenching the session has been, they look me in the eye and ask, “So, what do you think my chances are?” God has provided me with a great answer to that question. I tell them I don’t know. I would have to see them perform in front of an audience. Some of the best singers don’t have the ability to connect with an audience. And I remind them that people “vote” at the record table. There are a lot of average singers with sustainable careers in our industry. A lot of bad music gets heavy rotation on the radio. So it ain’t necessarily about talent. That shuts ‘em up.
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