I’m going to jump right to the point of this post; recording yourself is not an easy thing to do. Be it audio alone, or a video, many are rarely afforded the luxury of a quiet, distraction-free recording studio. So one must make do with what they’ve got; and a vast variety of little challenges waste no time in presenting themselves once you get started.
Now, there are many problems that can arise from yourself, (i.e., yawning in the middle of a recording, having your voice crack unexpectedly in the middle of an otherwise-good recording, etc) but right now, I’m going to focus on the others; the third-party recording-ruiners.
Let’s start with something adorable: kitty cats. Kitties are adorable, aren’t they? I have several, and usually let one or two join me when I practice singing. Some really like being around it (probably because the higher-notes sounds like my “talking to kitties voice”, but I like to think it is because they have fine taste in music and love Enka like me). And I like to think that if I let one or two be around me, that they will bless it with their kitty luck, their kitty-good-luck-energy-goodness… or something along those lines.
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So for maximum kitty-good-luck exposure, I like to practice and record with a couple of kitties nearby. I am pretty sure they know that I know about their good luck rays, so they try to push their luck sometimes.
Let’s do a walkthrough of some recent events that happened while I was recording a song:
That’s to name a few. They also enjoy sitting directly in front of my recording device, and lick all of their fur… for hours. And fight with each other, and knock heavy things down, and so on. If ruining my vocal recordings could be a profitable talent, I’m pretty sure my kitties would be world-famous billionaires.
Now, once in a while, even I can feel like enough is enough, and try to put them out of my recording room. It’s really, really not easy.
..Usually, I feel much too guilty when I try to put a kitty out, and I give up before I do it. But, on the rarest of rare occasions, it does get to the point where I decide to clear out the room, even if means I am relinquishing any cat good luck.
But then, I feel even more guilty. Things like this happen.
My cats have perfected this art; when they want to come in, they will leave their paw like this. There’s not any scratching or meowing involved, they know that will annoy me. Instead, they just stay motionless like this, knowing that every minute I have to see that arm while I do my thing, is an absolute assault on my kitty-loving heart. They’ve kept their arm sticking out like that for very long times; sometimes they fall asleep in that position. I am convinced that even the most iron of willpowers would not survive the sight of this long-term.
There are many, many other non-kitty challenges that one has to deal with when doing self-recording, but I will cover those in future posts.
P.S. Special thanks to my kitty Basty who allowed me to depict her to be much meaner than she actually is. ❤