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See and Tell the Vision

With every project there is a vision. What you see or hear right now does not attest to what the completed vision will look or sound like; but nonetheless, the “now” is crucial to get there. Much like a film director, the music producer takes the song from concept to completion. The producer takes the elements often in its rawest form and tells the vision through the production. It’s amazing how prophetic this process is. With my growing appreciation for the hard work and support of the producer I’m working with now, I began to think beyond the studio. How much are we missing out on in our relationships because we see what we see right now, instead of who that person is on the road to become?

God is calling us higher. Not only to tell the vision, but to see the vision of who people are beyond what our natural eyes see in the present. Many of us are hungry for encouragement and to know how God sees us despite our shortcomings. Now more than ever, the body of Christ has an opportunity to speak into the very lives God seeks to impact. The good news is He wants to impact us all!

This also applies to creative ideas; that we be a people who can see beyond the “now” and work together in unity to bring those ideas to life, together, for His glory. Amazing things happen through collaboration. We each have a unique perspective that brings a depth and richness when it’s done together. We’ve seen it in songwriting, even artwork, business and various other avenues. There is power in unity.

Ask God to show you His heart for the people you encounter each day. See how He wants to use you in releasing a kind word or working together to bring Him glory. Let us be a people that are overtaken by the love of God and a light to those who’ve yet to discover His goodness.

God bless you,


Studio update: On Monday July 29th, Greg and I reviewed his production of Track 3. It sounds fantastic and I am so excited on how this is all coming together. We also laid out Track 4 with piano and a scratch vocal so he can begin bringing in all the other elements. All that is left to record is Track 5 before the final mixing is done on the entire EP and we can send it out for mastering. God never ceases to amaze me during this project. Everything is sounding above and beyond my imagination. When I was looking for studios, I did research, but I went with the recommendation of a good friend. God gave me the cream of the crop! I can’t wait for you all to hear it! Thank you for all your prayers and support. This has truly been an amazing journey!

Recording Studio Tips for the Creative Process

So you’ve got this awesome song in your head and now you’re read to begin collaborating in the recording studio with a producer. With an array of electronic sounds and samples submerged in what I’ll call a “midi-sphere” of technology, how do you get the song in your head realized? Patience…Communication…or all of the above? Even if you speak the same language with your producer or whomever you are collaborating with, those words don’t always mean the same thing to the other person. Here are some helpful hints in collaborating through the creative process:

•Provide examples – Find some tracks that embody the ambiance or feel of the song you are recording. Have them ready, whether they are clips in MP3’s you can shoot off in an email, or to play off your iPhone or iPad in the studio. Remember, time is money.

•Have an open mind – Let’s face it. Not all of our ideas are good ones even if it sounds like they are in our head. Trust the person you’re collaborating with. Be willing to go with their suggestions, maybe even more times than your own. You did hire them or ask them to work with you right?

•Be encouraging – I can’t speak for everybody, but I personally don’t want to just be told everything wrong with a song or an idea. That being said, give positive feedback in addition to areas in the track you don’t like. They’ll appreciate the praise and know that you believe in their creativity in the areas that require redirection. Anything you don’t like I’m willing to bet because of your encouraging persona, they’ll really want to work with you to fix it.

•Hear the big picture while working out the details – Remember it’s a process. Many elements are most likely missing at this point which needs to be taken into consideration. Tacks are a layer upon layer of loops, sounds and instrumentation. Not to mention levels, dynamics and mixing are all in the later stage of birthing a solid track. Base your decisions in the creative process hearing the big picture and catch the vision as a whole and not in part. And lastly…

•Be thankful – I mean you’re in the studio! You’re birthing new songs! It’s exciting. A thankful heart keeps the focus and directs your attention towards what matters. It also keeps attitudes in check and changes the atmosphere for the positive.

As for the “Overtaken” project – it is going really well. Track 1 & 2 are almost completely mixed and ready for mastering. We’ll be starting Track 3 very soon. I can’t wait to hear how it all comes together. I’ve been blessed with an awesome studio to work with, an awesome producer, and above all an awesome God who guides me the entire way. If you have any specific questions I can help with, feel free to post a comment. You can follow me on twitter @MusicByTeresa or on Facebook at

God bless you richly,