Same thing or something similar happens to me all the time. I'll get a little too "into" something, lose all sense of proportion and start having anxiety about how to continue. From that point on, any new note, phrase or tweak makes me think the song is in need of massive revision, and what started off as a great idea turns to dog meat from overworking it.
I approach it like this. I never sweat a piece. I get the idea out in my head and build a song very quickly, just doing the first thing that comes to mind. When I'm done building the song, I move on to the next and forget about it. Later I'll come back and maybe tweak something, but for the most part I finish it very quickly. Then I record it, move on and forget it. I get albums worth of material done this way in a very short time.
You have to understand that if you stress over a song, you will never be satisfied with it. You're actually doing more damage by poring over a song for endless hours. 99% of the time I find that my initial idea that I did quickly was the best, and further revisions don't really improve my first idea. Sometimes little tweaks do improve it, but for the most part, that first idea I get out is the best one.
Just try not to stress over one piece. They are just songs. Get your ideas out and move on.
Currently Listening To:George Marauder - The C64 Sessions
I spend way too much time on a song and I almost always end up trashing it because I've "overworked" it. I finally wrote a song as fast as possible and concentrated a bit more on the mix and I'm happy enough about it. I'll be posting it as soon as I'm able to make a new thread in the listening booth.
It should be said working through your ideas until they are finished is pretty important. Holding on to things can have a benefit, as they can come in handy later when you need inspiration, but knowing when to move on to something else can also be an important skill
This is easily my biggest problem. Since I primarily use Ableton, I have this bad tendency to endlessly jam tweak. And if I do ever "finish" something, I critique it so hard that I kill it before bothering to let others kill it for me The bright side to all of this is that I have about 500 Live Sets for Ableton on my hard drive with a lot of ideas and diversity. So if I ever do choose to revisit them for song ideas, I do have plenty to spare.
"letting go" is not so easy when it comes to tracks... but i guess just laying a project into some folder and pick it up weeks later or combine with new ideas can help to not loose yourself in one special track. And it makes you hear it different. Don't you know that special feeling of routine-blinded "overhearing" ?
I have the "overthinking it" complex. Though, I may stop working on a composition, I never completely dump it. I may take an extended hiatus before opening the file again, but usually when I do, Its like creating it over again simply because I am going with a fresh approach as well as new and innovative ideas to complete it. Sometimes I will put a piece together within a few hours, and sometimes it will take months. Its all about finding the "sweet spots" in my workflow.
I won't let go... fuck that... this is not work/career/job for me, .. I can afford to be a perfectionist. But yeah, sometimes you need time away. Often all it takes is a little work in another genre to get refreshed enough to come back.
Originally Posted by RFJ
The more you keep up w the board the less you'll want the OP at the top every time you open a thread you've been following and / or active in.