keep it simple – mad music mondays

Episode 4.

For those just joining, welcome to mad music mondays, where I will be taking you on a journey through my creative process of releasing my first single. Last week’s episode is available here.

Once I had established the majority of my lyrics and my melodies, I had to decide how I was going to record it. What instruments I would need, how I would arrange them, and what that would mean for mixing.

If I could say one thing to myself 18 months ago, I would say ‘trust your gut‘. I knew from the beginning that this was not a song needing a wide variety of instruments. But my brain thought that for it to be ‘proper’ and ‘professional’, it would need more than that. I tried so many different sounds, so many combinations, only to come back to what I knew was the right call from the very beginning.

Keep it simple, keep it plain. (I tried way too hard to get this slight reference in. If you can see it, well done).

Not plain as in boring. Plain as in not every painting needs every colour, sometimes it only needs a few.

To be honest, if I had trusted my gut, I would have finished this single much earlier than I did.

I consider it a lesson learned, and if you are wise, you will learn from me!


The song, ‘you should know’, is about that fleeting, uncomplicated moment of realising that you like someone. The brave among you will send it to your crush (whether or not they know).

If you number among those brave souls, please comment ‘challenge accepted’. Knowing that will bring me great joy.

Jena Ren – 2022

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