recording attempt no. 762 – mad music mondays

Episode 5.

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.

For any other musicians out there, the story I am about to tell will sound frustratingly familiar.


The desk-level sound booth is set up. The microphone is attached, minimal background noise. You press record. Position yourself perfectly, sing a great first note. And the garbage trucks come. The construction work starts back up again. So, instead of giving up, you reposition. Back into the furthest corner of the room. You put a blanket down underneath the microphone to absorb the vibrations of the now-seemingly constant noise from outside. You place another blanket over the top of the sound booth. Now you need to be in constant squat to be in front of the microphone. Finally, after about two hours, you’ve managed to get maybe 30 good quality seconds.


And you can’t even tell if it’s good quality. It is very much only just a maybe.

This process repeats for the next six months. And then you get to mix and produce it. Which, I have to be honest, is a weird mix of the fun part and the very worst part.

But really it all comes down to the same thing as recording. Persistence. A new position, a new take. Until you find the maybe.


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

One response to “recording attempt no. 762 – mad music mondays”

  1. […] 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. […]

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