Why I Hate Mixing Contests, Pt.2
by, 12-08-2011 at 02:32 PM (1139 Views)
There are lots of things folks hate. I'll go out on a limb and say everyone has a good solid dozen they could reach for with little difficulty. Some are social, some political, religious, familial, professional, and on and on. To my mind. it's the yang to love's yin. If you've recently encountered someone who's nature is one of Pollyanna, you know how exhausting that can be. The whole "sweeter than sugar, wouldn't say shit if they had a mouth full of it" act is a bit much to swallow. I mean, really, who feels genuinely up and never feels down about things? That attitude is so ridiculous that Eric Idle wrote a classic song parodying it.
Similarly, there are few things of a monolithic nature. Even Hitler could put together a snazzy military uniform. (Nothing kills debate on the internet like bringing up Hitler.) There are part that are enjoyable and parts that are less-so. Even RR Mixing Contests, although not as-yet televised on the Hitler Channel.
What is it about them? They're weird. It's one park church bake sale, one part 5th grade foot race, one part block party, one part student-body election, one part beauty contest, one university group project (another hated phenomenon), one Masonic meeting, one part family reunion, one part sci-fi fan convention and a bunch of other equally complicated parts: each bringing with it all difficulty and unpleasantness of the component parts.
Why do them at all? They have all the negative, un-fun aspects I numerated in the last blog. The short answer is they are good for you and learn things about the recording craft in a short time that are really tough to pick up otherwise. The tracks were really well done and it's an interesting way to, for instance, try some ideas out or work for speed or try out a new musical style in a fairly low-impact, non-fatal way. I mean, if you stink up the joint, who cares? Sure, there's always gonna be that judgmental guy who listens to your effort and thinks "WTF?!", but shit, who cares what that guy thinks anyway. Life has a way of evening our lives out so we aren't able to forever maintain such an inflated estimation of our superiority. "You're ridin' high in April, shot down in May".
Like this one. I learned a huge amount that I've already put to work. Write it down? I'll be here all day and it's still the contest is still going on . But to sum up, sure I hate them. It's like yucky vegetables or running laps or doing 40 push-ups and sit-ups a day or shaving everyday with a not-new razor or making your bed. It's just you have to do. It's good for you. You need to do it. But you don't have to like it even pretend to like it. Being a good sport about it would help - which I plan to be in the future.