June 24, 2022
There's a time for things to ebb and this song certainly did. It was written May 1, 2021 and I'd just discovered I could export my tracks and send them to a mix engineer. Carrying Crosses / Eight of Swords was going to be my first attempt at a professional mix.
I found an expert in my music software, who could mix songs and also provide lessons. His rates were inexpensive, and it seemed too good to be true, but I gave it a try. The mix wasn't to my standards, yet, I was still intrigued. I emailed my former producer, Brian Daly, and had him mix a different song. This time, I heard what I wanted and The Music Tarot project had found its producer.
I learned a great deal, starting down this new path, and realized Carrying Crosses / Eight of Swords needed rework before the tracks could be mixed by Brian. I tried but kept getting stuck. I grew angrier and angrier and started feeling like a victim of the song itself! I set it aside. Eventually, dedication got the best of me. I tried again. And after many months, I tracked everything to my liking. Now it was Brian's turn.
Once transferred to his computer, the song got even thornier. The rhythm snarled at Brian and the loops cackled when he tried this or that effect. The card's energy was affecting the song's production. But Brian put those snare drums and toms in their place. His muse appeared in heavy armor and helped record bass, guitar, and several organ-style solos.
We may have been victims of the ebb, but the song's production determinately, inescapably, was completed.
For those feeling trapped or stuck, this song knows your pain. But remember, it's just an illusion. You are the key to your cage.