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Collaborating for Accountability

Many months ago, I made the right decision. I asked for help.

You see, I wanted to get started into making music again. For a gentle beginning, I decided to record four older songs that had never been formalized in simple piano-vocal arrangements. Knowing I would never get this done on my own (and also wanting to take advantage of his access to a real piano and recording equipment), I asked my friend Brett Gleason for his aid. And that has made all the difference.

When I needed help picking the songs, Brett chimed in with his perspective and intimate knowledge of the tunes after hearing some of them for 6+ years. When I procrastinated on getting started, he bugged me. When I put off editing the takes myself, he suggested we do it together as a “social activity.” As much as I deprioritize the EP and want to stuff it in my closet to forget it, I can’t give up on it. It’s not just my project; it’s also someone else’s (and I told him I’d trade him a new website for his help).

Next time you’re trying to bring an idea of yours to life, consider making it a collaboration. The addition of someone who’s not wrapped up in the same ego-drama about your own art can really hold you accountable to getting it done.

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