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Old 26th December 2002
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hollidays on holliday or work ?

Just got off the phone .... one of my best friends is spending a 14 day skiing vacation with wife and kids in Austria.

Alsmost everybody I know takes a couple of days off ... goes skiing or is flying to the sun.

Me I stay at home .... and work ... work .... and work .... oh .... and work too ...

Xmas day was spent with the family, New year day will be family day too ... other then that ... work.

oops ... suddenly realised I'm moaning and maybe should post this in the moan zone .... but no ... I don't moan ... I feel happy to be working ... I like working ... even during the hollidays ... doesn't bother me at all.


How about you all ... do you take extra time off, go away or stay home ?
Old 26th December 2002
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🎧 15 years
Stayed home - I didn't work yesterday (I only went to the studio to pick up some batteries), but I'm back at it today.

I suspect that my next 'vacation' will be AES Amsterdam...
Old 26th December 2002
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Between now & Jan 6th I will mix an album..

I like the peace & quiet.. (for mix work)

Old 26th December 2002
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🎧 15 years
va-v-vah-vacati-t- vacation? What is this thing you speak of?
Old 28th December 2002
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No days off this month (and no Xmas). I'd love a vacation in Hawaii or something, but the time for that just isn't now.

Jon
Old 28th December 2002
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Sad to say it's been over 12 years for a real vacation.
I ride my motorcycle on two day trips to clear out my head.
Old 28th December 2002
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Holiday? Life is a holiday. If you don't look at it like that you get too pissed off to take a proper vacation.
I recently had pneumonia, I don't know if that qualifies but I sure know that if you stay sick for too long your wife will start checking the life insurance policy and talking to strangers on the phone and you will start to participate in recording engineer forums.
Old 28th December 2002
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Re: hollidays on holliday or work ?

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Originally posted by C.Lambrechts
J... I feel happy to be working ... I like working ... even during the hollidays ... doesn't bother me at all.


How about you all ... do you take extra time off, go away or stay home ?
Hi Chris, good question...

It varies very much from year to year with me, but more than a couple of days max away from music and I tend to get very 'itchy' to get back to it. That's with plotting and planning and listening in the 'holiday'. Music is in the blood I think- it's never switched 'off' for me. Some years I work in the studio through
it all, it can be a great time to get the stillness to concentrate on seeing projects through. This year I was away for a couple of days and as they turned out really well I came back feeling fuelled and refreshed, consequently the first day back was rockin'! a great days work!

Renie
Old 28th December 2002
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Re: hollidays on holliday or work ?

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Originally posted by C.Lambrechts


Me I stay at home .... and work ... work .... and work .... oh .... and work too ...

Xmas day was spent with the family, New year day will be family day too ... other then that ... work.

oops ... suddenly realised I'm moaning and maybe should post this in the moan zone .... but no ... I don't moan ... I feel happy to be working ... I like working ... even during the hollidays ... doesn't bother me at all.


How about you all ... do you take extra time off, go away or stay home ?
Chris . . I have posted about this before . . someplace. All I know is many of us in this business take it WAY too damn serious! PLUS, not only is it our jobs . . but for some, it's our only hobby as well. When I was young . . I thought this was who I had to be (make any sense?)

I have outside things that I am in to. Motorcycles, my dog. Work with homeless. This business is not the only thing in this world.

One of the reasons I have not had a proper vacation in all that time was partly the business and part personal reasons (family member health, etc, etc.)

For me . . . I lost a nice wife to this business (and a bad drug habit) years ago. I took it so serious. It was ALL I had in this world. I couldn't even see her . . I was so wrapped up INSIDE the studio and the music business. I had a big production deal with Clive Davis / Arista . . .and I was convinced that was THE most important thing . . . it wasn't. She split.

Now . . . of course we have to work VERY hard at what we do. There has to be balance though. As you know, so many of us burn out, then we have nothing. We lose our hobby, our career and loved ones too.

At the end of the day . . it's just WHAT we do for a living . . not WHO we are. I think that is the problem for many . . they think this is WHO they are.

Try to find hobbies that keep you away from this for periods at a time . . things that have nothing at all to do with this business, so when you come back to it . . it's fresh and enjoyable. When I'm on my motorcycle . . . the wind hitting me in the face, a dark studio is the last thing I think about. The dog at the park . . . . man it's fun, hanging with that nut!

Plus . . take care of your health . . . (I need to do more of this). I used to play raquetball every night, until I hurt my arm . . now I'm not getting any work out time.

I KNOW what you mean though regarding this business. I was sick as hell on Christmas Day . . . . sat here in the studio wrapped in a blanket. I only got a father for family. I hope you find balance . . it's tough.

This next comment is going to go down like the Titanic, but I swear it SEEMS to be true. As we all know, computers can be very addicting and I find that a lot of my friends that are into Pro Tools and other computer based recording programs SEEM to have a harder time pulling away. They are always staring at their computers, loading plug ins, new programs, de-fragmenting drives, on the net upgrading this or that or someone is sending them a copy of something that they are waiting for email . . . . . on and on. Sometimes I look at these guys and they look wild eyed staring at their boxes.

I hope there is a hobby for you that will pull you out for a bit . . . gas powered model planes, motorcycles, wearing women's clothes to Rugby matches . . . whatever it may be.

I know what you mean though . . when it's good it's great and it's hard to pull away at times. I work a certain amount in the studio (10 hours at the console) . . after that, unless there is a damn good reason . . . . I don't care who you are, I'm stopping. Plus meals away from the desk, and breaks throughout the day . . . very important to me.

Good luck . . don't drop dead on us staring at that stupid box. One of my best friends just died . . . a GREAT engineer, GREAT guy, loved his work . . worked too damn much. Anyway . . got cancer . . too late to do anything. He died a miserable death . He and I went back to the 70s. A real shame. He left a GREAT wife . . . I'm sure if he had it to do over, he would have found a bit more balance. He used to fall asleep at the Neve. Nicest wife sitting at home.
Old 29th December 2002
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I agree with you 100 percent Knox. People in our business often don't have or get a life. They should really ... you only live once.

Often it takes something very dramatic in a persons life to make them see that. This month 6 years ago something dramatic changed my life. I still work very hard ... and love my work ... but it isn't my priority Nr 1 realy. Although I often consider it hardly enough ... I do get away to fill up my batteries from time to time.

And I completely agree with your statement that people in our business all too often don't have a hobby. They turned their hobby into their job and ended up having no more hobby. That is how you end up getting burned out in the long run.

Only a month ago that I took about a week off when my American girlfriend came down here for a visit (she's moving in with me next week, after the hollidays ) Only stopped by the studio once that week to say hi ....

Except for that, I enjoy my 2 boys Michael and Anthony, going to the movies, spend a night with friends, go play a game of snooker, etc etc .... enjoy living really.




(just happens to be busy right now ... but taking a couple of days off after the holliday ... and planning a skiing trip at the end of february.....)


Sorry to hear about your friend.
Old 29th December 2002
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I took 2 weeks of in november and keep thinking I could of brought a distressor or something with the money instead...
Not the best way to think.
Was nice and chilled for a couple of days once I returned.

I have put my price up and I end up with a lot more free days lately..
Old 29th December 2002
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Great thoughts, Knox.. I came pretty close to losing my wife a few years ago before I really understood the concepts you've described. My priorities are much straighter now... and I find work is much more fun when it's not all there is.

I spent the week up in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Alphajerk's 'hood) relaxing with pregnant wife, dog and family. I've got one client freaking out that I wasn't around to do revisions to his record over Christmas. I went anyway. .. I'm back... I'll revise... he's fine.

In the meantime, my friend and business partner was visiting his family in the midwest and ended up working out there the entire time, 16-hour days and such. I'm going to send your post to him . . . but I don't think it'll help. He just doesn't get it, and I fear he might not until it takes a more tangible toll on his life, health, or both.

-dave
Old 29th December 2002
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After a month of 70-80 hr weeks I'm chillin a little even though I still have some mixes to get finished before noon tomorrow. We just agreed to buy an old house down the block from us so my time will get diverted in another direction for most of the next month as we strip woodwork, paint, do floors, rewire, etc... then move, clean this house etc... I HATE moving! Fortunately it's right down the alley from the current house.

After burning out on SR and as I was transitioning into recording I spent most of the 90's focused on Mtn bike racing which was actually the most focused on a discipline that I'd ever been in my life. At 37-38 I was in the best shape of my life with a resting heart rate of 42. It was a great period where the thought of spending money on audio gear was repulsive as it took away what I could spend on BIKES! As the studio gained momentum and started demanding more of my time though I too lost a GF of 10 yrs to someone who gave her more attention in a porno chat room and off she went (in the middle of doing a String Cheese CD), so be it. Since then I've gotten extremely busy, married a lovely and talented cellist/musicologist I've known since she was a 17 yr old freshmen and brought 2 groovy boys(2.5 and 2 months) into the world (I never intended to replicate my DNA).

I hope I have much more balance in my life at this point, the biz just ain't all that important! Finding time for myself is extremely hard these days, I haven't put a wheel in the dirt in a couple of years and the road bike gathers far too much dust as well but I make sure the boys get a fair chunk of my time. It takes time to explain the intracacies of space travel!

Now we just need to find the time for me to ride and my wife to write her dissertation...

heh heh, in true gearslut fashion though I popped for a nice Bosch dishwasher yesterdayyuktyy
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