Working hard to get it exactly right

Kimberly Schad, in the family recording studio in Jamesville, N.Y.

Kimberly Schad, in the family recording studio in Jamesville, N.Y.

Kimberly Schad will throw a big party Friday night in Syracuse, at The Palace Theater on James Street, where everybody can come and appreciate her performing her music for free.

It’s a release celebration for her EP, The Mystic Kingdom. Schad started recording an album five years ago, and didn’t like the final result. She didn’t release it. Instead she learned to play the drums, and work the software programs, and do it herself.

Now she likes it.

I wrote about the industrious musician’s track to the release for my Mark It Up community column for Syracuse Public Media site

You can read it by clicking the link below.

Do you know somebody who kept at a project for a long time until it came out exactly the way they wanted, and if so, please explain. Have you ever worked on something for years, and if so, how did it feel to finish? What project do you have in mind that would be worth this kind of time commitment for you, and why?

21 thoughts on “Working hard to get it exactly right

  1. Bro Mark, every musician wanting quality sound works as long as it takes to get the sound right. Sometimes it takes minutes, but usually it takes months/years/decades. Overnight sensations are usually people who started out in local venues, and worked hard at places where they weren’t even heard above the roar of the local drunks, and one day someone comes along and actually listens to the music and words instead of the background noise. That artist, after working for years, then becomes an overnight sensation, and with a lot of luck and the grace of God, holds on to the crown for years. When this happens, it really is sensational.
    For myself, yes, I’ve worked for months developing things to a point that satisfies me enough to share it with others. The music? No, my one night on stage was enough to last a lifetime, but my crafting is another story. Getting the patterns established, making them work in a way that doesn’t hurt my shoulder, adapting my tools so they can be held without pain or losing my grip is an art in and of itself, and that takes a lot of practice, trial and error, but it was done, and now I’m qualified to teach — those who can, do, those who can’t, teach.


  2. bravo for her, i love her perseverance. and what a great way to introduce her work. i’m considering doing a book, but haven’t quite found my groove yet. i’ll know when i find the right time and place to make it happen –


  3. I’m impressed that she went back to get it right. That’s hard to do when you know you have a completed project.
    I’m trying to finish a collection of poetry by the 31st. I’ve never finished anything that big.


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