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Author and writer Scott Gold notes the respective challenges and rewards associated with each. He notes how writing a book ...
is less expensive to create and can be done alone at any time. Conversely, recording albums are typically collaborative efforts that require larger investments. Gold also takes time to share, compare, and contrast how writers and musicians derive satisfaction from others receiving their art.
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Erik: How does writing a book compare and contrast with recording an album?
Scott: Writing a book in a lot of ways is easier and more difficult than recording an album. First of all, it’s something that you can do relatively on the cheap. All you need is a laptop or a pad and a pen. I know there are a lot of writers out there that still write – literally, physically write by hand, think Frank McCourt, Stephen King, a number of them. Paul Auster still uses a manual typewriter. Most of us now use word processors but you can do it pretty much on the cheap, and in your own time, and whenever you’re willing to work, and you can do it alone. You kind of have to do it alone, aside from an editor coming in which would be comparable to, you know, your producer or engineer. You have to be unbelievably talented as a writer, an engineer, and a producer to be able to completely self-record an album, and, you know, people have done it, and it is done all the time, especially now that home-made digital audio workstations, or DAWs, are so much less expensive now, and mostly, especially if you’re in a band, you have to rely on other people, and it’s a team effort. When you record an album you have to depend on other people, and you have to work collaboratively, and you have to be able to let your ego go sometimes to be able to listen to someone when they’re saying something and they’re disagreeing with you, and you have to come to certain compromises and understandings, and, it’s a, you know, it’s a difficult process. Your ears get tired.
Erik: What about from a financial perspective?
Scott: It’s a lot more expensive. It’s a million times more – not literally, but a million times more expensive. But it’s significantly more expensive. I can sit in a café for a year and as long as I have a day job. You know, I can write a book. You know, the only thing it’s gonna cost me is, you know, time and effort. You know, recording an album is very expensive, even if you record a record from home, you still have to pay for all of the equipment which is not cheap. So, you know, it’s financially, you know, you need a lot more resources, financial resources to record a record, but at the same time, the joy in sharing a record with someone else is very different from the joy in sharing something you’ve written. And I would never want to sit there and watch someone read my book. It’s actually kind of uncomfortable to sit there and like wait for their, you know, expression to change or whatever. You want them to go and do that on their own. So the process of receiving that sort of art is also the same way. So, you know, writing a book is solitary, reading a book is kind of solitary, so you’re never fully able to, you know, have that joy of sharing that art with someone in the same way you are when you play your record for somebody or a bunch of people, or you get up and you play that record live, you know, in a club setting, or in a concert setting, for a bunch of people, and you can share that with them, and you can share that with the other musicians you’re working with, which is a wonderful thing, but you can never really do that when you’re writing a book, so they each present their own challenges and rewards.
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