When I was about 16 years old, I always wanted to record my own full-length solo piano album.
But in my mind, there were all the obstacles. In college, I didn't have my own piano to play on and practice. And if I did practice, the songs I wrote were not "perfect" enough.
And then, I didn't know where to go to record the album. And even if I did, it was probably going to cost too much money to do it anyways.
And so, for years, I always made to myself excuses on why writing my own piano album was just going to be too hard. And so I kept putting it off. I always wanted to do it, but I never actually took the steps to move forward with it.
It took my almost 9 years to finally tell myself that I was just going to make my piano album no matter what. So when I was 25 years old, I finally just decided to put everything together.
I searched online for a recording studio in Orange County, California. It had to have a good grand piano - that was a must. And I found in Newport Beach, California. And it had some outrageously high expensive to record there, something like $120 per hour. But I had been saving money for quite a while since starting my graphic design business, so I had some savings to do this.
The first thing I did was just book their first available opening, which was about 2 weeks away. So I booked a 4 hour session instantly.
I did not know how long this was going to take.