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If you're like me, you like deadlines because it helps you get things done. "Work expands to fill the time available," was a quote that always rang true with me.
So I got in the habit of scheduling recording sessions before I had actually written the music or done the orchestrations. If I knew I had a string section coming into the studio on Monday, I would spend the weekend writing the music and getting the parts ready. If I didn't have the session scheduled, I'd find something else to do instead.
Occasionally I'd get right up to the last minute, writing out parts and getting tracks ready to record as the musicians were walking in the door and getting settled. It was a little crazy, I admit.
More than once I realized I really didn't have enough material for the session, so at the last minute I would write out a quick chart to record, sometimes with only a "click" in the headphones.  As luck would have it, some of those tracks turned out to be…

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