He also closed the Decatur studio he runs with brother Kristian, of Sugarland, to any public recordings and has been spending most of his downtime creating – via technology — with Kristian and guitarist friend Benji Shanks, on their Dark Water project.
Here is what Brandon Bush had to say about life during self-quarantine times.
What have you been up to since hanging inside?
We’ve moved into virtual creating. Dark Water has been about collaborative writing, and we’ve explored the technology of how to be creative together, which is different than how to record a track together. It’s painstakingly slow. It’s using technology where I’ll work on a session at home and put it online, and then Benji downloads it, plays on it and puts it online. And then Kristian downloads it and plays on it. It’s weird because you don’t have your companions there to guide you. It’s a little more of a back and forth.
Have you been listening to anything in particular?
The shift from going to the studio to working from home and having my wife and teenage son also working from home means it's a little bit of a different focus. I have a stereo system that goes through our house, so I'm getting to dictate the soundtrack to my helpless family! I've restarted "The Long Drive Home" (Bush's former radio show on AM1690) as a Spotify playlist. There's a lot of nostalgia and looking for comfort in my music selections. I'm listening to Bill Withers, and I gave a good listen to (Miles Davis') "Bitches Brew" the other night.
Any advice about how to spend your time?
To me, the schedule has been key. There’s a lot of pressure right now to create, like, “All you creatives, go make your masterpiece right now!” My creative engine is very much connected to my psychological condition. Until I can feel hope, it’s really hard to sit down and make things. And I’ve been giving myself forgiveness for that. I have a schedule, and if I can’t create, I don’t beat myself up about that. I did get very organized with projects I want to get to someday, like I’m attempting to transcribe Beethoven’s (“Symphony No. 1”) into my computer. I try to take 30 minutes each day to focus on something. Just come up with something you weren’t doing before for half an hour each day.
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