Do you bring the emotion?
As a performing songwriter, there are many aspects that go into putting a song out there for human consumption. There is the crafting of lyrics and a melody that will successfully communicate your ideas. Then there is learning to play the song -- so that eventually you know it well enough that you have eliminated all the outbursts of swearing -- and the hands and brain can switch to autopilot. This allows you to concentrate on the effective delivery of the song to the listener.
To prepare for recording, I worked really hard on getting the songs ingrained in my head. And then there was the matter of EMOTION. Bringing emotion to the words and conveying the intent of the song is something that my producer, Gary Beard, repeatedly stressed to me as we prepared for this trip. At times, I find that the technical aspects of delivery can cause me to hover just above surface of the song instead of plunging in and immersing myself. I have to stop and reconnect with the words.