Whatever possessed me to use "mix" as the prompt for today’s installment of Just Jot It January, I don’t know, but that’s the word I chose for today, and Linda took it. Besides, I don’t know if anyone would know what to do with potrzebie.
There are all kinds of mixes out there. Cake mixes, for one, which I guess aren’t as popular as they once were because fewer women are staying home and worrying about what to serve for dessert that night to their families. Much easier to just buy a cake from the bakery at the Kroger or Publix or whatever your local supermarket is. If you have enough time to bake a cake, you’ll probably make one from scratch. Still, cake mixes have their place, or at least they did.
Mary had a cookbook called The Cake Mix Doctor by a lady named Anne Byrn, who takes cake mixes and adds stuff to them (extra butter, fruit, pudding mix, chocolate powder etc.) and turns them into baked delights. Anne has a second book, The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!, where she continues the magic.
Mixing is also a key ingredient in producing music. When a band records a song in the studio, the sounds of the different instruments and voices might need to be adjusted, and the producer might want to add in additional voices, instruments, hand claps etc. They get recorded as well, then it’s the job of the producer and the mixing engineer to combine all the different tracks into a two-track finished product. These days, they might use the Auto-Tune audio processor to correct vocals that are slightly out of tune. They might also apply panning between channels, distort the vocals, multitrack instruments and other studio tricks to change the sound and make it "unique." Auto-Tune gets used way too much these days, which makes it hard to duplicate in live concert. In the old days, people would just re-record whatever needed to be fixed.
Now a word from Martini & Rossi dry vermouth. For the "yes" people!
Written for Linda Hill’s Just Jot It January.