It’s been a mighty long time since I posted last, that’s for true. Hope you’ve all enjoyed your Spring and are looking forward to Summer, which is just around the corner!
I know I am. :) I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be busking in the Sidney Summer Market once again. The Sidney Market is where I first fell in love with busking a few years back. The sun, the friendly faces, the laid back atmosphere. It’s a musician like me’s dream gig. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to be back- to kind of where it all began… So, if you ever want to come by and enjoy what the Market has to offer, I’ll be there this year as well. Playing a mixture of covers and originals, and whatever else the moment feels like.
Some different busking dates are in the works as well, and I’ll surly post them up as soon as they’re confirmed!
In other news, I’m still plugging away at the ‘ole album. More so than ever, which is why I neglected updating anything online. I’m getting further along and learning a whole lot about the process and myself. The process has certainly been a learning experience for me. The game plan has changed during it numerous times. I suppose that’s all part of the music industry in itself. It’s constantly changing. I’m learning to roll with the punches.
Nothing seems certain at this point in time. But when anything is, you’ll be the first to know.
I’m in music for the long haul. That is one thing I know. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. I thank everyone who has been helping me and are still supporting me. I won’t be on hiatus forever, I promise you that. :)
Hope you all are enjoying the lovely weather this Spring has brought us! :) I know I am!
Lately, I’ve been playing some gigs in between recording and such. Which, has been fun. It always feels good to get back in the groove of playing live. It tends to help me with recording, as all recording is, is performing really well in studio. Sometimes though, I forget this. So, it’s good to be reminded.
Things are moving along nicely! I’m not going to give any specifics about how far I am along with the album- as I don’t want to make anyone antsy (not even myself for that matter)- but I’m making good progress and it feels, well, good! I have a plan and I’m sticking to it at all costs. So far, it’s been working. There have been a few hiccups here and there, but there always will be, with anything in life. It’s all about doing the best you can and moving forward. After all:
"It’s not about perfection, it’s about progression."
I’ve appreciated that quote ever since I heard it here on tumblr. It’s also something I forget. So, I must remind myself this.
As much as I’m staying focused on what I’m working on now, I’m very aware that it’s going to be Summer very soon. Now, I don’t have a completion deadline, but I do have an idea of when I should- in theory if I stick to my plan- be roughly finished. It’ll come up before I know it- this is how time tends to tick- and it makes me both nervous and excited. I cannot wait to busk this year. That is, if I am able to. If the arrangements can be made, I will be so grateful. I miss it so much. I’ve had some of the best times performing and have met some of the nicest people busking. It’s been too long since I have last and I’m itching to be apart of it again.
I’m also excited about performing in general. And then there’s music videos… which we’re working on ideas and techniques for. But that all ideally hinges on this record…
I’m very excited about all the possibilities and all the hopefully-will-be’s but for right now, in order for any of it to happen, I must stay focused on recording.
And so that is what I’m doing. Plugging away in my studio, working towards the future. But also, taking breaks and getting out and seeing friends so that I don’t go crazy.
“Our moments are music, and sometimes- just sometimes- we can catch them and put them into some lasting form. If I didn’t have music, I don’t know if I could ever truly be happy, and if I didn’t have these moments, I would never find music. It is everywhere, in the air between us, waiting to be sung.”—What A Song Can Do published in How They Met and Other Stories by David Levithan
I haven’t typed out a “full on” heartfelt blog entry in I don’t know how long. Perhaps, the time has come.
My life… is good. It’s going good. It’s different, for sure. Real different than it was just a year ago. And it’s still crazy to me that it’s almost been an entire year since I graduated high school. I still feel like a kid and I keep reminding myself that I am. But in some ways, I’m not anymore. I’m eighteen now. I can vote, I can drive (even though I don’t)- in many ways I am considered an “adult,” but not in all ways. I’m still a teenager. Thank god for that, because the notion of actually, legitimately, technically becoming an adult- such a foreign thing to me- is a bit daunting. I’m not ready for that just yet. And maybe I’m not ready because I in fact am not one and when the time comes maybe, just maybe, I will be. But that is to be seen.
I was just discussing this with a close friend a little while ago. About coming into one’s own age. I was saying how I rarely actually feel like I am the age that I am. How I always feel a little behind where I’m supposed to be. I guess it’s the way I always am. I’ve never been one to rush into anything. So, it makes sense I’m not wanting to rush my aging process. Don’t get my wrong, I’m not dreading getting older, I’m rather savoring my current state; so much so, that perhaps, I’m drifting there… getting lost there. And before I know it, another age has gone by; another little… era.
Time seems to run on a different clock, at a different pace when there’s nothing substantial or overly scheduled to separate each day from one another. I’ve noticed this since graduation. This is the biggest change in my life since then. But, like I’ve put it before, I consider where I’m at now a kind of limbo. I am taking it easy, but not in all ways. Unlike a lot of people might think, I haven’t been doing nothing. It may seem like I am since all of my workings are to be seen. But, what I’m creating… it takes an army. Or just one really, really dedicated person with a lot of time on their hands. I don’t think I quite understood the magnitude of work I’ve gotten myself into until about a month or two ago. Since it really hit me then, I’ve been easier on myself. Giving myself breaks and breathing room. My mum and I were watching part of the Juno’s on the first of this month and I remember what Dan Mangan, who won an award for New Artist of the Year, said:
"It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it takes time to do anything that’s worthwhile."
He then went on to stress positivity, persistence and gratitude as main components in any kind of success. He’s so right. I completely agree.
And so I’ve been taking that to heart. I shouldn’t be specific, but I’ve gotten some important things done musically (yes, for the album). I’m making headway. And it gets more exciting as more loose ends begin to be tied. I’m writing a lot- songs I mean. It’s something that’s never stopped, if anything, it’s become more often. And as I’ve said, it’s arguably the most important thing for a singer/songwriter to do. It’s just not the only thing. And for me right now, not particularly the most useful. But balancing all aspects of the “career” path I’m getting myself into is something I’m learning.
Again, it takes an army. Or just one really, really dedicated person with a lot of time on their hands. Perhaps I’ll manage with a bit of both? I appreciate compromises.
But like with life, it’s not something I’m willing to rush. But I’m getting there, and when I’m there it’ll be right.
Hey! I just wanted to say I think you're awesome and quite inspiring, honestly. Thank you.
:) Thank you. Really. That’s very kind. And it’s very much appreciated, particularly at this time. I’m going through a bit of a creative rough spot- hearing that gives me a greatly needed lift. So, again, thank you.
Out of courtesy and general curiosity, I visited your blog. I found many of your thoughts relatable and enjoyable- a couple made me chuckle.
May your writing, whether it’s comical or musical, keep flowing from the most sincere of emotions.
Using said inspiration, I wrote a new song. Which makes it the second one I’ve written this month.
This song though, is one of- if not the- most important song I’ve written so far. And being honest, I cried while I wrote it. This, I have never done before. I’ve never been this emotional about a song. But it all makes sense to me. It’s the first song I wrote specifically for someone, about their situation, to help them. This someone is very close to me and I’m so thankful tonight I found the way to say just what I need to, to this person and to everyone just like them.
It brought me to tears. Maybe it can continue to convey that emotion. I really hope so. Because that’s why I wrote it. To make people think and re-think. To console and comfort those inflicted. To shed some sort of light on one of the downfalls of our society. In the name of open-ness and peace.
This is all a bit humorous, because leading up to the song flowing out of me I wasn’t in the mood for anything. All I could do was wander. Until I picked up my guitar. Que moment of clarity.
That’s yet another aspect I appreciate about music and songwriting. That a-ha moment you get when you know just what to say, how to say it and sing it. When mind coincides with heart. When it seems effortless. Like you (the “songwriter) don’t even feel like your doing any work. That’s what artists mean when they explain a piece or a thought, etc just simply, comes to them. That’s the a-ha moment of clarity. It’s a sort of rush. It’s both calming and thrilling at the same time.
My life is good right now. I’m writing songs that have much more meaning I ever imagined I could summon. I’m learning so much right now. About people around me and, in turn, about myself.
I honestly, earnestly feel like I’m living. Like I’m not missing anything. Like I’m no longer impatient, seeking more. Like I went from being a wave pool to a slight simmer. The restlessness is petering out. I’m more excepting of who I am today.
“A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”—Jorge Luis Borges (via laesenbog)
Things are going swell! Just yesterday I recorded the lead vocals to a song for the album. Took me all of today to edit together the final vocal track- first time doing so myself, with a new system to boot. But, it’s turned out great. I can’t wait to hear it with a proper mix!
This is my plan of attack for the next while. To record all the lead vocals for all of the songs. And with the first song going so well, I’m stoked to do it over and over and over again. :)
I’ve been really inspired the past few days. Part of it may have something to do with the first gallery I put together on my Flickr account. I thought, why not? Since I can. It’s of my musical inspirations. There are a lot of fantastic photos on Flickr of Michelle Branch, Sheryl, Crow, Imogen Heap, Chris August, Jason Reeves and so on, performing live. I had fun compiling my favorites. And it appeared to compel me to record yesterday.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?
Remembering how lucky I am, 500 Days of Summer/Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, listening to uplifting music, going outside, collaging personal photos/inspirational ones and quotes, writing a song, jamming, doing something fun with friends, laughing, talking with my brother, going somewhere new or somewhere I love, tea/coffee, the colour yellow…
Surrounding myself with the beautiful parts of this life.