I have an amazing life with close friends and family I can really count on and love freely. I feel strong in what I can achieve with hard work, and I have hope that my diligence and love will pay off in all areas of my life. I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and truly felt lucky and the rest of the weekend’s been great as well. But right at this very instant, I’m missing someone. I can’t believe how fast time flies sometimes, and how much we all change. Despite this, I have no regrets at this time and I’m grateful for that.
Here’s the song to suit my mood right now: https://soundcloud.com/aleksandarzaric/hunger-of-the-pine
Despite some difficult events earlier this week, I’ve had a good week and today’s been a happy and peaceful day with warm sunshine spilling into my place. I’m sipping on peppermint tea, perfect for the weather and the season. This song added another calm layer to how good I’m already feeling. 🙂
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope your weekend is lovely.
I hate the drink with a passion, but I can definitely get behind Red Bull’s support for independent musicians: http://www.thefader.com/2014/11/20/social-anxiety-red-bull-independent-music. I came across this article while I was getting my music fix off The Fader. I kept expecting a catch until the end of the article, but it looks like the company is actually trying to help artists. They do get brand awareness out of it, but I would be truly grateful if someone helps me manage shows and handles the business side of things. I could then spend a lot more time doing what I really love to do: be an artist, and work extremely hard at producing the best music that I can. I would be more than happy with that. 🙂
I think of all the music I’m working on right now for my new album and I really feel like it’s me. It’s very strange to remember how my first album felt so fitting and perfect when I finished it a year and a half ago. My style has changed completely, and though all the songs I’ve ever written are a strong representation of me, it’s funny how the old album seems so alien now. The concepts are still the same, but I’ve evolved as a songwriter. When I first wrote Porcelain Doll and actually finished it as my first completed single (ever) nearly three years ago, I thought it was the best song I would ever write in my entire life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4e_r10Nli-o. I was truly concerned I would never be able to write something more meaningful and emotionally involved. Then I finished an entire album. While I still think Porcelain Doll is one of my favourite songs on the album, I wrote Curtain which I thought was at least as good, and in some ways, maybe even better.
The new series of songs I’m working on, however, have genuinely surprised me. I never thought I would be shift in the direction I have, but I’ve really been able to test and push myself because of it. It’s opened up a lot of creative space in my mind as well, and I’m deeply grateful for it.
Wishing everyone an amazing Friday. 🙂
I’ve loved Alt-J for a while now, but this version of Left Hand Free had me dancing in my room for quite some time today: https://soundcloud.com/alt-j/left-hand-free-lido-remix
One of the highlights of every week are my voice lessons. I really grow and learn as a person every time and it really centers me. I thank my teacher almost every other week for how great they are.
Today’s lesson focused on ironing out the form of my new song, Poison, and finalizing Impossible to get ready for my next gig. Here’s a clip on Soundcloud of just voice and piano for Poison: https://soundcloud.com/samayaformusic/poison-piano-and-voice
I started tearing up and breaking down emotionally with the changes my teacher suggested for Impossible. It’s always a good sign when changes make you get into the core of a song and sometimes you just know when things fit. We were trying it out a couple of different renditions and making the song sound more vulnerable really brought out the emotions in it.