Official Start to Recording Vocals!

Studio Picture

It’s started again, I’m back in the studio this year. The picture above features voice teacher, keys player and producer extraordinaire, Robert Robinson, in a room with one of the best sound systems I have ever come into contact with. Everything sounded amazing in there. We finished recording vocals for two songs. My voice started to fray a little after 1.5 hours of singing, so we’re going to work on the 3rd in the first set this weekend. I’ve been plagued by allergies for the last couple of months for the first time in my life, which has thrown some interesting curve balls my way. 🙂 Wish me luck!

Cycles Reboot

Today’s been a great day. I made it through a tough workout class in the morning that I was not looking forward to (I usually feel really good after the class is over and I can cross it off my list of things to do). I felt energized instead of enervated at the end of it, despite being physically tired. Then I met with my voice teacher to continue working on Cycles, one of the songs he and I co-wrote that we’re looking to finish and release early next year. I was dancing to the beat most of the time in the studio; I liked it so much. The song sounds very cool and interesting right now, like a call to action.

Blueprints

It’s time once again: my goal for the next month is to finish writing three more songs. I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the past couple of months on production and finding people to play with for a longer show, but song ideas have been collecting dust as a result. Before I start worrying about running out of new ideas (I wonder if this is something all creative people deal with??), I need to finish the ones I do have right now.

Guiding Lights

It’s been a great weekend, and life is going well. I’m happy. One of the most intriguing moments from this weekend was randomly meeting a former musician from Teatro ZinZanni. He said he spent almost a decade working at an incredibly rewarding job as a musician there with people who became part of his family. He made a very comfortable living working a few hours every night (enough to compete with salaries in the tech industry today), and still had tons of time to spare for an additional job or time with his family. Sadly, the San Francisco branch shut down not too long ago, but he said those years were some of the best of his life. I was so happy for him, and so glad to have met someone with a story like his. He actually managed to become a professional musician who found a high level of satisfaction with the work he was doing, while easily being able to support himself financially.

Beauty

It was a great feeling getting out of bed and being excited about the start of the day. I had a new downtempo track I’m working on with a couple of producers playing in my head as I got on the train on my way to work. It was my very own soundtrack. I can’t stay away from music. It’s comforting knowing that I won’t give it up.