Life Of A Creator In Emojis

When you’ve just STARTED your new beat:

When you’re tryna FINISH your new beat:
When you realize that at least it’s BETTER than your previous beats:

Of course, you can replace “beat” with blog/book/painting or any other terrifying creative endeavor.

Can you relate?

I finished another demo last week and you can listen to it by hitting play at the top of this post.

I’ll probably redo the arrangement for the final version, but I learned a lot from my practice this month.

And… that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Progress & small steps!

Let’s keep going for our dreams 🙂

Love, Anja

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Happy Aging Everybody!

I’m turning 33 today and here’s why that makes me grateful AF.

When you grow older
You become so much more you
It’s so much easier to hear
The voice inside your head
The one that is yours
And not theirs

When you grow older
You care so much less about what people think
You don’t wonder half as much if they like you
Because instead, you ask
“Do I even like them?”

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I Wanna Be A Producer When I Grow Up


What about you?

When I started my Facebook Page I called myself a “songwriter” because that term describes best where I feel I’m at in my musical journey.

A vocalist & songwriter who is learning how to write better songs as well as how to produce said songs.

But, for the coming year, my goal is to get to a level where I feel good about actually calling myself a PRODUCER (eek!).

Now you could say that anyone that dabbles in Ableton or any other DAW could call themselves a producer in theory, so this is more about a certain quality I want to work towards.

As much as it’s not my aim to become a “sound designer” or “mix engineer” I do want to get a level where I can arrange complete tracks that have a sick groove, great sound choices, an arrangement that is interesting from A to Z and soulful sexy vocals that make it pop.

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Permission To Practice

What is the kindest thing you’ve done for yourself lately?

For me, it’s giving myself permission to practice.

As much as I wish I was releasing my tracks yesterday, having the patience to say to myself “It’s OK to practice some more” has been freeing.

It’s OK to take more time.

It’s OK that I didn’t start out making epic beats out of nowhere.

It’s OK that I studied “vocals” and not “songwriting” and have some catching up to do.

It’s OK that it took a while to know what kind of music I wanted to make in the first place.

It’s OK that it takes time to figure out how this whole producing thing works.

It’s OK to be learning and sharing the process.

It’s all just freaking OK.

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When You’re Learning New Things

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
Actually, you haven’t yet learned anything at all

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
You have to start over
Completely from scratch

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes it feels like
All the things you thought you had already figured out
You actually maybe still hadn’t

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