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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?”

When you grow older
You realize that everyone is actually just winging it
At this thing called life
And that you have permission
To listen to your own gut first and foremost
At all times

When you grow older
You grow into who you actually are
Who you actually always already were
You grow into (wo)manhood
And it’s the most beautiful thing

When you grow older
You move on much quicker
From everything and everyone that just doesn’t quite fit
Friends, lovers, partners, jobs, opportunities

When you grow older you experience so more alignment
So much more flow
And so much more… letting go

And when you grow older, it means you’re still here
When you grow older, it means you’re still breathing
When you grow older…. it means you literally haven’t died yet

And when you haven’t, you have already won over many others for whom life was not that fortunate

In honor of my sister Lieza who never got to experience life after 33 ❤️ I love you and I’m proud of you.

HAPPY AGING EVERYBODY.

Don’t take it for granted.

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I Wanna Be A Producer When I Grow Up

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.

And then, I’ll send it off to a mixing/mastering engineer for the finishing touches.

I’ve been taking 1 on 1 producing lessons in the past month and it’s been quite eye-opening for me to see and hear all the things I still need to work on to get to that level.

But, as much as it’s been confronting (in a good way), it has also given me a lot of hope that yes, I CAN, in fact, do this.

When you’re learning new things, you often get that “1 step forward, 2 steps back” feeling.

But as I was working on my new track today, I could hear a huge improvement compared to my last demo.

And dang, that feels good!

I definitely need some guidance and I need to put in a whole lot more hours, but … fuck YES, I CAN get there.

It sounds scary to say but I’m gonna name it and claim it right now:

I’M GONNA BE A PRODUCER WHEN I GROW UP.

What are you claiming?

PS: Next Sunday I will have my new track finished, yay!

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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

When you’re learning new things
It can make you feel
VULNERABLE

You ask yourself
How much longer will it take?
All the hours I’ve already spent

Will I ever get there?
Will I ever learn the things that
Will enable me to fully express my creativity
The way I hear it in my head?

When you’re learning new things
Sometimes you just want to hide under the covers
And sneak away from all the things you still don’t master

But then you remember
That this is all part of the process
And you try again the next day

You just have to keep going
And BELIEVE ❤️

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Getting My Feet Wet

What is your favorite deep groove house tune since like forever?

This week I’m continuing on my journey of practicing groove, deconstructing beats and basslines and resisting the INTENSE urge to add 72189 melodic and harmonic ideas before I nail the foundation of the GROOVE.

It’s hard, yo.

When I was studying at the Pop department at the Conservatory, we all resistantly admitted that some of the best Pop songs truly have only 4 chords. NOW I have to accept the fact that a lot of the house tunes I TRULY love have even less. Sometimes it’s just 1, or 2 when I’m lucky 😱.

FFS! How to deal? It can’t be that easy now, can it? Wasn’t making music supposed to be hard?

Dan Ariely (behavioral economist/psychologist) has a lot of interesting things to say about how we seem to value the results of our labor a lot more if we worked HARD putting it together.

Yep.

Humans!

We’re a bunch of weirdos.

But, even though I may not have to work as hard as I think I do on the harmonic and melodic elements – when it comes to making truly BADASS GROOVES THAT POP I am only just getting my feet wet!

(hence the photo… IKR)

So, as I’m now on a journey of, hopefully, becoming a groovemeister – I’m curious to hear from you! What are some epically groovy bass heavy house tracks I MUST check out? 🙂

Let me know here on my FB page! Thanks!

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It’s All About That Bass

Typically when I put on a song one of 3 things happens, and sometimes simultaneously.

1) I start dancing.
2) I start daydreaming.
3) I get feelings.

Like, all kinds of feelings. As I listen to a lot of groovy AF house music, usually they’re good, happy, yay-kind-of- feelings.

All good so far.

BUT…

You might notice one thing missing from that exhaustive (um) list, which is that ….”listening” to the music is not on it.

Nope, it’s not.

I have to admit that I’m historically awful at really listening and paying attention to what is actually happening in the tracks I love.

It seems like the more analytical, left side of my brain just completely GOES OUT THE WINDOW when I turn on a track that I love. Which is not exactly helpful if you’re tryna get better at making such tracks!

Since last week I’m working with someone who is helping me improve my arrangements and mixes and he pretty much pointed out the exact same thing to me.

HOW ‘BOUT YOU ACTUALLY START LISTENING TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE TRACKS YOU LOVE?

And no he didn’t actually scream at me in all caps FYI (who does that, jeez)

But the point is more that I heard the message clearly.

And that I was like OH RIGHT! I may have forgotten about that listening thing again ha!

WHOOPS.

Okay, I’m exaggerating a bit here because I have definitely done plenty of track analysis in the past… but still not enough.

I still haven’t been paying enough attention to what it is that actually makes the tracks I love TICK.

Because guess what, as much as I want it to be all about the vocals (ouch)… it’s often actually ALL ABOUT THAT BASS.

Not surprising considering that I listen to a lot of deep house!

But, being a singer I simply tend to focus a lot on the vocal hooks in a track, not always noticing that in the tracks I love the MOST the vocals are actually SUPPORTING the epic bassline and not the other way around.

So, this week this is pretty much all I’m doing with Ableton and Push.

Practising basslines every. single. day.

And, through practising those basslines getting a better understanding of what makes a good one.

And, through that hopefully gaining the confidence that a “vocalist” like me can come up with a great bassline too.

And, that when I gain that confidence I can stop stuffing my tracks with all kinds of other things to compromise for the fact that I was never truly confident about the “foundation” of the track in the first place: THAT BASS.

#workinprogress

How’s your week been?

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