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Another Day, Another Demo

“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

Right on Andy, right on.

When several people on different occasions mention the same quote in 1 week, you know you gotta pay attention yo.

I’m gonna make even more art!

In fact, it’s my intention to finish 2 tracks a month from now on, instead of 1.

And yes, I’m saying that out loud to keep myself accountable! #eek

Check out a preview of my latest one by hitting play on the video. You can listen to the full demo here: https://soundcloud.com/anjakicken/i-feel-you-demo

Happy week ahead ❤️

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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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Don’t Wait Till You Feel Like It!

Today I’m jamming away in my brand new home studio (read: IKEA table with laptop and controller) in the Netherlands!

This week I got back into my 90-minutes a day songwriting habit and it feels so goooooood. I fell off the bandwagon for a split second because of a new work project, but this week I kicked my ass back in gear and worked on my new song every. single. day.

BOOM.

What has been huge for me is realizing that I very often DON’T FEEL LIKE actually getting started on my music. Not because I don’t love doing it (it’s like my favorite thing since like forevah) BUT… because at some level there’s always that feeling of…

“Will this be any good? What if I get stuck? What if I can’t bring to life what I hear in my head? What if this-that-the-other-you-name-it-I-should-just-be-something-else-when-I-grow up-BS”

You know the drill right?

R.E.S.I.S.T.A.N.C.E.

I have noticed that to combat these fears, the power of habit is just EVERYTHING.

I can’t even count the amount of times that I’ve felt so fulfilled and elated after a session that I wouldn’t even have started if I had waited until I “felt like it”.

For the things that are so dear to our hearts…
The things that we feel so vulnerable about…
The things that we SO love to create in this world but are equally so scared of…

For those things we can’t just rely on “feeling like it”.

‘Cause if we do, we’re gonna let fear win way too many times.

There’s so much more power in just DECIDING to show up for something.

Every day.
Decide.
No matter if you feel like it.

Show up.
And keep the muse closely by your side 🙂

Can you relate?

(Psssst: check the video to hear a quick preview of what I’ve been working on!)

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