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.
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.
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?
CONFESSION TIME. I have been procrastinating on making my music and doing my vlog the whole day.
Instead, I have been spending my time on the following useless activities:
Um, what else.
I did do one actual grown-up thing (buying groceries) but the rest was pretty much 5 hours of nothingness that I will never get back.
Best selling author Paulo Coelho said on The Tim Ferris Show:
“A successful writing day is the day that I suffer in the morning, and I have fun in the evening.”
Well thanks, you legend! Maybe there is still hope for me too 😉
At 3 PM I finally got my ass in gear and MADE something.
I do feel camera shy today so I’m just gonna post a little snippet of this new tune I’m working on, without me in it (camera shy meaning I can’t be F-ed to get out of my PJ’s – kinda thing)
I used only Korg Gadget plugins today and took the Tropical House drum kit for a ride. What do you think? Shall I keep working on this one?
How can you let creation be easy, fun and flow based?
For me, this week, the answer was to leave all the tech stuff behind and focus purely on my vocals, the lyrics and the vibe of the song.
I downloaded a few loops from Splice (drums / bass / pads) and created a song in one night. Easy: check. Fun: check. Flow: check!
Check the video to hear the sounds I chose! Always funny to notice how poppy my songs become when I just let out what WANTS to come out.
Now I’m back to my song cave to practice and record 3291 vocals and tighten up some timing stuff! I’ll post the finished tune here next week 🙂Continue reading