Goodness. Ever have those days where words just come out of you in an utter random order? Like, not even an actual sentence?
And no, I don’t have a hangover!
It’s just old age people. Just old age.
Kidding. Not THAT old.
Let’s just blame the humidity here in Singapore instead (this works for any problem in fact).
What I had INTENDED to share with you in today’s video, and which didn’t quite come out, is that I’m working with a set of intentional “limitations” this month to create my new song.
I’ve done this before and it’s a really fun way to both challenge myself, as well as be creative within a specific set of boundaries.
The way I’ve done this is by working with a song template from Abletunes.
At Abletunes they create fully arranged, mixed and mastered songs that you can open in Ableton to learn exactly how they were made. You can see how the instruments were layered, what parts they’re playing, which FX were used, which automation was applied and so on.
And then, you can tear the whole thing apart and use the sounds for your own projects in any way you like. Super cool.Continue reading
“What should I do with all this sadness”? I asked.
“Umm…write a song about it?” He said.
I was like… “WOAH”!
Such a novel concept!
Are you saying I should express my feelings in my music?
And like… sing about the stuff that’s on my heart?
That is just BRILLIANT!!
Hehe…okay okay, I’m exaggerating a bit here.
It’s not that I forgot about this writing – songs – from – the – heart – thing entirely!
But, as a super driven songwriter-creator woman, I have found myself in this place more than once.
This place of forgetting to actually start with the ESSENCE of the music.
This odd place of not really taking the time to connect to the SOUL of the song.
Because there is simply so much to learn.
About composition, production, recording, mixing. The list goes on.
Who’s got time for feelings anymore?
So… on this lazy drowsy Sunday, I figured I would turn that around.Continue reading
It’s finishing week!
Okay I know, I already said that last week… But there is finishing week and then there is ACTUAL finishing week.
Finishing week means: the week I INTEND to finish my song.
Actual finishing week means: the week I ACTUALLY finish it.
The week I will actually finish it, because I have a deadline.
The week I will actually finish it, because I will hate myself more than I will hate the song if I don’t.
The week I will actually finish it, because I’m not a quitter, yo.
Finishing week MAY include mild frustration and despair and pondering about the existence (or non existence) of my talent.
ACTUAL finishing week may or may not include the 2.0 version of that, binge eating and some form of alcohol, daily.
Just kidding, just kidding.
Weee it’s my first songwriting vlog!
This week I am in song-finishing (read: tear-my-hair-out) – mode. Always so fun to hear your own song 5000 times and contemplate throwing your Macbook and Push out the window because you just can’t get it quite right… Oh well
I WILL finish it next week though and my focus will be the art of LESS. Trying make the arrangement better by working with the elements I already have (instead of adding more and more and more). Maybe that’s a good way to live in general….hmmm.
Check the video for a little sneak peek!Continue reading