I just read my first and only blog entry from last year. Yeah, I massively failed. Not even one song uploaded... how sad is that? My fear is that i'll never finish any project that I start. It's bad... REALLY bad. I want to do this. I've said that for YEARS. At least, I've been given the gift of all of the time in the world this year.
At the beginning of January, I was admitted to the hospital and ended up staying there for two weeks. As it turns out, I had (have?) bowel cancer. At 27 years old. Yep, I am an anomaly. Apparently, I was the talk of St. Clare's for quite a while. After a bunch of CT scans, x-rays, ultrasounds and blood transfusions, the (FABULOUS) medical team performed surgery in which they removed a fist-sized tumour, a large part of my bowel, and my spleen. You better believe i've got one hell of a scar down my belly. It's been about three weeks since that surgery and I'm doing better every day. Better than that, all of my scans are coming back clear, so nothing has spread. I am a lucky girl.
Why am I writing all of this? Well, it explains why I've got so much time on my hands. I'm in recovery mode and can't do much other than sit on my ass. Besides that though, I feel that letting all of this out is very therapeutic. I'm an open book, and ever since I've been diagnosed, I've been telling everyone, anyone who wants to listen. I've talked to friends, family, my hairdresser.... everyone! People hear the word "cancer" and they freeze, but it doesn't have to be such a scary word.
Okay, that's enough of that. I'm here to write and record music. I've done a lot in the past 12 months which hopefully will inspire me.
Good luck to you all!
Got drums, keys, and synth bass (which I will likely replace with real bass later). And I wrote the damn lyrics already! Next, guitars. Later, though. I need sleep.
Man, it's been a long while since I thought of those years: study halls, roll calls, hall passes and fears. Clear my mind and, in time, the faces reappear: braces, acne and high tops. Cars veering on the sidewalks, drivers grinding gears, five riding shotgun, twelve more in the rear. Everybody drinking Zima, 'buca, wine coolers and beers. On the tape deck: hip hop. I remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school. Spanish class was a blast even though I couldn't conjugate the verbs. Goofing off, showing off, passing notes to pretty girls. Are there ways that those days can be put down into words? A kind of sad-happy hybrid. There are days that remain even when the others fade off into blurs, and, after all, I still recall your brown eyes and your curls. Seventeen and it seemed there was no one in the world 'cept for you. A timeless little moment. I remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school. Those days are gone, twenty years have passed and yet there're still times I know if I close my eyes, I'll remember that December in our junior year in high school. You were waiting. I did nothing. I was stupid back in high school.
Just out of curiosity, how many people that are doing this challenge by themselves, meaning without collaborators, or bands etc.. are multi-instrumentalists?
I have been programming a keyboard workstation, an analog synthesizer, playing bass and guitars and doing vocals.
Just wondering if any other folks are taking the entire workload lol it truly is a labor of love, am i right?
keep going folks!
I booted up my studio @ midnight on the dot, messed around with a few chords and started scribbling words. Recorded a first draft of the new tune, then fine tuned and reassessed what I had and spent the new few hours doing a final version. Long story short, in roughly 4 hours I had completed a final version of a new song called "Covalent Bond!"
I am happy that I've come out the gate strong, but just hope I can keep this momentum going!
Best of luck to everyone!!!
I could pretty much repeat my last blogpost from 2014 here, but I won't. After that blogpost I didn't do much else. The last three years definitely saw a steady decline in RPM activity from me. It's time to reverse the trend.
I have a lot of conflicting ideas about what to do this month. Probably the best approach is taking it day by day and putting the emphasis on wrapping things up and calling it finished.
...ehm...that's it for now. Good luck everyone!
Ok, day 1, and I've just done the drums. Haven't listened to them yet, I'm saving that pleasure for after dinner.
As I start overdubbing I'm going to employ a new strategy: as soon as I dont like a song I'm going to ditch it. Out of the 15 drum tracks I recorded today I'm expecting to drop at least 4, probably more. Then I'll make up the difference with new tracks next Saturday, with a clearer view of the kind of album I'm making.
I've got the best toms this year, they sound great. I'm feeling positive!
i doubt i'll blog each time i finish a song.... usually just daily updates... but I figured since the first one was in the can, I'd go ahead and post about it. So yeah. First song done and stuff. Decided to do a nice easy straightforward rocker (difficulty level 2 on my big chart; see last blog) so I could get the first one done quick and get in the zone.....and get something on my player.... anyhow... Check it out!
Excited, but easing into things. Took a walk in the freezing rain, and came back with a concept, melody, and lyric framework for a song. Got the bits copied onto the computer, and I can flesh it out tomorrow. But for now, sleep!
Put down the rhythm guitar track and a simple bass-ish track (with the acoustic) for "Sweet Tea," the first song in the works on this year's children's album Space is Big.
Good start. Just need to get the oldest daughter familiar with the words... Hoping to get this one in the can before the Superbowl tomorrow.
How are we this year?
I hesitate to say this, because I'm pretty sure I say it every time, but I really think this year is going to be great. I've been getting into the habit of using checklists, both on a macro and micro scale, so here's my current RPM checklist:
Big Ol' Plan of Action:
Day 1: What have I done?
song 1: High School
by Matt Ferrara
by Ron Doucet Jr.
first song done!!!
by Ron Doucet Jr.
Heavy Razor Theory
Woohoo! First Song Done!! Check it out!
by Andy Samford
First few hours
by Justin Burnett
Good first hour
by Keith Landry