I talked last week about how I feel as though I’m going through a growth phase. That continued this week, as I have thought more and more about discipline. I successfully managed a morning routine this week, including waking up early to take the dog out, doing a free-writing exercise and taking a walk. Other than that, I failed pretty hard. But I am working through what’s blocking me. I have been using my “Futures” journal sometimes, and it helped with motivation when I did use it. I think I’m headed in the right direction… just have to keep going.

We also put an offer in on a house today. I think it has a reasonable chance of being accepted, which would be huge news. We’re so ready to move at this point.

Photo of the Week

We were running out of time this week, so while I worked on the blog, Jessica worked on the photo. She decided to shoot my Nektar Panorama P1 with a painting I did a while back as a background. The idea was that the bits of the control surface that stood up could look sort of like a landscape. I love how it turned out! This “Tools of the Trade” photo series is really shaping up to be cool. 🙂

What I’m Working On

I released Before It Gets Me this week. I spent some extra time mixing it before hand, and working on the cover art. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Here, take a listen.

I put Moment of Weakness out as a single, mostly so that it would be on Spotify. For that, I had to do a proper album artwork. Sometimes I think that I have the most fun making the album art. 🙂

I also submitted Moment of Weakness to a handful of blogs on Submit Hub, but it was rejected by them. The feedback I got was encouraging though. The thing is, I don’t really expect to be promoted on blogs at this point. I don’t feel like the quality is there yet. But it’s where I want to go, so I figure I should put my feelers out now and again and get an idea of the reaction.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to spend a while practicing my mixing skills. I have a bunch of tutorials I want to get through, and a bunch of songs to practice mixing on. It’s interesting.. the engineering part of a record is the least important in a way. Engineering will never turn a so-so song into a masterpiece. Engineering is just there to present the masterpiece in the best way possible. But today, it’s become a standard. If your song isn’t mixed and mastered to a certain standard, it’s immediately obvious and written off as amateur. I don’t think that professionals (bloggers, music directors, etc.) will even take me seriously unless my stuff is engineered to a certain standard. And so that’s something I need to address at some point. Or slowly over time as I get better at the whole deal from start to finish. So I’m taking some time to work on it. I know that I could hire other people to do the engineering, (and I will probably decide to work with a mastering engineer at some point down the road,) but I really want to mix my own material.

I like to learn things in circles. I might watch a tutorial series or read a book, and get a lot out of it. I’ll feel equipped with so much new knowledge, and go out and put it to the test. After a while I’ll feel ready to learn some more, and while I don’t tend to use the same resources, I do seek to hear about the same topics over and over again. Even starting at a fairly beginner level. I always pick up something new, and over time I get a deeper understanding of the concepts.

So anyway, don’t expect any new music from me for a while. I’m working on my mixing chops.

What I’m Listening To

I feel like I had something legit to put here, but now I can’t remember! Uh, um, some Tori Amos anybody? 😀

Next Week

Next week, oh boy next week. I don’t know. I need to plan shit better, this is part of my problem. Something that is definitely on my plate is preparing for the Life is Strange Fans open mic night that’s in about 4 weeks. Other than that I think I’ll create some kind of plan to get better at mixing? And then work on that. I’ll probably spend a month or so on it before getting swept away by wanting to create a new song, haha.

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for reading!