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music lately 

15 Feb

I’m in the midst of writing a song. A song I’m actually excited about. But part of me has this irrational fear. Someone is going to know which artists I’m stealing from.

I drive past The Paint Mixer | Paint and Wine Studio almost every day. Suddenly, I realize this weird concept. Imitating art and artists is a thing. People pay to imitate. They should Steal Like An Artist instead. But I realize this isn’t everyone’s ambition. 

In a strange way, I’ve come to an acceptance. An acceptance of the concept, steal like an artist. Remix and create from something that already exists. A multitude of case studies and works in progress.

Phones are my worst enemy, particularly ringing phones. Rings and notifications happen while I practice. There should be no disturbing, no distractions. I’ve learned to turn my phone on airplane mode during practice time. Otherwise nothing gets done.

2017: The Future is Female. Last year, I listened to Laura Marling’s Reversal of the Muse. This conversation of gender and women in music have left this definitive character and mindset in me. There needs to be more women in a man’s world. I need more women in my life. I need to listen to more female artists. I am a woman and I need to be a part of this.

I’ve noticed that I’m tired of listening to the same male artists I always listen to. And I’m sure the current political situation in America has created this internal stress in me. 

Lately, I’ve been listening to voices like Laura Marling, Laura Veirs, Brandi Carlile, The Staves, Shook Twins and Maggie Rogers. These women are everything to me. Through their music, I’ve found comfort and a spirit of sisterhood. Magic all worth aspiring to. 

say it like you mean it

18 May

Read from USA Today in the Life Section on Thursday, May 5, 2011
Article: ‘Robert Johnson at 100: Legacy and legend’

“I don’t care if it’s rock or jazz or country, you better believe the words you’re singing”

-Hubert Sumlin, blues guitarist

When I read those words, so deep and meaningful, it hit me. I always want to remember this in my songwriting. Always be honest and true, let your words ring out for all to hear.

talking about music

17 Feb

Every morning, I find myself dreading to go to physiology. I don’t want to be there. Dave is speaking English, but physiology is a foreign language to me. However, this morning I walked into the room and unexpectedly, he started talking about a musician. He said the following statement, “there is no Beethoven reflex.” I’ve never thought about this before. Even if you can play Fur Elise, there is no button or wiring for Fur Elise. By practicing, you can only become better. You can play a Beethoven song after practicing. Dave mentioned a Chinese artist who said when your brush breaks and bleed, you break and bleed as well. The idea is becoming one. You become one with your brush or your instrument. I experienced a thought I’ve known before. I am one with my guitar. The guitar has become a part of me. Then we went into talking about radio waves. The best comment yet, “Led Zeppelin is in the room.”

I am a music snob. When someone tells me they just discovered Mumford & Sons, I tell them they are way behind times.

I’ve been studying World Music today with two other friends. They think studying music isn’t real and more of a joke. My favourite classes have been Survey of Jazz and now World Music. Studying music is real to me. Listening to music I usually wouldn’t listen to has opened worlds to me. I am in the biology field. I don’t know what I am doing there along with all the pre-meds and hopeful to-be doctors. I’ve noticed there is a trend with everyone deeply concentrated on going to medical school and only medical school. It’s disappointing for me to be surrounded in these waters where nobody cares about music.

I have a friend who thinks happiness is being with a significant other. I am single, but I like the way I am. I like my independence. Why would I ever want to be a damsel in distress? Music is my happiness.

music is…

10 Dec

I have tried to define music in many ways. I’m still figuring out what music is and I’m not sure if I’ve lived or experienced music to the greatest extent. But here is how I interpret and see music. Music is my inspiration, my everyday living and philosophy. I’m not a firm believer in philosophy, but I do believe in music. Music brings me hope, fills me with light and releases my soul to be as I truly am. There is a universal language to music, understood by all like an instrumental song speaks with emotions that can’t be fully expressed in words. I’m on a happy high as music plays from my speakers. I am magnified when I’m at live concerts or a song is amplified by turning up the volume. I enter into a cathedral, with high gothic ceilings and colours spilling in from light shining on stained glass windows. Music is a spiritual experience. I’ve had many conversations with music and music has comforted me through the bright and darkest times. I’ve had this relationship with music for a while now and nothing can break this relationship apart. Music pushes me forward, into a path I’m familiar with, while leading me to roads less traveled on. I live for music. Music makes me happy. Music is my life, which I breathe everyday.

dave1 and p-thugg: chromeo at the twilight concert series

19 Aug