S O N G S
Well, I’m full into the new job and everything’s stable. So, I started re-mixing a lot of my songs and painting and building a bit – whereas the last few weeks have cut into my personal and project life, since I really wanted to get the work stuff settled. I added “Shake That Move” to my music playlist. I can still cut it down a few minutes and remove some of the repetition, but the kicks and snares and vox are sounding really nice and all of the filters are leading into one another nicely. I’m happy with how it’s going so far. Days of work, addressing each little thing.
The opening kick sound is just what I have been trying to go for. I mean, I am very, very happy with it! And, the rest is getting more and more balanced every time I work on it. And, of course, “Strike” and “Doing Fine” have had a lot more work done to them. …Just getting them all ready to be done and released… I also worked on 3 of my “on deck” songs because I had ideas for them (not posted until “in beta”, so to speak).
Sometimes the best thing for assessing if something is working is a night’s sleep, some dreams, and fresh ears. And, I can’t stress enough how much having a sub in the truck helps keep my kick and sub levels in check. In the studio, I have a few 8’s, but there’s nothing like running the songs through real-world scenarios in between mix sessions.
I have a zillion other ideas, and I can feel my workflow and creating ability, along with my production quality improve every time I do a song. So, I’ll be happy once these are released and I can move on to some of the other ideas.
P A I N T I N G
So, I had an idea to do a whole bunch of circles on a gradient background like bubbles in a fizzy drink. At first, I was inspired by a Sprite can that had a similar pattern that looked really beautiful. I wanna see if I can do my spin on that kind of thing with acrylic on canvas. Also, I did one really similar to that when I was in high school a long time ago on a concrete wall. It came out cool. And, I saw an art installation in Houston that had primary colors as different shaped square blocks around it, and that was striking. I’m going to try something 🙂
I was going to run a prominent feature through the whole thing once I got the bubbles laid out. There are like a thousand more bubbles to go, but one I get them in, I can start thinking about the finishing part.
A note about the feelings I’m getting lately… I took a break from painting over the last few months, and realized that I was happier when I had the time to paint and was in the process of creating something artful. And, now it’s confirmed – I feel more alive and happy if I have a painting or some creative visual art going at any point – I feel great just starting a piece and re-evaluating every so often to get it closer to my original vision.
I have other projects pending such as the Honeycomb Light and the Synth prototype, but feel like I have to spend some time painting to get my senses back and to get some creative juices flowing before I can effectively get back to those. It’s about “catching” that wave of natural inspiration and motivation for me. I can start making it “wavey” and then the right wave will come and in no time, and I’ll be surfing. And, right now, I’m inspired by the painting and songs, and can feel the right stuff starting to stir up.