October 9, 2011 § 2 Comments
Well this is a bit old & a little embarrassing (content & being in lounge mode on the inernet now). But I am writing a paper about YouTube which involved me snooping through my own account. My former guitar teacher used to always recommend recording the times I spent practicing in order to look back, critique, and improve. This results in me finding odd things much later.
May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Sometimes I wonder why so many things are more appealing than writing papers, but most of the time, I’m just doing those things. Here’s the results of one of my study breaks
March 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
I hate that I always forget to add titles to things. So here is “new project.m4v” apparently.
February 13, 2011 § 4 Comments
I honestly feel I’ve gotten quite boring when it comes to playing instruments & I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’m not learning anything new anymore and also that I’m not giving the same amount of time to it as I used to in the past.
In my late teens and the first few years of college, I ate, slept, & breathed guitar. I used to get guitar lessons & I practiced several times a day. I also didn’t have as many responsibilities as I do now so I actually had more time, & more importantly, more time to hang out at home making terrible noise until it kind of started sounding like music. Putting music on the back burner has made me a little sad. I don’t care to play for other people too much since I’m much too shy for that. But music is one of the first creative things I ever learned & I don’t want to lose my passion/drive for it. I think maybe if I spend some time just playing around, not worrying about what’s what or if it’ll come out to anything decent, I’ll start feeling more inspired again. It’s just a matter of finding the time!
December 12, 2010 § 2 Comments
I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to post this but then I decided, “oh why not? I post every other thing I make”.
This is my cowboy song, it is what I would sing if I woke up one day to find myself in an old western. It does lose it’s cowboyness quite early on, but to be fair, if I were actually in an old western, I would probably not be a cowboy. I drew out the last note as a kind of joke to myself. In my undergrad studies I took a singing class & there was one song in particular we did that I really loved except that we had to basically hold that last note foreverrrrrrrr, it made me cringe every time.
September 10, 2010 § 4 Comments
A little song that actually derived from the name of a street. I tend to hum little nonsense melodies to myself & this is what my brain was doing when I saw the street sign. It kind of ended up being about all these girls I knew in the central valley who always seemed to be doing really well, how lots of people say they can’t wait to leave, but wondering if they will be just as successful anywhere else.
Also mainly the idea of how being in a place (mentally or physically) where you feel really safe, but maybe by taking all this comfort, you’re maybe sacrificing your ambitions or other goals without even realizing it. I was pretty set on staying in town for a while because it is so familiar & I loved the connections I had with people & let myself ignore the fact that LA presented many more chances for me to follow the career I wanted.
Anyway, I don’t know if that makes much sense, but there you go!
July 8, 2010 § 4 Comments
More tinkering with the mandolin. I really love this instrument, it’s a lot of fun to play & the sound is definitely different than guitar. I hope to get more into playing guitar again some time soon, but it goes back to my theory about how sometimes music is like a needy significant other. When it’s good, it’s great! You’re having an excellent time, you can’t wait to see them again, everything is so magical & wonderful & you can’t even believe you have something so good.
But then when it’s bad, it is a nightmare! Nothing you do is right & it’s all boo hoos & you don’t love mes. My guitar playing has been in that bad kind of funk for a while, maybe if I buy it flowers?
At any rate, I made the video of the audio (where are you, Dictaphone?!?!) into a really audio (this makes no sense, I know) & added a video from this time I was driving home & thought the sky was looking pretty but for some reason taking pictures distorted all the colors but video was fine. Basically, I had no clue what to do with the driving video so that’s why it is the way it is. I also realized that I can make the audio from the video into real audio (again with the not making sense) so if I can figure out how to stream audio on this thing or make things downloadable, then maybe I won’t have to post them as videos anymore which would be great!