Gah, I am SO sick and feel so gross. I came down with a cold Wednesday night and lost my voice Saturday afternoon. Awesome. I literally cannot even make a squeak. I spent a bunch more time at my dad’s and he’s great and driving me back to Boston in the AM. Hopefully I can find coverage for my shift on Monday in case my voice isn’t back, but if I can’t, off to work I go.
I was planning on recording a ton of vocals this weekend in the studio, too. Soooo annoying. It’s gonna have to wait until after December 20th at this point, because they’ll be totally open again then and my voice will be back in shape. On the plus side, I did wrap up mixing to the best of my ability for three tracks (minus vocals) and I’m almost done a fourth… It’s amazing what being cooped up and not having a Facebook can do for ya. Now that I’m not going to England anymore in December, I have tons of free time to work both at my job & in the studios and so my album should be coming along much quicker.
I’m getting to be sooo fast at sequencing. I always have a habit of listening to a track over and over and over again (same few bars) and I never progress because I just keep listening and then I get tired and move on to something else. Happy to say that this isn’t the case this time. I just keep moving.
I should really be trying to sleep… My dad wants me up and ready to go at 8AM.
Just when I think I can’t be more gross, my nose starts gushing blood. Sahweeeet!!!!!!!!
I am not in a good mood, hahaha.
I guess I’ll try to sleep now. latah
The Unicorn Princess is suffering from a broken heart. :’( Make it go away!
I just sneezed five times in a row. *elephant noise*
Yeah, so that extra hour of sleep I got on Sunday was soo perfect. I dunno what I’m still doing up - super tired, all ready for bed, but felt like typing away!
Sooo the skeleton of my first track is done. Composition? Done. Sound design is coming along. I have a mix session booked in the studio this coming Sunday and I’m pumped. Stems are all ready to go, and I’m all ready to p-p-p-produce. And I ain’t talkin ‘bout no veggies.
You know what totally bummed me out yesterday? I picked up my flute for the first time in a few months and I couldn’t get any sound out for a long time because of my braces. I was honestly really excited to record some flute takes into ProTools and use a tape effect to get that old Mellotron effect and maybe give out some free patches on my own (I still intend to), but now it’s gonna take a while to rebuild my embouchure. Best remedy? Get your ass back to practicing everyday, Billings. It’ll be near impossible Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday since I work three 18 hour days and one 12, but 3x a week is better than nothing. I remember reading an article about Freddie Mercury and how he refrained from getting braces because he was terrified it would change his voice, and although I don’t think it would have (his slight lisp-ish type thing, absolutely), I kinda get where he was coming from. Practice practice practice…
I’ll be back in England in a little over a month (!) - excited to get my album going. I just need to make sure I have coverage for my trip at my gig at Berklee - I may need to beg my coworkers, but I’m willing to work a 12 hour day on Sunday for four Sundays in a row if someone agrees. We shall see.
Found this on my apartment’s front door today! Me and my landlord are friends again. You know, I love the way clothes smell when they dry themselves, but towels!? Holy shit, is there ANY way to avoid the god-awful smell of damp towels!? It smells like mold and it’s disgusting. I just may start air drying my clothes (unless I need something for the next day or if they are socks because who doesn’t love warm socks in autumn/winter [and spring and summer in my case… muahahaha I love socks])?) because they smell so fresh. So yes, finally, after a month, the dryer is fixed. YAY!
I saw a cute and magically piggy named Bob today on Newbury Street. So. Flippin’. Cute. Oink oink oink. He kept wagging his little piggy tail. I’d love a pet pig. I would never ever eat bacon again if I had one. Oink oink oink me wuv you, piggy!
Replaced a TR Rack today at work and tested the crap out of the old one to see why it’s broken. My wild guess is that it needs a new jack. Boop.
Went to the bank today since my debit card is still AWOL, and saw these funny doodles on the front of the teller’s booth. The smiley face makes me laugh. I see an umbrella shaped thing, too.
Oh boy, I need sleep… Falling asleep. Zzzzzz…
Ok, so I was having this issue with the first track on my album where I couldn’t fit together two different sections and it’s been eating so much time that part of me was thinking that if I endured one more week of this then it’s getting excluded from the album. That in itself motivated me; this track needs to be there. So at 1AM I pieced it together. Now all the notes are there and it’s serious producing time… I’m over the moon ecstatic about this track being done. Didn’t think it would be over 8 minutes, though!!
Hehe I keep thinking of the order of tracks.. It makes me excited like how I get when it comes to decorating rooms.
Um so Saturday sucked! The T broke down and I had to get off far away from the second job, so I had to take a cab and get ripped off there, just to have my card disappear after going through a dense crowd within ten minutes of last using it.. :( So I need to order a new one. I was going to book my next trip to England today but can’t without a card, so I just paid some student loans off way in advance. Proud of myself. I was in such a foul mood all week between missing too much work from sickness and being exhausted from being sick and lack of sleep, so the smallest things hacked at me and made me so anxious! Thankfully that’s up now and I feel bad about last week, but calm Jamie is back now.
So more music later today. Booking England trip next week when I get my card back, and having fun!!! I’m excited to bitcrush and side chain compress and cut later and name music on my Gameboy.
The Unicorn Princess
Currently stuck awake because one of my roommates is in the bathroom (it’s next to my room) showering and apparently reenacting the Blue Man Group. And he’s doing a stellar job!!! So glad you waited till 1:33 AM, the second I get a chance to lay down after my 16 hour work day. But please continue to throw the shampoo bottle on the ground repeatedly because you are just rocking it. (Yeah, even audio people like a smidget of respect when it comes to noise!!!)
Today felt like two days; it was LONG. Not bad, but just busy at my second job with the Csound Conference going on. Wish I coulda caught some of it buuuut oh wells. Still getting over the cold of death that struck me this week; this one was seriously so strong and hit me like a ton of bricks. I think a few more nights of sleep should do and I’ll be good.
My room is a disaster!!! It really looks like a tornado swept through here. I’ve been so outta it all week and I’m definitely cleaning tomorrow night after work.
My favorite part of the night right now is my tea. It was boiling hot prior to my shower but it’s all perfect temperature-ish now. I never used to put honey in tea (and I don’t always), but I’m loving the pumpkin rooibos tea I have with lavender honey!
Album album album you make me want to puke and I’m so over you at times but you get me all pumped up too! Love hate relationship fo sho. It’s really the first track that’s the hold up.. I just keep getting stuck because of lack of time from work and whatever and end up repeating it.. So much more to add. Confident that I’ll get a good amount done today.
I need sleep!!!!!!!
I’m still awake because it’s going to be one of those uncomfortable sick nights where you’re tired but can’t fall asleep, booo. So I’ll try typing, as that usually makes me sleepy in times like these.
Stayed home from both jobs today - really hoping I don’t have to tomorrow but I’m feeling pretty rough. I think the long work weeks combined with this cold really hit me like a ton of bricks, so I’ll see how I feel at 6AM.
Album progress. Hmm. Yeah, I find that forcing myself is a good way of getting into a routine of working every day, but there are those moments where I’m just listening to something on repeat over and over again and that’s when I need some healthy space from the computer. Kinda tough avoiding it when both jobs are computer based, but I’m taking advantage of going for walks more for a cuppa tea (hopefully winter isn’t too rough on us this year). Track 1 is almost finished. Another one is getting close and I’m proud of the progress of that because that idea had been for a while and was solidified a couple days ago. A few more need some care but they are getting there, too. Having a lot of fun with sound and sampling and trying to make it as close to home and who I am as possible. I’m excited. :)
Made tea, can’t taste a thing. Meh.
I’m craving waffles so bad right now. And ice cream. Went 5 days without chocolate and caved today. Totally worth it. I tend to want cake sooo bad when I’m sick. And when I’m not. O:)
Now it’s time for some cool pictures:
This one just looked really neat to me. Found it on Pinterest and love it - it’s in England, of course.
This one is thought provoking (and probably Photoshopped). What would you do though if you were told you had one last chance to live? Who would you go to? What petty flaws about yourself would be smacked out of your system and what would you try to be? Life is a chance in itself. The best things in life run on chance. Use today to live like it’s the last chance you have for so much that you have and you’ll go to sleep less stressed.
Well said. Def poured some Harry Potter into my day today, and Ray is sounding a lot like mistah Dumbledore. It’s true, though. Every bad situation in life can be fixed by love. It’s truly the answer. Just remember that to find love from others, you must first love yourself.
YES. Yes, yes, and yes again. Why be afraid of making a mistake?! I find that most of the times in life, we make mistakes based on fear and then don’t put ourselves in the right situations. So why not just try not giving a crap and just doing something crazy?! Go with it, follow your dreams, and don’t be scared! Trust me, I used to have insane anxiety problems. For me, it was so easy after a while to pinpoint why I had them, so for proud little me, I just tried to deal with them myself. Now, I’m not perfect and I am prone to being scared if I’m stressed out, and I’m working on it. But there is no reason to fear the unknown really because.. a second from now is the unknown. And again. And that wasn’t so scary, was it?!
This. This is so truthful. And a gross pic. But awesome. Brains freak me out. But anyway, for me, I unfortunately have a habit of overthinking and letting fears develop because of it. I’m serious. I get so panicky occasionally that the phrase ‘what if’ crosses my mind a little too often. And so much of the time, these scenarios are all thoughts and thoughts only. I am a firm believer of mind over matter and think a positive attitude with no assumptions or expectations can heal much in life, but I know for myself that I get soo caught up in thoughts that I end up causing a ton of issues and it’s best to just… chill. Have a zen approach. Focus on this moment and where you are and each footstep. I’ve actually been considering meditating - my mind is a crazy mess since it rarely gets some rest!
So that’s it for tonight, folks. As expected, I’m tired! Night night :)
The Unicorn Princess
The Unicorn Princess briefly discusses her album progress and how to get rid of an intruder within your apartment.
Fall crept up on us fast. This year’s weather has been harsh - between the mountain of snow we got in winter and the insane heat waves in July, it’s not a surprise that I wanted gloves tonight while walking home.
I’m pretty tired, but since I have to miss work today because of an appointment out of town, I decided to head into the Sonivox virtual instrument world and do some testing. Ran through every bug I could and it’s almost time for bed.
Really bums me out when problems occur with people I care about - technical difficulties are rough and it’s a shame our lives our so dependent on computers. They’re so far from perfect and are complicated - an external brain, and when they brake, it breaks you. Fuck computer trouble really! And the prices. But… hopefully a little surprise will cause a smile for a little bit :-) Yes, pweaaase.
Album? ALBUM. It’s percussion building time. And fucking it up time (in a good way). I’ve always been shit at rhythm - it used to be pathetic but by the time I graduated Berklee, I was a little better.. The key to improving is to honestly just listen to more complex rhythms than you’re accustomed to, but try to understand it. The sounds, the beat division, what piece of percussion is doing what and wear it lies to you in the imaginary plane of sound.. I’m getting better. It’s funny how the more I work on my album, the more behind I feel with it. Eeesh. I’ll put in some work between appointment time after I wake up in the AM.
Ordered new clothes yesterday - can’t wait to get them tomorrow :) Hope they look nice on me. I feel like it’s so hard to find clothes that fit me right! 5’2.5”, small rib cage but with curveys, meh! I wish I had someone to consult with concerning shopping. I hate shopping. Sometimes. I hate shopping if I don’t know what I’m looking for. I hate being bored. I love chocolate… and shopping for it.
Can barely keep my eyes open! Another 16 hour work day complete.. My days are actually longer because of commute time (+3 hours between everything), but I’m getting used to it. However, I notice that around 12:45AM after one of these long days, my eyes play tricks on me and I ALWAYS think I see mice. I know, out of all the things you could hallucinate. But yeah my eyes just play tricks on me! Crazy.
Was looking at the sky today - brilliant blackness with freckles of light. When I looked up, my black hood got in the way of my vision and it made me think of how weird it would be if the moon was black. More Jamie ramblezzz.
I need sleep desperately. Up early fo sho.
Why am I still awaaaake?!
This is my point of view right now (note the I <3 London & anchor socks):
I like how fast weeks go by. I like treating myself to new clothes! I like paying my bills in advance, I like I’m in my comfy bed right now, and I like that I stayed up last night making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins.
I like that I saw random people find a tarp to cover one of the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ piano with since it started to rain. I love that there are tons of pianos around Boston now! And Cambridge. Lovely.
I love surprising people. I love surprising myself!
I love organized chaos.
I love that life throws more chances at you and that time shows what’s truly important. I like hope. I like being positive and having a good attitude. I like contagious kindness. I like my Quentin Blake mug. I like that I’m not ashamed of saying how I feel!
I like that I’m going to the fair with my fam & Amanda (still fam) this coming Monday.
I like that I’m hoping to have an email in the morning confirming a shipment, just for peace of mind.
I like tea.
I like giving others reasons to be motivated.
I like SLEEP.