Liebster Award Nomination

So, the lovely @charismatones, of Charisma Tones kindly nominated me for a Liebster award! Isn’t she great, guys? Round of applause. 

If you haven’t heard about the award yet, it’s about finding and connecting new/lesser known blogs with less than 200 followers, and asking them deep, probing questions that expose their raw souls. I think it’s a great idea; I’ve already found a bunch of new blogs to follow thanks to this, so, if you haven’t checked out the twitter tag, definitely go do that. The rules are:

  1. Answer all questions sent to you.
  2. Nominate 11 bloggers who have under 200 followers on Twitter.
  3. Ask them questions!
  4. Tag them in your post and notify them of their nomination on Twitter.

Easy, right? So, here are my answers.

1. If you could only blog about one thing for the rest of you life what would it be?

I would blog about music. I don’t always want to blog about my boring life, but there is always interesting music to find, new playlists to be made, new releases to review. That never gets old.

 2. If you had one super power what would you choose?

Control over time. Even if I could only rewind/fast-forward 5-10 minutes at a time, that would be so worth it. No more shoving my foot in my mouth, waiting in line wouldn’t be so tedious- and I could do superhero stuff like saving baby strollers that roll into traffic.

3. Favourite brand of makeup and why?

Well, I just found my new HG foundation, and new favourite lipstick shade, and they’re both the same brand, so I’ll go with that. Maybelline. I know, it’s not cute or exciting. But, its price point doesn’t make me feel guilty when I look at my bank statement afterwards, and the foundation actually matches my snow-white skin tone without turning me orange. This is big for me, people. I’m in love.

4. If you could go on a date with anyone, who would it be and what would you do?

The prime minister. I know, he’s married, and not sexually attractive, but if I get to pick anyone in the world, I might as well pick someone important. We could take a long walk down the canal and have a stern talk about things. If he’s busy, I’ll take just about any other important head of state, or the head of the UN- except maybe Kim Jong-Il. Talk about nightmare date material.

See? Total ladyboner material right here.

5. Worst habit?

Procrastinating wins by a huge margin. Oh, all the things that never got done because I just didn’t feel like it, I mourn your loss.

6. Put your ITunes (or other music storing device) on shuffle and what are the first 5 songs?

Youth – Foxes (Adventure Club Remix)

Tenerife Sea – Ed Sheeran

Pumpin Blood – NONONO

Try Me On – Karmin

Fantasy – MS MR

7. First beauty regime that you do when you wake up?

Throw water on my face. I don’t always use cleanser and all of that on my face when I just get up, I just like to throw water on it, put on a cleansing moisturizer and then go to town with my makeup routine, which usually takes all of 10 minutes if I do it right and don’t get all ambitious trying to do a winged liner or something else equally impossible.

8. Guiltiest pleasure in life?

Listening to Want U Back by Cher Lloyd while eating chocolate peanut butter cups and watching mediocre reality tv. It’s all so, so wrong, but yet so, so right. Shh, don’t tell! It’ll ruin my street cred.

9. If you could choose any job in the world what would it be and why?

Aside from the probably obvious answer of being a successful musician, I’d like to be a successful judge. I think that’d be a great way to directly impact people in a beneficial way, on a large scale. That would be really awesome. Plus, free robes and a bailiff! Who doesn’t want their very own bailiff?

10. Favourite Oscar outfit?

Oh, gosh. I don’t follow the Oscars, but if I got to pick one dress to wear, it’d be this:

Reese Witherspoon | Vintage Christian Dior (1955) | Oscars 2006

11. Favourite hair product?

My Body Shop hair butter. I have two kinds- colour protection, and shine, and as a long haired girl, I love it as a quick detangler and as a leave-in conditioner. It leaves me silky smooth and shiny, and I don’t get greasy. I’ve been using it for a couple years now, and lovelovelove it.

Still searching for that ultimate shampoo, though. One day my prince will come.

Now, I nominate @m_tabbasam, @rosesandlips (yes, I know you have 202 followers, but I think you still count!) and @RoseLifeBlog! Here are your questions:

1. What was your favorite musical artist in middle school?

2. What do you do when you’re stumped for blog ideas?

3. What would a brutally honest online dating profile say about you that you wouldn’t normally divulge on a first date?

4. What would you be the patron goddess of, if you were a Roman god?

5. What’s your favorite book? Or top 3?

6. You’re a badass action movie heroine. What’s the song that plays in the background while you’re saving the world?

7. What’s a talent you wish you had?

8. An orphaned kitten has just appeared at your doorstep. What do you name it?

9. What’s your geekiest hobby or interest?

10. You can pick two famous dead people to stay up with you all night watching movies and eating popcorn at your place. Who do you pick, and what do you watch?

11. What’s your favourite perfume/scented body lotion?

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Life Lately

So, it’s been a full week since my last post. Oops. Life has been crazy… and somehow not, at the same time. I haven’t really talked much about my day-to-day life here, so now I’m going to give you a little peek /ramble. Unfortunately, I don’t have much about my music to share. I’ve been working a lot, and stressed the rest of the time, which doesn’t make for a great creative atmosphere. I haven’t been getting anywhere near where I wanted to with my album, and it’s disappointing. I know I need to dedicate more time to it, but sometimes sheer grinding at it when I’m stressed out only makes me want to give up! I’ve been focusing more on trying to get bookings and connect with other musicians, but so far that hasn’t been going as well as I’d hoped. All I can do right now is soldier on, and hope that that eventually pays off.

In better news, I started an unpaid internship in August and my last day was this weekend!

It was homecoming at my old school, and I was helping with registration and getting all the events set up. It was a bit crazy. There were literally thousands of people there, not including all of the students milling around, drunk by noon, dressed up for the football game. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and things went smoothly, and my work day didn’t feel that long since it was such a rush. There were a couple of times where it felt like I just made someone’s day, which was a great feeling. I got to say goodbye to all my coworkers too. They were genuinely all so lovely, and I had a great experience there, so though I won’t miss the hour long commute each way, I will miss them!

I also worked the local election for two days. 10 hour shifts with no breaks except for quick bathroom trips, it was long! Not a lot of people showed up, and my job was pretty quick and easy anyway, so I got a lot of spare reading done.

That, above, is the cute clutch I bought myself at Chapters while I was waiting for my Teavana interview. I have nowhere to wear it out to, but that’ll change. I’ve been in three interviews over the past two weeks with retail stores for seasonal work, which is great. I landed one job, and have been told that unless they find they don’t have any hours for me, I’m hired. It’s a really bittersweet feeling, to be honest. I’m not ungrateful, and I’m excited. I’ll get sales experience and more job references, stuff to put on my resume, and a little cash to stash away for Christmas. They’re both stores that I shop in anyway, and I like their products, so unless all of my coworkers are total dillholes, it’ll be a nice atmosphere.

It’s just not where I pictured I’d be right now. I worked so hard through college to try and get any sort of job at all, and couldn’t land one. Now, in a small town, I finally have the chance, but going back to something I was qualified for in my first year of high school after I worked my ass off for a degree is not what I envisioned. I didn’t think I was going to land my dream job right away, but by now I thought I’d be settled in a city. I’d have my own place, a job that pays more than minimum wage, I’d have a social circle to move around in. I wouldn’t still be living with my parents in a small town where there’s nothing to do, and where all of my friends are hours away from, with few opportunities to meet anyone else my age. I expected more out of the world, and more out of myself. I’ve been networking, doing volunteer work, applying like a mad woman, doing all the right things, but nothing has come of it. I’m not “too good” for this job, and I am grateful to have one, even if it is only over Christmas. I just feel like I’ve been working hard enough to earn a chance at starting a career, and I’m tired of hitting my head against the wall trying to make that happen.

I know I’m not the only one in that boat either. Thousands of people my age are stuck where I’m stuck, and that’s okay. It’s not out of laziness, or for lack of passion, and that’s all anyone could ask of us.

So yeah, that’s my life right now! I don’t mean to be a negative Nancy, but I also don’t want to pretend that I don’t struggle, in the hopes that someone else will feel a bit better knowing somebody can relate.

How’s your week been? What’s bittersweet in your life right now?

The Music Library Capsule Challenge

music capsule challenge

How many songs do you have in your music library? 500? 2000? Do you even know, when it comes to counting itunes, and whatever’s on your old mp3 player, and your CD collection (or cassette tape collection, or record collection), and what’s favorited on your digital music streaming services? How many songs do you have that you can’t remember ever listening to?

A new trend this fall seems to be capsule wardrobes- just pulling a handful of pieces you really love to wear for a length of time, rather than having your entire closet to sift through. The goals are to wear things you really love, find new ways to put things together, and get a better sense of quality over quantity- among other things. My closet is a mess, there’s no denying, so I can relate to wanting to impose a sense of order on my outfits and my look. Then I thought about what would happen if I applied the same principle to my music.

When I was in middle school, my music library was tiny. I had maybe 20 CDs- 6 or 7 I listened to regularly- and about 30 music videos I’d downloaded off of Youtube. If you asked me now, I could probably sing all the lyrics to every one of those tracks, even though I haven’t listened to them in almost 10 years. I remember a lot less multitasking while I listened, and I don’t remember complaining that I was tired of everything in my library (at least not very often). I enjoyed my music more. Now, with more than 2500 songs in my itunes library alone, excluding streaming services and albums I loved but didn’t redownload out of sheer forgetfulness, I get tired of what I have all the time. There are songs in my library that I have never listened to, whole albums worth.

The emphasis always seems to be on the breadth of music listening, not the depth. There’s always more to add, more to love. There are songs that are on every other playlist, that get listened to on repeat, but more than that just get lost in the shuffle. There are songs I know I could fall in love with (or at least appreciate more), and albums I could delete to make room on my phone for new releases I enjoy more.

That’s why I’m cutting my music library down to 100 songs. I’m making a playlist, filled with things I don’t listen to enough, haven’t listened to at all, or things I vaguely remember loving but never remember to listen to/am never in the right mood for, and that’s all I’m listening to for the next two weeks. I want to have a better appreciation for all my music, not just my faves, and have a more manageable collection for organizing/playlisting/tagging purposes.  I’m selecting 100 songs that I want to get to know better/can’t live without, and I’ll keep you updated on how it affects my listening habits!

I challenge you to do a music capsule with me! Cut down your library, and find out what you’re missing (or not missing…).

Home Studio Tour

home studio tour

I’ve decided to embark on a big new project, and it’s scary.

Usually, when a new project starts, I get wrapped up in the excitement of all the newness. It’s easy to get inspired and motivated when you’re just starting out. I tend to not remember just how real the struggles can be when I’m brainstorming and planning and everything starts off just the way I’d hoped. After the honeymoon though, there’s the next stage, called “the swampy middle”- or, more aptly, the why-do-I-bother-everything-sucks-and-I’m-out-of-ideas phase.  It’s not a cute phase.

I’ve done this enough that I can see it coming, looming ahead of me once I get the first few songs out of the way. I’ve decided to stop playing around with my demo or just trying to expand my set list. I’ve got enough of a baseline that I can show people my versatility and my own style. Now, I want to craft an album. A small one, but still an album. I know what I want to say, I know what I want it to sound like. I want to spend time on bettering the things about my music that I just can’t do the way I’d like. I want to spend time building a support system so I have someone to lean on when the swampy middle hits. I want to do this right, and it’s both daunting and exciting at once. What if it sucks? What if I can’t get it just right? What if I will never learn how to mix properly? What if I can’t get the right sound? What if nobody hears it? What if everyone hears it?

studio5

In the midst of all of this chaos, I’ve made a new creative space. I just settled into my newish place, and set up my studio this weekend. It’s nothing glamorous, but it’s home! This is where the magic will (hopefully) happen. My set-up is fairly simple, but it has worked for me. It’s not entirely complete- and it’s not top-of-the-line, brand-new stuff. Most of this I got when I was a teenager, so it’s well loved, but it’s really held up well over the years. I wouldn’t blame any of the shortfalls in my sound on my equipment. I would be heartbroken if anything happened to it!

studio4

I so much prefer writing lyrics on paper. I feel like I get a better end result, for some reason. It’s easier to brainstorm and make little notes everywhere.

This is my newly dubbed “couch of inspiration”. Fingers crossed that it’ll live up to its name.

studio3   studio6

My keyboard is what I do all of my writing on. I have other instruments, but I prefer my piano and the voices it provides. I would love to get a smaller usb plugin to compose on. It would be so much more convenient! But, this serves me well, and I’ve gotten attached over the years.

studio2

So that’s my little studio. Tell me about yours (or the one you wish you had) in the comments!