It’s been awhile since I posted, but also it’s because I’ve done quite a few things.
I challenge myself to go through new experiences, to see what happens when I say hello to someone, or challenge myself to see where I’m going in life, and pursue that direction, little by little.
This week, I went to New York City, and I didn’t sightsee too much. This time, it was more networking and learning. I went to a critique workshop hosted by Women In Music. I met up with a new friend, finally, in person. We chatted and we also jammed in a rehearsal studio in Manhattan. I also finally acquired the ukulele I longed for, since January of this year. I brought it home safely, and I’m giddy. It sounds beautiful, and it is a beautiful tenor ukulele. She is the queen of my ukuleles.
I am thankful for the online musician Facebook groups that I’m part of. Musician groups and mindset groups. They help me learn more of the music industry, and also more about myself. I have made quite a few friends all around the world, forward-thinking friends, and very talented friends. We are all in this together, this artsy world. We are also accountable, and positive. That’s what I always longed for.
Even when a person isn’t around next to me, they are close enough, a call away, a text away, that I feel accounted for, I feel cared by them, that I can safely move forward and do/write my music, no judgements at all, no expectations at all. We are all human. We will fail, take a breather, and we will try again.
I don’t have family around me for support. Many friends in the city are busy taking care of themselves and they are harder to reach, but when they can be reached, then it’s all good.
With all this brought up, one of the biggest things that complement my reflecting of thoughts and experiences in life, is the self-awareness and just being aware of your surroundings, what are actions are like, how we can be perceived.
I’m not saying that we should care about what others think/view of me…in a bad way. I mean it in a good way. I want my music to be aligned to, and it is. I like positive, empowering, more of love songs, but sometimes lack of love ones…I mean…I am human.
I figured out awhile ago of who my audience for my music is, and I tailor to it. I always pictured what and which artists I would l to meet and jam with. I realized coming out of that workshop in NYC…..there was a panel of 4 people, and they critiqued every song, for the good, and what needs to be better.
NYC has a diverse group of people and music, which was amazing because I learned a lot from them, and I talked to a couple of artists after. I sorta became acquaintances with them.
Turns out they haven’t done much research on some things, and they don’t know much of who their audience is. They just want to write and do their own thing. I know you can, and nothing should stop an artist, but maybe when we are starting out, we need to be a bit more unified in sound first. It’s like business. What product are you coming out with? Who are the consumers?
Anyway, turned out that because I did a bit more digging, and thinking, and learning how the way of music is like these days, I can answer the panel with detailed if I was to be questioned if I submitted my track to be critiqued.
I also educated another friend about my online shows and she knew nothing of it. I’m glad I was able to share my ideas with her. It can help her too.
One last thing, I always wanted to play on the streets with a busker…..but I was always shy and didn’t want to get turned down if they didn’t want me to join in.
I found an opportunity at Central Park….he was performing solo with backing tracks by the fountain.
I kicked myself in the butt and introduced myself and asked if I can jam with him with my ukulele.
He said sure. and smiled.
I did that for the next 8 minutes with him, and let me tell you…I’m not as skilled on the ukulele as I am on the piano, but I didn’t do too bad. =) His amp drowned me out, and I played less chords, but it was all good. This definitely showed me that I need to learn my scales more. Chords are hard when I never played the songs before. =) .
That’s what I basically wanted to share. Just think and do it. Always grow from your experiences. Challenge yourself. I also made up a saying in the morning, posted it on my Facebook wall:
“Don’t just live IN the moment,
and live THROUGH the moment”.
Take care everyone,
until next time.