Being self employed is a fine juggling act. Making sure you’re getting enough work to stay afloat whilst advertising and not breaking the bank can prove to be hard work. Whilst I’m still building my business I work near to full time hours at restaurant at the weekend, putting in close to 35 hours between Friday and Sunday, week in, week out. I teach on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, sometimes Thursdays, and Saturday mornings. I rehearse with my duo partner on Monday evenings, I attend a course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Wednesday evenings, and somewhere along the line I try to find time for a bit of practice, some writing, some production work and social life.
This week I managed to finish something I started many moons ago.
After university I reconnected with an old school and college friend with the idea of writing music together. Well, we pretty much finished recording the song but for some reason we never finished the project. I decided a while back I would pick it back up and use it almost as a remix project. I got rid of a lot of the original programming and guitar parts, but kept the vocals and structure. Monday this week I completed it, a very strong sounding mix really gives this piece some energy! What was incredibly strange was that this project was started in the UK, I moved out here a long time back and Anna, whose song it is, moved to Singapore a few years back. Well, I was working on the piece without her knowledge, but the day I finished it I took my phone from my pocket to send her a message. The last time we spoke was 7 years ago probably. I opened Facebook, and no word of a lie the first post on my newsfeed was a photo album of Anna wit a bunch of friends in Sydney! I couldn’t quite believe the coincidence. Unfortunately she left to head back to Singapore the morning I completed it, so I couldn’t play her the track in person. But we’re due to speak on the phone this evening and with her permission I will post the track in various places for you all to listen to.
So, if you read my first post back in January, and were wondering why I was so quiet after saying I would post weekly videos, well the reason is two fold; one because I have been quite a bit busier with the teaching than I first expected, but secondly because I have been experiencing some technical difficulties with my computer. It’s now very old, and on its last legs, and I created a couple of videos but it won’t render the sound to the picture, despite the fact it plays fine in the program before exporting. So I decided I would get a new machine, but made the decision that I had to finish the song (the one I was writing about previously) before I did that, for fears of it corrupting or not transferring to a new system correctly. So, with a bit of luck I will have a fully operating system within the next month. Then I will get to work on more of the online content!
Also at some point a little video of myself and the singer I’m working with for duos, Lauren Day, will be posted on her channel of a cover of an old classic. I will like to that and repost when it is available.
Thanks for reading, hope all is well with you! Please comment, share, and I will update as soon as the track is online.