Yay for August! The past few weeks have been filled with all sorts of music-related goodness. Some highlights:
what a beauty :)
it’s actually “pencil marks,” not “question marks,” but oh well…
-I started a new moleskin! After 1.5 years of writing, the old one just won’t hold any more words. So behold the new container for my lyrical ramblings: a limited edition John Mayer ‘Born and Raised’ moleskin (because I’m such a JMayer fanboy woooohoooooo). It cost me a pretty penny, but I see it as a symbol of commitment to that song-a-week goal I set for myself earlier this year (which is on track, btw). And it’s so fun to write in! Moleskins have such an amazing feel to them; I highly recommend getting one if you need to write but don’t feel inspired by your current writing setup. But yeah, I’ve got several songs in development that I’m really excited about; some will definitely be ready by the next online concert (more on that below).
-I may be on the verge of having a cover band business on the side. I’ve been starting to play the wine bar about every two weeks with my awesome drummer friend, and we might branch out into other venues. At a show last Friday, a manager of a restaurant in town put his business card in my tip jar and told me to call him. I’m gonna talk with him later this week, hopefully it becomes a regular gig.
-Speaking of last Friday’s show, it was awesome. Although we went in without a proper rehearsal, my talented drummer and I locked in amazingly well. And we totally got people on the dance floor with some energized renditions of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction”, The Beatles’ “Day Tripper”, and Van Morrison’s “Moondance”, among other jams. Getting to play with such an great musician was really refreshing and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable.
-On a more personal note, I also helped my brother move into his dorm room at college. After getting to spend so much time with him over the past couple of months, I am pretty sad that he’s no longer around. I’ll miss getting to hang out with him. But I’m excited for him — it’s his fourth year, and no doubt he’s gonna have a lot of wonderful learning experiences.
It’s definitely been a challenge to juggle my commitments to work and family, writing for my next EP, and the cover band stuff. But at the same time, it’s teaching me how to let go of the things I can’t control and just enjoy each and every moment, no matter how it turns out. Life is messy, and who knows what will come to pass in 1, 5, or 10 years…If you told me 2 years ago I would be back home working for my parents and playing in a band with one of my closest friends, I wouldn’t have believed you. But here I am, and strangely enough, it’s exactly what I needed. I’m slowly beginning to understand that it really is the journey that matters, and I’m so grateful for all the roads that have led me to where I am today. Here’s to more journeying :)
P.S. My next online concert will be on
Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:00 PM Pacific
Can’t wait to share more new songs with you :) Google+ just revamped some of their audio features in their Hangouts, so I may be going that route instead of livestream.com. Will keep ya posted. Also, I’ll be raffling off two more of those spiffy Andrew Plan t-shirts to those in the audience, so make sure to tune in!