Friday, June 27, 2008
If I wasn't so tired, I would be wearing my fabulous Green dress with a Long Island Ice Tea in my hand getting down to this song with all my favourite girls.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
- Corrine Bailey Rae- Call me when you get this
- Kanye West - Everything I am
- Common - The people
- Nina Simone - Baltimore
- John Mayer - Clarity
- Lupe Fiasco - Go baby
- N.E.R.D - Don;t worry about it
- Alicia Keys - Superwoman
- Common - It's your world
- Coldplay - Fix you
- Talib Kweli - Oh my stars
- Aerosmith - Jaded
- Dinah Washington - Mad about the boy
- Oleta Adams - New York state od mind
- Marvin Gaye - What's going on
I think I may have been a little unkind to my body, so I'm gonna TRY and take it easy today. I'm just chasing so many deadlines. Which wouldn't be a problem if I could just shake being an over-achiever. I'm not sure why there are still traces of this terrible illness in me. Sometimes when i think I've beat it, I find myself woking on a new song, while finishing off a chapter of my book, constructing and email and contemplating answering my phone (which would have been ringing non-stop for half an hour).
I woke up 36 minutes ago and I'm already thingking about what needs to be done and how much time I have. I think I might need to meditate after I have my oats. I'm terribly anxious this morning and the music is not working as well as it usually does when I'm feeling like this. a part of me knows that some of these deadlines are ridiculous and that I might need to give myself a bit of an extension, but the other part is fighting me. DAMMIT!!!
At the beginning of the year Alan Knott-Craig, the MD of iBurst wrote an email to his staff. You can have a look at it here. The words below struck a chord with me:
"The nice stuff makes me feel good, and the challenges remind me why we can beat the competition. Most importantly I'm looking forward to having fun and making memories."
This months has been filled with more deadlines, than stopping and enjoying life. Maybe that's why I'm feeling so fragile. I'm off to meditate for half an hour and hopefully I will feel a little better.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Enjoy the hotness!!!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Working from the office is nice, if you’ve been away from it for a while. There is no TV tempting you to watch Tyra, Dr Phil, Dr Hatchett or whatever is on at that time that will serve as a distraction. The office that I work from is quite boring and the only distraction there is… Uhm… Nothing!
After doing all my radio work, I started working on the first draft of the novel. There were a lot of people walking past my office, so I put my earphones and on and listened to my iPod. At first I couldn’t find the right music and I was getting irritated. That’s when I landed on Common’s ‘Electric Circus’. I was a little skeptical about how good it would be for ‘writing time’, it’s always great for when I need to take a walk and clear my mind.
Before I knew it, I was writing away happily with the most amazing sounds playing softly in the background: inviting, but not intrusive music. When I needed a break from the world that I was creating on the page in front of me, I would just turn up the volume and walk around my desk for a bit letting the story solve itself in my mind while I enjoyed ‘Hustle’, ‘Between me, you and liberation’ or ‘I got a right ta’.
I’m so glad that I decided to do something different today. I was getting a little claustrophobic at home and my creative juices seemed to be drying up. Usually I would have just gotten frustrated, but today I tried something different. I’m grateful that I did because something wonderful happened with my writing and I frediscovered my love for ‘Electric Circus’. I’m not entirely sure why some people were 'hating' on it! Maybe it was before it’s time.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
It wasn't more than 3 years ago that I couldn't play an instrument, write a song or read music. And now I'm playing the piano, teaching myself to play the guitar (I will attend lessons next year when I'm comfortable enough), reading and writing music and writing my own songs. I have truly come a long way and intend to keep going further.
Firstly: we finished up the Teacup song last week and it is sounding amazing. I noticed how free I was this time around. The first time around I felt so uncomfortable and scared. Even when I was doing my demo, I always felt like the mic was judging me. Which was ridiculous because all (unfair) judgement was coming from me and no one else. This time around I was not feeling judged or scared, i just had a good time.
On Friday we recorded the second song at a REAL studio with a REAL grand piano at Cape Town Sound's studios. They recently moved from Landsdowne to Woodstock. Nice stuff!! C.B played the piano so beautifully and I sang my little heart out. Now all we need to do is add some strings on that one and we are ready for mastering- YAY!!!
Today we worked on Lovelies, we will record it tomorrow afternoon and then we will have 2 more vocals tracks to lay down. I am extremely excited, as you can tell. Renee sent me the final pics on Thursday and I really like them. She is a GENIUS LOL! The sleeve is being designed soon. There is still much to do dear hearts...
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
So that got me thinking: if I'm making all the decisions and paying for everything, doesn't that make me MY RECORD LABEL? So I'm going to sign a 3 album deal with myself and invest a lot of time and money into building the Black Porcelain brand. I'm even going to draw up a contract between me (the artists) and me (the record label).
It is a great idea to draw up the contract, but I think it's also a way for me to take 100% responsibility for everything that happens with the EP and the rest of my music career. Bridget did a blog on giving your all, committing 100% of yourself. A while ago I read Jack Canfield's book 'How to get from where you are to where you want to be (the 25 principles of success)' And the first principle is taking 100% responsibility for your life.
Jack Canfield talks about how we all feel like we are entitled to a good life, like someone is go to save us, provide us with a better life, make us happy, give us a record deal etc. And we can wait for the person, lottery ticket, perfect woman, perfect man, perfect job for as long as we want but it is not gonna come until we do something about it. That is what I truly believe and just as it has helped Bridget with her insulin it has helped me with my music as well.
So I'm working on the contract and I'll let you know when I've signed the contract with 'ME RECORDS'.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
- Spent some time at the World Economic Forum helping out some colleagues. No I am not one of those high-up-let's-fix-the-world types. Our station was doing a broadcast from there.
- I did 2 airport runs in 2 days, which was lost of fun- NOT!!
- First airport run was to fetch little brother a.k.a Myspace man. He is back and demanding a whole lot of ish from me. I'm actually about to leave now and buy him groceries. He is apparently STARVING!! Whatever!!
- Second airport run- Marcee who spent a day in Jhb doing whatever it is that she does during the day.
- Got the John Legend 'love in Philadelphia' DVD almost a week ago. Good times!!
- Had a sore throat for a few days, so cancelled one of my recoding with C.B, but we still got some work, just no recording. We worked on 'Lovelies'.
- Photo shoot moved to next week... Might be on Friday, not sure yet! beautiful photographer was busy with another pretty talented musician.
- Sent an email to a potential editor for the novel. It's actually happening!!! Yay! She said she was interested and we are now communicating via email. I'll let you know what happens as it happens.
- Finally got around to getting material for a promo for the Midnight Xpress: midnight to 3am on weekdays, only on Radio 2000 (shameless advertising).
- Marcee and I painted the wall in our mansion a.k.a lesbian lovepad. No we are not lesbians, but that is what people think because we have been living in this tiny flat for 2.5 yrs. We are moving out and also looking at dating. It would be a little awkward to bring a guy home and the say 'Ey yo Marc, could you skoot over so that this here young man can fit in?" LOL!
- Saw Chris Rock... On TV because I took my own sweet time getting tickets.
- To console myself I watched Katt Williams Pimp Chronicles 1 and America Hustle the movie. I prefer the first but I still think that he is a funny guy. I LIKE HIM!!
- Went to go see Prince Caspian yesterday. Uhmm... I think I really liked it :) It was better than the first one, but this is the last time that we see good ol' Suzan and Peter.
I like it! But I'm a little biased, so don't take my word for it. Have a look at the vid below, I even think the video is cute. I need to call Estelle's stylist, because I'm looking for someone to make me look good to ha ha ha ha. I'll have to warn them that it wont be an easy job though LMAO!
Estelle - No subsititute love
PS- Estelle, when you do go on tour, please don't forget about the good folks here in SA :)
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It was a little weird in the beginning, but once you get into the laughing you really can't stop. Well at least I couldn't... I LOVE to laugh! It makes me feel good and I like to do it more than 20 times a day. I bet if I felt that way about sex I would have a happy man LOL! I felt so light at the end of Laughter Yoga. I think everyone should try it just once.
After Laughter Yoga I started thinking about my life. I am so GRATEFUL that I am able to live the life that I live. Now I know I always say how grateful I am, but yesterday I was really moved. I am releasing my first EP (on my own terms with my own cash), writing my first novel (which I intend to self publish in SA), I have a radio show that I love (which focuses on positive things around our country), starting up my NPO to help the kids who need help, I'm moving into a bigger place AND I'm planning a December trip to New York!!! Yessir! What's not to love about that?
I made a decision to enjoy each day, regardless of how much madness is going down around me. I think sometimes we get so caught up in the madness that we forget how blessed we are. There is always something to be grateful for... ALWAYS!!! So go ahead and find something to be grateful for and then LIVE YOUR LIFE LIKE IT'S GOLDEN!!!
Thanks to Jilly from Philly for the song 'Golden'
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Crazy (directors cut)
I dont wanna miss a thing
Yeah, that's good stuff! Steve Tyler is sexy in his own Steve-Tyler way :)
I'm also working on a reggae-type song and a funky cheeky song about guys (love them or hate them, they are here to stay those men-folk LOL). I believe that is 5 songs. We are thinking about adding one more song to this EP (Green), but we will see how it goes, we might not have enough time.
The photo shoot is happening this weekend and SUDDENLY my face is covered in pimples. I've had nearly flawless skin for the last 2 months, which by the way has never happened to me, and now when it's time for someone to take photos of me.... AAAARRRRGGGHHH!! I'd really rather my face be a little spotty than to lose my voice before we finish recording all the songs.
Speaking of photo shoot: Went to get some clothes for the shoot with Marcee (my manager/stylist/songwriting partner/sister and everything) and I think I may actually look decent. I was told that if I want to take any shots with no shoes on, I should go for a pedicure. I didn't think my feet were looking that awful LOL! Don't even get me started on Marcee wanting me to get my eyebrows shaped... I might as well go for an Extreme Makeover LOL!!
Junior is coming back tomorrow, so work on the MySpace page will start this weekend.
Next update on Wednesday!!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
That being said, this EP is turning into a monster. An absolute beast! It is like a broke boyfriend (with no shame), it just keeps sucking me dry LOL! I have been working out the finances for this EP and it looks like I wont be able to move out of my tiny bachelor just yet. Just when I thought that I will be sleeping in my own room, without being woken up by Marcee's INCREDIBLE snoring. It is not to be just yet!! I guess this is one of those things that I am willing to do to get to where I need to. It will be a good story to tell on Oprah's couch one day LMAO!!!
Anyway I'm gonna have the songs up on the MySpace page by the end of the month- the page is taking so long because my trifling little brother is taking his sweet time. The songs will also be available for download by the end of the month. So please add my songs to your budget- HELP A SISTA OUT!
My friend Taz said that it takes a long time to build a brand, I really needed to hear that. She is so sensible and offers really great advice (all the time). So when I start feeling like this EP is sucking me dry, I think about how good it feels to be making MY music on MY terms. Even if this EP is treating me like a broke ass man who is really good in bed. Hopefully it will turn into a responsible man who will pay the bills and still be good in bed. Only time will tell :)