Sitting in my new apartment. Lee put some music on that I don't recognize. It's nice. Making a stir fry for dinner. I just put brown jasmine rice in the rice cooker with coconut milk, sesame oil, rice vinegar, garlic powder and salt. Yes it's going to be delicious, and yes you can steal my recipe. I love cooking. It's the one thing I can do (besides singing, of course) that I never have to think about, and that I always enjoy. I put my heart and soul into my cooking. It can be so simple or complex, depending on what mood you're in. And I can't tell you how much I love finding new ingredients and recipes. With that said, if anyone has any good suggestions, please share! I started writing another new song tonight, it didn't come as naturally as it has in the past couple days, so I decided to stop and wait until inspiration strikes again. I like the chords though. I hope something cool will come of it. Lee finished setting up our studio here last night. I'm super excited! In avoiding trying to find a job out here, I've just been throwing myself into creating, and I can't wait to get these ideas and new songs recorded...I guess I'm not really “avoiding” finding work, I am out there everyday applying to different places...it's just that what I really want to be engulfed in is music, and I can't fathom getting another day job just to makes ends meet. Ah...one day, I'll be able to play music and make my living that way. Until then, I'll just keep doing what I do, and hope at the end of the day, I feel relaxed, financial stable, and still inspired.
It's Friday morning. The day after our second show at Hotel Cafe in LA. I woke up this morning in the living room of my new apartment in Studio City. You see, my bedroom has a big hole in the ceiling due to work that is being done on the roof of the building, so of course I haven't been able to set up fully yet. Still, I rose out of bed with a smile on my face. Lee and I promptly walked down to the local coffee shop, and shared an AMAZING croissant. The guy sitting next to us had a house phone that just rang (not a cell phone). He must live upstairs or something. Today, I'm looking forward to getting the studio fully set up to start recording some of the new songs I've been working on. I've been writing like a maniac lately. Feeling very inspired by this whole process; the move, performing in new places, meeting new people, finally putting my own roots down somewhere. I was surprised yesterday when I realized just how natural it all felt. Usually when I got to a new place, I can be totally weirded out and thrown off by how different it is, and how it's just not what I'm used to. Since actually living in LA though, it just feels right. Of course I still struggle, on the way to the show yesterday, I was so stressed out about money, and how many people would show up, and would we sound good...no great!...I started crying I couldn't handle it. But then, I got to the venue, and had the honor of singing and playing guitar with two of my favorite people in the world, and it was all ok. Even though things are hard, I know that this is where I'm supposed to be. I've been overwhelmed over and over again by the love and support that continues to be given from family, friends, fans...it's amazing. I'm so blessed. We're so blessed. It's a good feeling. :)
New Music, New Inspiration
Last week, I did something crazy. My manager (Emily), my friend (also Emily) decided to drive up to Montreal and back in ONE DAY! From where we are, it's a 5 hour drive 1 way. I woke up at 7:30 that morning (after not being able to sleep the night before), went to “work” which is someone's home, and my “job” is take care of her adorable baby boy, Nathan. After watch Nathan for 4 hours, I drove to pick up friend Emily, then the 2 of us drove to manager Emily's house. We were on the road by 2, and got to Montreal at around 7:00. At about 9:30 an artist new to me who's name is Dessa took the stage. It was such an incredible performance, and I felt so jazzed and energized because of it, that I was able to drive the pretty much the whole way home! (I crawled into bed a little after 6am.) Seeing Dessa was such a great experience for me that I decided it was time to expand my music library and seek out new music that inspires me and takes my breath away! I know it's a cliche, but it really is easy to get caught up in your own little world. I know that's true for me. With everything I have going on; work, dedication to family, friends, boyfriend, MYSELF, my music...everything! It's so easy to forget about the rest of the world, and how much is out there waiting to be seen. As an artist, I'm constantly making sure that my message, my voice, is heard. But it's necessary to remind myself from time to time that it's just as important to listen, for there are so many other incredible voices out there, wanting to inspire and be inspired. Don't you think?