Baby Steps

Never forget what you knew as a baby.  

Life constantly shows you something new.  No matter how old we get we are always witnessing something we have never seen before.  If you aren’t using your five senses daily and noticing something new then you have forgotten quite possibly one of the first lessons you learned.

What might that be…

As a baby you were smart enough to know that you knew nothing.  So you paid close attention to everything in order to gain an understanding of what you sensed.  Even if you didn’t understand it didn’t matter. Your determination to achieve that understanding was greater than giving up.

As a baby, knowing that you knew nothing but wished to know everything was a big motivating factor in growth and development. The only way to know everything you could is by being patient and learning.  We were born to learn and to try.  Sometimes you learned about success other times you learned of failure.  In either case patience played a big part in learning.

So be patient and know that your never too old to learn about something new.  Have the open mindedness to be aware that you don’t know it all.

Be like a baby!!!

Tactful

Always be tactful when dealing with others.  Especially if it is a relationship you wish to nurture.  You should always wish to be in a better position with someone in the future by focusing on accomplishing short term goals.  Being tactful allows you to gain advantages that are well worth the extra thought.

Never commit to action without thinking…be tactful!!!

Look Forward

Part of achieving goals is the ability to see into the future.  To know what you what you wish to gain and to be able to see it unfold from the present time into the future is a skill we must all learn.

Everything we do now is related to what will be.  If we invest time wisely, the future will show the fruits of your labor in a positive manner.  Should we neglect wisdom…well it’s obviously not the smartest decision.

That’s where I’m at.

Trying to see the future clearly and navigate my way to success.  Making music has always been easy for me.  The hard part has always been predicting what happens before it does.  Seeing what you will need to avoid and planning to maneuver around obstacles you have yet to encounter can make all the difference when striving to see your goal…..

 

Show Time

My previous post was inspired by what many would consider a big deal in the city I live in.  Many people hoped that they would witness the group Beat Junction Project assemble and rock a show once again.  Well, we did!!!

The greatest part of performing for me is getting over the butterflies and finding a way to do what I call “spazzing out”.  I’m normally a very reserved person who suffers from a little  social anxiety.  I actually hate being in the spotlight.  However, I enjoy music.  I enjoy reciting what I wrote.  I enjoy passing the energy of my emotions to whoever stands in front of the stage.  Still, I’m nervous the entire time.

Spazzing out is the point in which I clearly remember laying the vocals down perfectly when I recorded the music.  It’s like I visit the past and everything in the moment fades away.  The anxiety, the nervousness, the fear of forgetting the lyrics.  It all disappears and I enter a comfort zone where all I can feel is the energy of my own emotions.

Whenever I reach that point…..I know we are about to do our thing because it almost seems as if we all in sync.

We did our thing!!!  Surprising everyone who came to see us do what we do.  It’s been ten years since we did it, but it didn’t matter.  We knocked the dust off and proceeded as if we never stopped!

Anyways,  we reunited and now the people want more.  Eh…..maybe I should say the people expect more.

Shout out to all the groups that came to add on to the energy.  Some I had never seen before and the others helped to build the hip hop community around the area. 

 

Reunited

Revisiting the past is sometimes a thing people would rather shy away from.  Some feel as if it shows regression instead of progression.  Others feel as if it’s meant to be since it is.  I tend to agree more with the latter, but I still feel it’s somehow connected to acceptance.  At least for me.

Sometimes people go separate ways because it’s just time to move on.  Other times it may have been something to cause a shift in the relationship.  I’ve dealt with both and either situation doesn’t change the fact that something that used to be is no longer.

I don’t mind revisiting the past simply because in doing so, you face the issues and have a chance to reconnect a broken connection.  Even if it doesn’t completely heal it’s still better than broken.  From time to time, you may be reminded through a little pain but it’s still not as bad as when it first happened.

We all grow, whether weaker or stronger the result is always the same.  For those who endure pain and push on, they are rewarded with an inner strength as well as peace.  A peace that can only be found from being the best that they can be.  Even if it’s not what it used to be, it’s still better than broken.

 

 

 

Back to Grinding

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It’s definitely been a while since I last posted anything to my blog since I’ve been doing a great deal of soul searching.  I guess I have been more focused on doing things the way they should be done so that it all flows together smoothly.

With that being said, I’ve started to feel the urge to dive back into my music.  I had to take a break to feel fresh again.  I needed to rediscover the thing that made me feel alive for so many years.

That thing was being able to produce.  I believe I reached a peak in my creative space and really needed a new piece of gear that brought everything back to a point where I was highly motivated to do what I do.

While searching the web I discovered this little thing.  Tascam’s DP-008.   A very portable digital 8 track recorder with limited (but good enough) eq, compression, and reverb.  Most of which would only be used as a reference since I would do my final edits and mixes in software.

This little guy also has two small condenser mic’s built into it.  From what I’ve witnessed on line people have said the mics work pretty good.  The recorder also works with batteries so there really are some applications this recorder would excel in.

Long story short, with this portable unit I can easily collaborate with other artists when they can’t make it to me.  I’ll just take it to them plug them in and press record.  This is something technology has provided that I intend to take full advantage of.

The possibilities are endless.

No Worries

I struggle like the next person to gain a hold of life while making everyday count.  There’s nothing like the satisfaction of living everyday to the fullest.  Realizing that each day brings you the feeling of accomplishment.


I’ve been gone for a minute. Evaluating my life and trying to figure out where I’m heading.  I’m not sure I have all the answers but it’s a fun journey nonetheless.   Especially when you consider not knowing is sometimes a good thing.  


It’s almost as if your free in some sense.  Free from the bindings of expectations and hustle of the everyday struggle where we scurry from one task to the next.  So caught up in what we have to do that we forget to just enjoy what we have done.   


Then the little light goes off…..



“What do I enjoy doing?”


Answer:  What I’ve always done!!!


Live life!!!!

Word!

I’m so lost in my own emotions at the moment. All kinds of craziness runs through my head.

A good kinda crazy though!!!

Long story short, life’s weird. You spend time getting to know people to learn that they ain’t what you thought they were. Then again, I don’t really think much of folk too much anyways.

I love em and deal with em however I can and just mash on through it all. I can just pass by em and not say a word. Not because I’m mad or in my feelings….

Simply because I ain’t got nothing to say!

New Year No Resolutions

People have a strange way of thinking the feeling of something new will remain for some time. With the beginning of a new year people promise to do this and that and usually fall short of many of the goals they have set for themselves.

I’ve never been one to create resolutions because I know I backslide and I have no problem with being honest. Considering how last year was I’m already on a better path to doing what I enjoy doing most……whatever that may be!

Life is full of surprises, stepping stones, and mile stones so I’ve grown use to that. Just know this much….

I had to take a break and figure some things out. I had to evaluate some relationships I had and learn to let them go because they were no good to my well being. No good for my growth.

That’s the harsh reality of the world….nothing last forever so to hell with it.

This is a new me….a side very few people see. The true me.

So with that being said here’s to life and a new year with no resolutions.

Stay up….

Peace!!!