Monday, August 13, 2012

Versatile Award

The endearing Unikorna who continually draws me in with every post she writes at Why I Wake Up Every Day was generous to award me and Life Between Living a versatile blog award. There are a few rules but I think we all pretty much know that one has to thank the blogger who nominated them, nominate others to received the award and then post seven random facts about themselves. So without further ado, here are seven random facts about me:

1. I believe food tastes better when it's upside down. Examples include: pizza, cookies, toast, open-faced sandwiches...

2. I am 5'3" and sometimes use a step stool to reach things in higher cabinets, on top of the refrigerator and/or to hang pictures.

3. I was born in Illinois, raised in San Diego and reside in Los Angeles.

4. When I first met Brian, I lost his phone number and was really sad. I went on to MySpace the next day and found him.

5. In the second grade, I wore my Halloween costume to school because we were having a carnival that evening and I thought we were supposed to wear costumes throughout the day. To my utter dismay, no one else did and I got teased on the bus by everyone because I was the only one in costume. Once I got to school, I cried so hard because I was the only Princess Ballerina in class and begged my mom to bring me a change of clothes. She couldn't because our school was pretty far from home (we had to take 2 buses to get there) so my teacher, Mrs. Hill, asked me to stand up in front of the class and told everyone I looked so pretty and that my costume was lovely. For the rest of the day and during recess, all of the kids treated me like a princess and made me feel so special. That is a memory I will never forget.

For the Versatile Award, I'm nominating a lovely woman that I like to refer to as "Introvert" even though her name is Ana, who shares with us at her blog Introverted Art --life lessons, self-introspection and beautiful artwork that accompany each post.

**After initially publishing this blog, I realized I forget to add two more here goes...

6. I am afraid of the dark.

7. Since I mentioned Halloween above, one time at the elementary school carnival, my mom came dressed as a bum. She wore her hair wild underneath a brown hat, blacked out some of her teeth with eyeliner, put a pillow in her belly and held a can out for money. People thought she was real and she scared some of the kids. My single-digit aged self was so horrified. I asked her over and over, "Why did you wear that outfit Mommy? Why?". LMAO!!!!!

Now that I look back, I think she was so creative and just a cool mom!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Album Crunch Time

We've been diligently working on the album Life Between Living for awhile now but have recently given ourselves the goal of having all of the pre-mastered, pre-pressing-up material done by next Friday, August 17. That night we leave for Michigan to visit our family and to finally...finally have a VACATION!

The songs that will be on this album have been written throughout my life. One song was written after we got married last year and is called Union Station. I think a couple of the songs were written just on piano when I was about eighteen or nineteen. They baked and sat in my keyboard for years but it wasn't until I was lucky enough to have access to all of Brian's equipment (Thanks Babe!) that I was able to breathe more life into the songs. I added strings, beats, odd sound effects sometimes and laid down scratch vocals.

Years passed and some songs got kicked off the album, then added on, then kicked off again and then added on. Then, one day Brian said he wanted to help me finish. Here and there he'd add certain things to the songs but it wasn't until this year that we both committed to seeing it through to being put out and sold.

Now that he has added his touches--whether it be guitar, bass, mixing, sounds, different drum beats, percussion, rearrangements--this album has transformed immensely and inspires me every single day I listen to it. I always sight Ben Affleck and Jason Lee's characters from the movie Chasing Amy to describe our musical partnership. I create the songs and get them to the point where I can't do anything with them and he comes along to give them a depth and perception I envisioned but had no idea existed or was possible. 

We still have tons of work to do -- we need to add final vocals to three songs - but every day I'm listening to a newer version of each song (Brian, the vampire, does his best work at night so there are constant updates, lol) and it keeps me moving forward.

To come this far and to know that I will finally have a CD that I can be proud of fills me with something I can't describe.

*This pic is from our honeymoon last year in Thailand. We were sampling the street food in Bangkok which was delicious.