Back in the Bay.

I’ve been on both sides of the country in the past year and a half or so, so making music has definitely been on the backburner.

Atlanta had a very disappointing music scene (unless you’re a rapper or a soulful goddess, of which I am neither), but hopefully now that I’m back in the Bay and amongst proper musicians, I can get something started again.

Pretty much all I’ve ever wanted to do is be in a band, honestly. I know it’s not a viable career option and not something you can go to college for, so it’s not the choice I reach for when people ask me what I want to do with my life. But that’s it. That’s what it’s always been. 

But for some reason, it is so ridiculously fucking difficult to find musicians with similar interests and similar levels of commitment. No, I don’t want to cover AC/DC. No, I don’t just want to play in the garage forever. I want to fucking go whole-hog into something for the first time in my life and see what comes about from it.

At any rate, I’m sort of over the whole Craigslist band-search thing, but I did find some semi-promising “looking for singer” ads this evening. I’d prefer to work with friends first (I met a bunch of people through Ohlone’s combo class back in fall 2012), but I mean, it always comes down to interest/commitment.

Just thought I’d give you all an update on what my singing life looks like, since I’ve been MIA for eight months or something ridiculous like that.

popinasky said: Hey! I just read that you got the Scarlett Studio bundle and I was wondering if you like it... Have you tried recording more than 2 tracks and mixing them? Is the mic good? Thank you :)

Hi there! I DO like it! It’s pretty great, especially considering the price. I’ve recorded more than one track in the sense that I recorded, like, melody and then harmony, lol. I haven’t used more than one input simultaneously. But yeah, I just use Garage Band, and what I’ve recorded it so far has been pretty damn awesome quality. I admittedly don’t have much to compare it to other than my Mac’s external mic, but whoa, the change in that quality alone made it worth the price. I do recommend it, especially if you’re on a budget.

The only accessory I needed to buy was a pop filter.

It also came with a lot of downloadable software. I haven’t had any time to get into the workings of that any of them yet, though. Garage Band is simple enough that I can do what I need, for now. 

Mine. :)

Mine. :)

Exciting plans!

(I’ve been sorely neglecting this blog, I know.)

But what would you say if I told you I’ve got plans for a Christmas album in the work?!

I’ve got a whole list of songs I’d like to add my own spin to, in terms of both music and vocals, and I’ve got a few friends willing to help me do so.

I’m so tired of listening to the same tired old Christmas songs, each done with the same tempo and form, just with different singers! Aren’t you?

Expect to see that taking shape in August, perhaps, with previews and clips from then until the Christmastime release!

(Also, expect it to have a pretty awesome b-side that’s not related to Christmas at all. But you’ll just have to wait until you’ve got it in your hot little hands to hear that one!)

Thanks for sticking around. Love you. <3

Nightwish’s “The Escapist”

So this happened.

Me & a few friends in Jazz/Rock Combo at my college, 10/26.

(Surreptitiously using Voice Recorder while looking at the lyrics on my phone.)

We don’t have the super-long instrumental intro, and you can BARELY hear the piano (I think I clipped it, but at the end my professor tells him to fuckin’ play louder, lol). But once everything’s mixed properly it should sound a lot closer to the original! :)

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Someone Like You | Jekyll & Hyde | Amulette

I’m doing this song for my singing class. Here’s an early attempt, with my professor on the keys!

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In His Eyes | Jekyll & Hyde | Amulette | Rough Drafts

This is actually an excerpt from my voice lesson yesterday. Everything is always recorded so I can do the warm-ups on my own and hear what I sounded like, and (for once) I was particularly proud of this piece.

My teacher, Lorna, is playing the piano. (:

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snailshell-deactivated20101227 said: Do you have a website outside of Tumblr where your music is posted? A myspace perhaps? I'd love to hear more.

Yeah, but the Myspace has basically the same stuff… less, actually, because of their ridiculously stringent copyright policies. But there are two tracks up there that I’ve lost the original files for, so here! :]

http://www.myspace.com/amulettemusic

Justin and I wrote a song tonight…

He’s a master with the piano.

(You can hear his sister’s infectious laugh at the beginning.)

Lyrics:

Staring at the empty sky above me
Wondering why you’ve gone away from me
Don’t know why I can’t stop thinking of you
Don’t know why I can’t let go

Don’t know why I can’t let go

And I’m looking above the sky
Hoping that you’ll arrive
And I know that this wish won’t come true
But I’m trying life without you

And every day is hard to live
Every step I take is a chore
Every breath I draw burns inside
Don’t know why I can’t let go

Don’t  know why I can’t let go

And I’m looking above the sky
Hoping that you’ll arrive
And I know that this wish won’t come true
But I’m trying life without you

This was a really early version… I basically only recorded it so we couldn’t forget. XD

Edits that we made:

  • Justin sings the verses, with me doing a really light version an octave up
  • Justin does harmonies/echoes on the chorus
  • There is indeed a bridge, but we’re working on the transitions

And it’s just really awesome and amazing and I can’t wait until it’s finished!!

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Don’t Stop Believin’ | Amulette & Russell

This song is by Journey.

My friend Russell and I learned a few covers to do at open mics around the area, and this is one of them.

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