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I feel so mentally and artistically BLOCKED. I feel as if I have all this potential, just underneath the surface, but nothing that I seem to do can get it to break out.

Our first show is tomorrow night, and I'm more than a bit nervous. I'm beyond excited that we will be performing an acoustic version of Paint on the Air, but I can't seem to figure out the harmonies, and they're what used to be so easy to me! I hate my voice anymore, I feel like I can't get it to do what I need it to do, what it used to do. I am coming back after a year of not doing anything with my voice, excluding one drunken night of karaoke for my brother's birthday back in December.

I'm hoping that I just need to get through this first show, and that it will be easier after that.

I just... need some sleep and a bit of rest. These last couple of weeks have been moida! I just wish that I was able to get the rest and stuff before the show, instead of the show being this giant climax of two weeks of stress.

As Ben was driving me home from practice last night, we were stuck in traffic next to a VW bug. I thought, "Didn't Ben used to drive one of those?" and had a flashback of him pulling his accordion out of the car, back in the days that we were in The Vacant Stairs together in Phoenix. Amazing to think that six or more years later, he and I are still playing together musically (more or less) after so many things happening in our lives, after being through so much. Hell, we're not even in the same state as where we were in our first band together. That must mean something, yes?

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ignusfaatus
Apr. 4th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Dear Aubrey and Ben,
this peice lacks chord structure so it is not surprising that aubs isn't quite sure how to play along.
It is nice but BEGGING for counterpoint.
I think aubs should invent her own part and possibly handle this as a round.
or that She should (I assume second alto or contralto?) dominate it and let Ben fill in.
This advice can only work if Ben can share artistic control here.
THis advice was provided to you by myself and my boyfriend who plays professionally for the Bellevue philaharmonic.
scrumbles
Apr. 5th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for your perspective! I disagree that it lacks chord structure -- though full chords are not played in the verse, they are definitely present in the chorus. And personally I like to hear chords outlined by melodic lines rather than always having to use block chords. I think doing a round is a great idea though and we'll definitely try something like that. I love rounds.
aubkabob
Apr. 5th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Oh, me, too!
ignusfaatus
Apr. 5th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
unrelated:
I heard this amazing peice a while bac and had to ask him why it was so great.
and he said what I was picking up on was that the baseline was in 6/6 and the melody was in 4/4. so that it would only resolve on the hird and sixth notes and such.

wow. so playful and a very unconventional earworm.
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