This past weekend was the annual Derby party at John and Jen's. Oh man, it was epic. We got there around 1:30 and I had my first mint julep soon after. Much fun was had. I played fetch with pugs and caught up with old friends. Had a blast screaming my lungs out watching the race. Unfortunately I got a screaming headache shortly thereafter which pretty much killed the rest of the evening for me. But it was still a total success.
I still haven't figured out yet how to pay for two years of graduate school, but I'm workin' on it.
One of the biggest developments that I hadn't written about yet is that I now finally have something like a proper studio space. Pathetic that it took this long, I know. But now the small blue bedroom on the top floor of the house is mine all mine. I'm in it right now. I've got my meager studio setup here. I did some basic acoustic treatment with mattress pads on the walls and a bunch of crap crammed into the corners to handle bass. My speakers sound pretty nice in here, and I'm getting used to listening a lot of music in here so I ought to be able to do some halfway decent mixes in here before long. Additionally, the walls are a lovely deep blue, I've got a closet for my stuff in here, and I set up my little altar in the corner. So when I'm in here I'm usually doing either music or zazen. It's a nice space.
On that note, I have actually gotten back into devoting serious time to music-making. It's been far too long for that. When you don't have a dedicated space it always seems like a lot of trouble to plug everything up just to twiddle around on the keyboard for a few minutes. But when you do have a space, that wiggly little melody that popped into your head on the way home can be preserved in digital glory in the space of a few short minutes.
Anyway, I got a couple of tunes coming down the pipeline and I think they'll be worth playing for people. It's been a long time since I did anything like that. I've got two mixes of one track I've written evolving in parallel, plus a skankin' dub remix of a track by Annunaki, the greatest neo-Goa band you've never heard. I'm leaving that one until the first two tracks are done, but that'll be soon, but I already have a killer riddim and I'm gonna play some melodica on it. Oh yes.
Current Music: Ishvara - Nomad (Arabian rmx)