Newsletter -- May 2007 (part 2)
3/23/2017 8:13:57 AM - (cont'd)

"FLOW" PROJECT UPDATE -- As I'm sure you can understand, with my focus currently on "My Ever Changing Moods," I am currently unable to write or do anything with the "Flow" project. With that said, working on the material for "My Ever Changing Moods" is turning out to be such an inspiration, and I'm enjoying analyzing other people's songs and learning a lot in the process. Sometimes, as I sit to work out chords for one of the songs, I'll come across something that I find interesting and make notes of it to go back to when I do finally start sinking my teeth into "Flow," whether it be chords, a melody idea, or conceptual ideas or bits of lyrics. So while "Flow" sits for the time being on the back burner, I believe my participants are able to enjoy the process of seeing two projects come together, with "Flow" only becoming a more rich experience as a resutl, both musically and as seen by the participant.

For my "Flow" Vocal participants, I have added a list of singers I admire and have been inspired by over the years as a downloadable PDF, so if you haven't gotten it yet, check it out.

ETC. -- As many of you know, I have been helping out with my husband's ArtistShare project, "Out of the Circle" which has just been mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony; we're currently working on the artwork and packaging, then off to the pressing plant it goes. The downloadable version is already available. It is a KILLER album and he has every right to be proud of it (he worked his ASS off!!). I make my vocal appearance on two songs: "Afternoon Dreams" (which originally was recorded on my "4 Seasons" album); and "Sketches of Myself" (the bonus track for the Japan release of "Routes"). The compositions and arrangements, as well as the amazing line-up of musicians, is really awesome. For those of you who are interested, it is available through his website:

www.alexsipiagin.com

On the hardware and software fronts, I've been having some issues with my musical set up at home, one which is the computer and the other the drive I was using to back up my data through the MPC 3000. It looks like after my July tour, I will be taking some time to update some gear which will have to include a new computer (egads, the bread...), as well as to learn some new programs to help bring me into the current state of technical reality, which is something I'm not looking forward to. The truth is, as challenging and fun as it may be to fool around with new stuff and feel like I'm in the year 2007 after all, I'm quite happy to use the same gear from 10 years ago for as long as I can, but they just don't make stuff to last, and then there's always the compatibility problems with new computers and old gear. As Henry said to me when I complained about how my current gear isn't relevant to the times, he responded, "Ah, but you can make relevant music with what you have." True, true, and that's precisely how I feel. To me it all takes away from the creative process, but it is the evil I have to deal with in order to be free to finally get the music going.

And that's it for now! Hope everyone's doing well!
Peace!
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