Well, I made what I think is going to be a final studio change for a long time. I did a huge studio update by creating a vocal booth to the left of my gear. I was really happy with how the vocal booth sounded. It really cleaned up the audio quality. It however shut down my creativity. You see, in the studio I am writing while I record. I am writing while I record with almost all of it… especially the vocals. The booth cramped the writing process by forcing me to have to move around too much.

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But that’s old.

I changed it today by getting a swivel pivot stand so that I can go back to recording vocals the way I was doing it before setting up the vocal booth. This time I will still have the extra padding to help with the noise reduction. In the process of switching out this new setup I shifted the entire studio down a little. I am really happy with how it turned out.

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Studio stuff is always fun!!!

Okay, I have been thinking long and hard about this… and I think I am finally ready to bring my thoughts out into the open for others to consider. I have been thinking about getting a tribal line style face tattoo for a long time. But, now… after much consideration have decided what it would look like if I got it done.

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Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. He’s hit the mid-life crisis moment. Truth be told, I hit that a while back when I realized that I would be spending the next decade trying to figure out what parenting is supposed to look like.

This however, is genuine and not reactionary.

A lot of people would ask why… and a lot of people would mention an inability to find job placement in the future. I have already considered both of these with great detail.

Here is each one in short.

As for work, yes, having face tattoos does make it harder to find a job. That is a given and anyone that thinks otherwise is in denial. I however am rounding the corner to the end of my thirties. And with that I have already established a career that doesn’t require me to deal with the public. With that, if for some reason my current job fell apart, it may be hard for employers to take me seriously in the interview, but the extensive background in my career field speaks volumes. My back up option (something I went to school for) would also be something that doesn’t require face time with the public. If for some reason however, neither of these worked out because of something like health or region of living, my skill set would be limited to lower paying jobs like being a barista anyway. And although it would be a little harder in this job area, the pay cut and my determination would pay off and I would be employed somewhere. People that don’t have a job, regardless of what they look like, don’t have them because they have quit trying to find one.

And two, why in the world would I do something silly like tattoo lines on my face?

Well, the answer is simple, and to be honest, internal. You see, I don’t feel obligated to meet the status quo. Just because the main flow of existence is heading in a direction with everyone looking, thinking, acting, dressing, buying, and doing the same… doesn’t mean that I have to do the same to be happy. I am my own person. You only live one life. So, despite the main stream, live your life. Do it despite opinion. Life is too short to care what others think about you.

Some would say that doing something like this is so that you stand out or even the desire for attention. You see, the opposite is true in this case. Sure, I will get some looks. And yes, it will cause conversation “with me” and even when I’m not around. That aside, I am a reflective person. And my conclusion is that the world is too uptight by requiring a “social norm”.

There is no normal, only average.

And I’m not average.

I’m the only me there will ever be.

Well, after taking the time to put together the vocal booth I have decided once again to make a few changes to the studio space. It’s a little hard to have something prefect, because technically this space is also a guest bedroom and craft room all rolled into one. So, I am doing the best with what I’ve got to work with. I am still going to be using the vocal booth space, but I have decided to change it up a little.

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I am going to do what I can to post some before and after photos of the changes I decided to make. But, for now I thought I would explain my vocal booth experience thus far.

I really like the change in recording quality. But, the way that I have it set up right now as the person doing the recording, and tracking, it is a lot of work for me to press record, walk into the booth, put on headphones… record my takes, and then take the headphones off… step out of the booth… and then sit back down. I know, it may seem like I am being nitpicky. But it really does become a hassle when the writing process is happening during the recording session itself.

The current set up is just cramping the writing process when tracking vocals.

The only thing is, in order for my idea to work, I am going to have to make a custom swivel mic stand that is strong enough to hold everything that is on it.

Like I said, I’ll post before and after photos once I’ve gotten it figured out.

Well, I might as well just get real and talk about it since there really isn’t much going on with the music right now other than working in the studio on some a few songs for a future release. As you can see from the picture that my wife took for me (since I don’t have a smart phone anymore), I got some crazy junk going on right now.

I am currently conducting a 48 in home EEG.

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Apparently, I am epileptic now which is pretty exciting if you ask me. I have only had one actual “full blown” seizure. But, I have auras all the time which are technically called something like “micro” seizures or the feeling that you get when a possible seizure is about to happen. Even though I am on medication to keep this type of activity low in my brain, it isn’t fully preventing these feelings that occur.

So… I got referred to a specialist. Because of that, here I am with my head strapped to 25 leads going to a monitor in my fanny pack.

Cool story bro.

Other than that, my beard has gotten longer since my last set of site photos were taken. Maybe I should consider doing a new set of promo shots for this next release. And yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking. I should totally include the fanny pack in the promos.