Feeling motivated after a Sunday lunch meeting with an illustrator in Somerville, NJ. The good news is, Clare is super nice and I think we’ll get along great! Not to mention, her art rocks. There really is no bad news except the amount of work I’m realizing I haven’t done towards making a book…
However, as of week 38 I’ve written 46 songs since August. That’s four songs last week if anyone else is counting! I’m baack
Super Secret Mission accomplished! Mama Panda swears she had no idea about her surprise baby shower:) Amazed at the creativity of those around me. Props to the Priestess for some masterful event planning and execution, and that homemade tiramisu cheesecake was just … unbelievableness
Reflections from an artist I met at last night’s launch party for AiL Annex, offline manifestation of Art in Limbo: “You have to just do it even if you think it’s stupid. That’s what I make myself do - keep making anything I think of, no matter what. And then if it’s stupid you just don’t put it out there.” We were talking about how weird it is where ideas come from sometimes. I guess for my songwriting, that would mean no topic is off limits? And… cue suggestions!
(click the link, some of my photos didn’t turn out and the ones that did don’t do these pieces justice)
For the rest of the school year I’m basically splitting a full-time gig in a toddler classroom with my friend Ester. It’s pretty nice being with the same group of kids each day I work and then having weeks off at a time:) Unfortunately I may lose my New York State teaching license on a technicality… have to check on that but at this point I’d almost rather lose the license and the money (ha) that comes with it, if it means having the job I have for next year and the balance I think it will let me have in my life. The spring fair at my old school went ok. None of the instruments or equipment got rained on, my acoustic electric guitar works!, I forgot a bunch of lyrics and of course the most successful song from my set was Pink Underwear, no surprise there. Made a quick trip to NJ to take my mom out to brunch for Mother’s Day. Looking forward to an evening of art on Friday and something pretty special on Saturday, plus a meeting with an illustrator on Sunday. Wrote songlets about tofu and other good food. Ok tumblr, we are caught up.
Songs written: 42
early acoustic version with some wrong lyrics
I hate this place
Coffee, food, a library, all attached to a hotel = Birch Coffee. Super excited they are coming soon to a location near me! … well, near work… minus the library. Still, good coffee is good coffee and after all, this was the birthplace of my mosquito bite song yesterday! I also finished writing the rest of Penn Station Purgatory (which I was given the idea for way back in February), and started a song about tofu inspired by friends’ comments during dinner. Making up for lost time:)
Well, it’s 7:20am which means I have to leave now. ?! I miss sleeping in already, but still it’s only a 3-day work week. Four counting Saturday’s unpaid gig/learning experience that I’ll be re-memorizing a ton of lyrics for. Excited for rehearsal tomorrow with my old acoustic guitar with new ELECTRIC pickup!
Songs written: 40
Don’t scratch that!!