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The visit and what I miss the most.

I’ve been meaning to write another post for about a week now.  I’ve finally gotten frustrated enough to do so.  I tried writing last night and it didn’t go well… at all.  haha

Writing has never been easy for me (as I mentioned in a previous post).  When I have someone else in the same room to bounce ideas off of, though – or dare I say impress – it’s completely different.  We feed off of each other and writing just… it just comes so naturally for me.  I enjoy it so much more than I will ever enjoy writing by myself.

The entire experience of writing a song changed when he was working alongside me.  We shifted gears in an instant when one of us sang a melody/lyric that fit more than the last one; we came up with 5 different melodies to the same set of lyrics in as many runs through; we asked for and received instant feedback; we gave suggestions when something didn’t seem to be working for the other person. We supported each other in every capacity.

And then we celebrated. We celebrated the perfect harmony, lyric, mix and song; we celebrated with looks, smiles, screams of excitement, hugs and high fives.  Sometimes there was simply an understanding between the two of us that what we were working on was something great.

And in our “down time” we messed around and were silly; we sang along to Alicia Keys and Linkin Park to get our voices “right”; we – I mean he – impersonated other musicians; we watched a horrible movie about a guy being trapped in a space station for 6 years as he “traveled through space and time”; we looked to the future and talked about how we’d finish up the project after he left. But in our subconsciousness, getting back to work was there.  It was always there.  We had only 7 days (which turned into 10), so we had to make them all count.

I miss him a little bit.  I missed him and the talent he encompasses the second I turned around with tears in my eyes to leave him at the airport.  (Hey now…I’m a very emotional person.  Don’t judge me!)  He inspires me in so many ways and more than he could ever fathom. I simply cannot find the words that would even come close to describing what he brings into my life just by living his.

I think what I miss most, though… is us working together.

I can’t wait to finish this album.


Seven days and a $10,000 upgrade to my home recording setup


Today’s Daily Prompt asked me to describe what I would do if all of my plans for the next seven days were cancelled and I found $10,000 on my dresser.  Are you kidding me?  That’s so easy to answer.

Seven days from now, Rob Grounds will be sitting right next to me; we will be learning from one another and recording original music.  If I had the next 7 days and $10,000, I would make sure to get my recording space in the best possible shape ever so we could immediately get down to business and make it the most productive week I’ve ever had with music.  

First, I would go out mic shopping and choose one that’s top of the line – anywhere from $1000-$3000.  I would then purchase a beast of a computer with a quality soundcard, upgrade my preamp, upgrade my new KRK’s to something bigger and do whatever I could to improve my recording space.  If there was any money leftover, I would use that to celebrate our hard work at the end of his visit. 🙂

So yeah – pretty simple!

He said

Poetry of the air

I told him
I’m always the weak link.
I don’t know how to fix it.
He responded with comfort,
said I was the stronger of the two of us.
I give him confidence
and help him improve.
Then he said,
I’m thankful for that.

I feel like
I always support people I really believe in.
I collab with them and
I’m always overshadowed.
No question.
I don’t know how to fucking fix it.
But I just see the future with you;
same thing all over again.
And I hate thinking that.

He didn’t respond for awhile;
it was so unlike him.

I began

Twenty minutes later, my phone blew up
with text,
after text,
after text.

It was nothing along the lines of what I expected.

He said that I’m not the problem.
It’s the people I work with.

You’re a great person.
You let people walk on you.
You have a beautiful voice;
You sound great on everything you do.





You let people take advantage of you.

I’m not going to let you fall to the shade;
I don’t do that.
I’m not the producers you’ve worked with;
I’m not the artists you’ve worked with.
We’re going to grow

Then he said what I need to do.
Develop more confidence
so you can

push through

the shadows
and be
the face of music.

I have faith in you, Marnie.
I need you to have faith in me;
faith in us.
Because we can do something
I just know it!

It wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was exactly what I needed in that moment.

In a little less than three weeks
I will meet him.
And we will create something amazing.
The entire experience will be defined in one word:
I just know it.