In the day and age of the Fitbit, we are counting steps.
Watching that number rise. #accomplishment #somethingicanpostabout #ameasureofmyworth
Today we had a super fun photoshoot and took another step toward having this album ready to release into the world. Just one step. One measly step. As I talk with people about the fact that we "recorded" in November, they ask when the album is coming out. They seem to be saying, "Cool, you're done! So it'll be out next week?" I recognize their unfamiliarity with the process; you do your tracking, and then you get to the mixing phase, and once that's all done, you send it off for mastering, and in the meantime you've gotta be on top of the brainstorming, planning, execution, editing, formatting, of album artwork [blah blah blah...], and then you've got to be strategic and think about press releases and get publications to hype it all, [blah blah blah]...
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the ONE STEP we took today. One measly step.
Nope, the album won't be out tomorrow. It was ok to spend time revelling in the part of the process we were in today, and how different it was from the listening and listening and scrutinizing we've been at for the last month.
It's not about the finish line. And you know, in life, it doesn't always have to be about how much we accomplish and how fast. It's easy to forget that with the headlines highlighting the "Top 30 under 30". The number of times in the last week I've asked people why they chose their profession, and the response has been "it was time to get a grown-up job" has been astounding. Slow down.
Today Sonia, her sister Lisa (on make-up), Tim (the photographer), and I weaved through an old brick building downtown full of artists' work of all kinds, Lisa got to work making us look super cool, an expression of her own creativity, and of utmost value to the shoot. I observed, amused by the sisters' lighthearted bickering while one did my make-up and the other did my hair. "Stop moving her! This is liquid liner!"
I was inspired during the shoot by the way our ideas came together and then diverged, becoming one before diverging again as Sonia and Tim and I worked together crafting different shots.
I felt like an Amazon in my crazy hair and make up, my purple tights, my strong legs.
I have never felt good after being in front of a camera before. That's why every single photo of me on Facebook is an ironic grin.
It's worth taking our time and enjoying each step.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!