So I didn't catch up at all last weekend, and it's been another pretty intense (but not nearly as intense as the last one) concert week since then.
I actually skipped Queens of the Stone Age last Sunday, because the weather was great, the crowd was thus potentially huge (at least 14,000 interested on FB), and I was feeling... kinda tired! I had no other dues in the city either so taking that train back and forth - as I do all work days of the week - didn't feel very tempting. Tried getting stuff done instead. Right...
This week it's been Beck, Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather and Hurula. They were all fantastic, and most so Beck - who wasn't actually from Sweden at all, as I thought, but from California!
Apparently they felt right at home (him and the band) with the heatwave we currently have over here too. Or had this week - it's raining now.
I didn't catch up at all this weekend either, and tomorrow it's a three day straight of work and concerts again. Full steam ahead.
I've been at two restaurants this week, first Hälsocafeet by Bysistorget, where I tried a Knivsöder (AKA Knife South) - named after the area with its bloody past. Glass noodles and mango. Delicious. Then I went to Burger King, and didn't forget the gluten-free bread this time. It still wasn't great, but burgers + bread is definitely a better combination than just burgers.
Actually that's no combination at all is it.
What else? Oh sign this! ASAP! Been meaning to post it for a while now. It's real important stuff. Really. Censorship. Future of the Internet. That stuff.
Renaine was finally funded a while ago too, yay (the last Kickstarter failed), and I've been doing a voice acting thing. It's a bit bigger a project this time. I stayed up way too late taking way too many takes the first day, but they were received pretty well, so that was great. Hyped to hear the results.
Stayed up till two the night after helping my nephew write an integrity policy for that company he just started too - that had to be done before he began casting the next day. He was pressing up posters and stuff too. Not sure he slept at all. Busy nights - but the weekend's been great after that.
I recorded something real fast for today (reminds me I've got to fix the player interface - it broke with a recent update, but you can still play):
Lyrics are here (you might need them ;). Hope y'all had a good weekend! And see you in a few.
Earlier this year, about ten weeks in, I thought I'd try recording ten of these weekly verses in one swoop.
I promised then that I'd give it another try when I reached twenty... and I did, I think. I'm not sure how it went though, or where I have the recording, but as the year slowly came to an end I thought: why not record everything in one swoop? All 52 verses back to back, as only a lyrical master might be able to! Right. Yeah. It seemed like a good idea at the time...
As it turns out managing a full two hours of recordings in one session was a bit much even for me (more like especially for me), so I split up my verses in two batches: up until summer, and everything after that.
They're both about forty minutes long, fast-paced, ferocious, with occasional freestyles and... full of flaws. That's what happens when you attempt such a thing in a single take... but I am pretty proud of the results regardless! I did it. It didn't turn out perfect, but it was fun, good practice, and it feels like a great way to conclude both year and project!
I uploaded the earlier batch completely unmodified, but this time I've at least compressed and normalized the tracks a bit, so they hopefully match the sound levels of all the other recordings for the year. If you ever feel like playing all of them back to back these are the last two: 53 and 54. ;)
It's been a long year! Some weeks were fun, others not so much, but I'm happy with the consistent outlet (and put) of creative verse this project provided. They were longer at the start of the year, during summer, and during the end of it, but some of my favorite pieces are the shortest ones, too. If you're looking for one favorite I think Week 27 is the one I like most. Maybe because I was in a special place when I wrote it, or because it makes me feel like I can actually sing, a little... there's also Week 50. Keep in mind there is no autotune or similar being used here. I know it's not perfect, but it's all natural, and I feel like I'm getting better.
Actually there's a lot of other ones I like too. I'd better not get into it too much. Feel free to browse through the year that's been and see which ones you like more than others, and don't forget to leave a comment. ;)
Without further ado here's the final two-take session of Project 2017 verses, recorded on the last two days of the year. First verse 1-27...
...and then 28-52, microphoned in right before the fireworks struck the sky!
That's all for 2017, and for this year there is no project. I've kept it going in varied forms for a few years now, but I feel like it's time to take a break from that routine: to seek new perspectives, priorities, and purpose with my craft, though there'll still be plenty of creativity and craft on the blog!
May the New Year be full of good things, growth, and new opportunity!
Time for another 10,000 words of old and unposted ponderings! A massive mash-up of drafts, blurbs, and other irrelevant content all-in-one!
I've had this draft lying around for well over a year now, packed with way older drafts. Finally took some time to go through it, revise it, and here it is now: still as irrelevant as ever! Or unsuitable. Or unimpressive.
Rather than throw away surplus words of topics no longer of context or quality however, I like to collect them in posts like this. So if You feel like reading a creative, potentially somewhat interesting batch of very varied decree, here's your chance.
If not: don't mind this. Look around and I'm sure you'll find better, newer things. For the few who wish to view, without further ado, to you...