At what point do you give up or give in?
I’m not the type to give up so easily—on anything. It probably doesn’t help that I’m a perfectionist and I like to follow through as much as I can while having things as close as possible to what I want. And if there’s a problem or obstacle, I see it as a challenge. Even with the most mundane of things like cooking a perfect poached egg in the microwave, a big check in the...
Lines and boxes. Colouring inside and out.
A few years ago as I was graduating, our instructor gave everyone a few parting words. He said to me that I needed to learn to colour inside the lines once in a while. At that time, I didn’t really know what he meant. I didn’t think my work or ideas were all that crazy. In fact, I thought they were quite the opposite. It wasn’t really my ideas he was talking about, it was me as...
Less is more
Last night, I had a discussion about music arrangement and approaches to songwriting. Everybody has their own styles and ways of doing it. Oftentimes, I would have the melody and music but no lyrics. But I have found that when I do write both concurrently, those almost always sound better. Or rather, I’d perform them better because I feel a stronger connection between the words and music. ...
I'm not perfect, and that's perfectly okay
I made a conscious decision long ago that I will not use any auto-tune on my vocals. If I’m badly out of tune, I’ll just sing the line again. Nowadays, music is saturated with it. Everyone uses it to make their vocals sound “perfect.” And it’s all too perfect if you ask me. It’s the same reason why I can’t listen to any songs from “Glee” and...