I set out to write a song about Santa and his magic. My coworker, Krystal, at the time told me that if I wrote a song called Santa’s Magic it sounded dirty. I was shocked, and appalled and immediately agreed. So later that day I came home from work and sat on my couch with my guitar. Within 30 minutes I had the song called, Magic of Santa. What may surprise you, is I wrote this song in 2017!!!! Why did it take 4 years to release it? Great question. I wanted to give this song justice and I wanted to have a studio recording of it, not my home computer and closet “studio” of my <$100 microphone.
So in 2019 I set out to become debt free! As of October 2021 – my only debt is my mortgage!!!! WOOHOO. All that money that I was using to pay off my debt, I was able to afford a studio recording with a professional engineer.
I love Santa and, yes I still believe!
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I am so excited! My first ever full Album – “The Start” was released on Friday, May 28th and now I can start focusing recording my Christmas Album – “Christmas is Coming”! But the stark difference in what you’ll hear is that The Start was entirely recorded in my car! Yes, with an Akai MK3 mini and a USB microphone on my Acer Laptop. With the help of some awesome plugins on my Mixcraft9 DAW i was able to recreate the sound of an acoustic guitar. But with my Christmas Album, I want to give it something a little more special, so I’m going to do all the vocals in my Closet Studio! Which I wrote about here.
My hubby FINALLY ordered his standing desk and this weekend I’m moving in to my old Desk and it’s going in the closet! And yes, my clothes will still be in there so I need to get organized! Here’s what I’m going to be ordering from AMAZON!:
I really want to have a felt letter board so I can put up encouraging and humorous phrases to brighten my day, quotes like,
And then there’s the clothes! I have a lot of clothes, so I need to save space. earlier this year I did a HUGE closet refresh where I gave away TONS of clothes I haven’t worn in years, sized out of or just plain didn’t like! In January I watched a video by Clutterbug on YouTube and she said, “Only keep the clothes that you feel good in now”. So I did and man it felt great! If I’m being honest I really want to make my way to having a minimalist closet
Okay, so no that we have dealt with the clothing and accessories, it’s time to build out my STUDIO! I’m going to need Studio Monitors for one thing! I’ve never owned theses – and every time I’ve researched DIY home studio, home studios, mobile studios the number one thing everyone keeps mentioning is monitors! so, this is will be my First Purchase once the desk is actually in my closet! I plan to start off with an entry level, budget friendly option and get these PreSonos monitors:
And…because I live in a condo and I have neighbors, I’m need to start SOUNDPROOFING the area! yes, the clothes will help but I’m going to need some foam for the monitors and then I’m going to need some of the Bass Traps for the corners of the closet that are part of the shared wall.
I currently have a fantastic microphone that I love, but after reading reviews and watching tutorials, I think I’m going to upgrade to the Audio-Technica Condenser microphone
Now that I am becoming my own producer and need to be able to not only record music but to mix and master it, I’m gonna need some more space for all those Plugins and VSTs! This External SSD Drive, it’s 1 TB, cute, portable and highly reviewed!
So what do you think? Am I missing anything for my home recording studio? let me know! I’ll take pictures of before and after and let you guys see what all this gear looks like once it’s complete! I cannot wait!
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Coming soon! My first EVER EP – Music Album – will be released on May 28th! More info to come. My album will have songs about the Pandemic, about Starting, a Beautiful home, a sad goodbye and a maybe a few more!
Originally I was planning on releasing this album with the audio pulled from my YouTube Videos, but while planning everything for release – I started writing new songs and working really hard layering instruments and now my album will have all NEW songs! And I am honestly, really excited about it.
I have designed a number of Cover Art Options and I think I have narrowed it down to my favorite – but let me know what your favorite it:
So tell me: Which one would you like to see as my Album Cover?
I have a dream – and you may already know it, but my dream is to record and release my very own Christmas Album THIS YEAR! over the past 3 years I have written a few songs and have had a pianist from Israel record the piano tracks for me, and I absolutely love his talent.
I plan to update you all on my progress, but I wont’ be putting much Blogs on it, so I encourage you to JOIN MY EMAIL LIST so I can update you there!