Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Not a Fluke.

You didn't think I was coming back, did you? INCORRECT. Here I am. Victory!

The last few days in the studio have been awesome/challenging/scary/slobbery. Sounds exhausting, doesn't it? It is.

Awesome: Heading to write and record every morning instead of heading to work! If only Ashlynd were in the studio all day everyday with me it'd be bliss. Miss that girl. Anyways. Hearing tracks I've had bouncing around in my brains for months being played through speakers after the incredibly talented Aaron Edson has made those ideas reality? Double awesome.

Challenging: Realizing that my ideas aren't as complete as I thought. Collaborating is hard stuff, people!! God gave me lots of gifts, but playing instruments is NOT one of them. This means that I have to verbally communicate my ideas to my producer which - luckily for me - typically works out just fine (choosing a producer who understands you is KEY)...but what happens when I can't seem to communicate what's in my head to him..?? That's when things get tricky. Dr Pepper comes in handy during these moments.

Scary: Some of you may not know the premise of this project (I'll post about it soon in more detail). This album is ultimately about my experiences with God and faith in the context of my family, trials, and the past couple years with my sweet Mom. Because all of those things are incredibly personal and intimate, I sometimes get nervous thinking about exposing myself to critiques by making a record about them. Everybody has an opinion, right?? Not all opinions are very kind. I've definitely felt more responsible for the weight of my words over the past weeks as I've started to realize that anyone who makes an album must feel like that record is their baby...a piece of themselves. I was talking to Nikki about those feelings a couple days ago and she started singing, "And I feel like I'm naked in front of a crowd...cuz these words are my diary screaming out loud...and I know that you'll use them however you want to." What a brilliantly perfect line. Brilliantly perfect and terrifying. Scary stuff.

Slobbery: I got to hang out with Molly in the studio on Monday. Molly is a lab mixed with...something? Ooh dear I fell in love with her pretty much immediately. I got a little choked up when she put her head in my lap and wanted some love. I miss Tucker and Lou SO much! Geeeez those dogs and their beards! I can't wait to see them soon.

In other news, I was up freakishly late last night stressing out over things that are completely and totally out of my control (why do I do that??) which means I'm absurdly tired right now. Studio in the morning! We're tracking two new songs...wish me luck!

xo love loves


Nikki Nielsen said...

good luck! can't wait to hear some of these gems!

Lissy said...

So so excited for you! It is awesome when people can follow their dreams and pursue their talents, and you are mighty talented! :) I can't wait to hear your stuff!

RheaFred said...

Hang in there sweetie. You CAN do it!!!because you have the music in you. I've heard it come out since the day you were born. Love ya lots!!! Grandma

Christy said...

You are so amazing Calee! I'm so excited that you are doing this... you are going to bless so many people with your awesome talent!

Jessica said...

Can't wait to hear your album! So excited for you!

Jennifer said...

I haven't been on your blog since January...not that you guys were writing on it anyway...but today I was feeling strong and was curious, so decided to catch up and see if you had glad you had. I enjoyed reading about your project. I expect a signed copy!

I also wanted to say thank you so much for coming to the concert in SLC. I was really proud to have you all there.

My precious necklace is such a will be one of my "forever" treasures. Words aren't enough to express how happy I was to get one. Thank you!

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