Somehow, throughout the last three months of illness here at home, I have managed to keep some music going in my life. Music is my respite. I can escape into it. It brings me peace, harmony, balance and happiness. Even if I am wallowing in the saddest of songs, it brings me comfort. I can dance around the kitchen to trance music and lose myself in the words of a country love song or the lyrics of old Ireland. I am lucky that my guitar tutor comes to me for my lessons and I have been having my vocal coaching sessions online also.
So, the story so far…
I have all the backing tracks I require in order to record seven tracks. It has been a steep learning curve so far. License agreements – the two companies I have bought my backing tracks from work very differently. One based in the UK has far superior tracks, a one off fee and job done, I can use it. The other, head office in France, has excellent backing tracks, no charges initially, I think I need 100,000 downloads from Facebook…can you imagine that…I’ll be ecstatic if I get one download from anywhere!
I’ve been practising when I can, I need to be note perfect plus I need to come in on que. I do have a habit of getting lost in the intro music and forgetting to sing. I’ve also been making a list, which is becoming a never ending list of things to do. I think of one thing which leads to another, then another and another. All things which I know little or nothing about and with being a full time carer, time is premium and these items on my to do list need to be researched fully and properly.
Mom, Dad and I decided that my “Professional” name will be Dawn McDermott Music. I already have cousins in Ireland using my surname professionally so we chose another family name for my foray into music. Last weekend I set up my Facebook Music Page
There isn’t much content yet of course and I think I mentioned before, self promotion is not my thing. After much thought about this I decided that in the end, I just have to be me. I can’t let the unknown scare me. I have no grand expectations of overnight stardom, number one on iTunes etc. I am doing what I love as my hobby and respite. I am making a few dreams come true for myself. I just want to sing the songs I love and if in turn they make people happy then that will be such a huge bonus for me.
I have also set up my Twitter Music Account. If you would like to follow me on my musical journey on either Facebook or Twitter I would love that. Thank you.
All being well, recording date is set at 22nd June and again I am fortunate in that my guitar tutor has a mobile recording studio and can come to me. My Vocal Coach will also be here and my chap has taken the day off work so that he can be here to help with Mom and Dad whilst I am recording for two hours. I would think the recording will be ready two to three weeks later and then hopefully I’ll be shooting a couple of video’s in late Summer. Even as I type this it is all unbelievable.
A very good friend for many, many years is shooting the video’s with me. He is a fabulous short film maker and this is a new project for him also and we are both really excited about this. Check out some of Mulk’s films here Mulk Raj.
And so for now, that is where I am with the music hobby/project. Still lots of research, broadcasting licenses, iTunes, Amazon Music, CD’s etc…once you start these things you realise there is a lot more to it than you originally thought. I’m just going to go with the flow and do things as and when time allows. Thank you for your support so far and I hope you will continue to support me as I travel along this path.
Pictures via Pinterest.
With love and sparkles xx