Rob deployed over the holidays this year, he won’t be back until after our first anniversary. We wrote this song together and recorded a little video just before he left. Thankfully, he only deploys for two months. While I’ll miss him over the holidays, I definitely feel for those families who endure longer deployments–especially those with kids.
I very much enjoy the extra time for creativity that COVID has afforded me. A silver lining in the midst of this chaotic pandemic. I’m not much of a guitar player, but this is just a little jam I wrote with a combination of electronic instruments, my Schecter Tempest Custom (apparently these are expensive now…I got the old version used!), and my Ableton Push 2.
Just a little jam I made using the Ableton Push 2 and Ableton Live 10. It’s not live-looped, just a quick video I put together of the various parts. I added a lot of post-processing automation, filter/resonance sweeps, layering, etc. Just trying to find fun creative outlets during the COVID-19 pandemic 🙂
This was my first attempt at a live-looping jam on the Ableton Push 2 in Ableton Live 10. I have a lot to learn, but the Push 2 is a really fun way to be creative with electronic music without having to spend as much time staring at the computer. I really like that I can browse midi instruments, adjust their parameters, add and edit effects, and record/loop/arrange all without using a mouse!
It’s been a long lockdown. The inability to hang out with friends during this COVID-19 pandemic has been a drag on all of us! Finally getting outside to safely play together was a blast! And my husband Rob just got a DJI Mavic Air 2 drone to play with, so he was learning to fly it while we played pickle ball!
Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak was one of my favorite books as a kid. It’s about a boy who would only say “I don’t care” in response to everything his parents said to him until…well, I don’t want too many spoilers here!
Stuck at home here in Philadelphia during these strange coronavirus days–when I’m not working in the emergency department–Rob and I have found ourselves with a lot of downtime. We decided to do a reading of Pierre with accompanying music (playing with my Ableton Push) for our nieces and nephews!
After finishing it, I was curious about the author, Maurice Sendak, and googled him. Apparently he was a prolific author and illustrator who passed away in 2012, leaving a wealth of work as his legacy. Interestingly, I found out he was also gay and lived with his partner from 1957 to 2007 when his partner passed away. It felt like a nice connection for Rob and I to have enjoyed and participated in his story.