I stay focused because I know what my goals are, and I know that there’s nothing else that makes sense to me. Music is exactly what I’ll be spending my life doing. Being mindful of this makes being a strict boss to myself pretty easy.
Listen to the live interview
Episode #527: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2017/10/19/episode-527-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Person Interviewing: Jordan Sleed
I stay focused because…
I know what my goals are, and I know that there’s nothing else that makes sense to me. Music is exactly what I’ll be spending my life doing. Being mindful of this makes being a strict boss to myself pretty easy. I’m my own worst critic so I never really know what the reaction will be. I try to perfect each song individually and keep my over all Album concept in mind. I can easily stay on a vocal for as long as it takes to perfect it. Things like that are really important to me and I’ve been lucky to find a awesome production partner who’s on the same page as I am.
I know what I’ve been hearing a lot from different sources recently. There’s nobody else who can make the music you’re going to make, so be clear about what you’re doing and don’t fall into the trap of trying to completely emulate another artist.
Song name: Lift My Spirits
Music Genre:: Pop, Rock
This song is about…
“Lift My Spirits” dives into a very rare and short-lived moment of thought. I wrote it at a time of high stress, and the song walks through some pretty direct imagery of the ways I’d try to take my mind off of these stressors. The refrain questions my normal thought process, which is characterized by hyper-analyzation of nearly everything. “What if it’s not all bad, and I don’t have any thoughts past that?” is a question that’s easy enough to ponder. Living in the actual feeling was so unbelievable, it caused me to write a song.
My music is…
heavily inspired by great soulful musicians like Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, John Mayer, and more. I try to learn from the passion found in something like a Donny Hathaway performance, a B.B. King solo, or a cleverly written Paul Simon lyric, and apply the same feeling to a pop-structured song of my own. Nearly everything I write comes from a place of urgency. The songs show their need to be written.
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Almost every song I’ve written begins and ends in a room (usually mine) where I have an idea that won’t leave me alone, a melody in mind, and my ukulele and/or guitar.
“Longing To Be Wrong” presents…
the unique sound I’ve spent years crafting with inspiration from the great music that still influences me. It’s representative of the fact that I love writing accessible, yet thought-provoking music.
I live in…
San Antonio, Texas. The music scene here is probably more ideal if you’re in a mariachi band and you live downtown. I have spent a few years building my reputation here, and now I play a few times a week at local restaurants, bars, parties, weddings, etc.
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