The weather is perfection out here on Dia's balcony . Perfect breeze. Perfect sunshine. Perfect smells from the Eucalyptus Tree leaves below. As much as I am missing Chandler and my "mad scientist" robot workshop back home, a blazing 107 degree autumn day is not something I'm looking forward to returning to. (Hopefully Austin has cooled down a bit while I've been gone.)
Dia, Nick, Hannah, and I are traveling to San Diego this evening to watch a Dawes show. You can learn more about this band HERE. Nick and I first saw Dawes play in Austin a few months back. I haven't been moved by music like that in a long time. I'm excited to be inspired tonight. I plan to attend more live shows when I return to Austin. I live in the live music capital of the country, and I've hardly taken advantage of my city so far.
I also plan on playing music with a lot more musicians back home. True, I don't know many yet. Mostly I've played it pretty low key, designing and making robots mostly in my casa, but being out in L.A. has really inspired me to dive into live music a little more and to learn as much as I can from other artists.
I met a guitarist yesterday (the studio musician who played on a song I wrote for Dia's record). I asked him if he might be interested in teaching. I was surprised by his reply. He was almost offended I had asked and said,
"Becoming a teacher is the death of a musician. I don't know enough of that theory stuff to teach. Besides, you can't teach a person style and feel. You can't learn that from someone else either. You can practice and practice in your room all day, but once you get out on a stage somewhere, all that practicing goes out the window. It's really important to play with people all the time."
Remember this was coming from one of the most amazing musicians I have come by. It's interesting to note that all of the incredible professional studio musicians I have met thus far have never taken a lesson.
Aside from tracking guitar parts and song writing, I've also been involved in the production process on a track or two on Dia's record. I'm always a little timid offering my humble suggestions to the professionals, but so far the producers have always taken my musical opinions into consideration. I have been picking the brains of these producers and am so grateful to hear their advice and learn from their decades of experience.
I will be here for a week and a couple more days. Immediately when I get home, I will get my hands good and dirty with polymer clay and whip up a "Dia Bot" like ya'll have never seen before! A lot of the pieces that you might have noticed are not currently in my shop will be put back up. I'm finalizing my Alarm Clock Earrings. They will be released this month as well. And then, what do you know, it's right on into November's "First Thursday" piece.
If anyone is curious at all about what I've been up to out here, or if you have any questions about music or the recording process, I would love to offer my answers. Also, if you have any questions about Chandler the Robot feel free to ask:) Can't wait to get back.