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I feel like most of my past year has been moving exactly six weeks at a time.
6 weeks from a breakup to graduation.
6 weeks from graduation to starting my summer job.
6 weeks of that job.
6 weeks until I moved to Chicago.
6 weeks in Chicago.
6 weeks home.
6 weeks making pizza in Portland.
6 weeks making tacos.
And now, I'm finishing my last week of working in a warehouse. I was hired for 6 weeks, and told I could stay longer if I wanted to. The head of HR (a 23 year old girl who brings the weed for the post-work smoke-a-thon in the parking lot) took me aside the other day and said that if it is at all possible, I should start finding a new job. Fast.
I guess this company has been on the verge of collapse for about a year now, mostly due to the fact that my boss is a tremendous fucking tool with little to no ability to listen to others. In a week or so, 5 of the 8 employees are going to confront him with a list of demands, and if he doesn't accept, they are all quitting. Either way, not something I want to stay around and see.
But tomorrow, I have a very exciting interview with a leather-working company. I sent them my sewing portfolio, and they were really impressed. In a few weeks, I might be getting paid to sew, which would be incredible. The good thing is, I wouldn't be working with a machine all day, I'd be doing hand sewing, and probably getting cross-trained on firebranding and construction. This would be the first time in a year or so that I would actually be doing work that I like, and it pays better than any job I've had before.
Here's hoping it lasts more than 6 weeks.
EDIT: Oh, and I made a Canjo!
Kanye interview from 2013, mostly on J Dilla and the intersection of fashion and music.
Questlove on the challenges of drumming for D'angelo
Young Guru on the business of engineering and drawing inspiration from places outside of music (truly horrendous interviewer, sensing a pattern)
Thank you TNG, I really appreciate your support.
Because I am an insane person, I am already starting to write the next album. It's going to be called "Jericho", and the key idea I'm focusing on is "precision" (point of information: the key idea for this past album was "constant forward motion"). I'm thinking of actually notating the entire thing before recording just to really nail the composition down and focus on perfect performance.
I'm happy with the album itself, but I'm honestly most excited about just having a first major project done. I feel a lot less pressure on whatever the next thing is now, and I finally have recent music to send to people for gigs and stuff.
Sad to hear that you won't get to record anytime soon, but just think of what you'll make when you finally have the time to record again!
THINGS I MADE THIS WEEK
A guitar made from stuff I was planning on throwing out. I'm in the process of moving right now, which always makes me think about the stuff I've got and the stuff I want to get rid of. I'm trying to not throw anything away this time (except for, y'know, trash), and just repurpose as much stuff as I can.
I've also started volunteering at a salvage shop that fixes up furniture / instruments / all kinds of weird goodies that people find at the dump. It's been nice to get my hands dirty, and I'll probably be getting most of my furniture for my new place from them.
Cardboard self-portrait made on break at work. Thought it was fun.
I agree that you should take the job, but I will say this: 5 months is a lot of time to be on your own in new places surrounded only by strangers. You seem to be much more of a natural-born traveller than I am though, so this may be less of a consideration, but I know that that would be what would really start to wear me down. Even just the 3 weeks I spent hopping around Europe last year made me wish I could just stay in one place for a few weeks and grow some roots.
The job sounds great though, and it seems like it would be a perfect fit for you.
Would it rank at about the same level as a non-cheese burger?
<3 glad you like it!
Yeah, I decided to have Helen be the featured song rather than The Tempest just because I feel it's more indicative of the album as a whole.
Yeah, probably in a month or two. I think I'm going to have a pretty different sound when it comes time to do my second album, so I think I'll just put them out as is on an EP now and start fresh for the next big project.