On August 19, I had shoulder surgery to repair my rotator cuff and this week I will begin physical therapy, I have heard that it is a challenging process, I am up to the task and look forward to a speedy recovery. Although having an injured shoulder has slowed me down physically; it has not challenged my spirit, my drive, or vocal chords!
This week, I will also be taking my first steps into the studio to begin the journey of recording my latest album. In preparation, there are two discoveries that encouraged my progress this week:
- The dictation tool built into my MacBook Pro. Since my primary arm (right arm) is in recovery, it is painful to type long messages, or draft emails. However, I have found that by selecting the function (fn) button twice, a microphone appears that dictates my voice. The command functions like “new line” or “Capitalize” are so easy to navigate—yes!
- An article from DIY Musician: 10 boring things you should absolutely do before you release new music. The article is a snapshot of the business items that need to be considered to assist musicians that are continuing to build and sustain life in the music industry. The two tasks that I found especially interesting are:
- (8.) Upload your album to SoundCloud as a private playlist—great option for sharing music with music industry contacts without leaking new music to the public until the release date.
- (9.) Put your songs in a sync licensing catalog— this is definitely a next step item for me. And it’s great to know that CDbaby has a sync licensing program.
The song that is motivating me through the recovery and preparation for release is “Almost There” from Princess and the Frog.
See me performing it here!