I chose this SIPS project because I have a deep and devout passion for music. All I want in my entire life is to write music and become a great musician. I wanted to show people that you can, indeed, pursue your dreams, however impossible they may seem. The chances of succeeding and becoming the best are well below 1%, but that is where you come in. In order to be the best and to accomplish your life goals, you have to go that extra mile, you have to make sacrifices, and you have to put every ounce of your being into accomplishing that goal. In order to become the best, you must first be the best you can be. I hope that anyone who has those crazy dreams can find inspiration from this project.
Most of the work for this project was done at Brandon’s house and at school. We both put in many, many hours, and it was very much worth every second of it. Brandon was the only person in this project, so he helped me with everything.
The hardest part of our project was recording actual songs. It is exhausting in all aspects; mentally, emotionally, and physically. But we worked through it, take after take. Although we didn’t get around to recording any of my songs due to lack of time, Brandon recorded nearly all of the songs he wanted to record. The only way we worked through the monotonous hours of recording was to get right down and do it, take by take.
The biggest success in this project was the phenomenal increase in my ability to write music. I got it down to a routine, cut out my flaws, and streamlined the mental process. Although it took me a long while to figure it out, I found my biggest mistake was trying to fit too many ideas in one song. But the success came when I worked past that. It definitely made me feel amazing to know how far I’ve come.
I learned that however much of an independent worker, thinker, and writer I am, things can get done a whole lot faster with teamwork. This was definitely something that I have struggled with for a while, but after being able to sit down and write a song with Brandon in anytime between half an hour to no more than 10 minutes, I have definitely been enlightened to the amazing productivity of multiple minds. This is a skill I will continually use throughout my life and my career.
I was able to attend the SIPS showcase. I was very inspired by certain projects and they really made me contemplate working on things that matter to me and things that (however hard or boring they may be) benefit my whole life, work ethic, overall character, and experience.