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Halfway through? 6.30.11

Posted by Sound Semantics in allie's thoughts.
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Well, today is June 30th, and you know what that means.
It’s Mike Tyson’s birthday!!

Also, we are (just about) halfway through our 2011 Song of the Week project.

Of the 25 videos in our 2011 Song of the Week playlist:
-15 are “real” videos — that is, not us sitting in front of the camera
-5 are covers, which means…
-20 are new original Sound Semantics songs!

Setting up for our first videosong, "Strongest Drug"

It’s both exciting and terrifying to think that we are only halfway through – not even, actually, we technically have one more week before we cross that line. This past month has certainly brought us to a bit of a ‘creative wall,’ as we struggle to stretch our own boundaries while still being honest–and trying to make something interesting and entertaining!

We had some questions lined up for ourselves in January, and I am still searching for the answers for most of them.

Like… Can we do this? That’s the creative/productive challenge element of course, and the answer is yes… so far. But six months is a long time, and there are another six on the way!

Or… What do people like? You know, ‘people.’ As in, ‘you’! That was the social experiment element of the project. It’s neat to watch what folks do and don’t respond to, repost, comment on or in any way seem to enjoy enough to make it known. But we definitely don’t have a real answer to this question and probably never will. Except, maybe, octopus puppets. That seems to be a sure thing. (By the way, you are also welcome to simply *tell* us what you like! ;))

And… What can we learn about ourselves, our sound, our process? The reflective element. That warrants its own blog post which will, I’m sure, be coming in 2012. I will say that sometimes it’s hard to see and accept the lessons when you are so busy planning for the next song or video. So, one thing I’ve learned is to try to s-l-o-w-d-o-w-n. Especially when it feels like you have no time to do so. It’s incredible what opportunities you can miss when you’re too busy ‘getting stuff done.’

Still from our "Blow Me A Kiss" shoot

I read blogs by other musicians, artists, friends and professionals and I really enjoy hearing about their learning process. Especially when it comes to challenging yourself. It’s encouraging to know that I (we) am/are not the only ones struggling to figure ourselves out. 🙂 If you have a story about a challenge you built for yourself, and maybe what it taught you, I’d love to hear it!

Well, happy July everybody. Here’s hoping for a creative, productive and HAPPY second half of 2011. Wow, the time flies!**

-allie

**Especially at 3am when you are trying to finish editing a video before morning and still manage to get some sleep… right Eran? 😛

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The ‘Fee 6.26.11

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If you ever had a craving for a strong cup of coffee you’ll know what this song is talking about. If you’re like Allie and have gotten to the point where you need to start drinking decaf for the safety of yourself and others… then you’ll probably enjoy this song.

We’ve been getting lots of positive feedback every time we use the Ukulele so we decided to bring it back in this ditty about jet-fuel for humans. Enjoy and share your favorite coffee story with us!

Eran

A Cappella 6.19.11

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Everybody loves a good concert, right? Well, this week we bring you a piece from the Sound Semantics Chorale. We put on our concert dress and built a choir from the ground up.

If you don’t like singing, turn around now, this week’s post is not for you. If you enjoy singing, you’ll remember this one for a while.

Sit back, take a deep breath and…Enjoy!

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