We live in an extraordinary time in human history.
There’s a war going on, and you probably never even realized it was happening.
The war is taking place on an intangible battlefield called your mind. The stakes are what you’ll accept as true and what you’ll believe is false. Your main weapon in this fight is research and your main source of protection is knowledge. Believe it, or not, your beliefs are a valuable commodity in this world, and there are people willing to fight and die a real death to make sure your beliefs line up a certain way.
Me? I just want you to believe whatever it is you came to believe on your own, without someone encouraging you to believe something one way or the other. I just want your beliefs and ideas to be truly yours, not someone else’s.
A long time ago, Oscar Wilde said:
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
Before we get deep down into the gritty nitty meat and bones of this article, I’d like to get a few things out of the way:
I live in the United States. I was born here and I will more than likely die here. Since I turned eighteen years-old (legal voting age in the US) I’ve been registered in two political parties. I’ve been a registered Democrat and I registered for Ross Perot’s United We Stand America when it was active. However, I’ve spent most of my adult life registered as an independent voter, as I am today.
Until the last election, I hadn’t voted for anyone or anything since 1999. Once I saw how badly rigged our system is during Bush vs. Gore, I gave up. I mean, after all, if my vote gets negated because the Supreme Court appoints the president, then what’s the point?
This is your learning experience. Are you enjoying it?
You’re supposed to be. Believe it or else, this life is supposed to be fun.
Maybe there are some things standing in your way. A belief system, or two, may be blocking your path. Maybe you feel as though you’re incapable of being content.
Through some experiences I’ve had, that, for brevity’s sake, I won’t go into here, suffice to say, I’ve had communication with people I’ve known and loved who have died.
Anyway – what I’m getting at is – after your demise, after you die out of this world, when you enter the next stage of this conscious level of existence, you arrive complete with baggage you spent a lifetime packing and probably didn’t even realize it.
I’m planning on releasing an EP this year. I’ve been working VERY hard on it, actually.
I’ve been wanting to do this for years. I work for the US Government, I had a three day weekend this past weekend, so I took the opportunity to clear out the closet in my studio room and using about $400 USD, I converted it into a highly functional vocal booth.
Basically, once the closet was cleared, I hung a big box of twenty-four 2″ x 12″ x 12″, and some 2″ x 24″ x 24″ Ultimate Acoustics foam I purchased from Guitar Center.
I ran a 25′ XLR cable from my patchbay into the booth.
I placed a mic stand in there. I’ve been trying out different mics, the one pictured is an MXL CR77 (my favorite for my voice).