A reworking of an old track from 2003, and a heart-filled shout out to all those sowing new seeds and growing new roots this year... -AF
Day two got off to a bit of a bleary start after guitar tracking (and a bit -- well, if we're being honest, a lot -- of Mariokart) kept the crew working into the wee-hours the night before.
Having received a text from MJ letting me know that things were getting going a little later than expected, Elizabeth and I decided to grab this opportunity and try for a little sight-seeing. Knowing a holistic look at San Diego was going to be impossible, we decided to focus our efforts on La Jolla, an area we knew little about but that had been highly recommended for us to "check out". And so began the morning ritual of coffee, brisk park walk to breathe in the fresh Pacific air, sunshine to help combat jetlag, and requisite lunch of "even-more-authentic-than-Mexico" Mexican food.
SONG CLIP: "MY DEAR"
feat. MJ Kuok, Jesse Barrera, Noah Bartfield, Adam Farouk, Elizabeth Geuss, and Danny Morledge.
Music and Lyrics: MJ Kuok
Location: The JB Cave, San Diego CA
Ba-ba-badadeeda 4eva. Great vibe MJ. Glad to have been part of this.
Fantastic day of solid, rock-hard work/play. These west coasters know how to chill out. Yet still get work done. Note to self: handy trick to know.
Doesn't seem like we are going to get to see much of San Diego this trip, but the intensive studio vibe that we are all co-creating is sure not only to spark plenty of creative moments, but likely to provide ample opportunities for musical and personal growth as well. I am already feeling nervy about having to record lead vocal tracks while dealing with the effects of plane travel and mild jet lag. But something within has the sense that I, like all of us here, will rally despite whatever challenges there seem to be.
The results are in! Here's the track we'll be recording next week:
A re-work of a 2006 ballad I had written ("Monday"). This version ups the heat and will have you reliving that first childhood trip to Epcot. May it bring a smile to your day... -AF
Share and enjoy! -AF
The following is an essay written by John Payne. I came across it rather serendipitously, a chance head-turn to the left, that pointed me towards the box of leaflets containing his writings, outside his school. Funnily enough, this was after a meeting with a colleague during which we both found ourselves often getting caught in exactly the trap John writes about.
The piece touched me as not only does it speak to my past experience and ongoing journey forward as a musician, but I feel it contains in it, via metaphor, a seed of wisdom on how I, and possibly we all, might approach our lives, as times they change so quickly these days, and the things that once might have given us structure and validation no longer seem quite as relevant. Please enjoy this eloquent (yes, eloquent; it is not a dirty word ) piece that speaks from the heart:
at a glance
Adam Farouk (born April 6, 1978) is a Malaysian musician, producer, writer, and entrepreneur, currently based in the United States. He is known for his integrative approach to the creative arts, and frequently infuses his works with unlikely combinations of style, influence, and genre.
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