For my second #DesignThyself project, I will be rebooting my musical practice. Given my teaching and consulting work, I haven’t had as much time as I have wanted to practice, write, and produce music. I have decided to make music the first thing I do every morning, or the last thing I do before bed. I will be blogging my process here on my blog.
Starting this morning, instead of checking my email as the first thing I do when I wake up, I instead spent 20 minutes practicing ukulele and singing. I worked on Hallelujah and Peace Love and Understanding.
Hologram, directed by XELLE’s producer, Zach Adam and written by Zach Adam and XELLE, is the longest music video of all time and the first true choose-your-own-adventure, fully interactive music video on YouTube. It features 7 celebrity cameos, zombies, boobie traps, and boobies.
I got myself a Korean tutor. We are meeting next Monday! I’ll keep everyone posted, but I think I should have enlisted help much sooner.
I’ve made it halfway through Level 2 of Talk to Me in Korean. I’m continuing my Gangnam Style infinite repeat loops on my commutes to and from Staten Island. I think it’s starting to gel and enter my brain through my subconsciousness.
First, some video inspiration of other folk’s renditions of Gangnam Style:
This week, I have tweaked my routine to focus more on learning the lyrics to Gangnam Style. It’s my first week teaching at the College of Staten Island, so now I have a long-ish commute to SI from Manhattan twice a week. I have devoted this commute time to Gangnam-style meditation. Gangnam Style on repeat, over and over again. On the ferry, and then on the bus, all the way to school. After a few times, I end up in a trance. Just today, I caught myself mouthing the lyrics to a verse I didn’t even think I knew. Something is working. Maybe some more deliberate practice will help, but since I have nothing better to do during the commute, why not get into a Gangnam trance?