Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Music Business Conference


... sorry ='(

I know I haven't posted a blog entry in forever, I guess things have gotten a bit busy. AND I WAS out of town for 4 days.. Although, I DID bring my laptop so, I guess that's no excuse. :P

What have I got to say for myself?...
Hmm. well let's see. . . 

I went up island to Comox for the Music Business Conference. The original plan was to play at the Youth Showcase, which was held at Joe's Garage..

Judging by the picture above I assume that YOU assumed, that I did in fact play at the showcase. That was all that was involved in the original plan. In the new plan, turns out that all the performers get in the Conference for free. (The conference costed A LOT) So, of course we went..

and it was awesome! =) I learned SO much! Everything from singing tips, songwriting tips, inside scoops on the music biz, how to get your music heard, how to market yourself on the web, the list goes on.. It was really neat how the conference worked as well. It wasn't structured like you'd think it would have been. It was literally, all the "speakers" introducing themselves at the beginning and then getting right into questions from the audience. That was what all the conference's were. Like, I'm so and so and I specialize in booking tours, what do you want to know? It was really open. And that made it interesting and fun. 
I really enjoyed it. =]

I also met a lot of very cool people :) ...

So there's a good summary of my time spent at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference. To see even more photo's of those four days go to my website www.karlysummers.com

It's 12:12 AM, so I think it's safe to call it quits for tonight.

Ttys .. maybe =P

-Karly Summers <3

Thursday, June 18, 2009

You'll Never Know... unless you sign up for my Mailing List! =P

I suppose it's about that time again, Blog entry time!
I'm writing less now because 1) I never finish what I start (which is why my music is a miracle), and 2) I bought a Journal, a REAL one for myself. To write more, personal, stuff. 
I mean, for some things I have to draw the line of posting it for anyone to see. 

Sorry ;)

So, today me and my dad finished recording the vocals for this new song I'm working on called You'll Never Know. I'm REALLY excited about it. It's the first song ever that I have produced fully myself using Garageband and actually done something with. Like taking it to my dad and having him mix it and then singing the lead and harmony vocals, and VIOLA! Creating a kick ass song! =D I can't wait for it to be done. My dad's just downstairs now finishing the mix, and then maybe in a couple of days I can post it up on my website, that'll get people to visit it hopefully, haha. ;) OH! Maybe I'll bribe people with it to get them to sign up for my e-mail list.


10 minutes later..

C= !!!!! =D =D =D x a trillion!!!!

So, my dad called me downstairs to listen to the final mix, and HOLY CRAP IT'S FRIGGEN AMAZING!!!!! =D =D

I am dazzled, i am SOOO excited for you guys to here it! I'm ELATED!

& those of you who ARE on my e-mail list will be the first to hear it,
so now's a good time to sign up! :D:D:D:D:D


- an extremely happy Karly. =D

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's Been Too Many

I wrote a song. 


It's a short song. 
It's only about 2 minutes long. 

I wrote it two nights ago.
It's about ... well it's about, someone.

Pretty much all of my songs are about "someone."
And by that, I don't mean about the same someone. That would be just a LITTLE obsessive. =P

Songs are how I express my feelings.
Each song of mine expresses a different feeling and state of mind. A different mood, opinion, point of view. And being an adolescent, they change quite frequently. 

My songs are also story's. 
Story's of my life.

It's a great way to keep track of it. ;)

So here's the most current "feeling/state of mind/mood/opinion/point of view/story" that's turned into a song.

Oh and also, usually for me, the most intense emotions get turned into songs. 
For example, I'm not gonna write a song about how I feel about pop corn. It has to be something that eats me up inside, or makes me extremely excited. Something that has a big impact on my character, and me as a person.

Anyway, no further delay.

It's been too Many.

Its been too many years

Its been too many days

Its been too many ways to avoid you I'd say.

It's been too many months

It's been too many awkward moments

It's been too many erase the past and start again

, my friend.

It's been too many grades

It's been too many stages in our lives

It's been too many times that I've ever felt criticized. 

It's been to many holding back

It's been to many words I've lacked

It's been to many times when I've looked at you

, and you don't have a clue.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

"Things are never how I imagine them to be."

Today was the "big" Garage Sale. It didn't turn out exactly as I imagined it, but then again nothing really does. I always imagine things bigger and better then they actually are. For example, my gig's. If it's supposed to be in a hotel or something that's fancy, I always picture it way bigger than it turns out to be.

Which, I find to be a relief when it doesn't meet my expectations, because I still get nervous. I think I'm just a nervous person. Can't help it. But, I suppose in a way I can, I think I'm getting better at performing the more I do it. I want to perform as much as possible. Tonight I had a gig at the Grand Pacific Hotel, it was nice and easy- just two songs, but boy, was I nervous. I always am before such a formal event, but every time as soon as I get going on stage I relax. Thank god, if I didn't I wouldn't know what to do with myself. In less words, I think I'd be screwed.

Anyway, today was indeed the Garage Sale, and as I said, it was different then what I imagined. I imagined a bright, warm and sunny day with lots of people looking at all of our items and familiar faces stopping by to say hello. 

With, background music playing, up-beat summery tunes like "Summer of '69" and "All Summer Long," when I wasn't up on the little platform of a stage slamming on my beautiful Takamine guitar. - It wasn't like that. The weather was cold with overcast as for as the eye can see, and it was trying to rain from 9 AM on. A decent amount of people showed up, but not many familiar faces- at least not the faces I expected. (thanks to everyone who did show up :) And there was no music playing, I did bring out my guitar for a bit because I had to stretch out my new E string my dad replaced for the Father's and Daughter's Dance. All in all, the Garage Sale wasn't how I pictured it, but it was still fun. My neighbors are great people and I have a lot of fun with them. =) 

We sold a good majority of our stuff, and got rid of the rest without having to drive to the Salvation Army, which was a bonus. I made about $40 from my stuff, and my mum made like $300. I know! I much prefer busking as a way to come up with cash, haha. It's MUCH more effective. ;)
Now, being after the Garage Sale, I'm left with about a half less dense room, still was stuff from the closet on the floor, from going through everything. I went through my entire room last night. Took me from when I got home from school, around 3 o'clock to 12:30 AM. THAT'S A LONG TIME, and A LOT of stuff! I've been meaning to go through my room though, I just never thought I'd do it in one afternoon. One half a day. CRAZINESS. 

So that was the story of today. The Garage Sale was a success, just a different success than how I imagined, and the Father's and Daughter's Dance went well, despite my level of nervousness beforehand. 

Now, as for the rest of the day, my job's are to put all of my belonging's I took out when preparing for the Garage Sale back where they should be, to update my website with Performance pictures and then COLLAPSE.

See yah!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's easy to fall off the ban wagon.

Why hellooo fellow bloggers! -actually, hello mostly non- bloggers. 
I think the majority of people who read my blog don't have blogs of their own. But, I highly recommend it. It's a great hobby, and it makes you more... involved in your life, more... aware of everything that you might not be as aware of if you didn't write that they happened every day. It makes you sharper. ;) 
BUT, it is easy to fall off the ban wagon once you've been riding it for a week or so. =P
Although, that could just be me. Besides music, most things I try for a while and I think I'm doing good until about a week or two and then I just end up stopping abruptly. Like, with my blogging for instance. I think I was blogging for a good couple of weeks (maybe a week and a half..) and then like lots of other things I just stopped. Which detours me quite a bit, because I'm a perfectionist and since I stopped writing entry's for a week I have this big empty space in the middle of my "daily posts" that annoys me so. >_<
..It was looking so pretty for a while there, lol.

But anyway, I'm back now and I guess that's all that matters in the scheme of things. 
I only have two more tests to do for catching up in school, those last pesky little Chemistry things. I'm planning on writing one this week and one next week on Tuesday- deadlines Wednesday. I'm cutting it close, I know. It's what I always do. 
After I'm finished those, are really somewhere more in between them I'll be working on doing a crap load of PE assignments. FUN. O.O I think the whole thing is really ridiculous. It kind of makes me mad, but I'm just gonna whip through them, finish them quickly (and hopefully painlessly) and be done with it all.
Now, after THAT I will be done. ^_^ ahhh, It'll be so blissful. 
Except for of course, when exams roll around which is right around the corner. AYIYI! =o
But, I'm not to worried anymore, in Math at least, I know that even if I fail the exam I still pass the course. Which makes me EXTREMELY relieved and content. =)

Lately, it's been summer weather, and I've probably mentioned in the past that I couldn't wait for it to finally come, and don't get me wrong I love it. It's beautiful, but man, this is some dang hot weather! I don't remember it being this hot this soon last year. But that could be just because time is flying by, it doesn't feel like it's almost summer- but indeed it is!
Which makes me very happy to think about, but also very stressed. (because of all the things needed to be done before then). But as my brother would say "Don't worry, everything will work out. It's fiine, it's great! It all works out in the end!" lol, and well, he's pretty much right. 
I need people like that in my life, reassuring me 24/7. If I didn't I'd probably go insane. 

Well, time for dinner and time for me to end my big giant rant. 
thanks for listening, well reading this far. ;)

Till next time
-Q (my mum calls me that).