Creating an Experience through Music
Wow, 2019 has been such a big year of growth and a lot of cool things have happened. What I love most about this year is that many of the goals that I set out to accomplish are well on their way towards completion. That's exciting to me because I never really sat down and planned out yearly goals before, although I should have.
The first thing that really took off this year was this blog. I am extremely excited to be able to use this platform to share my experiences and to connect with people from all over the world. From the initial process of coming up with a name, to designing this website, to creating content, this whole experience has been nothing short of amazing! Most importantly, it's because of people like you who support me by reading my blogs and interacting with the page that make this possible for me to do this. For that, I am incredibly thankful for you!
Brookable was a goal that I have wanted to accomplish for many years and I am so glad that 2019 was the year to kick it all off. But, what's next? I'm glad you asked.
If you haven't heard yet, I began my musical journey last month! Under the name Brookelyn Theory, I have decided to finally publish my music for the world to hear. It took a long time coming, but I am so exciting for this next chapter and I hope that you enjoy it as well!
For years I had the dream to become a music producer and to create music for a living. I had all of these plans to go to college and then move on to a studio, eventually owning my own music studio later on down the road. After graduation, however, life took a turn onto a different highway. I moved back home and got a job that was not in music. Although it was not my original plan, it has helped me grow personally and has given me many opportunities to learn new things such as social marketing and content creation.
There were times where I really doubted the course of my life because I wasn't doing what I dreamed about doing. I wasn't sitting in a studio, surrounded by super talented musicians creating great music. No, I was working a desk job. But here's the thing. I've learned to never devalue the opportunity of having a desk job. Sure it might not be exactly what I've pictured myself doing, but sometimes the greatest learning experiences and opportunities come through desk jobs, or similar jobs. The key is to take every opportunity to see how these situations can positively impact your life and how you can grow personally, and professionally.
So, where am I going with this? Fast forward a year after graduation and I'm still at my desk job. Okay, we've already been over this. What was stopping me from still creating music? My own self. After all of this time, I have been waiting for the right moment, the right equipment, and the right direction before I would publish my music. The sad thing is, there will never be the "perfect time" for anything. We spend all of our lives waiting for the right moment, and we often miss out on life because we're waiting for moments when we should be going after them.
What do I mean? Simply put, why wait for the perfect moment when any time is the best time? And that's what I decided to do.
It all started with a name. I decided that in order to put out music I should first have a name. After trial and error, and making sure nothing wasn't already copyrighted, I chose the name Brookelyn Theory. Brookelyn is a hybrid of my first and middle name, and it is also a nickname several people have for me which makes it perfect. Theory is simply tied to music theory. So, I chose Brookelyn Theory and created a logo through Tailor Brands (NOT SPONSORED).
Next came setting up a SoundCloud and Instagram so that I can publish and promote my work. This was the easy part because I had already made accounts for my music portfolio while I was in school. All I had to do was change the name and voila!
Next came the music. I already had a few tracks to work with that I had made over the years, but I wanted to make sure that the music I decided to publish sounded great. Thankfully, because I don't have a lot of recording equipment or space to record different instruments, Splice (ALSO NOT A SPONSOR) came through for me! Gosh, I just had myself a good time putting together some new stuff and I was actually proud of the final product!
Finally, I published my first song on SoundCloud and I was absolutely blown away by the response! I was so thankful, and still am, for the love I received for my song "Already Done". I cannot wait to publish more stuff in the near future!
So, I ask again, what kept me from doing all of this earlier? What stopped me was thinking that I was limited. Sure, I don't have all of the top notch recording equipment nor do I have this large space to record in. Can I let you in on a little secret? I don't even have ProTools or Reason. The only DAW I have right now is Garageband... GASP! Yeah, I know. All of these things kept floating around in my head and was keeping me from actually doing something. I thought I was limited but in all reality, I was limiting myself.
Let me show you my little set up.
As you can see, it's a small set up but I love it! My pride and joy are my KRKs which sound amazing! I also have a Scarlett 2i, an M-Audio Accent Module, and a keyboard (not pictured). But what I love the most is my decor. First and foremost is the "mood lighting". This helps set the tone and atmosphere of the projects, so I have the wall lights along with LED strips attached to my desk.
I also like to decorate my space with things that inspire me such as my Marvel bobble head of Thor, Groot and Professor Snape FUNKO characters, Merida, Queen Elizabeth (Long Live the Queen), Jeff Goldblum's character in Jurassic Park, my Ponderosa map, and the two paintings that I made a few years back. I also have two books at my reach to help keep me motivated and they are "Gmorning, Gnight" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and "Creative Tresspassing" by Tania Katan.
As you can see, I am all over the map when it comes to decor but everything that I have reflects who I am and what I love! They inspire the music. This is my set-up and I'm pretty darn proud of it!
To bring this thing to a close, I may not have an intricate studio like you would see on Music Row in Nashville, or a impressive set up like Abbey Road in London, but if I let that hinder me I would never get to where I want to be. You see, life is all about steps and it doesn't matter how small those steps are. What really matters is consistency and perseverance. So until I am able to work at a studio or have a studio of my own with all of the recording gadgets, I am going to make music at my tiny desk the best I know how and with excellence.
If you are interested in following along and supporting my music, there will be a special section on this site just for my music. There you will be able to hear my latest tracks, following along on Instagram, and join in on the conversation.
I desire to do more than just create music. I aspire to invite you into a world where music creates memories, awakens emotions, and brings people together no matter where you are in life. That's what music is all about.