The World Can't Wait

The views of a highly-ambitious girl stuck in the middle of California

A cappella Cover of Switchfoot’s “Let That Be Enough” December 9, 2009

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Birthday Bash

Celebrating my birthday, Dec. 10th

So there’s something that I’ve been wanting to do all year. Make a demo of an a cappella cover of “Let That Be Enough” by Switchfoot, off of their album, “New Way to Be Human” (1999).

I waited nearly entirely all year to to this project, on December 9th 2009, because the lyrics would pertain to me EXACTLY (take a look at the end of the notes).

I was born on a Thursday, my birthday is on a Thursday this year, and I’m turning 22. Not only that, but I share the same view, the same kind of thoughts, throughout the year.

As an experiment can go, I think it turned out pretty nicely. Let me know what you think. Comment below.

“Let That Be Enough” by Switchfoot © Jon Foreman

I wish I had what I needed
To be on my own
‘Cause I feel so defeated
And I’m feeling alone

And it all seems so helpless
And I have no plans
I’m a plane in the sunset
With nowhere to land

And all I see
It could never make me happy And all my sand castles
Spend their time collapsing

Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
Let that be enough

It’s my birthday tomorrow
No one here could now
I was born this Thursday
22 years ago

And I feel stuck
Watching history repeating
Yeah, who am I?
Just a kid who knows he’s needy

Let me know that You hear me
Let me know Your touch
Let me know that You love me
And let that be enough

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The Traveling Playlist November 1, 2009

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We all have our own taste in music genres, musicians, albums, songs, media players, and playlists. We use playlists for every event or theme imaginable- from falling in love to partying to seizing the day. Of course, there should also be one for traveling.

Here is mine:

1. “Traveling Song” by Moonpools & Caterpillars (Lucky Dumping)
2. “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by The Clash (Combat Rock)
3. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers (Sunshine on Leith)
4. “Africa” by Toto (Toto IV)
5. “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac (Rumors)
6. “Talk” by Coldplay (X&Y)
7. “Carry on My Wayward Son” by Kansas (Leftoverture)
8. “Everyday” by Dave Matthews Band (Everyday)
9. “Sunrise” by Norah Jones (Feels Like Home)
10. “Wild World” by Cat Stevens (Tea for the Tillerman)
11. “Awakening” by Switchfoot (Oh! Gravity.)
12. “Colorful” by Rocco DeLuca & the Burden (I Trust You to Kill Me)
13. “Vegas” by Sara Bareilles (Sara Bareilles)
14. “Rock & Roll” by Eric Hutchinson (Sounds Like This)
15. “Hands Clean” by Alanis Morissette (Under Rug Swept)
16. “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects (Move Along)
17. “Someday Soon” by KT Tunstall (Drastic Fantastic)
18. “Don’t Give Up” by Eagle Eye Cherry (Sub Rosa)
19. “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears (Songs from the Big Chair)
20. “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root (When I Woke)

What’s on your travel playlist? Comment with your traveling playlist, and share it with your friends.

 

Daisy Rock’s Evan Taubenfeld Demo Sweepstakes: Day 2! December 11, 2008

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DAY #2!!!

I was given an address the previous day to where we would be going to record the demo at 11 o’clock. So our scheme was, after waking up and getting ready, to check out of our hotel room and get breakfast at the hotel. It was awfully expensive, so we decided to catch a cab and find the place we were going to go first, then find somewhere to eat. We imagined that it would be on a busy street with at least a Starbucks around.

However, the cab driver was unsure where this place was when we gave him the address. We start driving through a residential area.

“Where is this place?” our cab driver asked. “A friend’s house?”

“No,” we both answer. “It’s a studio…” We start driving up the hills, and we reach three houses connected to each other, with an electrical gate in front- we think it might be the place. The cab driver had us get out and check we were where we needed to be before he left. I saw the name “Taubenfeld” on the call box, so I dialed.

Oh my gosh, I realized. This was his home! It turned out to be his home studio!

A guy in his pajamas answered the door. “Hi, I’m Drew. I just woke up.” Once I went up to him, I TOTALLY recognized him! He’s Evan’s younger brother, Drew Taubenfeld, who just recently toured this past summer as Disney Channel Star Demi Lovato’s guitarist. Though I guess he wasn’t used to people recognizing him!

Let me just say that their pad is SOOO sweet! Not ginormous, but spacious and modern- the kind of place where a musician has really made it. Lots of artwork, and well-kept for two guys in their 20s (must have housekeeper…)

Evan was downstairs making some phone calls (and I’ll let you know why he was on the phone later…), and since being an hour and a half early, we hadn’t eaten yet, so Drew invited to eat breakfast with him. Evan came up shortly after, and we started chatting about ourselves.

Only in my dreams something like this could happen, and there I was, eating organic cereal with soy milk, and talking shit about the Jonas Brothers with the guy who wrote, “Don’t try to tell me what to do/Don’t try to tell me what to say/I’m better off that way”. But nothing in my entire life felt so real than this. What was surreal was having to go home to live my normal life of taking the bus, finishing finals, and working retail (as much as I possibly could during the holidays).

Anyway… once we finished our cereal, we went downstairs to record the demo. But just before we did that, I want to quickly mention something my sister asked Evan.

K: “So, how did you get involved with this contest?”

Evan: “Honestly, I only just recently found out about it. That’s why I was on the phone earlier, because I found out this morning that I had to take someone out on a date.”

K: “But they put your name on it, how could they do that?”

E: “Managers say yes to things.”

Poor Evan.

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Recording a Demo

His home studio! Check out his YouTube channel!

Where the Magic Happens

This is where the magic happens. Recording, mixing, and what-not on his computer.

Evan's Guitars

His guitars. The space second from the left is where his Taylor 810 guitar, which I used, sits.

Platinum Edition

Every multi-platinum album Avril Lavigne has, Evan has framed on the side wall of his studio. Although, he has it hidden behind the door, because he doesn’t want to show off his “trophies”.

First, I recorded a rough track for the guitars. We recorded it by chunks. Verse, Chorus, Bridge, ending.

Playing Guitar

Here, we’re getting the mic set up.

Checking the Mic

Then after the guitars were done, we recorded the vocals. I had accidently pocketed his pick as well. Shh!

Recording Vocals

Evan said that I got things down quickly. Originally, we had a 3 o’clock flight back home, but the Daisy Rock company wanted to make sure that I had enough time to record, so our flight was going to be instead at 6 o’clock. The thing is… I had finished in an hour and a half.

He then said that he would take a day with his editing guys to mix and produce, etc., then he would send the demo through e-mail.

Future Superstar

Evan was going to get us a tour of Warner Records, but they were closed for Thanksgiving. Though before we left, Evan played us a couple of his singles that will be released in January. Let me just say that I’ve been craving “Pumpkin Pie” ever since, and you can bet that I’ll be first in line to buy his album!

Evan & Me

Also, he gave us bracelets with his music company logo on it (see Photo 4 for the logo). They’re prototypes, so the public doesn’t have them yet! And he showed us logos and MySpace banners, and asked for our opinion. A few days ago, I noticed that the one I liked overall was put up! Check out his MySpace page.

I told Evan, “Let us know when you’re playing in the Bay Area; we’ll come see you.”

He said, “Yeah! Give me your e-mail, and we can hang out backstage!” Whoa. Not expecting that.

Sigh

Drew drove us back to City Walk, so we wouldn’t have to take a cab. This picture was taken the moment we got out. We’re in total bliss here. Sigh. But we had nothing to do. We ate lunch, got bored and tired, so we were able to get an earlier flight.

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A couple of days after, the demo was complete! I heard that my e-mail was lost (which I still need to re-give them), so it was forwarded from my sister. I know I’ve been neglecting on a lot of things because of the crazy holiday, and everyone’s (even friends of friends I hadn’t even met before!) been asking me about the trip and a copy of the demo. I’m hoping that this coming year, I’ll set up a website, music MySpace, etc.!

 

Daisy Rock’s Evan Taubenfeld Demo Sweepstakes: Day 1!

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I would like to thank everyone’s gratitude upon hearing the results to “Daisy Rock’s Evan Taubenfeld Demo Sweepstakes”, as well as for my 21st birthday yesterday.
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Many of you have been wondering all about the trip that occurred earlier this month. I apologize for the delay. Finishing up the quarter, and having my internet disconnected for five days was a major setback. Now, I have completed school for Fall 2008, and my internet is now back (at least for the time being)!

So, here’s how it went…

My older sister Karyna, my guest, and I flew to Burbank on the morning of Monday, December 1st. It was my first time on a plane in over 16 years.

After landing in Southern California, we took a cab to our hotel stay at the Sheraton Universal, located right out front of Universal Studios. With the rest of the day ahead of us, we decided to take a stroll down City Walk (we decided against going to the amusement park since it was pricey, especially since we wouldn’t have had a full day there).

City Walk

Talk about your over-stimulants!

Mexican Restaurant

We had lunch, but got bored as soon as we finished. So we took the metro (lots of firsts while on this trip… I never been on the metro before!) to… Hollywood! We did your typical tourist thing of checking out and snapping picture in front of the sights.

Mickey Star

Sadly, we got bored again. We called up Karyna’s friend John, and he picked us up and took us to dinner at his favorite place to eat in L.A. “The Kitchen”, I believe it was called. And he was right. Best. Food. Ever.

The Kitchen

Then we stopped at Pink Berry.

Pink Berry

That’s basically where Day 1 ends. Afterwards, John dropped us off at our hotel. K and I decided to wind down by watching TV in our room until we got ready for bed and went to sleep.

 

Daisy Rock’s Evan Taubenfeld Demo Sweepstakes: Result! November 12, 2008

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Some of you may have heard that I entered in a contest in early October. The contest was to compose an original song, record a video of yourself performing the demo, and post the video on YouTube.

The winner would receive a trip to L.A., with a guest, to meet Avril Lavigne’s former guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, and rerecord the demo with him. In addition, the winner would receive a gift card to Wake Up, Frankie! and a Daisy Rock Rock Candy Custom electric guitar in Dark Star finish.

Daisy Rock in the Mail

For over a month, I heard no news. Then, Monday night, I received an e-mail notifying that I had been chosen as the winner! In early December, I will be flying out to L.A. to meet Taubenfeld and work a final product of my own song!

Dark Star

 

Song(s) in the Works October 5, 2008

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Many of you know that I’ve been writing some songs lately, still a work in progress, but my latest song, entitled “Insomnia”, has been recently recorded for Daisy Rock’s Evan Taubenfeld Demo Sweepstakes.

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For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been working on this song, but the verses were left unwritten. So, before the contest’s deadline, I quickly jotted something down and got it recorded. The video can be viewed on YouTube, but I am planning on removing the video to rewrite and rerecord.

If any of you are interested, please feel free to check it out for this limited time engagement!