19 Minutes

Ahh! I’m so excited. Pinch me? I can’t be awake. I’m awake? Oh, awesome!
What am I so excited about?
I was asked to write the music for a friend’s lyrics. And after posting about it on my facebook, I got some messages from other friends. I’m doing it!
I got to know my lovely friend Kelsey last summer before I moved to El Salvador. She wrote this sweet song called 19 Minutes, but she couldn’t come up with music for it. Thanks to the wonderfulness of Facebook, we got in touch from across the world, and I began working.
Once I was finished, I realized that it would be slightly difficult to show her what I’d done, since we’re in different countries. I have a webcam, but the sound quality is awful in videos. And international phone calls are even worse, not to mention expensice. So, I began a search for some new, free, recording software. What I came acrosss was Audacity. Now I can record my guitar, as many parts as I want, and my voice, also as many harmonies as I’d like, and any other thing I want to add. Maybe once I get it finished recording I can post it up here to see what you guys think!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Be blessed!
Goldfish 🙂

PS: Don’t forget, if you want to get in touch and work with music or anything, you can email me at goldfisherin@gmail.com

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I am Me, Who is Who? He is We.

He is We. It’s a band, and they were featured on iTunes a couple weeks back, with one free song. I fell in love. I immediately downloaded the whole album, and looked for more. These guys actually have a pretty neat story, too. The vocalist, Rachel Taylor, and her guitarist, Trevor Kelly, worked together for a while. After a while, they started playing together for fun; him sticking to his harder rock style while mixing in her romantic-sing-songy lyrics. Eventually they came to a sort of compromise, and the result? He is We. They made a perfect match! Their style of music is different than a lot that I normally listen to, but I really like it. I’m actually learning to play some of the guitar parts for their songs. Currently my favorite songs of theirs are Light a Way and Blame it on the Rain. Here’s their biggest hit and video currently, though. Check them out, let me know what you think! The view from the fishbowl? Yes. Just, yes. 😀

Blessings, and happy listening!

GoldfishErin

Little Mess

One of the pictures I’m pretty proud of taking is of a little boy in a mountain village on the outskirts of my city. The village is unreachable by car, has no real roads, and is basically a mountain that has a few houses and a one room school. The only electricity in the whole village is one single solar panel for the school, provided by the government. I call the picture little mess, for obvious reasons:

Isn’t he just the sweetest mess you’ve seen?

The phrase “Little Mess” has developed a new meaning for me lately. The past couple months have been crazy stressful for me, for a number of reasons. When I was listening to an online radio station a few weeks ago, I came across a song by Francesca Battistelli called “This is the Stuff.” It really hit me.

She starts off mentioning all those little annoyances that we all face and that can just drive us up the wall sometimes if we aren’t careful. Losing your keys, losing your phone, speeding tickets, etc. But it’s the chorus that I really like:

This is the stuff that drives me crazy, this is the stuff that’s getting to me lately.
In the middle of my little mess, I forget how big I’m blessed.
This is the stuff that gets under my skin, but I gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing.
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
So break me of impatience, conquer my frustrations, I’ve got a new appreciation, it’s not the end of the world…
It might not be what I would choose, but this is the stuff You use.
(You can listen to Francesca’s song Here. :))
That’s how I feel sometimes. Everything is going wrong, and I feel like my world is just going to crumble under my feet. But sometimes, in the middle of our little messes, we just have to step back and look at how big we’re blessed. All of us, we all are so richly blessed! I’m having trouble remembering that this week, and the past few weeks. Sometimes I just need a little help remembering. But it’s so true, regardless of my own little messes.
At least, that’s the view from the fishbowl!
Blessings to all, through your little messes that aren’t quite as cute as the one up there. ^^
Goldfish Erin