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    Studio Construction – Day 1

    This is the room for the new studio. The first step is to tear down this “tunnel” that was made to hide a huge duct for an old central air conditioning system that is no longer used.

    The calm before the storm.

    The mess after. Hahaha!

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    Thankfully, while this was going on, I managed to build a basic setup in the living room that will allow me to keep streaming and working in between CLANKS!.

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    Malu

    Moving Dreams

    Responsibilities = Nightmares

    We moved 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, in the middle of the night, I suddenly remembered there were still things we left at the old house. I had already turned in the keys to the owner, so I started to panic. I wondered if there was a way to secretly enter the house and remove the rest of our things to avoid the owner charging us extra rent for not being out by the 31st.

    I felt crushed. Why had I thought that the move was over?

    Blink. Blink.

    Because it was.

    It was just dream.

    Haha! Why is it that our troll brains insist on torturing us with nightmares about big responsibilities? As recently as last year, I dreamed I wasn’t going to graduate from Berklee because I had forgotten to attend a class during a whole semester. Variations of this dream happen once in a while involving other important things in my life.

    I also resent when Troll Brain makes me dream of a beautiful, best-case scenario regarding something I’m worried about. After things work out perfectly, I wake up feeling relieved and happy… only to realize I’ve been punked.

    Do you guys dream about stuff like this, too?

    Haha!

    Hugs,
    Malu

    Sunday Recap – Jan. 22, 2017

    Last week was great and struggly. Hahaha!

    All of the Above Concerts

    On Monday, Jan. 16, I performed the very first ever All of the Above concert on Twitch. I hadn’t played most of these songs in years, so I made a practicing schedule for the weekend before. I rehearsed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. When I woke up on Monday, I realized that my voice was still tired from all the rehearsals. Oops.

    Lesson Learned: I must space out rehearsals to that I can arrive to the performance dates with my voice feeling rested.

    I drank tea, honey, and stayed really quiet until noon. Haha!

    The concert was at 12pm, and it was such a beautiful experience. I can’t even explain it. You guys made me feel so happy, fortunate, and motivated.

    Malu AOTA in Twitch

    In preparing for this concert, I remembered how much writing these songs helped me work my way through all sorts of issues. I learned so much about myself and the people around me. This was extra motivation to continue writing the new album I plan to release this year. What will I learn? Will I end up a better person than I was before? I hope so.

    The second concert was on Wednesday at 7pm. I had high hopes that by then my voice would be back to normal… but sadly, it wasn’t enough time.

    Lesson Learned: Leave 4 or 5 days between performances to make sure I can give my best for each.

    On that Wednesday performance, I struggled with my voice and it made me feel tired a lot quicker than usual. I’m proud that we made it through, though. Thanks again for being there! <3

    The next day, I woke up sick with a cold. Hahahahahahahaha!

    My teacher explained that singing too much left my throat dry and raw. This is a condition ideal for bacteria to find a way to sneak in.

    Lesson Learned: Malukah… do not over practice.

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    Guitar Class Continues

    I managed to hand in my homework on time for the 2nd week in a row! Woo! I’m feeling so responsible thanks to this online guitar class I’m taking. The structure has been awesome and it’s encouraged me to practice more and more. I’m starting to get calluses on my fingers again. Haven’t had calluses in years because I wasn’t playing very often. Now, I play every day and I’m loving it.

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    Reverb Empire Stickers

    Since I couldn’t sing for the rest of the week, I found myself making some stickers on Sunday. Because… well, because. hahaha! I think they turned out great! Haha! I know stickers are silly, but all things like these that involve crafting and making stuff serve as a meditation for me. It relaxes me so much. Lets my mind wander… I’m going to be giving these stickers away during streams 😀

    Malukah Stickers Reverb Empire

    Thank you for reading!

    Big hug from Mexico,
    Malu

    Thor Malukah

    Sunday Recap – Jan. 15, 2017

    Monday

    Monday was a strange day. I can’t exactly explain why, but since waking up in the morning, I felt hermity. I use the word “hermit-y” to describe the way I feel when I want to stay home, not talk, and just retract. These types of days for me have now become something to watch out for. It’s perfectly ok to need a day for yourself, but in my case, if I let myself retract too much, I have a tendency to stay hidden for days. In this silence, anxiety builds up, and I have to work extra hard to placate it and find the confidence to rejoin the world. It’s one weird aspect of my personality. One I’m really trying to learn how to navigate smoothly.

    I had a scheduled music stream that day, and my first thought was to cancel it. Stay in bed, do nothing, stay quiet.

    No, Malukah.

    I kept my word and streamed. It felt good to prove to myself that it’s possible to work through hermity feelings. They might be there, but I can choose whether or not to listen to them.

    Tuesday

    I played Doom on Tuesday, and it continued to be hilarious! In the evening, I sat down to start working through the first week of a new class I am taking, Guitar Chords 101 (at Berklee Music Online). I love classes. I love learning. I’m really looking forward to improving on guitar this year!

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    Wednesday

    Wednesday was a singing lesson day. 🙂 Oziel helped me rehearse a song called Boston. It’s the secret song at the end of All of the Above. This, in preparation for the All of the Above concerts on Twitch.

    I worked on the Berklee class in the evening and remembered what practicing feels like. Haha! The first assignment took me about an hour and half to complete because I had to play it over and over and over. Worth it, though, because I am starting to see improvements already.

    Thursday

    We finished Doom!

    https://www.twitch.tv/malukah/v/114244855

    After the stream was over, I sat down to close up all the Patreon letters I was sending out with a wax seal. It’s my favorite part of sending real letters. hahaha! It’s fuuuun!

    Patreon Letters from Malukah

    After I got back from the post office, I hunkered down to finish the 2nd Berklee assignment that was due on Friday. Since I was going to be at a business course all day Friday, I needed to hand everything in beforehand.

    Friday

    All day at the business course. It’s the 5th module. We have one more to go. I confess, this module was completely out of my league. Many aspects of financial analysis that I had a difficult time keeping up with. While I couldn’t sit down and analyze something on my own, I was still very shocked to learn how much information you can get about the state of a business from just numbers on a page. I can see why there are entire careers devoted to this. Holy cow.

    It’s always hilarious that since each module is taught by a different teacher, we always have to introduce ourselves. Everyone says, “I’m a manager of this, with a masters in Marketing” “I’m head of this branch, specializing in Finance.” and fancy business stuff like that. And I’m like, “I’m an indie singer… Dragonborn.” ahahaha! No, no. I don’t say Dragonborn. But, I wish I could. hahahaha!

    Saturday

    Half the day was spent at the business course, and the rest of the day I spent preparing for the All of the Above concert. I experimented with singing songs using acoustic and electric guitar to see what would work best.

    Thor’s new bed arrived! And it’s smaller than I expected.

    Thor's BedHahahahaha! The catalog said this size was perfect for Labradors, but I guess Thor is a bit bigger than a normal lab. I think I should have bought the larger bed made for Great Danes. Oh, well. He seems to like it, though.

    Sunday

    Rehearsed All of the Above one last time. Decided to go for an all-acoustic version of the songs.

    Thor looked at me impatiently when I finished practicing.Thor Waiting

    I had mentioned to my parents that I was looking for a lamp post to have as a decoration in my room during the concerts. It turns out, my parents had one they didn’t use! My dad helped modify it so that it could fit my room. It was originally too tall. He removed the bottom section from it and drilled it back into a piece of wood to serve as a base, and that brought it down to 180 cm. Perfect!

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    Thank you for reading! 😀 Hope you have a great week!

    Love,
    Mlqu <—- WTF. Malu.

    Praga-Judith

    Malu in Prague (Twitch Extras)

    Earlier today, while streaming Doom, I mentioned to the chat that I had visited Prague years ago to perform in a contest. I found this picture!

    Beauuuutiful city. I hope I can go back one day!

     

    Praga-Judith

    It’s here’s that ridiculous tiara I told you about.

    Prague

    Haha! Undo! Undo!

    Love,
    Malu