Not surprisingly given how screwed up my sleep pattern is, I wake up at 3 in the morning after having a delicious meal with a great friend of mine who lives a couple of blocks away. Her name is Gale, she is an older woman who has been helping me in my transition to this new country ever since my arrival, and we get along well particularly because she loves music - Rock is her thing and, among other great stories of older Toronto, tells me incredible stories of her younger self and how she would go to concerts all the time and meet bands and stuff. She has a great heart and an energy I've never seen before for someone her age. Very intelligent, interesting person to hang out with.
Well, I digress - after several glasses of wine, I wake up at 3am desperate for some water in my system and then I can't fall back to my slumber, making me open up my computer and realize that Joel Zimmerman is still streaming his work on a new track. He stopped just a few minutes ago, totalling 11 hours of nonstop work. His concentration is incredible.
It's also a great way of studying his creative process. The guy loves his ping pong delays too. It'll be another hit for him, and it's respectable how he can do this overnight. Of course, he's had contact with music even before I was born and he is what, 35 now? Still, listening to some of his work on Project 56 which he released when he was around my age, just a few years older I think, is proof enough that he has it in him and it's no wonder he is who he is now. However, and speaking of Project 56, I'm patiently waiting for him to release more experimental music. This track that he's been working on has that signature deadmau5 style which is what he set out to make but I did hear some Amon Tobin-ish sounds for a few minutes, which caught my attention. I'm all about that experimental stuff, although I do also love the deadmau5 style.
Ugh, extending my visa is turning out to be very stressful. My study permit ends in three months and I have all of the documentation I need to apply, but it's the natural significance of it to me that stresses me out. I'm asking to extend my stay here for 6 months come February, and in August I might go back to Brazil for a one month vacation to then... go to Scotland for a Master's degree in Music Business - if I'm accepted into their program, that is, which to be honest I don't think it'll be too difficult given the partnership that the university has with Harris Institute. It's quite something: to get a masters, in 99.9% of the cases you need to have an undergraduate diploma, which a college does not offer, but Harris's program caused such an impression on the director of this Scottish university that they are accepting graduates to take their Master's program, completely bypassing the undergraduate. Quite appealing, no? Especially when they are also offering to give financial assistance via scholarships. And this Master's would take me only 2 years. I'm thinking that this would be beneficial for me because of plenty of reasons, including the connections that I'd be making in the UK and the fact that having a Master's would certainly help nail a job in the US, which, frankly, is where you want to be if you're doing Music.
I'll have to wait and see, but for now that's the plan. In the meantime, I now have time to ultra-focus on my job, event promotions, and at the same time continue studying the industry (so much to learn!) and at the same time I want to learn more about... everything, really, from History to Pop Culture. I do feel like I've always lived inside my head all my life, relatively detached from the real world, and I should now take the time to immerse myself in my surroundings more. Of course, this is very subjective, and we do call it Pursuit of Knowledge don't we, so I guess it's normal for me to feel this way. Anyway - enough with the self-psychiatry! I'm off to a new day and a new chapter in my life now that I've finished school. -LM