READ: This week I’ve been settling back into the rhythms of solo living once again after my friend Adam moved back to Seattle on the 11th. His sunlit room has now become my office and will be a much nicer place to do my production work than the dim environs of my basement lair. Being quite the ambivert, a great word I added to my lexicon just recently, I thrive when I have a good balance of alone time and social time. Here’s a great read from Emergence Magazine all about the joys of one’s own company.
“In 1970 psychologist Abraham Maslow found that the need for privacy and positive solo experiences were common in “self-actualized individuals”—meaning people who can make it through the day with their head on straight. Maslow argued that people seeking solitude were not necessarily engaging in pathological behavior; they could be looking for an opportunity to better themselves. Since then, research has found that the ability to enjoy aloneness is correlated with increased mental health. We do need others, just not all the time. The tincture of solitude is worth a thousand conversations.”
WATCH: Last week my soul sister/VO-partner-in-crime, Sophia Cruz, and I hosted a webinar that covered in-depth my voiceover recording and post-production workflow, Fast and Furious TwistedWave. I felt a little nervous going into it, but I was really happy with how it turned out and the participants said they got a lot of valuable takeaways from it. The replay is still available for you right here.
LISTEN: Lately, I’ve been digging deep into the back catalog of one of my very favorite hip-hop producers and MCs, Oddisee. Definitely check out his masterful lyrical offerings too, but if you’re looking for some great head-nodding instrumental tunes for the office hours, you can’t go wrong with The Odd Tape.
Make this week magnificent!