I failed.

500 day ago I announced to the world via facebook that I’m going to finally get it together and release a music album on the day I turn 10,000 days old. That’s yesterday. I did not release any album.

The good news is though: THERE IS AN ALBUM!

Yes, I know. I can’t believe it myself.

Things in my life kept getting complicated so much that somewhere in the past year I said to myself “yeah.. it’s not looking like you’ll get the opportunity to work on an album by February. Let’s just adjust this goal shall we.. We’ll say that by February 5th you’ll embark on a travel journey and make a YouTube show. That’s better aim.”

Well, I don’t know how it happened.. but I ended up in Yemen. I’ve been here for about two months and a half now. I never wrote about it because I was scared. Not mentioning that you’re in Yemen is actually the smart thing to do but oh well. This place is sort of the new home of Al Qaeda. There was a bombing down the street two days ago.. no big deal.

Anyways, I found this recording studio here. The place is like a hole in the wall. It’s pretty humble. It’s also pretty cheap. We made a deal to record an album sometime early December. They knew about my February 5th deadline and they promised to finish on time. The culture here is just really ‘different’ though. Almost everyone here walks around high as a kite. They don’t smoke weed. They chew some leaves called “Qat”. Qat throws scheduling and deadlines out the window. It runs through their blood. It’s been a frustrating two months for me, very frustrating.

After three weeks of delays and never hearing back from the studio’s music producer, I decided to take care of things myself and went out of pocket to hire music producers online. I love this website called elance. It rules. You can find every kind of service on there for good prices. So yeah, I’m paying double for music production. I paid the Yemenis and now I’m recruiting online. It’s part of the experience I guess.

It’s been good so far. The album songs are decided and written. I just gotta wait on producers to give me the tracks and go record them in the studio. After that it would be two weeks of mixing and mastering (hopefully, unless the Yemeni habits kick in). So I guess hopefully by the end of February, maybe? All I know is my parents are fed up with waiting and they want me back in Saudi Arabia as soon as possible. Like I said, you never know what blows up next around here.

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I thought I’d post an update for the three people who actually read this blog. Thank you for sticking with me. You can take a look at the album artwork up top. It’s me in a cartoon form standing before a flag that I’ll explain later.

If you happen to be or know someone who’s good at analyzing rhythms, time signatures, and/or chord progressions please talk to me. I need help with asong or two. If you speak German that would be a plus since this producer doesn’t understand half of what I tell him.

It’s 8 am here. I’m going for breakfast. Later.

9 thoughts on “I failed.

    • thank you Samuel, and sorry for a delayed response. Electricity outage here is the norm, just like in Eritrea πŸ™‚ Except, here it’s because the rebels destroy electric cables feeding the city, every chance they get. I try to adjust my schedule to their habits. They can be random at times though. I hope everything is going great on your end!

  1. I LOVE the album artwork!
    Keep your chin up mojoyeah. The important thing is that you keep trying. You’re literally on a lifelong journey.

    Enjoy breakfast ;( It’s 10pm for me and I’m getting ready to hit the sack.
    Love
    Jules

  2. Failure goes with the territory, right? I think it was Samuel Beckett that said “Fail. Fail again. Then fail better.” Sure you haven’t hit your deadline but look how far you’ve come. Your story is already a success just for the sheer fact that you’ve gotten this far! And you’ll do it because you’re determined- I mean you’re paying extra because you’re not willing to accept waiting on people who aren’t moving your dream forward. Right on πŸ™‚ You’re doing it πŸ™‚

  3. You have come so far! Even though you blew your deadline, at least you have enough momentum to carry you through to the end. I don’t know much about eastern progressions, but have experience in western chord progressions. If there is anything I can do to help, let me know.

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