I'm feeling great today because Daylight Savings Time is here, which means the end of Winter is near and it stays light an hour longer. I don't mind the cold, but the whole "getting dark at 4:30pm" thing in the Winter kills me. Once it starts staying light until 7pm or later, I come alive. ALIVE! Anyway, let's get into it:
The Week That Was Not a ton to report from this past week. Lots of administrative stuff on my end. Also, we had the first warm days of the year and I may have decided to put off my to do list and instead go for a walk and drink a couple beers in the middle of the afternoon....oops.
The Week Ahead This upcoming week I'll be recording the stuff I was supposed to record last week...(see: the previous paragraph). But also, I'll be shooting a music video for an upcoming single! Lots of you shared that you like music videos, so even though I don't do them often, I decided to shoot one for my next release. I don't have much of a plan to be honest. I'm straight up winging it.
The GRAMMYs (Suck) So the GRAMMYs are tonight. But by the time you're reading this they've already happened (see? time travel IS possible!). Anyway people always ask me "are you watching the GRAMMYs tonight?!" and are often surprised when my answer is "nope, zero interest".
So why would someone with a career in the music world not watch the single biggest awards show in the music industry? Well, it's just that. The GRAMMYs are the ultimate representation of "THE INDUSTRY". It's more or less a giant celebration of the mega-corporate record labels that dominate the music industry and their artists (nothing against them). The same labels that control what gets played on the radio and screw over vulnerable artists with predatory record deals.
The GRAMMYs don't represent the best of the music world. They represent what the music INDUSTRY decides is best. There are so many phenomenal independent artists (and even non-independent) who are left out by the GRAMMYs. So I don't have any interest in what "The Academy" decides is "best" or what labels decide is "popular". There's SO MUCH great music out there. Who needs a bunch of "industry people" telling us what's good? 😤
Music of the Week Jon Bellion -If you've never heard him, check him out. He's supremely talented and extremely inventive. He brings all kinds of crazy production elements that are so interesting to dig in to. He proves that pop music doesn't have to be generic, but instead can be so clever and creative.
Lyric of the Week "Is it the dreams that make us real?" -LOVE this lyric. It's from a song called "Junesong Provision" by my favorite band ever, Coheed and Cambria. I kind of take it to mean "it's our dreams and passions that give our lives meaning. They make us who we are. They make us real".
Ok that's more than enough for this week. I'm still fucking with the format as you can see. I'm also trying to make these a little shorter but if you know me, you know that I have trouble shutting up sometimes. Alright then. Cya next week.
Much love, Corey
P.S. Any suggestions for what you'd like to see in these posts? Let me know in the comments!
If this is your first time reading the Lew Review...welcome! It's only the second one ever so you haven't missed much. I decided to start posting this little weekly mini-blog to catch you guys up on what I'm up to because quite frankly, I'm worn out by social media and this feels like a much more thoughtful and enjoyable way to share what's on my mind and connect with you all. So let's dive in, shall we?
What I'm Working On -This past week I launched a lyrics page on my website. I get lots of people asking me where they can find my lyrics (which is awesome a) because I spend so much time working on them and b) because I love reading lyrics too), so it was time to put them all in one place.
-I also shared a live acoustic video of my song "Year's End" on my Patreon page. If you want to check it out, you can join the Lew Crew on Patreon and get access to more videos like this as well as demos, Behind the Song content, and blooper reels. Just click that panel to the right!
-This coming week I'll be back to recording! I'll be laying down some vocals for the first song of a new EP! Stuff I Like -Ok I don't know if you've seen this video of a dramatic pug literally SCREAMINGhis head off while getting his nails clipped, but it had me dying. I've never heard a dog make a noise like that.
-If you don't already know, I am super into Space. Like outer space, the universe, all that. And my friend tipped me off to something that happened recently called a SPACE HURRICANE.It's described as a "swirling mass of plasma that rains electrons instead of water" (!!!) and apparently there was one over the North Pole. I MEAN, LOOK AT THIS!!! Space is so cool.
Final Thoughts This week marks one year ago that COVID shut everything down (at least in this part of the world). I'm not going to go into a whole big thing about that because we're all exhausted from it, but I will say this. As this nightmare has dragged on, I've heard so many people saying they can't wait for things to go back to "normal". And first I always think...what the hell is "normal" anyway? And second, I think...do we really want things to just go back to the way they were before? COVID has really exposed so much about what is broken in our world and our society. So I don't want to wax poetic about how great "normal" was before. For example, when everyone stopped commuting, so many people realized how exhausted and overworked they were. Our work-life balance (at least in the US) is so out of whack, and I feel like the whole quarantine situation made us pause for a moment and face that. So I don't wish to go back to the way things were before. I wish for better than before.
Hey there! Welcome to the new and improved Lew Review! In the past this segment has featured longer-form posts with my thoughts on a particular subject. However, I've decided to start treating it more like a weekly mini-blog of sorts, in which I'll catch you guys up on what I'm working on, what else I'm up to, what I'm watching/listening to, random thoughts, etc. I want it to be a little more fun and conversational. So, without further ado, here's this week's Lew Review!
What I'm Working On -Last week I re-recorded an old tune of mine that needed some new life (any guess as to which it might be?). -I also started laying down guitar for a new folk tune with Jerome. I got some great takes only to find out the metronome in my headphones got picked up by the mic and I had to re-record them 🙃. So I did... ...and then realized that the air purifier in the other room was still on and is audible in certain spots. So I will probably have to re-record those...AGAIN. So that's fun. In the same way that jumping off a bridge is fun.
What I'm Up To I am eagerly awaiting Spring so I can start being more active and doing things outside. But in the meantime, I am watching a couple of great shows. My wife and I always watch one funny show and one serious show. Here's what we've watched/are watching lately:
Very informative, cripplingly depressing, and very odd seeing Russian/Ukrainian characters speak with proper English accents
Fantastic show about a family with a son who's on the autism spectrum.
Been on my list forever. Only a few episodes in, but definitely enjoying it so far. The cop/legal/gang jargon is a lot to try and follow, but I'm getting there 😆
Anybody watched anything good lately?
Random Thoughts -I love stupid jokes and came up with one last week that I felt needed to be shared: I had a very interesting visit with my ophthalmologist last week. It was really eye-opening.If you guys want to unsubscribe now, I understand.
In Conclusion This week I'll be at it again with recording. I've also recorded some live acoustic videos that I'll be sharing here with my Patrons 😊. Hope you've all enjoyed the new Lew Review. They won't usually be this long and I'll probably mess around with the format, but yeah. Here ya go.