...The journey of a baby songbird. (It's
all bliss & frustration!

My Life Be Like…

All about music and love and the Internet.
…boring, probably…

…which doesn’t hurt my songwriting/making at all, but a newsy / story-slanted blog? Yeps!

“Ouch,” says the blog.

OK, ok! 😉 On with the post.

 Music Love Life by Elle Rose

It’s fine for music work in general, though. I have a lot to do; mostly computer, solitary stuff. I’ve been laying down good stuff in my DAW … whoop whoop!

…Great life to live, but still not some insta-flash-gram, juicy life, and that can matter to the world. I’ve sort of always embraced my un-cool individuality but still I know I need to get out there, beyond the occasional glossy Photo(shop) shoot, which isn’t even the kind of out there I really mean.

For one thing, I’ve been reading pleas for more actual photos of women in music tech (yes, I’m one, hi!) but I quickly realized how taking such pictures as selfies can get tricky, even old, really fast.

Female self-producer, Elle, in studio with music tech gear

Why hide these eyes? … Oh yeah, ‘cos all my selfies seem the same. ;)

Studio wardrobe, for me, not varied or so interesting. (While my “outside” wardrobe, when not mostly winter gear, is on fuckin’ fleek!) Then there’s my home / budget / electronic / alternative studio; it doesn’t have all the hallmarks people expect in music/production pictures. For some women working under regular-folk conditions, sharing even our gear list brings criticism and questioning.

We really just want you to listen … right? We don’t even need to impress you with info of talent trumping expectations about gear prices and ladybrains. That’s complicated and unfair. Our photos also often attract focus on wardrobe and makeup/beauty anyway (instead of intelligent contextual response). Yay, more of that … not.

I do want to throw my hat(-wearing) self(ies) up online / into the “ring.” And even though I don’t know if they can get much better or more varied than above, I want to keep trying. :)

Anyway, my life is kinda awesome ’cause: music, love, technology, food, DVDs … totes normal stuff. What more to say? Back to the living! …xoxo…

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Celebrations, Migraines & Timing

At a very bad time for it, naturally, I’ve been sick, in pain and fatigued. My single distribution went off as long scheduled, though nearly without me! Then (of course?) I was overwhelmed by overthinking belated tweets and such nonsense. Oh, fuck it. Here’s the permalink to my release. ⇐ Enjoy, and may your sinuses be happy.


Improved Sample & Lyrics for my Coming-Soon Song

Update: now listen to the finished track!

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After posting my last sample blissfully, just a tad too blissfully unaware of a small issue, I shortly noticed I needed to improve a portion. Instead of quickly preparing a basic replacement, I got to work on nearly finishing the mix, plus other prep. :)

some lyrics "Shake Yah Business" song textHow I let a couple of “matching” lines not match each other in volume, I don’t know, other than excitement and pushing myself to get all that stuff up. I heard the flaw soon after and “fixed the levels” but then worked on so much more. 😀

I didn’t just spruce up a new and slightly longer sample quicker because I want to get all the DAW time in I can. This finished track is my #1 priority for now. Now with my “proper” studio speakers, I’ve been working on the mix of the song as a whole. That did mean cleaning up a few things, thanks speakers! But I’m getting close to finishing. :)

Oh and oy, the hectic holidays… amirite?? I didn’t even think about prepping another blog post recently. I’ll try to soon amidst a whole excited frenzy of other work and holiday lights. :) See you around this Internet town! 😉


New-Gear Drama

When I knew I was done (e)composing this-song-o-mine, had some mixing in, and was thinking about seriously finishing up / ensuring all was great – (reading/watching) technical insider blah-blah-chat… made me sure it was time to order some “proper” speakers called studio monitors.

Keep Calm You've Got Rythm and Music

I and many others would think that getting and spending the money might be the tough part for many tiny musos, but apparently my real gear drama started after the first shipment (yep, first shipment…) arrived. Continue reading

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New site design, music sample, photos + more soon

Yes, as promised I’ve been work-work-bitch-workin’! But without further ado… First, about the most important, but less visually obvious, music!

New: New Music!

Update: the rough snippet was removed and the finished track below!

Doodle Arrow by Elle Rose

→ It’s also over there for a while. 😉

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New: Website Design!

Old | New

Old Layout Screenshot → Current Layout Screenshot - Because it just looks better in the post this way ;)

I wanted to save, for posterity, my favorite part of the old artwork that still had to go:

Old Art PunkRock inspired graphic Elle L Rose Continue reading


Wussup … is Work, Bitch! :)

In my music-creation workflow, I may be developing a habit of hitting a “block” somewhere around the composition/mixing (I have my own blend, really) of the first chorus. Eep. I do know this music production stuff has been getting easier and faster, but I definitely sometimes feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall.

Britney Spears Work Bitch video capture motivational desktop wallpaper

I set this as my desktop wallpaper. Motivation, bitch!

I figured a cause of this with my down-mood “One of My Ways” (soundcloud snippet / lyrics) was its separation from my #1 aural love: dance-y pop. Thus, I bent/changed a silent rule I gave myself, which was to work on one song until finished or abandoned. I know myself pretty well (yes, it’s a feat) and based on my past problem of starting new crafty projects instead of finishing … any* … I thought this was best.

My new rule is: I should work on two tracks so when I feel composer’s block, I can still attempt to work as many hours in “my studio.”

So far, success is in sight. It really has been going well with this more booty-shaking other song. I just wrapped up about seven days of difficult, “hair-pulling” love/hate of the project and I sure have drastically changed the structure (and more) of the newer WIP.

As of this morning, after several days of wired (Excedrin) marathons of “DAW” tweaking, a really large chunk has finally come together! When that includes the first verse and chorus, it’s super motivating knowing the bulk of what’s to come is largely laid out for me.


Tracktion Shakeyahbiz1

Proof even … well, sorta.

*OK, almost. But still, music will be so different. Especially as I carve out my own steadier flow. 😀