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08/24/08 at 12:58 AM by hf57
recently i figured out what i want to do with my life. i have to say its pretty exciting knowing what my goals are as far as a career goes. as i'm approaching the end of high school lately i've been feeling like i had to figure things out and find something to do with my life. i've seen my dad work 15 hour days at a shitty job he absolutely hates just to support my family and make sure my mom only has to work four days a week, and so that my brothers and i can go to college/university etc... and i just don't want that. i want a job i can go to 5 days a week and go home happy.

i have decided that my "real" job is going to be a mental health counselor. i have always wanted to help people and figured this is something i would really enjoy. i've always been interested in things like how the mind works, and why people think the way they do. i feel like getting to know peoples troubles and helping them find a way to either cope with it, or ultimately get over it is something that would make me happy.

but first, comes my real dream. my parents are supportive of me trying to make it in the music business as they know how important to me music is. i realize that making a living from being in a band is a long shot, so i've decided to give something else a try (although still a long shot). i will be taking some sort of audio engineering course, in hopes of becoming a producer. the great thing though, is audio engineering obviously opens a variety of sound related jobs.

i plan to get my degree in counseling first, then attend school for some sort of audio engineering program. after that i am hoping to intern at a record label, to see what the music industry is like and hopefully make some connections as that is probably the best way to make it in the industry today.

even if i don't make a living out of something to do in the music industry, as long as i take a chance and get to see what it is like is all i want. really, even if i could just go on a tour or two with a band (as sound man, guitar tech, hell even merch guy) i will be forever happy knowing i got to see what it would be like. when all is said and done, i will start my life as a mental health counselor.

anyways, its just really nice knowing i have my career path chosen.

as far as what/who i'm listening to:

-bon iver: i have listened to his album non stop since i got it this year. lately i've just been watching some amazing live videos of him on youtube though. i highly suggest watching his live videos because they really bring new life to some of the songs and show the true emotion. he also busts a pretty nice solo in blindsided.

-craig cardiff: haven't listened to any full albums of his, but the stuff on his myspace is pretty awesome. its ridiculous to think one of my friends got to open for him this summer. you're the one (dirty old town) is an amazing song. definitely recommended.

-valencia: their new album is pretty good. i completely understand why people are saying its restoring their faith in the pop punk genre. its not groundbreaking, but it is definitely different from all the other trash out there in the genre. there are alot of really good songs on this album, but in the last few months i have really started losing an interest in pop-punk (also i really haven't been listening to any other genres besides "new folk" i call it, but thats a whole other thing i wont dive into right now) and it sucks that it won't get that much attention from me.

-jacks mannequin: new album is fantastic. alot of catchy songs (spinning, crash), beatiful songs (annie use your telescope, hammers and strings, caves), and just overall great songs (what gets you off, swim). its overall a great album, only complaint is suicide blonde. its verses are good, but that chorus almost makes me cringe just when he sings "shes a suicide blonde."

and finally, i leave you with an amazing live video of the song "when you were young" by william fitzsimmons.
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