Big update!

And without further ado: I’m moving to Freiburg.

The new job turned out to be a good thing. They want me and they’re desperately needing personnel. I’m starting on April 15th; now the next big rock is finding an place there.

Getting that job, travelling for that, doing the formalities, and now preparing to move have been disrupting my musical practice, my singing, and totally thrown me out of songwriting/recording mode. It will be a while until I can get them back – even if the instruments and the computer will be the last things I pack, I need time to get used to that new life.

So… please hold the line and wish me luck for finding a good place in Freiburg.

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Huuuge insecurity ahead.

Something personal: I’ll be travelling next week for a potential new job. If it turns out they want me, things can get very, very hectic: I’ll then be moving to the other end of the country within a few weeks.

It has nothing to do with music, it will be a pure bread-winning job, but I’m fine with the concept of a day job – as long as it leaves some time and energy for the things I want to do, such as music.

I have been dreaming about leaving Berlin for so long. Now that it begins looking like a thing that could happen for real, I sometimes doubt it – but then, I have been living with the nagging “I should get a better job” for way too long, and the feeling of “I’m coming home” as soon as I crossed Frankfurt am Main in southerly direction has been a reliable constant in the past years. The perspective of having the job-search off my shoulders looks like a huge relief. Continue reading

Vocal frustration – update

About my voice issues: Saw my doctor about the gagging thing, she thinks it’s a stomach issue. Well. I don’t think so, and I’m continuing my personal regime. Running, Feldenkrais, some exercises from Kundalini Yoga my mom recommended to me and Progressive Muscle Relaxation seem to go a long way with this. It all seems to come from the shoulder/neck muscles. My impression is that the continous stress of the past years has condensed in chronic tension there, helped along by lack of exercise.

My singing now seems less affected by it, the sore throat is gone. I can sing again. That does a great deal towards relieving stress 🙂