Imagine Hawkins Middle School holding an annual Father-Daughter dance and Eleven proudly insisting that Hopper go with her. Now imagine Hopper in a nicely pressed suit and El in a fancy dress she picked herself out as they waltz together in the school auditorium, just like they practiced so many weeks before with Eleven’s feet resting on Hop’s to learn the rhythm
Jay Park at The Eleven Dance Studios with talented dancers and choreographers Lando Wilkins and Devin Solomon! Oh dang, wonder if he’s getting them to choreo for his MVs or something. (secretly hoping he gets to collab with Matt Steffanina too.) He’s been in Seattle for a month and now LA…..always lowkey networking without saying a peep about his collabs until the stuff gets released.
into the studio, it was around eleven pm, but that was the only time I could
get one of the recording rooms and I kind of liked recording in the night. I
felt more creative.
I nodded at the guy at the reception who knew me well enough not to stop me and
ask for my card. I climbed up the stairs quietly singing the choirs that had
been stuck in my mind all day. I couldn’t wait to get them recorded and see
what it sounded as a whole. Walking past by the rooms I finally got to mine and
walking in I closed the door behind me. Oddly, the lights were on and the whole
equipment was still on. (sorry I have no idea how these stuff are called lol)
It was like the previous users left it in the
middle of their work. O looked at the monitors and saw that the song they
recorded was still there, and since I was really curious I listened to it.
voice boomed through the room accompanied with a guitar. The song was…
beautiful, melancholic and quite sad. The lyrics sounded as if it was a breakup
song and he was singing the untold words. I have to admit I was touched by the
boldness and the honesty he put into the song and I almost immediately forgot
the song I wanted to record. I felt the urge to sing my response to his song.
wrote down the lines that came to my mind and after setting up the recording I
sang it a few times. I used the guy’s guitar play for my own song so it was
matching and in only half an hour I was done with the song. I was listening to
it sitting on the stool when the door opened and a guy walked in with wide
eyes. His slightly curly hair was messy and it was like he had been running up
there. His eyes shifted to the monitors and then back to my face. I stopped the
guitar playing in the background of the song,” he said pointing his finger at
“Oh, so it
was your song?” I asked hopping off the stool as I opened his song too. “I’m
sorry, I listened to it and… I kind of wrote a response to it.”
at me furrowing his eyes as he walked closer and checked out a few things.
“Sorry, I didn’t
mean to steal it or anything, I just felt the song really powerful and had this
listen to it?” he asked but already started my song. I stood there examining
the boy as he listened to my song and he seemed to be deep in his thoughts. As
the song came to its end I looked up at him waiting for a reaction. He turned
to me and then said: “I really love this.”
“You do? I
thought you would be angry that I used your song,” I said relieved to hear he
was okay with my work.
“No, it was
really great, I… I actually would love to post it along with mine.”
where?” I asked. I still didn’t know who he was.
sorry, I’m Jack Gilinsky. Part of the Jack&Jack formation, if it says
anything to you,” he chuckled shaking hands with me.
and I think I heard about you, I just didn’t see your face yet. So you want to
only if you allow me. I wasn’t planning on posting mine, but with yours it’s
“I’m in,” I
said almost immediately. I didn’t know much about him or his career but I knew
that he and the other Jack was well-known in a lot of countries.
his manager and arranged the legal part of this and then we left the studio
“Can I ask
you something?” I asked tugging my hair behind my ears as we were waiting for
my taxi to arrive.
was a breakup song, wasn’t it?”
his lips together into a thin line not looking at me as he nodded.
has it been?” I asked another question and my intention may had been to find
out if his wounds were fresh or he had time to recover and maybe ask someone
a month. She already has someone else and I just needed a closure, that was the
song.” Correct answer. “And you?”
me?” I asked confused.
song an answer to someone else?”
I didn’t really
realize it, but it was. My last relationship ended months ago but I guess I
wasn’t over the fact that he cheated on me and I put my feelings into the song
and it felt great to finally ‘say’ those things.
broke up with my boyfriend months ago, but I guess I also needed that closure.”
arrived and Jack opened the door for me.
“I guess we’ll
meet soon to have the paperwork about the song and stuff.”
we could… I mean, after our closures we can have a coffee sometime or something
like that,” he asked looking slightly nervous. I just smiled.
He gave me
a wide smile as I sat into the car and he shut the door closed.
Iron Maiden are from Leyton in east London that were formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Since their inception, the band’s discography has grown to include a total of thirty-seven albums: fifteen studio albums; eleven live albums; four EPs; and seven compilations.
2012 is finally starting and I’m getting excited. I have a number of awesome projects kicking off, and a year ahead almost entirely devoted to Live Productions. I’m excited to just be involved, but I’m also hoping it will give my career backstage a kick up the butt.
Rehearsals start tomorrow for 21, a play by Wayne Tunks, presented by Studio Eleven Independant Theatre Company. My job is to bring all the elements together, and make sure we get to opening night in one peice. A new role for me, but somehow seems like an evolution from past ones.
Dusk til Dawn Production’s director and I are already beginning the process of getting the next show ‘Hel’ started. I’ve spent hours searching the internet, sending emails, making phone calls trying to find a venue.
6 weeks from tomorrow I start my cert IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events at NMIT.
And you know what, it all happened, because one day, someone said to me, you get nowhere unless you put yourself out there, and ask, you won’t lose a thing if they say no, but if they say yes… possibilities are infinite.
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