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It's ALL Worth It

When you first record a song in a recording studio, you think it's going to be simple stuff, right? Walk in, hit the record button, sing your song, walk out and have said song in a day. Boom. I can tell you this - the word "Boom" is not an appropriate word for this process. More like... "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnddddddddddddd....................................................................iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt'ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss............................ssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssstttttttttttttttttttttiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll...........nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooottttttttttttttt...........ddddddooooooonnnnneeeeee.................." Ok, you get the idea. I walked into my first recording studio experience with my wallet, my iPod and my piano. Yes, my PIANO. I'm not talkin' one of those little 44 key casio keyboards . No, no. I'm talking my....::::looking on ask.com for how much an upright weighs::::....roughly 400 lb piano. Yup! I thought "I have to record my song on the piano I use for writing so it sounds good, right?" Oh, Lana...you stupid, stupid girl. A recording studio HAS a piano...several, in fact. And ridiculous software. And experienced engineers that make stuff sound sick - in a good way. Not only that but I wasn't leaving the studio in a few hours with my finished song. Try a few months...and then a few more. In other words, there's a lot more to recording a song than sitting at your own piano belting it out in your living room on a cassette player -- excuse me, iPhone app Voice Memo. That being said... after all of these months... meeting and working with crazy-talented people along the way... singing my ASS off...guess what!?!?


IT'S DONE. MY NEW SONG "100" IS COMPLETE.


That's right, everyone. You read correctly. My first song with producer Steve Catizone, many other great musicians and me - we did it! So, here's what you'll need to prepare for what's coming to you in the next few days:

1. Excitement

2. $0.99 to purchase "100" from iTunes (or Amazon, Rhapsody or Nokia)

3. Excitement

4. A kick-ass sound system (or mp3 player w/ earbuds) turned up SUPER DUPER loud

5. Excitement

6. A room with some space to jam 

7. Some more excitement

8. Friends and Family that you will share it with (and that, hopefully, also have $0.99. If they don't, be a pal...lend!)

9. Oh...um...Excitement

10. And FINALLY...Your ear. Not just to hear my song (obvi) but because you'll need it to hear me shout this from my rooftop: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So remember - just ONE WEEK from today. ONE WEEK. You will be singing along to my new song "100." As one of the musicians on this song said to me in a very late recording session one night (technically, the wee hours of the morning): "Here's what I picture when I hear this song: Driving down the highway, windows open, song cranking out of my speakers. It's just that kinda jam." And that, my friends, is what makes this process ALL worth it.


dreamBIG,

Arlanna



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