Guest blog post by Chevontez.
I currently record music in my own studio room, about 10 feet away from where Jackie works on her artwork. I have been playing guitar for nearly 15 years now. It never mattered whether I was a beginner living in my parents house as a high school student or an experienced player as a 30 year old in my own home, I have always known that I must make my jamming and recording room my own sanctuary.
In the beginning, my parents were cool enough to help me paint the walls in my room a deep blue and set up glow in the dark stars and blacklight posters all over the place. Of course, I had to have a lava lamp and fish tank as well.The point is, instead of being a beginner with no talent to speak of in some white-walled room with a desk and a bed, I was now immersed in my own world and thoroughly enjoying it!
Who knows, if I just left everything plain I may not have enjoyed playing guitar as much in those early stages and may have given up altogether like many people do. If that happened, my life would be totally different now. Maybe Jackie will have Ashton Kutcher explain the Butterfly Effect as the next guest blog post.
As the years went on, I’ve lived in different rooms, dorms, and apartments with varying budgetary restraints along the way, but I always knew the importance of setting up an enjoyable and influential environment.
Nowadays, tattered posters and ridiculous things I used to actually print out on paper and tape to my door or walls have slowly been replaced by framed works of art and even an awesome light up guitar display that my brother, Kurt, made for me. My jam room is still a work in progress and probably always will be, but there’s something to be said about walking into my room that I painted (Deep Sea Dive from Sherwin Williams, nice!) with cool lighting and great artwork made by my wife and other artists.
I’m just a regular guy and I’m not a hippie or whatever trying to talk about “the vibes maaaan”. But for real, setting up your space to look, feel, and smell the way you want it is extremely important, at least in my opinion. It doesn’t matter what it is that you’re into. If you’re reading this right now as an 80 year old lady that loves to sew, what I’m telling you is to get the best damn sewing machine you can and surround yourself with antiques and carpets and whatever else old ladies enjoy to be surrounded by while sewing.
For me, it’s all about artwork, guitar displays, X-Files and Ghostbusters posters, and assorted comic book nerdy things with maybe some incense burning. Those are the things that make my already enjoyable time spent writing, recording, and listening to my music even better.
Oh, and I still have the exact same lava lamp. Better fish tank now.
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I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.