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Here is a rough sketch of my potential post-graduate life:

a) work during the summer for a state Governor’s School program;

b) WWOOF abroad at various farms, learning and practicing new languages;

c) foster my sub-career as a musical artist: writing music, recording albums, touring and collaborating with others while working happily at a coffee shop or something;

d) AmeriCorps VISTA, working at a university service organization;

e) journalist at a small community newspaper in an interesting part of the US;

f) eventually, graduate school, perhaps to study law or a focused international study;

g) do I want to be a lawyer??;

h) write grants for extended research trips, publish in academic journals or make documentaries;

i) learn to forage and live off the land in a warm part of the earth where it wouldn’t be weird that I am white and where there are enough nutritious plant and animal species to eat;

j) always, always keep working on something, thinking creatively, learning new things, experimenting, and following my interests;

k) marriage? kids? pets? cat sanctuary? college professorship? book publication? homelessness? unibomber revival? piracy?

l) BE HAPPY.

It is the second day of the spring 2010 semester here at UNC. Things are awesome. I am finally taking a class on environment and development, in which I will (here’s to hoping) strengthen my understanding of the delicate and complicated relationships between policy, economics, quality of life and quality of environment in developing countries.

I am posting fliers for my fourth big ol’ fundraising house show, which will be on January 23rd. Soon, also, I’ll be working with a composition class in the School of Music. They’re arranging a digital piece of music of which my song “Landfill Lot” is the centerpiece. I hope I make for good inspiration. I am forever doubting myself here, in the midst of lots of other talented (and less weird) musical artists in the Triangle area.

Continuing my efforts to try to make people care about Jacquelyn Lee. Also trying to finish my goddamn album. The EP and Vinyl Records Presents concert will be released for February, which is very very close to now!

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November is stale

Junior year arrives like a mid-life crisis in the four-year life span of the undergraduate. Just last week I was vivacious with grandiose ambitions to speed to a research topic and apply for different summer research grants. I am not out of steam, but the Halloween weekend has left a tired taste in my mind. My body, too, is lethargic, and I find that it is just a bit harder to bike to school each day.

I feel drained without reason, and I am left suspended right now. I am waiting for word about a possible service learning internship with Shakori Hills or Orange County Economic Development. Decisions of strangers will determine whether or not I will have the money to buy a nice “investment” guitar! A petty expense it seems, but I am making small, steady steps to legitimizing myself as a musician. Soon, I will have an album. Someday, I will have a good amplifier. Later, I’ll get a record deal, etc… It’s some heavy wishing.

Recording has gone well so far. David Harper and I are making steady progress, laying down basic vocal and guitar (and toy accordion!) tracks. On November 13, I’ll take to the Vinyl Records studio again with my old friend Danny Resner (formerly of the Asheville turned Austin, TX based Baker Family Band), who is always a dedicated, creative and passionate person to work with. He knows my music, what I do, and I’m sure he’ll make really valuable contributions to the album’s overall sound.

Here’s a rough mix of “Landfill Lot.” Please keep in mind that it is by no means the final version.


The Landfill Lot (Mix 1)

What sound? I am not sure. Right now, I only want it to sound REAL. It’s a feeling that a lot of music is lacking these days. I do not mean to trash electro/dance folks, but slick production does not have any business screwing with my voice or the strange, bluegrassish way I play guitar. My sound must not be created in the vacuum of computer space.

Because I’ve been busy, my MySpace page has not been updated in quite a long time. See here.

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