Trust the Process: 2018 Reflection

Not gonna bore you with words…

Chronological order of my favourite moments of 2018.

The Snow (March):

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Snowball fight…

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His first snow!

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Well I'm having a productive afternoon…

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Spring Walks (April):

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Dunany

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Sound Designing Pole Dancing Comedy Sketch “An Irish Unicorn” (May):

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Fun day recording today!

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College Stuff (May):

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Survived my 1st postgraduate year! Another year to go… It's been a mental journey! I've spent the year bettering myself academically, musically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Doing a masters is more than just writing buckets of words, it's a journey of personal development and it's hard core. Ive broken right down to my most vulnerable but it's ok because I'm building myself back up, step by step. Lots of ups and downs during the year, but I'm emerging more self confident (I had none at all!), disciplined, enthusiastic and excited. I've a summer of lots of loose ends to tie up before starting year 2 (yikes!) and lots of things to look forward to (some gigs on the horizon and Canada!).

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The Carlingford Ferry (June):

Fair Plé Day (June):

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So honoured to be part of #FairPléDay 2018.

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Iarla Ó Lionáird and Steve Cooney in the Spirit Store (July):

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Unbelievable gig last night in the Spirit Store.

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Telling off a bar of Chocolate for Tasting Gross (July):

Dodging Farmers in the Name of Audio Sample Collecting (July):

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Field recording #DodgingTheFarmer

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Ten Year Anniversary of This (August):

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On this day 10 years ago, Black Daisy independently released debut EP "Disturbing New Fashion". It was available through downloadmusic.ie and a small number of Irish HMV and record shops. We recorded it in Donabate with producer Stephen Brett who said our drummer Asta, was a "machine". We had a lot of fun recording it and it happened very quickly. The songs were all demo-ed by myself, I had just discovered Apples Garageband and I put together all the tracks using drum loops, recordings of guitars, basses and LAs vocals. We had lots of fun recording in my bedroom and we suddenly felt empowered with cheap recording gear. Prior to entering the studio, we spent a lot of time as a band, in our rehearsal space, going over each and every detail of the songs. We were very mindful of our limited recording time and wanted to maximise whatever time we had by sorting out the nitty gritty in rehearsals. It wasn't always fun but we learned how to play as a band and we actually gelled really well during that time. I was always happy with the finished product and I'm still proud of it. My role with the band at this stage was on borrowed time, as I didn't forsee the Eurovision fiasco at this point and I had every faith that the band was moving forward in a healthy way. 6 months later, it all would change. I suppose it's only fitting that 10 years on, I'm in the middle of my music masters. It all seems like a lifetime ago, I suppose it kind of was. There's still one or two CDs knocking around on Discogs and eBay. If anyone wants a digital copy, get in touch.

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Canada, Canada, Canada! (August/September):

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🚘🚘🚘

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This day last month I stepped foot into Beach Road Studios.

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Digital scribble strip love! (November):

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First time using a Midas M32 tonight. Loved it. #newbae

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November Spawned a Monster (November):

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Getting ready for the big show! #sister

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Sharing New Sounds (December):

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#dx7

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