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Suerte

By laguna on April 5, 2020 9:51 pm

This one's a pure struck of shiny luck!

It seems that I made this track back in mid 2019 when I first installed Ableton Live 10, in order to test the new devices. Track was 99% percent done and I just touched a couple of levels.

I sincerely didn't remembered any of it, so it saved my week.

On a personal side:

I'm always vague when I sometimes mention "being on duty" and "real world troubles" and like many people here in WB, I have a job that sometimes interfere with music making. I'm not special because of that in any sense.

I work as a helicopter pilot for the emergency medical national health public service. As you may have heard in the news, Spain is now under lockdown measures in order to contain the epidemic. Numbers slowly start to improve but there's a lot to accomplish yet.

I can fortunately say that these days have been relatively quiet for me and my family, even counting that they also work in health care. I'm heading back home today after a 10 day shift away from home. I'm feeling strangely lonely and isolated, even counting the fact that I work "on the street". Not specially bad, but not calm or in peace either.

Don't get me wrong. I don't want to "play the hero card" in any way or steal the merits of the actual people that are handling COVID19 patients on a daily basis. Helicopters are valuable resources so the actual transport operations these days have decreased, in order to reserve the medium for critical cases. Most of the time, I'm just "the driver" and clearly just a part of a greater team of people.

I'm still available for things like heart attacks and traffic accidents, but since the heavy movement restrictions, those are fortunately quite rare. Most of my daytime now has been about planning, new paperwork and lots, lots of cleaning smile

I don't exactly know the reason for this rant. I just found this song almost in mastered form hidden in my hard drive when I was about to give up this week and feel a little bit emotional, like hit by a sudden and bright struck of "suerte" or, as you say in English, luck. smile

Please take care of yourselves and your families and love ones. Stay safe in these strange days.

Lots of love to you, wherever you are.
 

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April 6, 2020 2:20 am

Wow dude! I can't even imagine what it feels like to be away for ten days, ferrying patients in critical conditions back and forth. Feel free to join the WB Discord if you're feeling lonely, we'll hook you up with some good conversation and funny memes smile

As for the track: Nice work on the mixing, it sounds very clear. Love those drums.

April 6, 2020 9:17 am

Great track. I have no problem to listen to your stuff, you did back in 2019 or later. because of your work life balance you should care for yourself and do not put too much pressure in the WB- challange. I am working as an anasthesie and intensive care nurse, wondering how everyone is getting mad at the moment. there were always infection risks and critical cases. but suddenly there seems to be panic everywhere. we don`t know exactly why people die, with or because of the virus, or because of the wrong treatment. I hope things will calm down and there will be a normal life again. Stay healthy and care for yourself and your family.

April 6, 2020 7:29 pm
Mission Crossing wrote:

Wow dude! I can't even imagine what it feels like to be away for ten days, ferrying patients in critical conditions back and forth. Feel free to join the WB Discord if you're feeling lonely, we'll hook you up with some good conversation and funny memes smile

As for the track: Nice work on the mixing, it sounds very clear. Love those drums.

Oh, that's much appreciated, Mission Crossing. It's not like we're flying every hour like it's the war, but basically long periods of not doing much alternated with periods of stress. The job itself is fine, though sometimes this situation is getting the worst (and rarely the best) out of people.

I should check the Discord channel, yes. Thanks again for the positive vibes smile

As for the track: I was afraid the mids were a little bit muffled, since a couple of days ago the cord of my favourite headphones broke and I'm missing my left ear (time to get the soldering iron and fix it carefully). I finished the master with earbuds but I mostly left it as it was.



Q-Rosh wrote:

Great track. I have no problem to listen to your stuff, you did back in 2019 or later. because of your work life balance you should care for yourself and do not put too much pressure in the WB- challange. I am working as an anasthesie and intensive care nurse, wondering how everyone is getting mad at the moment. there were always infection risks and critical cases. but suddenly there seems to be panic everywhere. we don`t know exactly why people die, with or because of the virus, or because of the wrong treatment. I hope things will calm down and there will be a normal life again. Stay healthy and care for yourself and your family.

Vielen Dank, Q-Rosh! I'm really glad you bring the subject out. My mum works as a nurse in Madrid and points the same:
health professionals suddenly "losing it" and freaking out scared, putting more attention to Facebook posts and social media rumors than actual protocols and procedures. I've had some few incidents where people are almost paranoid like it's "The Walking Dead" out there, while they were not so hectic when dealing with hepatitis or meningitis cases three months ago.

Although the prospect of getting sick is not desirable at all, me and my family have always "counted on it" as something real and plausible. We at home have already passed some minor infections through the years, like mononucleosis and other "hospital hallway diseases".

It means a lot to hear that I'm not the only one feeling weird about "everybody getting crazy with the bleach" smile

Let's hope "alles ist gut" soon, man. Best wishes to you too, I mean it! Take good care and stay safe, you and your loved ones


April 6, 2020 9:33 pm

Nice volca beats work on here. I love the refreshing melodic textures too.

April 8, 2020 2:45 am

Thank you SO much for sharing your story.  Great to learn more about you.  I feel like everyone is sharing a little bit more because everyone is so deeply affected, it's now showing up in our work as well.  If I have learned anything from the crew these past few weeks, it is that music can be such a powerful thing to keep people together, inspired, motivated, consoled, and feel less alone.  Thank you for your work for health services, but also thank you for your work sharing your talents and gifts and your heart with us.  Your music comforts me in these times.

April 10, 2020 3:49 am

Great find to complete the week.  I can relate with the feelings of loneliness and isolation, it’s a strange time and an unclear future, but all we can do is live in the present and take it day by day, appreciate what is in front of us.  I hope things improve in Spain over the coming weeks, stay safe and healthy and keep providing us these dope beats.

April 10, 2020 12:22 pm

Nice, loving those minimal 808 toms. That snare also has a really nice crunch up there in the high end, so nice to listen to. Thanks for sharing what you're up to, I think everyone in health deserves so much praise these days no matter what role they have. Thinking of Spain a lot, best wishes from up here in Ireland heart (I second the wb discord suggestion btw , it's a lovely place!)

April 23, 2020 2:03 pm

It's always a nice find when you stumble upon an old unfinished track just waiting to get the finishing touches.  I appreciate your hard work as a pilot.  I can't imagine how draining it must be to do that for 10 days straight, especially under these pandemic conditions. I enjoyed the calming pads and beats on this one.  I kinda zoned out listening to it smile  Very relaxing

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