From The Desk of Dr. Thallium

Now on Bandcamp! (and Update) 

You called for it, and it is delivered!

For those of you that have a BandCamp account, you can visit and follow on there for releases!

https://drthallium.bandcamp.com/

Also, for your convenience, the single "Into The Breach" is available on the main site!

Hard at work with another track! Stop by the Twitch channel to catch previously recorded VODs of the creation and follow along for upcoming work!

https://www.twitch.tv/dr_thallium

It SHOULD be able to be safely streamed on Twitch without problem. If you DO have problems, TELL ME! I want you to show my work to your viewers!

Opening for Feedback! 

Hello Interns!

So some of you have been asking for me to open up some of my new music for feedback. I say this a wonderful idea! So I've brought my SoundCloud account up to speed and brought out a nice rough mix of a piece recently finished composing from this week of live streams!

 

https://soundcloud.com/drthallium/reflectionsroughmix

 

Feel free to take a listen! If you have an account with SoundCloud, please feel free to comment! Something need to be tweaked? Something not sound right? Let me know here or there!

The Plan Going Foward 

Hello Interns! 

I wanted to catch you all up with how things are going in the laboratory. Yes, things have been rough on all of us, and I am happy that we are all finding our ways of coping! Things have been quiet here for a bit, so here's the shakeup that is going on! 

There are plans in the works for releasing more content in the coming times, primarily of which is the goal of releasing a new, polished, ready to go tune per month! Thankfully I am going to take advantage of what's left of October to get a head start and try to get ahead of the game. The way things are leaning, for now, I haven't been very pleased with my singing, and lyrical content. So that's going on a back burner. I am taking this opportunity to get back in touch with more instrumental works, focusing on my strength as a clarinet and saxophone player.  

YES! You heard correct! While some are familiar with my more mercenary work as a saxophonist for individuals and bands, I have a degree in music with a focus on woodwinds! My saxophone is second only to my Clarinet in terms of how long I've been practicing them. I think it's time to contribute to the musical community some of what I have to say in the instrumental space! 

In-between these monthly releases, I am gearing up to start work as an Online Busker! I have visited and befriended some very talented people on services such as Twitch. So I thought this would be a good way to get more experience with audiences (in the absence of so many venues due to the current health concerns around the globe). The plan of it is simple: For starters, it's just going to be me performing as if I was on the street, only instead of feeling awkward standing and listening, you can simply keep me running in another tab and go about your work! If you want to hang out with me, I would be more than happy to talk with you, but as this is more of an audio-focused thing (on a video platform, I know), there will be visuals to at least mark what is going on at the time for those browsing. We'll see how this works out!  

For those who listen on SoundCloud, I have an account there but have not given enough attention to it in recent years. THAT WILL CHANGE! Atop of the normal releases on Apple Music, Spotify, et cetera, I am looking to release these on SoundCloud to bring things to your ease of access!  

Thank you all for your continued support, and I hope to bring more great music to you all! 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Thallium

The Blessing And Curse of Having Multiple Interests 

There are folks you run into in life, and you marvel at them. You see how they work and how singularly driven they are in one particular field. They are amazing! You know them for that one thing, and one thing only.  

You struggle to believe how anyone could be so devoted entirely to their field, they are an inspiration! On the other hand, you find it hard to concentrate on any given thing. You work on music, but you hit a wall. You begin to write, only to have your brain scream at you that you should be doing something more productive with your music. You try drawing and the inner critic gets even worse. 

“You need to focus! You don’t have time for something like this!” 

It is hard not to get down on yourself, to feel like you are wasting your time. You do these things anyway, because you would rather do something than nothing at all, which feels like the worst sin of all. 

In time, you may befriend one of these single-minded, purely focused individuals. You tell them how amazing they are and how you wish you were more like them. It’s then that they turn to you and say. 

“That’s the thing. If I can’t do this one thing, I don’t do anything. I don’t feel like I could do anything else. I actually envy how you can go from one project to another and seem absolutely unphased by changing entire mediums! You can do a lot of things. I can only do one thing, and when I can’t do that, I do nothing at all.”

“Day Gigs” and You  

 

With how the world has been coping in the aftermath of the COVID-19, some of you will have been able to do what you have always wanted to do by spending all this time creating. Let me be the first to say, I am ecstatic for you! If you’re like me, creativity has been slow going. You get something done one day, the next you are finding yourself distracted by a myriad of things, including the search for your next “Day Gig”. 

The job market has been pretty bad for a lot of folks, especially friends of mine who make their livings as performers. I, and many others, have had to find methods to keep solvent and make plans for future endeavors. 

That’s why I want to dedicate this post to the situation most of us in the music fields are in: Day Gigs. 

For the past nine years, I was working for a company that had absolutely nothing to do with music. I went there, logged in my time, and left. I was taking lessons to try and remain productive, but when there are variable daily hours of 8-10 hours a day, That will put a drain on a person. My family told me there was a marked difference in my overall attitude and demeanor when I finally left the place. Much of this time unemployed, I have been recuperating, studying, and trying to find something that would help me and better fund my music. For me, that answer, for now, is IT. 

Now I want to tell you, it doesn’t matter whether you are in food-service, retail, technology, whatever job you may find yourself in. As long as you are finding ways to keep the power on, and put food on your table, you are doing your best. Too often I and other people believed that if we weren’t doing anything in music, we weren’t who we thought we were. I and so many others were wrong in this thought. I have known skilled DJs that worked for Amazon, Blues and Jazz players that work in Pharmacy. You take work where you can get it because its part of the fine print we didn’t read of our craft when we signed up. 

In my case, I am lucky enough to land back in with a music store in my area, after so many of them had gone under after the housing market crash of 2008. I am in a position where even if I can’t find full-time work, I am now teaching lessons to young students and it has revitalized me. It helps me get back into the mindset of practice and being active again. So now, even as I look back to find regular work, I know I have something that ties me back to the music community. 

That’s what you should remember when it comes to finding Day Gigs. Yes, it will very likely not have anything to do with your craft. Don’t let that get you down! Carve out that time where you can practice, find that connection to your local music community, and most importantly… 

Keep Practicing.

Introductions Are Always Awkward 

Hello! 

If you are reading this, then congratulations! You have made it past the horrible death traps and dead ends to make it to this terminal! Good for you! 

While you are here, please take a look around, I’m sure you will enjoy yourself! Enjoyment is mandatory and any infractions are dealt with severely! 

Yes, things seem a bit empty, and I must admit, there are plenty of things going on to keep anyone occupied, and I can’t say that things outside of this laboratory are any less distracting than what goes on within. Still, progress must press on!  

I’m starting with this blog because, well, I enjoy writing words as much as I enjoy writing and performing music! I’m sure there are still a few people out there that will read this, so might as well scratch that writing itch and keep others informed of developments as they come. Maybe I could go into some of the processes, maybe even things I’ve learned.  

I will be honest, I am not exactly the youngest in this field, and maybe those that have waited longer to begin might have something to gain from where I have fallen short?  

Either way, I am glad that you are here with me, and I hope you will decide to join me. It sure beats having to go back the way you came and I doubt those alligators are any less hungry this time around.