~ About the singer songwriter ~
Early New is one type of artist/musician following her own pace in most of life aspects. She had taken quite some time to self-learn to convey pieces of her to people around simply by words. She is moving into the realm of being an efficient talker one day - as she hopes for.
If, we do get nearer to watch what a general shape she is made about, several description as below can bring up some picture of hers.
Adolescent hood and Jazz inspiration
Since child, EarlyNew learned some very basic piano lessons, after then, as she could not remember at all, that lesson was off and gone. Then from adolescent hood till late teens, she did not think of this hobby at all.
Also only until which moment - she began to listen to many great Jazz albums - that was a point when she was delightlly drawn to sophiscated music scenes - which naturally turned on the fire inside that drove her to want to re-learn piano.
Quite some stories occured during this period when she searched for being capable of playing the music she loves. Anyhow, she did take one or two lessons, but it was either she did not feel right in that learning class, or some things took her time off again Soon then this pursuing was postponed right away and even for quite several years she was disconnected wtih the shiny piano set due to some life factors.
Guitar learning journey
Until 1996, magically, she all of a sudden had a desire to learn guitar. At then the one she picked up was a classical one, and also started to learn from a flamenco guitar teacher for seven lessons - yes 7 hours - one hour per class, 7 times she took - then however, just soon again, she had to relocate to another city and had to leave that place where she took her guitar class after the very seven lessons - therefore this guitar learning experience from a pro teacher was postponed - again.
And yet, though, she still strummed the strings from time to time as a hobby back then. And right as from this time period, she started a self learning journey in having basic guitar skills to a better extent. One reason for this self-pioneering journey possibly is that she did not get a chance or make the time to meet up with a teacher in the city she moved afterwards, and the other reason could be that she seemed to enjoy the self strumming fun on the strings, just freely and spontaneously.
Then, later on, around 1997, she started to compose her first song with guitar.
The embarking on of songwriting and composing
That guitar composition journey was embarked around 1997-8. Oh, no. Actually her first music composition was made very early already while she took the piano lesson, which was composed on a piano in around 1991. However, that only and very ancient composition of Early's piano work was simply missing in the lost times. And, , does she write any song even earlier? She seems not to be sure and remember. Yet officially, it was since 1997 then she consistently started to write till now.
So there she goes - there she goes again - she continued to compose by guitar, and ever since then, quite a couple of songs were created by in her leisure time at her tiny home base, just after her daily work life in the concrete building. Most of songs from her album Something Above All and Angels See Angels were quite of the composition written then around that period of time. And most of which were well kept in her mind, and not prepared to be placed into recording yet only until the winter time in late 2004.
This is an abosolutely personal journey that EarlyNew highly participated in all dimentions in her whole life so far.That was thrilling. To her, it meant the triumph of personal achievement on the promise she made back to the symbolic season - winter 2004 - She set it off from that chilly and freezingly cold winter times, and took the roller coaster afterwards, then ultimately had that goal realized -
And each role in this roller coaster journey has never been one she expected to be while looking back at the the origins of who she was - Has that meant life is really a miracle - ? Also a blessing - Or for her own perception, she thought life was a chocolate box and seldom known what to be picked from of which flavor known -
First she was a performing musician in her local area for about one to two years around 2001-2003, off and on, with a loose reportoir, then quite a change came to her mind and she decided to delve in the recording process to keep her original songwriting works down -
Then, from that on, her role started to shift from not just a singer/songwriter, but also an engineer in steering up her songs' altitude toward an even more challenging status - and that role as an engineer for her own works, was a most brave thing she ever did so far in her individual recording history -
Later on in recent years, EarlyNew began to compose instrumental music. Among them, some of which are compiled in the album Traveler Take It Easy. Apart from the stories this album had told through the songs part, the pure instrumental music recorded in low-fi surroundings, being frozen eternally in that digital format already, can also felt by music lovers who enjoy the lo-fi fun of way of listening.
Besides writing songs pieces as one love, intrumental music is also the fondest enjoyment in EarlyNew's music joyride. Tracing back, the great influence from world music, guitar music, or ensemble music must have brought her a magic feeling that usually calms her or excites her to various wonderlands.
About the low-fi works being selected into the compilation of the album, there was a process going on in EarlyNew's mind at a earlier time.
Till her composition ability had grown more mature, she absolutely did not satisfy herself in convincing her own perception at then about what a good music recording workpiece should be sounded like sonically - -
Sonic expression to the extreme beauty is how EarlyNew has always be thrilled while listening good instrumental music - this influence actually set a standard there for her on how her original instrumental music shall be recorded, which she always awaits a good circumstance and a good timing -
However, interesting enough that, she has not made this principle changed until the times she realized every artist shall follow what's given to him/her in one's particular living circmstance - at least for her as a self-supporting artist -
She did not feel degraded anymore in the sonic presentation and expression once she realized how she's been also blessed for at least, these little pieces of instrumental music of her very own, even while all that motivation at that time was simply to keep them down at first thought -
It is a blessing indeed that she had compiled these little pearls of imperfect works recorded back then during 2003 through 2007 into the album Traveler Take It Easy -
Maybe by tracing back, an artist could realize some unspoken and mysterious thought behind in contrast to while he/she might not have known how to exprese in between the recording process -
Pop influence and multiple styles infuse
And . . , do we forget to mention that the very first musical inspiration of EarlyNew's very own, comes from a tiny radio set that was once laid aside in that small space where she lived since childhood, and that radio actually brought her to be inspired by many great music -
That radio, that accompanied her since little, is a magic wind that started it all -
By reminiscing, those little root of various styles of music have landed in her body cell ever since then, and hidden well remaining undiscovered just until some unexpected findings came up -
For EarlyNew it felt not easy to write a self portrait for the initial year while everything is truly way of d-i-y, so we just expect that her human brain can naturally handle that wonderous mind to tell things behind the scenes more neatly in order not to fall behind the time machine that clocks faster and faster -
Alright. The moment now is year 2009 - mid January. Let's start first to reflect these great musicians and artists in history who accompanied EarlyNew on her lovely music journey ever.
Well. When it comes to that important influence for EarlyNew, it always turns out to be like - speechless - in a good way. Mr. Stevie Wonder is a music legend beyond words to describe. Now only his music, but most importantly his spirits also has been a great part of influences to EarlyNew Since her natural delving into the music land!
Can we say it now - hush, hush, hush - that a little little, or big enough - dream of EarlyNew's is to sing with Stevie Wonder in a concert one day - - ~ OMG ~