It’s amazing how much can change in a few weeks’ time…  I’ve moved to Nashville and started college.

Up to this point, my posts had running through them the consistent theme of being a teenager and trying to figure out how to make good recordings and compositions on my own—and often getting in over my head with my undertakings.  However, now I have the ability to learn from some of the best of the best; I’m not on my own anymore.  But I don’t know what that will mean for this blog.  For that matter, I’m still figuring out what that means for me.

I got to sit in on a session at RCA Studio B!

I got to sit in on a session at RCA Studio B!

It’s hard for me to truly comprehend how much has changed; I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet.  A few weeks ago, I was just a random teenager from the Southeastern countryside setting up microphone’s on my home piano and recording an album as best I could.  But now, I’m more an aspiring producer and engineer who’s new to Nashville, and I’m out making connections.  Back home, I spent countless hours researching the music industry and audio engineering on the Internet and in books; now, I go to class and to office hours and sit in on real studio sessions for myself.

This is where I choose to be on a Friday night.

Where I choose to be on a Friday night.

Every once in a while, I’ll be walking across campus, and suddenly it hits me that I’m finally in Nashville, doing what I’ve prepared for years to do, and I get such a big grin that people must think I’m up to something.  Maybe I am up to something––up to making the most out of every moment here.  I’m always thinking about the next step––where I need to go and what I need to do next to meet my goals.  I have so much work and am so busy that I plan nearly every hour of every day.  My life is so planned, yet sometimes, I feel like I’m wandering aimlessly.  Sometimes I just step back and look at everything I’m doing and at life as a whole and just ask, Why?

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At least I have an ohmmeter and a turquoise rug…

There are many whys that I don’t think I’ll ever answer.  But the whats and the hows––I can deal with those.  And so, I will continue to follow the roadmap of my dreams––for as long as it is God’s will.  I will continue to be grateful for everything I’ve been given and do my best to make the most of it all.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can almost guarantee it will be interesting––oh, it sure has already!

So friends, will you join me?  I have every intention to continue this blog, going forward.  I’m learning and doing so much that there is plenty to write about.  And hopefully, these new experiences will make my blog even better.

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About Shelby Rawlings Blalock

I'm a 22-year-old composer, pianist, audio engineer, student, and GRAMMY Camp 2012 alum––a Charlottesville native making my way in Nashville! I write music for orchestra and small ensembles, but my debut solo piano album Airborne is available now on iTunes.

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