Me all of 2020.

Think about an aspiring engineer.

Or an aspiring teacher, or doctor, or aspiring whatever.

Aspiring is a funny word. It means to direct hope or ambition towards becoming a specific type of person. It’s weird to think you could be aspiring towards something right now and not even know it.

That’s kind of how 2020 felt for me.

How I Got Into Music Pre-2020

The first time I touched a music software was in 2016. I discovered GarageBand randomly after sifting through an iPad I bought for college. At the time, I knew nothing about making…

Yo I just realized nothing I write makes sense??? Like what have I been talking about? It’s really hard to think intuitively and write. It’s very easy to overthink. This is where I run into trouble. Its easy to trip over the same thought and end up saying nothing.

I’m very explanatory. I am very specific and tactful and intentional when I do. I need to give you information. Sometimes the thoughts are pouring out so much I think other people can see them. Other times i know they can’t. …

I think about a football team. Or a household. “United in mind and thought” means everyone upholding one purpose. It sounds great, in theory, but it’s much more cumbersome to execute and replicate — mainly because there are endless ends to value and we are limited.

A football team and household operate in very different terms. Their purpose and “oneness” look different. However, they point in the same direction. Both require the individual to compromise and make sacrifices for the whole. Obviously. A father must work to provide for the family. A quarterback must prepare psychically and mentally to contribute…

Photo by Erik Witsoe on Unsplash

Today is one of those days where everything should feel right, but it doesn’t. I got up early this morning. I hit snooze once, then actually got up. Lately, I’ve been doing that 5 or 6 more times, but today I got up, I made my bed, and now I’m at this new coffee place in Franklin, Tennessee.

For whatever reason, I don’t feel right. I’m not “on.” I don’t feel positive. I don’t feel like anything is worthwhile or meaningful.

Even writing this has slowly added to my misery. Not only am I suffering, but now I’m pushing myself…

I’ve been practicing writing — no, righting — letters.

Like handwritten notes. I’ve been thinking about not having a cell phone. Also it’s cool to write hand written letters. Sometimes I send them, other times I don’t. It seems like a reasonable skill to have and it feels analog. And genuine, because, well, it is when you do it by hand.

Writing by hand is different. Words come out of you not tapped in a mindless manner. A mistake feels okay. It’s adds to the realness. Writing makes you think. One of my earliest discoveries. …

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This morning, I turned down a road I’d never been on. It was long, narrow, extending endlessly into the distance, lined with blooming adolescent trees.

It made me feel. It made me disassociate from the music playing, the bustling of my car, the idea of myself. I was there, just there and soon realized it was the first time I had been present in two weeks.

I am living in a new space. A side of me yearns to publicize my surroundings and declare the new things I am seeing and experiencing. …

Part of the struggle of having loads of free time is making use of it. What it means to make use of free time is up for debate.

I like to use it to somehow improve, or make progress, within a specific domain. That might mean reading a book that pushes the boundaries of what I know. It could mean putting the final touches on a song I’m mastering. Or it might mean practicing my follow through when throwing disc golf. All of these are examples of “productive” use of time — to me.

The battle, obviously, is seeking that…

“Work in Process” EP: Photo by Author

Well, this is technically my third.

I put out a laymans project in August 2018 called “Play on Words.” It was the first (and worst) music I ever released; it was borderline satirical. I wouldn’t even call it music now, it was honestly just me being an idiot with a less than basic understanding of audio production — which resulted in a comical collection of WAV files upon which I called “music.”

I found my means to suddenly create and release my own sounds on the Internet mostly ironic; I explain that here. Back in 2018, my life was, eh…

This is not what you think. Do not read this.

The upcoming month has the potential to be very special. I guess every month has this, but this month I have the potential to make it special.

I’m taking a break from work. Which as a college graduate, is worth mentioning. In May, I’m moving to Nashville so this 30-day break gives me a moment to prepare, relax, and transition.

I think about this time last year. How bizarre, beaten, and fragmented the world felt. 2020 was nuts. I remember being sent home to do my corporate job remotely —…

Listen to Hayes from the KY on Spotify.

One thing I’ve been thinking about is interpreting, and supporting, other artists’ music — specifically less known, up-and-coming artists. I know the joy that comes from others receiving and appreciating the music you make, so I want to take the opportunity to reciprocate the energy, write about something I love (music), and share dope art.

I listened to “Kentucky Fried” last night when I saw it pop up on my Spotify. I’ve been following dude on Instagram for a while and always thought he had a relatable, tangible ambiance as an artist. I don’t know him, but he seems like…

Alec Zaffiro

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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