Publishing deal, Special Noodle, etc
The first thing to discuss today is Special Noodle.
(hi, my love.)
In San Jose, California, there is a restaurant called Special Noodle. And it is the GREATEST.
I am in San Jose, California because José had a show here tonight. I tagged along to see Dylan and also because I like my life better when I am in the air for most of it.
(also I heard that San Jose on the low has ridiculously delicious food.)
(Like Special the frack noodle.)
Nestled in a strip mall between HALAL MEATS and Silicon Valley Pianos, Special Noodle is a succulent delicious paradise.
There were a lot of glorious pictures to come out of the visit to Special Noodle, but below is the most indicative photo of my friendship with greatest human alive Dylan (who by now I hope you feel is your best friend, by proxy).
We were celebrating, my love.
Celebrating the second thing to discuss this week, which is that in a feat of joyous slash nearly deceptive ease I acquired a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.
(Strange, joyous, nearly deceptively easy)
(After years and years of banging my head against the wall work)
I mean it when I say banging my head against the wall. I got into LA in 2017 with my eyes set on a publishing deal for my songwriting catalogue. Thought I’d put in two years of daily grind and, with my new songs and existing major label credits, grab one of those illustrious keys to the songwriting industry.
(Strange, joyous, incredibly difficult)
(I banged my head against the wall over and over again, went into terrible soul sucking meetings)
(In the end my catalogue just didn’t make sense to anyone)
(And also I flail/fail in transactional business meetings where the people don’t actually care about music)
This month that changed.
Came through so easily I had to kick myself to not doubt it.
Because girl… I think I had grown accustomed to thinking it had to be difficult for it to happen.
It doesn’t, it turns out. When it’s right it just sails through.
And what a feeling sailing is. On Instagram I wrote that it was 5+ years of work that led to this until I realized I was way off. A bish has been writing songs since she was 20 years old, so even if I only started looking for a representative of my catalogue five years ago we’re actually talking 10, 15 years of work toward all of this.
Do you want to know what it looks like when you achieve what you’ve worked 10-15 years for?
We got the deal when I landed into San Jose, with Dylan coming to pick us up at the airport. Just absolute soul stirring glee.
I’m hyped to finally have representation for this catalogue, to know that this next album’s songs of which I am so proud will have the exciting chances they deserve.
I’m hyped to finally collect the money my songs make (the fact that we as songwriters can’t do that without getting an elusive and difficult to come by deal still makes my blood boil, but that’s a subject for another time)
And I’m hyped to have been at a jazz festival today where I just … liked everyone backstage. A beautiful rarity.
I have a renewed sense of energy. A renewed sense of purpose. Today I hatched a concept for a music video for this song that comes out on December 4th that I’m just going to create myself . Went into an absolute manic hyper-focus.
Hyped. Because you know what? I already did the hard stuff.
Let’s get to the fun stuff! Have our special noodle and eat it too.
Thanks for giving me sustenance while I waited, for believing in my songs way before Universal or anyone else did.
More next week.
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