This is George Shalda, and his gigantic dog that looks like a bear! George will be the one in charge of recording this album in his studio BearDog (now you know why it is called like that ;)!) I had the pleasure of working with him today in a different project, and I can’t say enough good things about him or his studio. Great vibes, beautiful attitude, and awesome work environment! We are recording on January 15th through the 17th!!!! How exciting!!!!!!
I officially met Richard a year ago during Thanksgiving, when I came to spend the break in Austin. He has been playing with me ever since I moved to this city in July. My first impression of him is that he is hilarious. He looks kind of serious, but don’t be fooled! His jokes are sharp and he is just too funny. I will be ever thankful for the interest and enjoyment he showed when I first introduced him to my music. He made me feel confident and motivated me to work harder on this album. I am not only in love with his playing, but also love how dedicated and enthusiastic he has been with this project and the music. He has a beautiful sound, is very attentive to details and makes everyone he plays with sound great. I admire all the heart and hard work he puts into everything. Along with Andrew Friedrich, Richard has been my right hand in producing the final touch of the music. I feel so grateful to have him and his bass in this record!
Today we had the first meeting about my up coming album with the band! we are ready to start the finish line of this process! We discussed details of rehearsals, recording dates, and all that fun stuff! We are so excited to put this album together and bring the music to your ears and hearts! We have new band members, new instruments and new arrangements! In the next days I will introduce you to each and every one of the people involved in this record! See the pictures of the hang! we hope you enjoy them! Hugs.
Hoy nos reunimos por primera vez con todos los integrantes de la banda para hablar sobre mi próximo album! Estamos listos para empezar la recta final de este proceso! Hoy cuadramos la logística de ensayos, fechas de grabación y todas esas cosas emocionantes! Tenemos mucha ilusión de hacer este proyecto realidad y llevarles esta música a sus oídos y corazones! Tenemos nuevos integrantes en la banda, nuevos intrumentos, y nuevos arreglos! En los próximos días voy a presentarles a cada una de las personas que hacen parte de este equipo! Los invito a ver las fotos de nuestra reunión de hoy!! espero que las disfruten! Un abrazo.
Everyone warns you about the cultural shock you'll experience when you get to the U.S. It is not only changing your language (which even if you are bilingual is hard! specially in the first month or so), having seasons (my colombian body is used to have sun everyday until 6:30 pm, so the changes of the sunset time mess up with my mood... drastically....), or the fact of everything working more organized. It is also the different food, the way you relate to people, the way you express yourself and the way you feel music.
The first difference I noticed, that makes me so Colombian, is that I can't stop dancing! I dance when I sing, I dance when I listen to music (which is all the time since I am a music student), I dance while working-out on the stairmaster, I dance to swing music, salsa, and to the sound of any kind of drum, even to the sound of the washing machine. I think I have always been like this, but it is just weird here. Back in Colombia it seemed normal, but here I feel like a Duracell bunny. It is just so hard to contain myself sometimes...
Also... guys (and maybe girls too... why not), sorry to disappoint you, but I am NOT FLIRTING with you all the time, I am just being Colombian! we laugh loud, we hug, we kiss on the cheek, and we have absolutely no sense of the meaning of "Personal Space". So please, don't get confused by that charming accent! jajajaja Latino does not mean Caliente.... If I flirt with you, you will know for sure! jajajajajaja
So, if someone asks me to describe myself in one world, I would just say: COLOMBIANA. Just like I said to that cop that pulled me over when I was with my friend Monica after having dinner (just because I was a little bit lost and he got the wrong idea. Then I was worried that he would get extreme levels of garlic in my sobriety test results jajajaja):
Cop: Hair Color?
Me: I am Colombian blonde
(Mónica looks worried)
Cop: (looks at me a little bit confused) and what is the color of you eyes?
Laura: (I think for a second and laugh.. loud...) Colombian green
Cop: (he looks at me and smiles) oh really? so, then what is your Colombian height?
Laura and Mónica: (we laugh loud)
Laura: 1.64 mts., I don't know it in feet, sorry!
Cop: (he laughs loud now) (then he looks at me with a worried, but also mocking look) ok, I don't know what worries me more: that I would have caught you drunk, or that you actually are not drunk at all.
Cop, Laura, Moni: (we laugh so hard!!!!)
I am passionate, loud, and live my life through extreme emotions that are as curvy as the mountains of my country. I am impatient (how not to be when I am used to have green all year long, no seasons, fruits everyday of the year, every existing weather any time of the year). Just by looking at my face you will always notice if I am happy, sad, worried, excited, angry, of concentrated. I am not scared of showing my feelings to anyone and anywhere.
I am blessed to have been born in a beautiful country, with hard-working, and vibrant people, that fight everyday to survive injustice, violence and corruption. I feel my Colombia in every cell of my body. I sing for it and to it every day of my life. So really, please stop yourself if you feel the urge to make the stupid colombian joke about drugs.. It is not funny at all. How about saying something nice about our coffee, our music, our landscapes, and of course our beautiful women! jaja.