Update on new songs and possible film project

 I attempted to record my songs on these when I was a kid. Shows that I'm getting old :)

I attempted to record my songs on these when I was a kid. Shows that I’m getting old ๐Ÿ™‚

Well I’m starting to feel like a little bit of a slacker because I haven’t recorded my new song yet. I don’t know why this happens to me sometimes. I spend so much time writing a song–and then when it’s done that’s it. It’s not like I forgot how to play it or anything–but I just don’t record it and then start writing something else, and that seems to be what happened this time. I know I can sit here and say I’m too busy, but we’re all busy and that’s not even it. I don’t know what it is. Sometimes once I’m finished writing a song, I can’t wait to record it–other times not so much. But I just wanted to tell you guys that the song is done and I still plan on recording it ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as other songs go- I have a song I wrote about 7 months ago to possibly be part of an independent film called, The Stones We Throw.ย ย The director loved the song at the time and said she’d be in touch…but then I kind of gave up on the idea of it being used because I never heard back. But last week I did talk to her, and she said she’s talking to the music supervisor about it, so we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very different sounding song. It doesn’t sound like anything else I’ve ever written, and it’s supposed to sound very disturbing, creepy and kind of put people on edge. I remember when I was writing it, my kids wouldn’t listen to it. They said it was too scary ๐Ÿ™‚ But that’s the kind of song I wanted, so that was a good thing! I guess I’ll know soon whether or not the song makes it into the film. But, all the rights to the song are mine, so if it doesn’t make it into this project, I’ll share it on here. I think you’ll like it, even though it is a very strange song.

shark-02Everything else is going good. All the kids are doing well and are looking forward to summer. I’m glad it’s almost summer too, even though it’s just not as fun when you’re an adult ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember as a kid when summer meant no more homework and just fun stuff all day long? Now I just have the weekends really, but I hope to still make it fun. We’re planning on taking the kids to the beach as much as we can. But I can never relax when we go. I get paranoid of the kids wandering off, getting sucked in to the ocean, sharks…the list kind of goes on and on. I think that’s normal for a mom to think of those things and be worried, but it definitely takes the fun out it.

What about you? What are your plans this summer?

Thanks for reading-

Lindsay Della Vella

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Quick update

As you guys know the last few weeks were really tough but I’m happy to say that things this week have been much better! Thanks again to those of you that were concerned for my aunt–she is doing much better. Everything is going to take time, but she has come so far already, and for that we are truly thankful! (if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, read my last post).

I started working my part time hours two weeks ago, and it has been really great. I really missed the fact that I wasn’t home yet when the kids got home from school. I would always call home when they got home (my aunt was here with them) but they never really wanted to talk to me. Really, when I think about it, the only one who came to the door to see me when I got home was our dog! I’m not sure the kids even noticed I was home for the first 10 minutes! But either way, I’m just glad that my boss has let me take the part time hours for now so I can be home when the school day is over.

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Max loves me more than the kids do.

 

Things at my job are going really well. I’m doing medical coding and I really like it. It’s weird though..I’ve never thought about how much can physically go wrong with you until I medical heart thingstarted this job, and really started to see everything that is out there. I sometimes end up feeling bad for people after reading their reports. There’s just so many people who are struggling with all different kind of injuries and diseases like cancer. At the end of the day, I’m just reminded again to be thankful that my kids and the rest of my family are healthy.

As far as my music goes, I still am working on recording my latest song. With everything going on, I haven’t been able to record it yet, but I have been just practicing. I know I’ve said it before but playing the piano really just heals me. Whenever I’m hurt or upset, that is when I can write my best music. I know that probably sounds weird or depressing but I truly don’t mean it that way. It’s just when I’m in that mindset that I can get ideas for songs. That is usually when I start writing a song or ideas just come to me while I’m playing. I don’t have to be constantly sad to write or anything like that. It takes me a while (at least a month, sometimes more) to write a song. But when I first start writing a song–that’s when it’s best for me to be in a sad mindset. But once the song is started, and I feel better about stuff, I go back to it and write more. I don’t have to be upset to finish writing a song.

Well, that is pretty much it for now. Thanks again to those of you that continue to read this blog and listen to my songs ๐Ÿ™‚

Lindsay Della Vella

 

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This was a very tough two weeks

Well, I usually try to keep this blog positive and upbeat…but these passed two weeks were the hardest weeks in a very long time. I don’t like to put too much personal info on here because well, you never know what weirdo is reading your blog. But if you’re a close friend or family member you know the story of what happened already.flowers in vase

The quick version of everything is that my aunt is in the hospital recovering from a stroke. The great news is that she will be ok. It just takes time to recover, but the doctors are expecting her to be back to her old self after rehab. There’s ย a lot more that I could write here, and I might someday, but for now I’m not. I’m not sure how much she would want out there in the whole internet world, so it’s just best not to say too much.

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I was very upset all week. I was very worried about my aunt, and trying to figure out a way to keep my job, and also be home for the kids too. Glad this week is over. Everything is ok now.

She is like a second mother to me, and this happening is a complete surprise and is just very devastating. She is a very big part of my life–she helped me during the week. She would be here to help me with the kids so I could go to work. But not only that, the kids and I truly enjoy her company and her not being here this week was just plain weird to me. She’s been in my life since day one. But like I said, the good news is that she’s doing great–better and better each day and soon she will go to rehab/physical therapy to get even better.

I'm glad my employer is working with me so I can have new hours.

I’m glad my employer is working with me so I can have new hours.

In the meantime, I spoke to my boss and she’s letting me switch to part time hours so I can be home more with the kids. I was very fortunate they let me do that, or else I would of had to quit my job. Don’t get me wrong–my family is my priority and I would quit me job if necessary. I’m fortunate enough that my husband does very well, and my job isn’t for like our food money or anything. But, with that being said, I still don’t want to walk away from my job. I truly enjoy medical coding, and I worked pretty hard this passed year getting my certification and then the job. I admit I’d be sad to just leave it especially since I’ve only been there a few months. So…that’s where I’m at with that, and hopefully things will work out with it.

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I saw this on facebook this week and it helped me feel better.

This week was also tough because I was trying to shield the kids from everything, but they’re old enough to understand a little of what was going on. It’s a tough balance to find because I don’t want them to worry. So for now they know she is ok and they talk to her on the phone. We are planning to go see her in the hospital tomorrow. I might have to explain more then, but I think they can handle it.

I didn’t practice the piano at all since all of this, until last night. It’s amazing how unstressed I get just from practicing my music. With all this crazy stuff going on, the piano just got lost in the shuffle of everything, but when I finally got back to it, I felt a little better almost immediately. I know I’ve said it before, but if I didn’t have the ability to play the piano, I probably would of ended up in the looney-bin. For real. Playing my music just helps me unwind, and sometimes I kind of forget how much it really does help me.

heart pianoI haven’t recorded that new song yet. Hopefully soon I will be able to, so I can share it with you. My other songs are listed in the music player on the right of this screen if you want to hear those. Thanks again to all of you who read this and listen to my songs ๐Ÿ™‚

Lindsay Della Vella

 

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Why music isn’t my career

The other day my son said to me, “But Mommy, aren’t you an artist? Why can’t you do music for your job?” I thought to myself, oh man…if only it was that easy. I know kids don’t really understand how the grown up world works, but he’s right in a way (and lets face it, most adults don’t get how the grown up world works either). But, Why can’t I write music for my job?

yellow pianoWell, if I was to be completely fair to myself, I guess I could say that I never really gave it a try. I mean, I’ve always written piano songs since I was a kid, but never really let anyone even hear my songs until a few years ago (when I was…um…29). ย Until then, I was extremely shy about the whole thing. I didn’t even know how to record my songs yet. So, when I was younger and in college, when I technically could have done something more with my music, I just didn’t. ย I ended up going to school to be a teacher because it was just safer and traditional. To me there was really no risk because anyone could get a teaching job right? I ended up really loving teaching, but in the end, I decided against all that also, and never really even used my teaching degree. I don’t even know why I’m saying all this, except to show that life never seems to turn out how you think it would, at least career-wise. Looking back, I should of at least attempted to do something with my music.

Working at a computer is the exact opposite of being creative and writing music. But oh well. Medical coding is still a good job.

Working at a computer is the exact opposite of being creative and writing music. But oh well. Medical coding is still a good job.

Now, I’m a medical coder, and I truly enjoy it. If you’re a person who doesn’t mind working in an office, it’s a great job. You have to take courses to learn how to code, but it’s something that you can learn to do if you’re dedicated and just put the time in. I love my coworkers, but part of why I like coding so much is because I don’t really have to deal with people. I have a few great, close friends in real life who I love. But other than them, I can honestly say that I don’t like meeting or dealing with new people that much. So coding is the perfect job for me. But, I have to admit, that sometimes while I’m at my desk, I think about playing the piano, or I think about the new song that I’m working on, and wish I was doing that instead. Because when push comes to shove, any employer can replace any employee or outsource their job to a foreign country in a second if they felt like it. But with music, it’s not like that. Yes, there’s thousands and thousands of musicians, but we’re all different and unique. You can’t outsource creativity, and that’s the beauty of being an artist. No one can truly replace something that you are writing.

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I still haven’t given up on getting my music out there. I’m just glad people like my songs, even if this will never be my real job.

Anyway, I’m like brain dead today, and I kind of forgot the whole point of this post. I think I was trying to say that while I’m glad I’m a medical coder, and do like my career, music will always be in my mind as a possibility, but really more of a dream. I don’t mean like I want to be a famous performer rock star or someone like that, but it would be cool if my song were just out there more. I did write some songs for independent films, that supposedly are using my songs, but as I type this, those films have not gone into production yet. And really when you think about it, who knows if they ever will. Those are someone else’s dreams…so who knows if that will ever even happen.

I did start recording my new song two nights ago, but then my computer crashed and I lost the whole friggin thing. Usually if there’s a computer problem while I’m recording, my program will automatically save whatever I recorded, but for some reason, it didn’t save this time. It’s not the end of the world–it wasn’t ready yet, but still. That is just very frustrating.

Good luck to all of you musicians or medical coders or anyone else who reads this blog somewhere ๐Ÿ™‚ ย It really means a lot to me that you like and listen to my songs. All of my songs are in the music player to the right on the screen if you want to listen to them again.

Thanks for reading-

Lindsay Della Vella

 

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Quick Update On A New Piano Song

Go away Caillou

Go away Caillou

My kids are watching “Uncle Grandpa” so I have a few minutes to start writing real quick. If you’ve never seen Uncle Grandpa, it’s on Netflix, and it’s stupid. It’s only slightly better than Spongebob, Barney and Caillou–the other 3 worst kids shows of all time, at least in my opinion. Apparently a lot of people disagree with me about Spongebob. At work the the other day, my coworkers were telling me how much they love that show and they weren’t kidding either. So maybe I’m in the minority here, but I can’t stand it. I’d almost rather watch Caillou. Almost.

piano yellowOtherwise, things have been pretty good. I’m just about ready to start recording my new song (which doesn’t have a name yet. I name it last once it’s recorded. Weird, I know). I finished the actual writing part a few weeks ago. Since then I’ve just been practicing it. I know it probably sounds weird that I have to practice a song that I wrote…but I do. During that time, I just make sure it’s exactly how I want it to be. Once I feel that it’s at that level, I start recording it. That takes a lot of time because I am a perfectionist. If I hear the slightest mistake, I erase it and record that part again.

I truly enjoy writing piano music–so much. I can’t even describe how much music means to me. It’s just part of who I am. I went a very long time without writing or even practicing (about 10 years). I think about that sometimes and just can’t believe it! During that time my kids were all babies and life was just too consuming for me to have time or energy to write anything. Even though I work full time now, I still have to make time for my music. I usually practice at night right before the kids go to bed. They all play in their rooms for about 15 minutes before they go to sleep, so that’s when I practice. Sometimes they take an interest in hearing me play, but mostly they don’t ๐Ÿ™‚ And that’s ok.

My daughter listening to one of my songs.

My daughter likes my music the most. Sometimes when I’m practicing she’ll come in my room and dance to my songs. It is just so cute. Anyway, that’s about it! If you haven’t heard my songs yet and want to–go to the music player on the right of the screen.

Thanks for reading-

Lindsay Della Vella

 

 

 

 

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Medical Coding and Why I Like It

Well, this post isn’t really related to my music. I thought I’d write a little bit about my new job instead. If you read my other posts, I guess you know this already , but I went back to a paying job about a month ago (I hate saying went-back-to-work because that implies that being a stay at home mom doesn’t qualify as work and I friggin hate that). Anyway, so I started my new paying job as a medical coder.

coding pic for blogMy kids asked me what that is, so here is a simplified definition. We read reports and take all the information (diagnosis or procedures) and change it into a number. The insurance companies take those numbers and determine a payment for the doctor or hospital that treated the patient. It might sound weird or boring, but I actually really like it. It does involve taking courses to learn how to do this, either at a college or online courses and programs. There’s literally thousands of codes, but depending on the type of coding you do, you’ll use similar codes most of the time, so it’s really not that bad.

xray picI code radiology–so lots of x-rays, mammograms, ct scans etc. When I first decided to go into the field a while back, I told myself I wanted a job that I could just go to everyday, but once that day is over, I kind of didn’t want to care about it. I know that probably sounds terrible, but it’s true. My priorities in life are the people in it–my family and close friends. Everything else has to take a back seat. I also do not define myself as a human being based on my career. Even though I still feel that way after actually starting to work in the field, something that never really crossed my mind has happened. Even though this is a complete push-paper kind of job (like I wanted), I actually do care about it a lot more than I thought I would. Once you get accustomed to reading these reports, you know by reading it whether the patient is going to get bad news or not. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not a doctor…but I read enough of these reports a day, that I can distinguish between a “good” one and a “bad” one, even though since this is radiology, the report falls short of officially diagnosing a patient with something. What I’m saying is, I can tell by a few key words in a report if a patient most likely will be diagnosed with a bad disease, like breast cancer. At the end of the day, even though I don’t know the people in real life or even remember their names, I find myself thinking about them, and just hoping that they will be ok. I really start to care about these patients, even though that might sounds kind of weird. Anyway, I don’t even know why I’m even saying any of this, except that it does help to put everyday life into perspective. But overall, I really like my job and it’s going well.

coding definitionIt was a very good career choice, and there’s many different directions you can go in, in time. You have to be weary of all the informercials and scams saying you can take a 4 month training course and then work from home. That is simply not true. A good online training program takes about a year, and there’s also other options if you want to take college level courses, and those programs lasts 2 years. (I took the courses through Career Stepย since I already have a college degree and just couldn’t imagine going back to school like that again at this point in my life). But I’m happy because this program wasย very comprehensive and totally prepared me for the “real world”. So, that being said, the whole 4-month-and-you-can-work- from-home informercial thing you might have seen, is a bunch of BS. However, you can eventually work from home, after you have 2-3 years of experience. You definitely can after 5. That is ultimately my goal. Another thing I’m looking into is becoming a coding instructor. To do that, you need at least 5 years experience in the field. So, looks like maybe I can still be a teacher someday after all ๐Ÿ™‚

What about you? Would you ever consider medical coding as a career?

And also–in case any of you who follow this blog for my songs are wondering if I’m writing anything new…the answer is yes, I am working on something. I’m still in the writing stages and nothing has been recorded yet. It’s hard to say when it will be finished. I’ll keep you updated ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again to those of you who listen to my songs ๐Ÿ™‚ If you haven’t heard my songs yet and want to, go to the music player on the right of the screen ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for reading-

Lindsay Della Vella

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Quick update and a video my son took of me playing piano

I usually don’t post videos like this because I feel like the sound quality is terrible, but now I figure what the hell. Every once in a while someone will ask to see me actually play a song, which I usually never do for real. I’d rather record my songs and let people hear them that way, but the other day my son had my phone. He walked in to me practicing this song, so I just let him record it. This is the middle part of my song, “Angel.”

If you haven’t heard the full version of this song yet, click “Angel” in the music player on the right of the screen or if you want to see the video of this song, click here.

 

 

I’m also working on another song. I honestly have no idea when it will be finished though. It really just depends on how much time I have to practice. I don’t have as much time as I used to though because I went back to work full time. I really like my job and it’s going great. But sometimes when I’m sitting at my desk I can’t help but wish I was playing the piano instead! Oh well. One can dream.

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Starting A New Job

 

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Very excited to start my new job ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I have some exciting news, and it’s a real big change for me and my whole family, but change in a good way. One of my goals for this year, was to get a medical coding job. I’m happy to say that I’ve accepted a job offer! It’s exactly the kind of job I want to do (coding nuclear medicine/radiology reports) and I’m so happy that I got it ๐Ÿ™‚ I finished up my training from Career Step about a month ago, and have been sending out my resume. I still have to take the certification exam next month, and have been studying. A lot. The test is difficult, but I think I’ll do ok.

This is a complete change for me. I graduated college 15 years ago but in a different field. But even more than that, it’s a change because this means that I’ll no longer be able to be a stay at home mom. I have been home with the kids for past 10 years. I’m sure there will be days when I miss being home, but I am totally ready to be back out there again.

auntI was very fortunate that I had the chance to stay with the kids the whole time they were so young. Now 3 of my kids are in regular school, and I’ll be getting home only an hour and a half after them. I’m also very lucky because my husband can leave a little later than most people do for work, and can stay with our youngest son until my aunt (who has always been the best aunt ever) can get here to stay with him and be here when my kids get home from school. All of my kids were so excited to hear that they’re going to see my aunt everyday! They’re already want me go to work so they can see her sooner ๐Ÿ™‚

funny-1990-ten-years-agoMy biggest concern will always be my kids well-being and happiness. It would of killed me to have to put my kids in daycare when they were babies. I know they would have been fine, but it would have killed me. I really can’t express how thankful I am that I’ve been fortunate enough to have all that time with them when they were little. They just grow up so fast. I know on the day my youngest goes to kindergarten, I will cry. He won’t be I’m sure. He was crying the first day of school when the other kids went because he wanted to go ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously though, the time has just gone by so fast for me the last 10 years. It’s crazy.

changeSo, this will be a big change, but I’m so so happy about it. It couldn’t of worked out better at home, and also my new job will be great. The job itself is something I want to do, and all the people I met so far are very nice. I start next week and am just so excited about it ๐Ÿ™‚

As far as my music goes, I am writing a new song. It’s more like my usual style than my last song. My music has been described as “impending doom” lol, but I take that as a compliment. I think my last song, Angel, was a very happy sounding song though. It also is my favorite song that I’ve written. If you haven’t heard it yet, scroll up to the music player on the right of the screen or click here to see the video for it.

Thank you for reading if you made it this far. I know this post was kind of long and rambly. I’m just excited about this new path.

-Lindsay Della Vella

 

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Music is my hobby, but should have been my career.

facebookI came across a good quote the other day, and I thought it was worth sharing. It’s not from anyone famous, and I actually don’t even know who said it. It was on the HONY facebook page (Humans of New York). If you’re unfamiliar with this page, it’s by a photographer that takes pictures of regular people and he asks them a question, and he posts their answers with their picture. It’s usually a question like, “What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you, or what is your happiest/saddest memory.” Things like that. Or sometimes you don’t even know the question.

Anyway, I saw a quote on there the other day, and it said:

“If you can’t support yourself doing your hobby, find a job that supports your hobby.”

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I graduated college 15 years ago with my teaching degree, but later decided that that’s not what I want to do.

I guess that’s common sense really, but I never thought of it that way. When I was younger, my parents tried to get me to go to college for music, but of course I didn’t listen. I thought that my music really wasn’t that good, and I thought that I would never be able to make any real money from it. I just figured for a career, I had to do something that was normal and mainstream, so eventually I graduated from college with my teaching degree (I still ended up not doing that. I’ll explain that in another post though).

Looking back, I wish I would have at least given music more thought at the time. I knew I didn’t want to be a performer, but there’s so much more out there for musicians than that.

So, I guess that just about leaves me where I am right now. Being a musician isn’t my career, but at least I never gave up on it. All of this reminds me of something else I read the other day:

“How many artists turned away from their art because they were told they had to make money in a traditional way? How many have given up their dreams in order to follow a more secure and profitable and socially acceptable path?”

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This is a really good book.

That is an excerpt from the book,ย The Motivation Manifestoย by Brendon Burchard. I’m reading this book now, and I love it. It’s not a book that will give you steps to get through every day life, but it gives ideas on a different way of thinking about life. I think that quote sums up a lot people. There’s so many talented people out there who either completely or partially gave up on their art, believing they could never succeed with it. Myself included.

So, looking back, it’s real easy to say “I wish I did things differently.” But, today I have a job that will support me enough to still have music as a hobby, and for me that is still pretty good. If you haven’t heard my songs yet and want to, go to the music player on the right side of the screen.

Thanks for reading-

Lindsay Della Vella

 

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How I See 2015

We all have good qualities and some well, not so good. For me, I admit that sometimes I have a bit of an “attitude problem.” At least that’s what I’ve been told by a few close friends and family over the years. People think I’m negative but I truly don’t see myself that way. I’m not an unhappy person and I don’t dwell on things. I just see myself as being realistic. So, every year when new years roles around and I’m scrolling through facebook, my first thought is usually something like this-

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It’s not that people can’t change or do better. They can. It has to come from the heart though and they have to actually want to do it. But setting new years resolutions based solely on the fact that it’s a new year, is well, dumb. Why does it have to be a new year for you to make a change? If you’re unhappy in your life in July, change then. It doesn’t have to be a new year for you to make yourself better. Just my opinion.

However, I am looking ahead and thinking about 2015. I don’t have any resolutions. The word “resolution” implies change, and I am not trying to change who I am or what I do. I do have professional goals though. Here they are:

1.ย Pass the CPC-H certification exam and get a medical coding job. (I wrote all about that in my last post).

2. Figure out my work schedule so I can be home from work by the time the kids get home from school. Or figure out who is going to watch them after school until I get home.

3. Continue to write music. At least 3 songs this year.

piano blog post 24. Submit these songs to licensing opportunities or post on this website.

5. Write more songs for Bibliotheque Music Library.ย I have one song on one of their albums now, called Sunrise. Click here to listen to it.

That’s about it. If all those things happen it will be a good year! But, I can think of more, but they’re personal goals, so I want to keep them to myself. ย What about you? What are your goals?

Thanks for reading-

-Lindsay Della Vella

 

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