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Making of A Good Day
it all began in sleepy, rural, bernville, pennsylvania when i first
picked up the guitar at the age of 14. i realized i needed to express my teenage anguish in something other than ice sculpting, my prior hobby and artform. i finished up
high school and shocked my
parents and a bunch of other people when i said i didn't want to go to
college yet. so instead, i worked as a tour guide at a county
park, where i served ice cream in between giving tours, and was late
to work pretty much every day. my reason for being late (other than the occasional flat
tire or my car not starting) was a consequence of the life i lived after work. i'd drive an hour and half to philadelphia, and an hour and half back, just
to play one song at an open mic. i soon made friends with a band who
invited me to open for them every sunday in a bar that sometimes
played porn on their tvs. it sounds way worse than it was. in all
reality, it probably was pretty bad, but i was 18 and couldn't think
of anything more liberating to do, besides hardcore drugs or climbing
mt. everest, neither of which i'll probably ever do.probably. after one of these late night sunday shows, i followed
my friends into a recording studio where someone was recording his
first EP for Blue Note Records. Lo and behold, it was Amos Lee.
Needless to say, i'd always been a fan of his. I hopped onto the
project as the "intern", but basically hung around with them 'til 3 in the morning, slowly starting to feel cool for the first time in my life. In
return i got free dinners and started doing a little recording of my own on the side. this all inspired me to visit los
angeles. after checking it out, i knew this was where i wanted to be. my reasoning for choosing l.a. over nyc? i thought l.a. was pretty mellow, and i was pretty mellow, so it suited me. but really, i needed to escape. at 19, i yearned for something different. so one month later i was in my car with 2 guitars,
clothes, and some other junk i really didn't need to bring, blasting
led zeppelin's "going to california", revelling at finally being on the road.
once in los angeles, i stumbled in and out of apartments; getting kicked out of one, getting freaked out by others. all i was really focused on was finding more open mics to play. soon i had to like, get a job. i waitressed and i hated it. it was around this time (about a year into living in l.a.) i almost gave up and went back home to go to
college, like everyone said i should. i started focusing on all the wrong stuff. i lost all enthusiasm for open mics. i was exhuasted and losing hope. but, with the help of friends, i persevered.
living in los angeles, you tend to always run into someone who knows
someone in entertainment. in meeting a lot of these, i landed myself a show at the
Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, opening for Joshua Radin. A fan of his
voice, and he a fan of mine, we started to hang out and sing together.
In a short amount of time, Josh got signed to Columbia and he asked me to sing with him
on tour. of course i say 'yea man'. i quit my waitressing job and went on the road with him for a while. I found 5 days in between touring with Josh to record my
first EP with Joey Waronker and Gus Seyfrett. there were no stakes
involved, so we just had fun with it, and to this day i'm still very
proud of what we did.
eventually josh takes off for more touring, and i'm left to happily make los
angeles my home again. i spend the new year of 2007 in new york city where i play a showcase for
blue note records. fortunately for me and the label, we really liked
each other. I signed on and am now finishing my first full-length
record with them, and my good friends Joey and Gus.
About the author: Priscilla Ahn is a medically diagnosed giant. She is 48 years old, half parisian, and is now living off the coast of sardinia. she no longer indulges in ice
sculpting. but as many of you know, some of this is a lie.
How I made my profile:I used Dave & Jay's amazing myspace editor.