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Spiritual Purging, Dolby Atmos, and Gardening

published on June 9, 2023
Eric Nelson's family Greenhouse

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I'm sitting here trying to write anything, but I don't know where to start. It feels like I'm going through a fight or flight and got encased in freeze.

The last few months have been seemingly increasingly crazy at times for me. I don't know where you are, but I've been through a pressure cooker.

It hasn't been about external events; everything has been an internal purging. It's been non-stop purging, clearing, and healing of psychological and spiritual matters.

It almost feels like a deprogramming and relearning of everything I am or thought I was—just another adventure in the dark night of the soul that has been going on for years.

I haven't been in a dark place for years, there have been lighter times, but the dark far outweighed the light.

Lighter Days Ahead?

I'm starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel…I hope. I can feel myself getting lighter after learning and dealing with each new trigger that tries to throw life into chaos.

I don't see triggers as just chaos-causing but as indicators that something is wrong, and I need to do deep inner work to find the root cause and heal so the trigger won't trigger anymore.

These are things that I thought I had been working on for years, but the last few months proved I still have a ways to go.

Issues that existed subconsciously came from every angle and forced me to deal with them.

I haven't been okay with it; it hasn't been fun. I've experienced some of the worst days I've ever been through in the last four weeks, but I am still standing.

A College Graduate, New Driver, and New Puppy

Eric Nelson and family's German Shepherd puppy Finn

If there's one thing that most agree on, it's how busy we all are! Well, my family is no different.

My son graduated from Lake Superior State University with an Associate's Degree one year after high school. He was dual enrolled in a program through his high school that paid the college tuition.

We added a rescued German Shepherd puppy, Finn, to our family, which already has two Border Collies. The puppy added stress for a few weeks, but Finn is starting to settle into his new home!

My youngest started driver's training this week. She said the instructor has yet to have to use his steering wheel or brake while she's driving.

I can't believe I have a son that's graduated college and a daughter who will be a high school senior this fall. Like Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

What About The Music?

In saying all this, music has taken a backseat for a season while I'm trying to survive. Not only survival from internal issues but from a world system that is increasingly becoming more insane!

I still remember the music, even though it's taken a backseat.

I've still been working on new music and have another song ready to be mastered and released. I spent much time the last month learning how to mix in Dolby Atmos.

I was frustrated by having to learn how to mix in Dolby Atmos. I spent a significant portion of time just trying to get my stereo mixes to sound professional, and like that, a new format is starting to gain prominence!

What is Dolby Atmos?

Have you ever heard of Dolby Atmos? It's this surround sound thing that Dolby Laboratories made. Adding height to the mix makes your listening experience way more immersive.

Dolby Atmos treats each sound like its own object that can be placed or moved around in a three-dimensional space.

Atmos can make you feel like you're there, with sound coming from all directions.

You can find Dolby Atmos in all sorts of places, from fancy movie theaters to home setups. And it's even getting popular in the gaming world.

I don't know if Dolby Atmos is a fad, but I believe it's here to stay, or at least some variation.

I have wanted to mix in Atmos since I tried Spatial audio on my Air Pods a few years ago. It would be where music was heading.

Apple Music And An Ultimatum?

A few months ago, Apple said they would only playlist music with an Atmos mix. I need playlists to get heard, so I had to up my music production game.

However, setting up my studio for an Atmos speaker arrangement was too expensive.

I figured out how to get an Atmos mix without having expensive studio monitor upgrades. It may not be the best solution, but it is the only one I know now.

I plan to upgrade my studio monitors to Dolby Atmos compatible, but it may take time.

I don't hate Spatial music, and I like the technology. I felt frustrated at learning one more thing I had to do and one more thing I had to buy.

If you've listened to Spatial audio on Apple Music, you know what Dolby Atmos is and what it does.

Ad Infinitum

Eric Nelson's family garden and greenhouse.

It never ceases to amaze me how fast life changes. Change is a constant in life and one that I'm okay with.

I used to dislike change because I felt safer with the demons I knew than those I didn't know. But not all change is bad, and if I seek never to change, then even good changes can't manifest.

In saying that, I did learn to mix in Dolby Atmos. Yes, there were quite a few frustrating mixing sessions, but I made it through and learned a new skill.

My next song is done and has an Atmos mix.

I hope my mastering engineer does Atmos as well. I eyeballed his website, but there's no mention of Atmos.

I'm hoping so because he's a great mastering engineer. The industry is changing, and I'm not the only one scrambling to get on board.

I'm moving forward with a clearer head, and motivation slowly returns after leaving me for a while.

I have a lot of song ideas, and I come up with more all the time. I love creating music, and it's something that I'll do until I can't any longer.

It is also growing season in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where I live, so I've been putting in work getting everything going.

We're planning on expanding the garden and adding a fence around it. We're also adding a fence around our small fruit orchard, which is doing great after one year.

Eric Nelson's family garden expansion.

I also had the great idea to build a new bigger chicken coop to house more chickens! I have too many ideas!

Thank you for reading, listening, and your continued support! I would continue to do this if no one listened, but it wouldn't be as awesome!

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