I was really hoping to start this post talking about everything that happened at the studio, but unfortunately that’s not the way this post will go. I had spent the last several weeks gearing up, figuratively and literally, for the session and figuring out exactly what I wanted to accomplish when I started to feel kind of tired. A little weariness is always expected when working on long projects, and in my case it usually means I just need more caffeine. So I had some coffee, and then some more, and then some more. Nothing was helping. A few days later, my throat began to feel sore and highly irritated. I dismissed it as possible allergies, or maybe just a cold, and switched from coffee to tea. A day after that, I had a fever, a level of exhaustion that made it seem impossible to walk across the room, a pain in my throat that felt like I was shoving shattered glass down my throat every time I swallowed, and great difficulty knowing where I was (the last one is not totally unusual—I have a horrible sense of direction).
Taking a friend’s advice, I made my way to urgent care, where at first they thought I had a bad virus or maybe strep. The pills they gave weren’t helping, so I went back for a blood test and—surprise—I have mono. The nice human at the front desk gave me a nifty breathing mask. As a sometimes antisocial person, this is a great way to avoid having to deal with people (though of course there are probably easier ways to stay away from humans, like shutting yourself in your house—which I’m also currently doing).
By now, you probably know where this blog post is going, which is that life without coffee is a real bummer. Also, I had to reschedule the studio dates.
Road bumps are nothing new, and at this point are kind of expected. When I was working on the album last year, I was dealing with (among other things) a legal battle between my landlords and my housemates. This year it’s mono. Perhaps by the time I work on my next album, I can just have a paper cut?
Has illness/circumstance ever forced you to push back a project? How did you handle it? Let me know in the comments down below.
Until next time.