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A Week in the Live of Missy

Missy recently returned with a wonderful new single, Hello. This new one is Missy’s first release of 2021 and has set the tone for what the rest of the year will be for this talented young artist.

Hello is written from the perspective of a young person going through the formative years of life. It’s quite the tune, with its dynamic production and clever vocal delivery. We were lucky to have Missy share a diary entry with us of a week in her life. It’s an interesting insight into this talented girl’s life.

My life is never the same week to week as a songwriter/producer/musician, so what follows is a kind of organized chaos.

My weeks usually start with recovering from the weekend. There’s usually at least one gig, and since I’m studying, I tend to link up with people and write on the weekends. Monday mornings I try to make about whatever I need. I can fit in some of the good habits I tried to build up during Covid, like yoga, cooking, reading, and going for a walk, and I feel so on top of the world if I start my week with some of these. Right now I’m reading The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara and I might sit on my new Facebook marketplace grey velvet desk chair and flick through some pages. Since I keep it a pretty free morning, I’ll normally have some loose ends to tie up for the projects I’m working on. This week I finished an interlude for my University project (a concept EP), and did some work on an EP I’m doing additional production for!

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I do Uni and work on my music. Right now I’m also working on my own project, getting my first body of work together, so a lot of my time is spent scrutinizing mixes, EQing snares, making Pinterest boards, and tracking 1001 extra harmony layers. I love putting the finishing touches on songs so this is kind of my favorite part. I also tend to write a lot at night time, so I’ll often be locked in my home studio, sitting on the floor with a guitar or toplining to a beat I made the day before. My Tuesday classes at uni have been about popular Musicology, so I’ve been dissecting pop songs, and on Wednesday I study Jazz Arranging – writing/arranging music for jazz bands which is not easy for me, but I love it. I spend a good amount of time on the train from the Hills to Sydney, daydreaming or writing lyrics on my phone. I come up with a lot of ideas that way so I often am trying to be lowkey while voice memo-ing on the bus. In the evenings I might write out some harmonies for a horn section for homework, and then make a beat for fun.

On Mondays & Thursdays, I work as a mentor and teach songwriting/production, and on Fridays, I practice jazz piano and ear training for Uni. Thursday and Friday nights are often gig nights, whether with my band or with the solo live-looped one-woman set-up I’ve been doing a lot lately. I also sometimes will go to a place like the Rocks with friends, or walk around the botanical gardens in Sydney.

On the weekend I’m normally pretty pooped from the week so I will make a concerted effort to get some sun and do some of that aforementioned Covid-spawned exercise. I’ve also been playing Wii again lately so might do that on a Saturday night if there’s nothing on. Lately, I have been known to do nerdy blind book swaps and to cook various time-consuming meals with friends. Weekends are also for writing sessions with anyone who, like me, doesn’t have a real job and therefore doesn’t really understand weekends. Last week I spent Sunday in the studio writing/producing and Saturday shooting a video. I had approximately 0% of my yoga & soy latte-induced energy left in the tank so then, the beginning of the next week was back to square one. And repeat!

Jim Sherwood serves as chief creative, brand strategist, lead developer, meticulous project manager, and station collaborator for all Skyrocket Radio sites and projects.

Jim got his start in radio at WLSM in the small town of Louisville, MS in 1988. Since then he has worked on-air in all day parts and has held nearly every other station position at one time or another. Jim has worked for radio stations in several states and for iHeartMedia (Clear Channel Radio), CBS Radio, Cumulus Broadcasting and a few small locally-owned stations. He even hosted a morning show on an aircraft carrier for two years while in the Navy. Jim has a passion for radio history, music, gadgets and all kinds of geeky web stuff.

After 14 years at Clear Channel Radio, Jim left the industry in 2013 to devote full-time attention to his company, Mediagin Creative, a small freelance creative agency that develops WordPress websites as well as produces commercials for radio and TV. After being asked by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters to speak to a panel of small market station owners about the need for better websites, it became apparent that an easy to use and low-cost solution was needed to assist smaller markets in competing for online ad dollars. Skyrocket Radio was born.