2018 is almost coming to an end, and I feel that the best way to wrap up the year is to clarify everything about my book and album Brain XP with the Get To Know Me Tag! I’m going to answer all of your questions I have been asked about the process of completing the book and album as well as some fun questions to help you get to know me better. The “Brain XP Era” is not over. At all. However, I am moving on to even bigger concepts to bring you even better content. I want you to know as much as you can about me, so that you feel you truly are on this journey with me! Chapter by chapter, I will go behind the scenes of Brain XP. Today, I am focusing on Chapter One: Get To Know Me.
Brain XP Chapter One: Get To Know Me
Lucky vs. Blessed
In Chapter One, I wanted to grab your attention by raising an interesting point. Is there such a thing as lucky? Or are we all just incredibly blessed in different ways? It’s really up to you on how you view this, but I do believe there is luck in the world. I also believe that God is not recognized nearly enough for the blessings he has given every person on this earth. I strongly feel there are far more blessings in the world than lucky opportunities. That’s just how I see it, but everyone’s viewpoint is valid, so I respect those who don’t agree.
Without giving too much away, I will tell you that I had two minor issues growing up in elementary school. You’ll have to read the book to get more details, but there was a source behind both issues. I included my early life in the book because I know there are younger kids out there who are struggling, but since the issue may not seem big, it is overlooked. We want to find the sources of these issues as fast as we can, so that they are not overlooked.
San Diego is my home, and my family is great. At the time I wrote the book, I was living with my mom, dad, and dog. I do have an older brother who is in college as well.
Brain XP Song 1: Get To Know Me
I wrote all of the lyrics for every song on the album myself. Get To Know Me was special for me to write because it was my expression of feeling misunderstood. People were judging me that didn’t even know me. Labels were made, and I didn’t stand a chance against those brands. I literally wrote this song in about 2 hours one afternoon, and I made a demo out of it. I had the lyrics, and I took them to the recording studio at a nearby Boys and Girls Club Teen Center. I asked Mr. Sean, the engineer, if we could record it. I brought my guitar, and I played it into the microphone. With an instrumental to work with, I sang the lyrics I wrote. We probably worked for less than two hours, and I left that night with my very own Get To Know Me demo. I still listen to the demo and feel proud because that was one of the first moments when I realized I could cope. Nobody would affect me to the point where music couldn’t even help me. It just wouldn’t get to that point. I wouldn’t let it.
Get To Know Me Tag: Mental Health Edition
Now, I will answer some of the questions I have received about my book and my album Brain XP as well as other mental health related questions.
1. How long did it take you to write the book?
I wrote the book from October of 2017 to December of 2017. It was three months of nonstop storytelling. Once I started writing, I realized it wasn’t going to take as long to write as I had thought because I knew the story so well. It’s my life, and most of it, I remembered clearly.
2. How long was the editing process?
The editing process was an additional three months after I finished writing the manuscript. Benny Malone edited my book. Although, there were grammatical errors and small changes that needed to be made, the book remained completely me. By this I mean, the editing did not take away from the story, and I am very grateful that, as a team, we were all able to get the messages across the way I envisioned them.
3. How do you feel about your book?
I am incredibly proud of Brain XP. I poured so much emotion into this book, and I am so happy that it came together in the way it did. I was somewhat afraid to read my book because I didn’t want to relive my past. I actually read Brain XP for the first time yesterday. December 1, 2018. I realized that if I wanted to go behind the scenes of my book, I would have to remember exactly what I wrote. My memory is not good enough to know every detail I put in the book, so I decided that I had to read it. I picked it up at about 12:30pm, and I finished it at 3:30pm. Once I had picked it up, I never set it down. That is how I knew I truly am proud. I don’t need millions of people to read it and give me their feedback to know that I am just incredibly proud.
4. How did the perspectives of your mom, grandparents, and best friend come into the picture?
I wanted my book to be inclusive. Teens need help, but so do their parents, friends, and supporters. Their section enhances the book because it gives everyone a chance to learn. My mom has a unique perspective because she had to learn how to take care of a child with a mental disorder. Other parents may be in the same boat. The same goes for friends and supporters.
5. Why did you write the book?
I wrote Brain XP to help other teens and families realize there is hope and they are not alone. I couldn’t find fellow teenagers to help me, whether it be in person or through a book like mine. I had to create what I didn’t get. No one wants to struggle alone, and I was determined to make some sort of difference. I wanted to make even the slightest positive change through my book. I also wanted to change the language of mental health. The current language is very harsh and negative, and I wanted to write a positive outlook on the topic. That is why I call it Brain XP.
1. Did you write the lyrics to the songs?
Yes. I wrote 100% of the lyrics to the songs based on my experiences.
2. Did you write the songs while you were writing the book?
No. I wrote the songs as I experienced their specific difficulties. I wrote Get To Know Me at a time when I felt like nobody really knew me. The same concept goes for all the songs. The only song I wrote while I wrote the book was The Mask. The Mask was a huge reflection song, so I wrote it after I had time to reflect on that chapter.
3. Does the album relate to the book?
Yes! The first song on the book and album are both titled Get To Know Me. They go together. When you read chapter one, listen to song one on the album. They paint the same picture. All 10 of my chapters are like that. Every chapter has a corresponding song.
4. Why did you create the album?
I created it because many teenagers like music. I would rather listen to music than read a book, so my products give them that option.
5. How do you feel about your album?
I feel it gave me a good start. It helped me learn more about recording processes. I think the future will bring more of my vision to life through the songs I am currently working on. I’m always working on music, and my style is developing. I am excited for you all to hear what I have in store.
Get To Know Me Personality Tag
I want you to be able to get to know my personality more, so here are some fun questions about me!
1. What is your full name?
Christine Marie Frey.
2. What do you call your grandparents?
G-Ma & G-Pa.
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your eye color?
Green. I think.
5. Who is your favorite singer?
6. What is your favorite food?
My mom’s homemade spaghetti.
7. What your favorite football team?
The Oakland Raiders. And I am a loyal fan no matter how they play. 🙂
8. Do you have a bunch of acquaintances or a few close friends?
A few close friends.
9. What grade are you in for school?
12th. Almost done with high school!
10. What is the name of your first pet?
Sparky. First and only pet.
If you would like to learn even more about me and my story, download my free eBook!