I plan to write about my experience writing the EP in the coming weeks but too exhausted for now. The album is free to download and stream. Please enjoy it and share it with your friends! Here’s a direct link : Finding My Voice EP. Follow me on Facebook if you would like as well.
This project has been a long, difficult, educational journey. I had no idea how many hours I would invest in these three songs. From writing to recording to mixing, I am blown away at how much knowledge I have had to acquire to make my goal a reality.
When I started guitar lessons at age 18, I set the goal of making a release under my own name. I never worked at that goal seriously until this spring, however.
For once, I have taken a goal from the idea stage pretty much all the way to completion. Following through has never been my specialty. I am still working at the final mix, learning and testing idea after idea as I go.
Here is a track called Half of my Life (not the final mix). I hope you find it anything but superficial:
Bright blue skies turn to blackened cloud
The good things in life obscured by shroud
Half of my life I have worn a mask
Day by day no easy task
Half of my life I’ve put on a face
All in the name of fakin’ peace
If I put on a good face you just think it’s fake
If I don’t, well, you can’t relate
Some days I can’t be bothered to hide from my fate
If I don’t, well, you can’t relate
Every day war wages on
Inside my mind the pull is strong
Every day the battle continues
Always feel like something is wrong
The Finding my Voice EP will be released on Saturday, October 14th for free download on my Bandcamp page, and will be streamable on SoundCloud as well. I have made a Facebook page if you are interested in regular updates on my projects.
I have two songs fully recorded on guitar. Next on the list is to finish writing my third song, record bass tracks, write lyrics and record the vocals. Artwork and a logo will also need to be created. There is an awful lot to organize. The end goal is to have a three track demo of acoustic rock released on my Bandcamp page by the fall. Oh, and I want to play an open mic sooner than later!
When I set the goal of writing one song this year, I never thought I’d be pushing myself to these heights!
Here’s my second song:
Let me know what you think of it!
I’m currently aiming to finish three songs to publish as a demo. The first track, Crashing Waves, now has all guitar arrangements finished. I published it today on my new SoundCloud page (and embedded the track below). When the demo is complete with artwork it will be available as a free download on my Bandcamp page. I’d really appreciate your feedback: good, bad or indifferent.
I’ll be back to writing regularly sooner than later once I get these songs out of my system!
The last two years have been a combination of beautiful moments and dark times in my life. The beauty has come from my marriage, being the best man at my best friend’s wedding, and the adoption of a wonderful dog and cat who complete our family. The dark stems from my ongoing battle with depression. The bouts have gotten more frequent and deeper in intensity. Let’s examine the past and what is around the corner in my life:
Mark stumbled into the kitchen to check the time on his grimy oven. It read 12:03 PM. He should have been out the door and en route to work by 11:45. His phone was dead and he was sporting a mild hangover. “Fuck this,” he snapped. Mark’s audience, if you can call it that, was comprised solely of his cat Jules. The feline was indifferent to the plight of his human. “Another day in the dungeon.” Mark grumbled. Hopelessness was kicking in. Jules rolled around in the sun on his back, paying no attention to him. Continue reading “The American Dream”
This piece was lovingly crafted for Ruminations of an Old Soul, released January 26, 2017.
I have set ten lofty goals for this year. Three weeks in I have not been doing too well with them. Time to make an action plan for each before they get too far out of reach! Continue reading “Goals for 2017: A Progress Report”