Posts Tagged "Work" News Archive > November 15, 2005

November 15th, 2005

I rerecorded the vocals on “Pieces” a month or so ago and I forgot to upload the updated version, so now it is up ! Not much else to say otherwise, but thanks everyone for using the forums thoroughly. The average hits I am getting a day has doubled, so keep up the good work ! News Archive > September 19, 2005

September 19th, 2005

Ok, as most of you know, I have been jumping back and forth as to what I am going to do with CDs. Well, for the moment, I have just settled on selling “Unnatural” since it is the closest thing I have to a professional sounding album. Besides, I am learning it is a lot of work to put all the fine touches on a CD.

I am waiting for a shipment of supplies that should come today, as well as a final draft of an art mural I commissioned for the center of the booklet, and I will be able to print my first run of 85 copies within two weeks. As soon as I get the pages printed, CDs will go on sale with an order form on the “Purchase CDs” page.

I think everyone is going to be pleased with the final quality of this album. I know I am more than impressed with myself   heheh … News Archive > July 11, 2005

July 15th, 2005

On the eve of the very exciting release date of my fifth album, I want to make a few comments on how I feel before my ecstasy gets tainted by commentary and criticism.

This album (Unnatural) feels to me to be my absolute best work. It is everything I ever imagined it to be, and I can’t believe I finally produced what I wanted in an album — completely. On all of my albums, it is plainly evident the type of music and the style of playing I was into at the time, but this album is more. For once, I can hear all of my influences directly culminating in each song.

I can tell where Rush has influenced me and where the Crash Test Dummies inspired me and where the hours of rock radio I have listened to have inspired me, where bassists and drummers and guitarists and songwriters have influenced me, where my friends and family have influenced me, as well as many other influences. I finally hear those influences directly and immediately instead of maybe not at all. I also hear the songs I mentioned in an earlier post. I have spent a lot of time recently deliberately remarking other peoples’ styles and methods of playing instruments and have incorporated them into my songs–not as deliberate plagiarism, but as a way of using tools to bringing out the best of my songs. It’s the same as the way a chef uses the right spices to make his salmon perfect, because on top of it all is my very strong nuance of musicianship. Finally, I think I have created an album with a deliberate sound and style.

Even further, for this I pulled out all the musical stops. I tried very hard to pump every bit of energy out of every instrument into every song that I could, and I think this is an album that rhythm guitarists, bassists, drummers, lyricists, and any musician can appreciate. The themes are in place, and the performances are striking, even though I am not a great vocalist. The lead guitar is where I finally let myself go in order to really show who I am as a guitarist, and for me it is breathtaking.

Lyrically, I have finally delivered the message I’ve been striving for while maintaining a contextual theme within the lyrics and the music–that theme being anthropomorphology and the human animal. It is very obvious to me, as well, the direct influences for me musically. Playing with people in person has inspired me to profound heights musically, and those influences are specifically evident.

So, with that, I am unleashing Unnatural on the world with the hope that everyone else can get even a little taste of the joy I derive from it. To this date, this is my definitive work, and I hope I can maintain this level of creativity for more albums to come. Everything about it is a culmination of who I am as an artist, and I hope you enjoy it. As of this moment, Unnatural is distributable. (Let’s assume I posted this at midnight.)