Category: Music

Hey, did any of you actually click the link in my YouTube description box to get here?!  If you did, let me know!  If you didn’t, welcome and please let me know what brought you here.  I’m so curious!

So, when I first started posting YouTube videos last March, it was a way to share some of the recordings I had worked on over the years.  I used to post them to MySpace back in the day, but needless to say, that became… irrelevant.  Anyway, my first two songs were more “studio” based, but when talking to some close friends, they wanted to see something a little more raw…  Back in December, I posted the first of my One Take series here.  Granted, I never intended it to be a series, but it was really fun to do.  With studio based recordings, I can record takes over again and cut/paste accordingly.  With this series, it’s like performing live and I really love live performances.

This past Monday, I got a chance to record a song (or two) with my good friend, Tricia.  We used to sing together all the time for church and special events.  She’s got a powerful set of pipes!!  Not only that, but she’s got an awesome, irreverent sense of humor that I love.  We did a LOT of laughing that day.  😀  The other thing I love is that we can talk about stupid stuff, but also stuff that matters in life.  It’s always a joy to have that kind of friendship.

Why did I pick the song, “Take Me to Church” for this recording?  From a musical standpoint, the song is beautiful and emotional, filled with all these gorgeous minor chords that I am forever drawn to.  I guess I like angst-y songs?  Lyrically, my interpretation of the song is that it’s a scathing criticism of religion and how many individuals have taken advantage of others in the name of “religion.”  It also hints at the (ir)relevancy of the church in people’s lives (e.g. – “my church offers no absolutes”).  There was a pretty good read on why people are leaving church here.  I think songs like this are great because they show us how we can all do better at actually being loving, kind, present, and relevant, not only as individuals but collectively.

I hope you enjoy the video.  I’m sorry the audio isn’t that great.  Most of my gear (both recording and video) is in California still, so this was a pretty barebones setup.  Please let me know if there’s a song you’d like me to consider recording or if you’d like to collaborate!  Thanks for reading!

Heads or Tails

Today, I boycotted the Super Bowl because my heart simply wasn’t in it.  So, this snowy Sunday, I worked on an original song called “Heads or Tails.”  I wrote this song in 2009 in Australia with my good friend eD, but finally recorded a proper version of it.  Originally it was written from a guitar, but ironically, there’s no guitar.  Well, maybe not ironically – you don’t want to hear a recording of my guitar playing…  It’s not a very long song, but I’m pretty happy with how it sounds so far.  Now, I just have to make sure I’ve mixed it properly.  I wish I could post it, but even still, I have not gotten this hosting thing figured out.  (Anthony, help!)

All over the place

It’s so wonderful to have a day off in the middle of the week!  Been a busy little bee today and worked on a bunch of different things…  I handmade two pairs of hoops for a co-worker and they turned out pretty nicely, I think.

Also, just messed around with Logic and put together a little sound byte…  I have no idea what this snippet will evolve into, but that’s all for now.  I went back into the archives and dug up some chord progressions that sounded cool.  Hopefully those will grow into some actual tunes too.  But anyway, here’s my snippet from today…

*edit* uhhh, apparently, I can’t upload audio to this site, so…  until I find a place to host some audio, the snippet will have to wait.  Just in case you’re wondering, it brings the funk.