Belated Birthdays

Haven’t been here in so long, the cobwebs have cobwebs :3

Lots of things have changed since my last post. I’ve changed jobs again but I’m still looking for something better. I commute out of town for work now, which is a lot of driving. Hopefully, if I get this job I’m applying for, I’ll be moving! It will probably change the scope and tenor of the composition project, since I won’t be near a piano for awhile. LICL is now 4 years old! I can’t believe it. I, myself, am getting closer to 30, but to most people I still look like a 22 year old. I’m still working on INITIUM with my friend in Canada. We’re in the process of revamping and will have a brand new version of Book 2 coming out soon! I’ll post a link here, so you all can check it out. And as always you can find me on tumblr or on FB.

Thanks for reading!

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Paste Magazine: “Beyond ‘Indie Classical”

Though you all might be interested in this article. Sorry I’ve been off the radar recently. Hope you guys have had a great holiday so far and a happy New Year!

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Groundwork or figuring out what I’m supposed to be doing

Seems like I’m getting more forgetful these days. Or could be stress-related, not really sure. Anyway, I’m still working on revamping my composition project. Might change the name, but haven’t made up my mind yet. I’ve decided that I’m going to use at least three different instruments, piano, guitar, and ukelele instead of just piano. I may also use another instrument but still working that out. I’ll probably write a few study pieces just to get my brain going and then work from there. Hopefully once I get going, I’ll have a better idea of what I want to do. Still looking for more work, but nothing yet. I’m trying to get out of retail entirely, it seems to be a dead end for me.

Hope you all are doing well!

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An announcement of sorts

Can’t believe I’ve fallen off the radar for so long. I certainly hadn’t planned on it. I just wanted to let you all know that I’m going to revamp my current composition project. I’m still working out the details and all but I will tell what the name is. It will be called J. Matmos. I promise to tell you guys more soon. Sorry it’s been so quiet. Work is ok, but I’m still pretty poor. I’m trying to get into the civil service right now, so cross your fingers for me!

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Song of the Week #36

Happy Friday to you all. This week has been pretty low key for me, minus work. Out of my two work days this week, the first one was a disaster. Everything that could have gone wrong did. Thankfully, the next day went a little bit better but there were still some lingering issues that were out of my control. Hopefully I will be better prepared to work and succeed next time. The rest of the week went okay for me. Spent time with friends and played a little piano, although this time it wasn’t for myself. A friend of mine has asked me to teach him how to play and to learn three songs for him. One of them is this Friday’s Song of the Week:

I don’t general listen to this type of music but since my friend wanted to learn how to play, I decided to find out more about Zedd. Per Wikipedia, Zedd is Russian-German music producer and DJ who plays primarily house music. He is classically trained and both of his parents are musicians. Zedd is currently signed to Interscope Records. I posted the accoustic version of “Clarity” because I like the piano part but you can here the original version here.

Thanks for listening!

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Song of the Week #35

Things have been pretty busy in my world. My sick relative that I mentioned in a previous post passed away last month on the 22nd. It was really hard on everyone in my family because she was a big part of our lives. I’ve also been working a little bit more and playing a little piano. Last night, I went on a 90s R&B binge, listening to all of the songs that I heard while riding on the school bus or on the radio. One song particular has been stuck in my head from last night until this afternoon:

So beautifully simple and real.

Have a great weekend!

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Song of the Week #32

I had already written Friday’s post in my head yesterday afternoon and then completely forgot to post last night! So much has been going on lately. I’m still in training for my new part-time job in merchandising and I am doing pretty well. It looks like I will be pretty busy in the coming months, as I have been given additional responsibilities at work, but I feel that I am up to the task. My family and I are also dealing with a sick elderly relative as well, making sure they have everything they need, etc. If you’ve ever had to deal with aging family members, then you know what I am talking about. I’m also making tentative plans to go out of town on a day trip. Right now I’m trying to decide where to go and what to see. And I’m sure you all have heard about the events in Boston and Texas, as well as the earthquake in the Sichuan province in China. Some of you may remember that there was another earthquake in the same region in 2008. Makes you wonder what’s really going on in the world today. I can only hope that justice is served in the appropriate way, without condemning huge swaths of people based on their ethnicity and religion.

I love listening to Nina Simone sing this song. I had a hard time deciding if I should post this one or Oleta Adams’ version (which is excellent BTW). After a little Googling, I found out that this song was written by Bernard Ighner for Quincy Jones’ 1974 album, Body Heat. It has been covered by many artists over the years. Nina Simone’s version appears on the 1978 album, Baltimore. I’m not that familiar with Simone’s work but this one will always be my favorite.

Have great weekend XD

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