Song of the Week # 30 and 31

*moonwalks into post*

Hey there! Happy Friday to you all. Hope your week went well. The last two weeks have been pretty good for me. Last week, I had dinner with friends at Buffalo Wild Wings and had an excellent time catching up with everyone. I was also able to see another friend of mine that Saturday who had been seriously ill for several weeks. She has gotten better but isn’t completely healed up yet. This week had gone by so fast, I barely know where today went. I did training for my new part-time job yesterday and on Monday. My supervisor is really nice and helpful. I have more training to do, but I think I will be able to get through it ok. I also did some work for my other merchandising job this week. Tomorrow, I have to attend a funeral for a cousin but hopefully the rest of my weekend will be fun. This Monday was also the premiere of Book 2 of INITIUM! If you haven’t seen it, check it out and let me know what you think. Ashley did an awesome job on the artwork and the plot continues to thicken.

Although things have gotten better for me, I’m still trying make progress with my music and on my writing but I feel stuck. It seems like all my motivation had gone out the window. I feel like I need a change of scenery or something. So let me ask you all, how do you find your motivation and what do you do when you feel stuck? Let me know in the comments!

There isn’t anyone I can think of that I love to listen to more than Jeff Buckley (although Jim Morrison is pretty close too, along with David Gilmour). He is definitely my all-time favorite musician and singer. He has such a unique voice and a style of playing the guitar that it’s hard to make comparisons with other artists. The only person that I can think of who comes close is Chris Cornell, especially on his Euphoria Morning album (which is awesome). “Everybody Here Wants You” comes from the Sketches for My Sweetheart The Drunk, which was released after his death in 1997. It would have been his second studio album, if he had been able to finish it. Most people really like his debut album, Grace, which is beautiful in its own right, but I’ve always loved the Sketches album more. It doesn’t have that studio finish to it. It’s weird and imperfect but amazing nonetheless. This song is probably my favorite Jeff Buckley song. It says everything you’ve ever wanted to say to someone you really care about and want to be with. I doubt I will ever get tired of listening to this song.

“We All Fall in Love Sometimes” is a song by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, which appears on the 1975 album, Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. Originally recorded for WFMU in 1992, Buckley’s version of the song had been floating around the internet for quite some time. It’s a beautiful song and Buckley really makes you feel the meaning that John and Taupin were trying to convey in the lyrics. This verse really stick out to me the most:

Did we? didn’t we? should we? could we?
I’m not sure but sometimes we’re so blind
Struggling through the day
When even your best friends say
Don’t you find?
We all fall in love sometimes

Thanks for tuning in!

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INITIUM Book 2 | Julliet: A Time to reap

Book 2 of INITIUM is now up on our brand-new website. Check it out and let us know what you guys think!

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Song of the Week # 28 and 29

*runs and jumps into post* Hey! Hope your Friday has been good to you so far.

The beginning of last week was terrible for me. One of my close relatives was hospitalized and my family and I were afraid that this person wasn’t going to make it. Thankful that wasn’t the case but it brought on the realization that this person that I love dearly will not always be around. I also got another job! I will be doing merchandising part-time for a national brand. I can’t wait to get started with training. This past week has been much quieter but still a little stressful. I have lots of things on my mind. It seems as though things are looking up for me. I’m grateful that I have been able to survive so far. And I also played a little piano today lol. I’m so rusty, it’s embarrassing. I’m going to get back into practicing again, so that I can complete the work that I started almost 2 years ago. Time sure does fly.

I became a fan of Porcelain Raft after hearing about them on Pitchfork last year (maybe?). I really liked the simplicity of the songs and the earnestness of the lyrics. They seemed to strike something deep in me. My favorite Porcelain Raft song is “Everything From Your Hands” but this song is definitely a close second. I never did get around to buy the debut album, “Strange Weekend” but I mean to remedy that as soon as possible. If you liked stripped down music, with an unusually bent to it, Porcelain Raft is definitely worth checking out. And the MVs for the songs are pretty cool too.

I remember when I first found “On An Island” at the local library. I was blown away at Gilmour’s artistry. The guitar parts, the lyrics, it was fucking beautiful. I remember listening to this album over and over and over again until I went out and got my own copy of it and listened to it on my mp3 player over and over again. If I ever do a top 10 list on this blog, this album would definitely be in the top 5. It’s hard to pick a favorite song, since every song on this album is amazing but this song along with “Red Sky At Night” and “Smile” are definitely my favorites. Hopefully Gilmour will put out another album one of these days.

Hope you have a nice weekend and thanks for tuning in!

PS. INITIUM Book 2 is coming out April 1! I’ll post a link on here so that you can check it out.

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Song of the Week #27

Hey! Hope your Friday is going well.

I’ve been looking for more work lately and spending time with one of my good friends, who has had some changes in her life. I had a phone interview today for a part-time merchandising job. Hopefully, the answers that I gave were acceptable and I will have another job soon! I’ll be keeping my other job as well, since the hours aren’t very much. Sat and Sun will be pretty busy for me too. I just hope I can get enough sleep!

I just downloaded this song earlier today from the Bootie mashup site. This song was a part of their Top 10 for February. I’m a big fan of mashups, having coming across them while I was in college in SF. I even went to their Halloween Party one year with my roommates and had a great time. I felt like this song was a good way to close-out the week for me. It’s been a little rough at times, trying to figure out various things but I haven’t been defeated yet. “We gotta fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this love/If it’s worth having, it’s worth fightin’ for, oh.”

Thanks for listening!

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Song of the Week # 26

Looks like it’s Friday once again ^_^

I’ve been in and out of the house a lot, hanging out with friends, going here and going there. I’m also looking for another job, because my current position isn’t giving me enough. I’ve applied to work in a department store and interviewed for two different positions. Hopefully they will contact me soon and I’ll have a new job. Music wise, nothing is going on right now, unfortunately. I know I’m neglecting this blog and my music projects but I have other concerns and things pressing me right now, so it’s kinda hard for me to concentrate on it. I’m also working on Book 2 of INITIUM right now. It will be premiering April 1st, so be sure to check the site and Facebook for more information!

I’ve had the first verse and the chorus of this song stuck in my head for at least two days now. In this song, Ocean is talking about how we as human beings are trying to do the right things in our lives and that we are not inherently wicked. Which is different from the Christian perspective on this, which holds that people have been bad since the fall and need God to redeem them. I personally tend to take an esoteric view of things and believe that humanity is capable of the greatest good and the greatest evil. In my mind, at all boils down to the choices you make every second of the day and how you deal with the outside world and its constant bombardments. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good”-Romans 12:9

Thanks for listening and reading!

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INITIUM Book 2 Trailer

I know I’ve been MIA this whole month. I’ve been in and out of the house a lot and keep forgetting to post. I just wanted pop in here for a minute to share the INITIUM Book 2 Trailer with you guys. Ashley and I are hard at work and still hammering out a few details for this book and Book 3. Book 2 will be launching on April 1st. No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke. The Song of the Week series will be back next week.

Have a great weekend!

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Song of the Week #25

I realize that it’s not Friday anymore but I decided to do a short post anyway.

This week went by pretty fast for me. I spent sometime working on Book 2 of INITIUM. I tried really hard to get it finished by Friday but no dice. My partner in crime and I talked about INITIUM-related stuff on Skype and are doing some planning and strategizing for the future. Stuff is in the works so stay tuned! Work is slow right now, but it’s starting to pick up thankfully. I’m hoping to find some extra work soon so that I can pay off some debt and save up for something I really need: contacts!

I picked this Stevie Wonder song because I’ve had stuck it in my head for at least two hours. I heard this particular song while I was in the car on my way to my grandmother’s house to pick her up and take her to the doctor. It’s a fairly simple song, with a pleasant melody. Stevie’s voice sounds excellent here and reminds of all his other classic songs like, “Superstition,” “You Are The Sunshine of My Life,” and many others. Guess I need to go get my mom’s LP of “Talking Book” and let it spin for a little while lol.

Thanks for tuning in!

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