Ambient Fantasy is Available in Stores!

My newest EP, Ambient Fantasy is now available on all music platforms!  This ep is a 3 track cover album where I take 3 tracks from the Final Fantasy series and spin them to sound more atmospheric, and ambient (obviously).  If you’d like to stream or purchase it, links are below!  Doing either goes miles in regards to supporting me, and helping me be able to release more music in the future.  It’s not cheap to get these things out I tell ya what~





Apple Music






Google Play

Amazon Music


Hope you enjoy the album.  Up next, I’m going to be working on an EP of originals, so be on the look out for that!


EPs, Original Music, and an Overall Musical Update

If that title doesn’t say it all, read on for more of a break down!
I’m currently in the process of uploading one of the Final Fantasy EPs I’ve been working on for the past few months to online music distributers, and can honestly say I’m very excited to be done with it’s production.  I love Final Fantasy music, but working on copious amounts of it for as many months as I did took a bit of a toll on me.  It won’t be the last Final Fantasy EP of mine this year, but I have to wait for another album I’m contributing to to drop before I can release that one (a track on the EP has to be released on said album first before I can do what I want with it).  I’m really happy I pushed myself to make these EPs though, because they gave me the confidence, and format of how I want to do the rest of my EPs this year.


While working on my ambient Final Fantasy EP, I kept on trying to add a fourth track to an EP that already had 3 tracks.  For some reason, in my head, the EP just had to have four tracks:  probably because that’s how I always see EPs formatted.  But no matter how hard I tried, going through at least six, if not more attempts at arranging a fourth track, nothing was working.  I got frustrated, and almost gave up…until I thought back to an article I read from a DIY musicians blog that had talked about doing what they called a 3p – you guessed it, an EP with three tracks, instead of four.  Their reasoning was, because you can work on 3 tracks fairly quickly, experiment with genres, song writing, etc etc, and not be fully committed to making a full album.  You can then release that content, have things for people to stream and purchase, and in the mean time work on another project of yours.


And that’s when my arranging slump had ended.  Because I already had a third track recorded, and just had to add vocals to it.  But re-reading that article gave me the confidence to just go and make a 3p:  which, according to soundrop, is still an EP.  A single is 1 to 2 tracks, an EP is 3 to 4, and an LP is 5 tracks or more, aka a full album.  So that was even more perfect!  Now I have a huge weight off my shoulders, and am just waiting for the tracks to get on stores.  And, with that creative hurdle done with, I have so many other ideas for 3Ps, including originals I can group together in that format that I already have recorded, ideas for EPs that I didn’t have before because doing 3 tracks at a time seems to be the magic number for me, and is a really manageable  amount for me to work on at any given time.  I can do 3 tracks in a month, and have consistent content coming out, and keep my creative juices flowing.  All win-win scenarios for me!


Another awesome thing I can do now, is hire my friend to do art for me!  I am beyond excited to have the budget to be able to do that, and to have someone reliable  to hire for said art on an ongoing basis.  Getting art done is my least favorite part of the process, because I don’t like having to hunt an artist down, if I’m being completely honest, so just having an awesome friend that I’m glad to hire for stuff is a good thing 🙂


My next musical projects are a little up in the air.  I’m deciding between doing a spiritual hymns EP, or re-recording originals of mine and releasing them as an EP:  I wrote them back in 2015 when I had no virtual instruments, not nearly as much  composing knowledge as I have now, and my voice has definitely gotten better, along with my mixing and production quality.  So I would really like to revamp, revisit, and release those tracks.  I’ll wind up doing both eventually, but I’m just deciding which project to do first.  I’m leaning more towards the original redos, because that’s what I’m inspired to do right now (and I have album art done for it already I got done waaay back when I wanted to release the acappella version of one of the tracks  and chickened out lol).  I’m debating recording a third track with lyrics I’ve had written for years for that, or just writing an entirely new song for it.  The EP would be based on different stories about different warriors, is the idea I’m having so we’ll see if I wind up writing something new for it or just redoing stuff.


I really want to get back into writing original singer/songwriter songs with lyrics too.  I love my covers, but I also love writing originals, and I haven’t written a non VGM based orig in foreeeeever.  So I really need to get my writing chops back up to par so I can get back to that, I miss it tons – luckily, I came up with a chorus as I was listening to music tonight, so fingers crossed I can get that turned into a nice song!


A rather big post, but I’ve been busy music-wise.  I’ll post again when Ambient Fantasy is available to stream/in stores!  I hope all of you are doing well, and having a great year so far!

1000 Words Final Fantasy X-2 Fandub/Cover, Happy Valentines day!


I really wanted to do a cover for Valentine’s Day this year, but doing a traditional love song just isn’t my cup of tea.  What is? Video game music!  And since I’ve been on a major Final Fantasy kick, and have always wanted to cover this song, I figured why not?  Forget Eyes on Me, this is the true classic FF love song that transcends time!


I don’t care what anyone says:  I adore FF X-2.  It was one of my childhood RPGs, and despite it’s flaws I just can’t hate it, especially for giving us this gem of a song, and this gem of a scene.  I’ve always wanted to do singing fandubs, but never had the equipment to do so…until now!  So decided that this song would be my first one because it’s so iconically linked to the scene in the game for me.  It was tons of fun to do, and honestly, making music videos out of the game scenes, or just syncing up with where the song plays in game has been something I’ve been really enjoying…and I’m tempted to adopt it as my main video style, but we’ll see!  Not ruling out any video styles honestly, this year, I want my channel to be super chill 🙂
So yeah, hope you enjoy this cover/fandub!  And have an amazing Valentines day.  I’ll probably be making some cookies with left over caramel sauce from the caramel cup chocolates I made yesterday!  I’ll see you after I leave my sugar coma rotfl.

Took a Little Break from Music

And by little, I mean liiiiittle.  I took a week off from arranging this ambient album, and went to do some other things.  It really helped me re-center what I wanted to do with this ambient album/EP I’ve been working on, and how to approach it.  I also discovered some nice new tricks I can use for videos, and that will also help me in the future!


I have a decent amount of covers I haven’t posted, so decided to work on getting my backlog out.  Linked below is the first part of that series of covers!



Working on ambient tracks is certainly an adventure all it’s own.  I’m realizing covering dungeon/cave music, or more atmospheric sounding stuff in general is a far better route to take.  Also, I realized you can be a lot more liberal with the chords you leave in and out of the arrangement, and in listening to some other ambient tracks, and some awesome advice from friends, I realized that I can try and combine some sparce strings with vocal layers as said chord progressions in the covers, and see how that sounds.  All in all, ambient tracks are a lot more experimental, and I’m going to take advantage of that and experiment with different approaches to each track.  I just went and made 2 soundscapes to play with for arranging over,, and have to go do a third one to tinker with too.  But I’m not going to stress too much over arrangements in this style and just go with the flooooow~


Blue Fields is one of the tracks I’m going to have on my ambient album of Final Fantasy tracks, so I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s Play Blind Love, Blind! Episode 1 of my Let’s Play series


So this is the type of content exspansion I’ve been talking about, and I’m super excited to share it with you guys!  I decided to play this visual novel because the name was something I couldn’t pass up, and playing it blind has been really fun.  I’ve already gotten the 2nd episode recorded, and have to edit it, didn’t think I’d have as much fun recording these as I do!  It’s super chill, relaxing, and fun just recording how I react to these things, and I hope you enjoy this ride with me 😀
In other news, I’ve learned 2 very valuable skills.  How to record and use OBS, and that I can edit audio for videos in Reaper, my DAW of choice.  I love it!  With Reaper, I can sync up audio for videos and do it easily:  Just hear if I’m talking with myself at the same time, and bam!  Video sysnced and ready to go.  This is going to work wonders for me, because I used to have to find an editor to do something that basic, but now that I can do it myself, I think I’m a lot more open to recording myself singing on camera.  Having to find someone to sync up audio was an extra stress level that made  making cover videos not enjoyable for me, so I’m so happy that that is over!  I’m still testing doing different videos, and recording with OBS, just learning the software, so I can use it optimally.  Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and do a live stream eventually, who knows!


2018 is shaping up to be a great one full of changes for the better for me.  I’m getting out of my comfort zone, and really liking the things I’m doing, I wouldn’t normally do.  It’s stretching my creative brain too, I can’t wait to get back to doing some covers in a style I came up with that I am going to test, and see how it works!

RE-Learning When to Take a Step Back from a Creative Project

I feel like I’m just going to post on here when I have something to say.  That’s a decent amount of time mind you, but my old post 2 times a week on specific days plan wasn’t working for me the last few months of 2017.  However, for now at least, it seems like posting when I have something to say, and telling myself post 2 to 3 times a week works, so that’s how I’m going to run this blog for the time being.  We’ll see how it goes!  But anyway, onto the post~


I’ve been working on a project that stumbled into my sights a few weeks ago.  When reviewing all of the tracks set for one album release, there was one that just wasn’t meshing with the rest of them.  After having a few trusted people listen to the track listing, we decided to pull one of the tracks in question off, and leave the other track in question on the first album.  So having just one track floating around my harddrive with no album to call it’s home, I decided to make an ambient album of tracks to fit that track on, and have another EP to release later in the year.


Didn’t realize how much of a learning experience this would be!


I tried so many arrangements of different tracks, and hated them all.  Yesterday, I just went “Forget it, maybe doing this album isnt’ for me” but then I got a message from a friend who I had told about the album, and they said they were super excited for it.  It’s going to be full of ambient Final Fantasy tracks, so they mentioned the dungeon/cave themes of the franchise, and we started talking about them.  That’s when it hit me.


I had been trying to do world map and town themes, but for ambient tracks, I’ve only gotten 1 world map theme from a game to work.  The rest of the things I’ve been recording and trying to mix I really disliked, and that’s why I just felt discouraged and burnt out from even wanting to continue the project.  That, and I had self imposed a deadline on myself to have it all done by the 15th of this month, so that didn’t help matters.  But talking about that music, made me completely change my outlook on how to deal with this album, and dealing with the burn out made me realize I needed to take a step back from this beast, re-evaluate the tracks I wanted to arrange, and not be afraid to scrap anything I’ve done on this project so far.  Doing that, and taking a  breather to work on the new Let’s Play series I’m posting on my channel (side note: it’s going well) gave my brain the creative space and time to destress and re-establish my goals for this album.


I also realized, the sort of ambient music I was trying to do with these themes was a bit more structured then it had to be.  So I’ve been taking my break time from working to listen to ambient music, watch tutorials on how to make ambient music, and just educate myself in general about the genre of music I’ve been wanting to create for this EP.  I know it sounds silly, but I always thought the style I did when I added no lyrics was ambient, but boy was I wrong!  There’s so much more to making ambient music then I ever imagined, and I’ve been enjoying learning.  I can’t wait to take what I learned and apply it to the new tracks I want to record for the EP.


I picked new tracks to do also, all tracks that could fit the ambient style.  I’ve written out detailed outlines on how to do each track I picked, and I feel a lot more secure in going to record those, then vocals, and having them for the EP.  Another thing that sounds like a no brainer, but when you get excited to do something, you want to jump into it.


I guess what I’m trying to say is, stopping a project you’re hitting your head against the wall with is always a good thing.  It’s something I think creatives think to do until it’s time to do it, but it’s important to know your creative limits, and when you need to take a step back and work on something else for a while.  I actually got a comment on a video for a request to cover another Inuyasha song, so I may do that for a while musically and then be working on my Let’s play videos as a de-stresser, because I surprisingly enjoy recording those a lot more than I expected.  But more of that in another post.


Setting an arbitrary deadline to get these done didn’t really work for me.  I told myself I wanted to have an album out for the release of the new Final Fantasy game this month, but honestly that’s just too much pressure, and I want to release this thing right.  Final Fantasy is timeless, so coming out with an album of music whenever should be fine, and getting all the tracks done, then marketing the EP to the best of my ability sounds way more appealing than it has to be out asap!  But once again, something I wouldn’t have thought of without taking a break from the project.


Don’t be afraid to replan something if it isnt’ working.  Don’t think you’re a failure because one way of doing something didn’t work out.  If you find yourself having too many problems doing something one way, find another way to do it!  And if you just are so fed up with a project, but know you want to finish it, take a breather for a few days, destress and re-evaluate how to tackle said project, it’ll do yu wonders!

Working on Doing New Videos on my Channel, Excitement Abound!

The end of last year I started taking a lot more risks.  Like, out of my comfort zone risks, but things I really wanted to be doing.  Releasing a Christmas EP on spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Google is something I would have never done earlier that year: why, I have some album art I had made like, 2 years ago for a release I wanted to do of an original track but chickened out because I thought that track wasn’t good enough.  Now, I’m thinking of redoing said track, and using said art to make an EP of my originals that I did back when I didn’t have the technology I have now to use real instruments.  Once again, something I would have never thought of doing, that I’m thinking of doing now.
My Mom went to the store yesterday and got me a shirt that says “Take a Risk” on it.  When she gave it to me, she said “I know Christmas is over, but I thought of you when I saw this”.  I thought it was super sweet, and gave me a confidence boost that I didn’t realize I needed.  I wasn’t aware my risk taking was so noticeable to others!  And I didn’t think such a small gesture would mean so much to me – the shirt is nice, too 🙂


Along those lines of risk taking, I’m planning to do something new on my channel. I know most people say if you’re going to vlog or let’s play or whatever, make it a different channel than your main one, but I figure…why do that?  I think it’s kind of silly to split views when you can just have everything on a central hub channel, and not have to worry about the maintenance  of multiple channels.  I’ve wanted to do different content for ages and just never mustered up the courage to do so, but now I’m definitely getting excited after messing around with video settings last night and can’t wait to get started.


Because I always second guess, or talk myself out of things, I find the best way for me to do anything is just…do it.  It may sound haphazard, but it’s what works for me.  So I just made the decision  a few days ago to do this particular content, figure out everything involved in making it, do it once and see how this goes.


I’ve had OBS installed on my computer for months (Open Broadcasting Software) because I wanted to live stream.  Once again, something I planned to do but talked myself out of, may be something I try later.  I got pretty confused by the interface when I first got it, but last night I just decided to sit down, and mess with the program until I figured out how to use it.  Lucky for me, everything I need to do to set it up is accessible!  So thanks to some tutorials on about setting it up with my screen reader, and another article I found explaining how all the sources work in detail, I’m ready to go with this little video project!  I have to show my test footage to some sighted peers, but I’m pretty sure I got it to record how I wanted it to.  And I’m soooo excited to start making this content!!  I didn’t think I would be but I did a little test run of talking while recording footage yesterday, and it was tons of fun.  It’s going to be a Let’s Play of a visual novel I found a while ago and just bought, and I’m going to blind run it, so pumped to get going!  I thought it would be hard to talk in the beginning, but the 3 minutes I recorded was pretty easy to do so we’ll see if doing the rest of the game goes.


I’m so happy to be taking this risk.  The way I see it:  People will either watch it, or not watch it, but I doubt it’ll negatively effect my channel in any way.  One of my resolutions was to do more personable content on my channel, with me talking and interacting with things and people, sharing stories, maybe do some live singing videos – all ideas I’ve had in the past, but have been to afraid to do.  But as my new t-shirt says, time to take a risk!  I’m excited to do this first set of videos, and I realized last night that now that I figured out OBS, I can do some other tutorials I’ve wanted to do – like showing how I mix in Reaper or audacity as a blind user of the software, now that I can easily record windows in OBS!  Honestly I’m really amazed at how easy it is to use the software, I can’t wait to use it for other projects in the future!


I hope you all are getting in gear to take risks this year.  I know it may be scary, but in the long run you won’t regret it, and will always learn something from it!  Fingers crossed I’ll have at least one video in this Let’s Play recorded by next week!