A Warrior’s Heart EP is Now Available to Stream and Purchase!

 

I’ve been working on this EP almost exclusively for the past 3 months, and I’m so happy to say it’s finally out!  A Warrior’s Heart is my first EP of original tracks, all themed around stories of different warriors and their tales.  All of the music is folk/acoustic, aka my genre of choice and I can’t wait for you guys to all listen to it!  The link above is a song from the EP that I’ve posted to market the EP, and is track 3 on the album.  I’ll also be releasing a vlog where I talk about my mixing and recording process for it, which is why I’m keeping this post short – any other details are going to be in the vlog, so stay tuned for that if you like behind the scenes sniz like I do!

 

To stream A Warrior’s Heart, you can go to these places:

 

Spotify

Apple Music

Deezer

 

To Purchase A Warrior’s Heart:

 

iTunes

Google Play

Amazon Music

 

Let me know what you think of it if you listen in the comments below, and have a wonderful day!

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I Did the Disabled Misconceptions Tag!

 

I’ve wanted to vlog for ages, and never could talk about a topic.  I’d try and get nervous and think it sounded dumb then stopped, so I figured actually doing a tag was a great way to start vlogging.  Got this tag from another blind youtuber, so figured why not start with that!  Hope you enjoy, and if you have any other things you’d like to hear me talk about, I’m all ears!

Sakura’s Theme/Sweet Song Cover is Finally Released, and My Triumphant Return to On Cam Videos!

 

I’ve had this done siNCE October, and I feel so bad it hasn’t come out until now.  I really wanted to do a video with me singing on it cuz I love this song, and this game so much.  But I got self concious again, and kept on putting it off.  The other day, I just decided to jump into doing video again, after a long period of self-reflecting, and support from different youtubers on twitter.  I got so wrapped up in how the video looked, how long it would take to set up, prepare, that I forgot that at the end of the day, just record video, no matter the quality you’re putting yourself out there.  So with that in mind, I did this simple video, and really enjoyed it.  I recorded another vlog like video that will be coming out soon, which is also something I’m really excited about!  I’ve wanted to vlog for ages and have always been afraid to, but this year I really want to stop thinking about what other people will think, and just do what I want to do.

I also can do very basic video editing in Reaper, which is great for the type of videos I want to do.  I was able to sync this one up myself, by listening to the audio of the video and lining it up with the audio of the track.  It’ll help loads with getting videos out consistently, because another huge hurdle of mine was having to ask someone to do the editing for me.  Of course, if I wanted something more in depth, I’d have to outsource, but it’s nice to have the ability to put out simple videos like this whenever I want to.  It’s very exciting to have this cover out, the way I always wanted to release it, and I’m really happy I didn’t settle for using stock footage, or game clips or something.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this cover!  Next video will be more chatty, then we’ll see what other covers, or originals, I come out with next.  Working on a lot of stuff right now, just not sure how soon I’ll be able to release it.

My First Production Diary on Patreon is Up!

In my bid to make more content for backers on my Patreon Page, I’ve started one of a few behind the scenes features over there.  A production diary, which is more or less a blog post about working on specific songs, and on my production process in general.  It’s pretty much a more in depth version of my Behind the Scenes Patreon Podcast (also available exclusively on Patreon) but as I’m working on stuff as opposed to a after the track is finished retrospective.  Because of this feature, my specific song writing posts are going to move over there, instead of me posting on this blog – I’ll post about generalized stuff over here still, but if you liked reading about more in depth things as far as my music making goes, then over on patreon is going to be where you’ll want to go.  It’s available to all reward tiers, so you can give as little as 1 dollar to gain access to it.  When you think about it, that’s less than a cup of coffee nowadays, so a pretty good deal if I do say so myself!

 

Hope everyone has a great Good Friday, and a wonderful Easter!  I’ve been working on making candies for the weekend these past few days, and am going to be dipping my caramel chews in chocolate to finish them off today.  Then I can relax and enjoy them with my cheesecake truffles!  A more in depth post will be coming on those next week, so until then, Happy Easter!

I’ve Updated my Patreon Rewards!

The past few days have been pretty productive for me, and I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while.  I’ve updated my Patreon Rewards, so the page in general is a lot more manageable  for me, and a lot more content for patrons.  So if you haven’t had a chance to check out my patreon page and would like to, now’s a great time to.  You can give as little as a dollar, and sharing the page would be majorly appreciated!

 

Patreon Page Can Be Found Here!

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~

 

Streaming:

 

Spotify

Apple Music

Deezer

 

Purchase:

 

iTunes

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!