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.

Going to Try and Write a Lot of Music in November!

I did my first mix in Reaper, and it was really easy!  I had a few learning curve things to deal with along the way (automation and fading out the track were interesting to deal with) and I still have a long way to go before being 100 percent comfortable with using Reaper, but overall it was a harmless experience.  It helps that I’ve been reteaching myself mixing terms, and that I have always kept up with knowing how to mix things whether or not I could do them in audacity, but it’s just so interesting to not have to record my midi in Reaper, export it as a wav then do everything in laggy audacity.  I’m loving how customizable Reaper is, and how easy it is to organize tracks, add effects, and just the workflow I’m able to have in Reaper is making my mixes a lot funner to mess with.  I feel like I’ve been able to be a loooot more creative with my mixing, because I don’t have to be afraid of something messing up the tracks and not being able to fix it.
That being said, having this new workflow of both mixing and recording in Reaper has gotten me majorly motivated to make music again.  I didn’t realize how much my previous workflow was stifling my creativity, until I got to the point where I really didn’t want to record something because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of the process I outlined in the previous chapter.  Audacity isn’t very nice when you have about 20 or more tracks in it either, so it was majorly annoying having to apply reverb, and go do something else for like 20 minutes because audacity just took THAT LONG to render out effects.  With Reaper, just put the reverb plug on, and tweak parameters  in realtime with no lag!  It’s so nice~


I’ll always have a special place in my heart for audacity.  Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to mix for the past four years.  At the same time, I’m glad that I can take this step into more advanced music production because of some amazing devs who made NVDA scripts for Reaper to work well with a screen reader.


The first thing I mixed in Reaper was an all instrumental track, from an idea that I first came up with during that 21 days of VGM challenge I did back in July.  I’ll be posting it soon probably, but making it in Reaper, and Reaper alone was so easy!  I used the metronome for it, which as bad as it sounds I rarely do haha.  Just wanted to see the difference between using it and not using it, and I feel like I’ll be going bac and forth between using it and not, because there are times when I want to use a metronome and times when I do.
That tangent aside, I really want to work on making a decent amount of music in November!  I’m already working on another Final Fantasy track, because I really want to try and get an EP out before the year of all of my Final Fantasy tracks.  I’ll come out with it regardless, but I want to push myself to get it out soon, because I only have to add 2 more tracks to get it to EP length!  I went through all of my ideas from the 21 Day VGM Challenge and forgot there were a few I really wanted to flesh out and just never got to, so I want to get at least 2 of those done in November as well.  Then there’s Christmas songs I want to work on, as well, so I’m going to really push myself to work on music as much as I can next month, and not lose the motivation working in Reaper has given me.  Ugh, it’s just so nice to be able to do everything in one program, I didn’t realize what I was missing out on!



Wish me luck on this musical endeavor, I really hope I can pull it off!

Final Fantasy IX The Place I’ll Return to Someday Cover

[Final Fantasy IX] The Place I’ll Return to Someday [Home Sweet Home] Folk Cover – Crystal Dennis


Hurray, it’s finally out!  This track has been done since May, and the only reason it took so long to get done is the sheer amount of procrastination that went into this haha.  Like I said, actual song was done 2 months ago, got in my recording video funk, then got off my butt the middle of June and recorded video.  The person who usually does my video was busy, but another friend of mine graciously offered to do the video on this one for me, and wow did they go above and beyond!  My Mom described how the video came out and it’s so perfect.  I didn’t tell him what to do but it’s the type of video I always want for these sorts of covers, just an amazing job!


Not only   is the video so well done, but this cover is another big step for me.  It’s the first time I used my percussion instruments in something!  I whipped out my tambourine, djembe drum and claves and went to town with them XD was lots of fun, and I think they really added to the arrangement.  This is the first folk style cover I did also, and I felt so good doing it.  At first, I was afraid it was so much different than the original people wouldn’t like it, but it’s been getting a good response already, and like I’ve said before, I’m definitely getting my style down with this cover.  If I do high energy stuff, this would pretty much be it, I think.  Still need to keep on getting better of course, but I know I’m on the right track with this and it’s super exciting feeling.  Can’t wait to do another cover in this style, and get better at it!  I guess I just have to realize:  Folk and Celtic are pretty much my genres XD I’d throw in acoustic atmospheric stuff too if I knew a proper name for it, we’ll just call it acoustic for now haha.  Indi?  Who knows.  Either way, those are my top 3 genres, for sure~



I’ve said everything I can about this cover and video I think, so hope you enjoy it!

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Terra’s Theme with Lyrics (Shine) Final Fantasy VI Released!

[Final Fantasy VI] Terra’s Theme with Lyrics (Shine) – Crystal Dennis – YouTube


-collapses on the floor after doing happy dance-


Ugh, it’s finally released!  I’ll get this out of the way now:  This wasn’t  a pain to arrange or anything, but it was a major pain to distribute.  Releasing this is a really big landmark for me for a number of reasons though.  The first one being, I’ve had these lyrics written for years.  Since about 2013, I want to say.  Back then, I wasn’t really sure about how using midi and virtual instruments worked, and would just try downloading things and not have them work and…stopped trying.  It was always uber frustrating to me, because for this track in particular I really wanted to make it have a backtrack.  That being said, this isn’t exactly how I imagined making it:  I wanted it to be a bit more orchestral, but with what I have at my disposal  right now, a piano and strings arrangement is all I could do.  I’m really happy with how this came out, and how I reworked it to fit this sort of style though, so no complaints!  Honestly, I feel like I wouldn’t really utilize orchestra instruments anyways, and it’s been a lot of fun embracing my folksy Celtic acoustic roots with these arrangements.  Eventually I want to get into making things more dynamic, but baby steps.


That tangent aside, I always wanted to have this have a backtrack, and not be a cappella.  Even when I started doing a cappella songs, I wanted this to have music to it.  I tried making it a cappella and it just didn’t work.  Also tried arranging it without a keyboard to play on (writing music without a piano keyboard is just impossible for me, accessibility reasons is the short story about that) so just coming out with this is suuuuch a major goal for me I’m so happy I’ve achieved!


And now the bad part of this story.  Freaking Soundrop!  I ranted about this a few weeks ago, because dealing with them was a pain.  Not only did it take them a week to get back to me (and only after I tweeted at them in an attempt to get their attention – which worked) but it still isn’t fully released on stores.  It’s on iTunes and Google Play though, so I just went ahead and posted the video because I was determined to get this out before April because it should have been out last month.  All that aside, squeee I have an artist profile on iTunes!  You can check it out here.


The actual track is here:




Google Play


And hopefully Spotify and Amazon Music will be coming soon!  I really hope I linked the iTunes link right, as well XD

But yeah think I’ve said all I can say about this one, just happy to have it out after working on it for so long.  I love writing lyrics to pre-existing game themes, I already have another Final Fantasy track in the works!  Just have to figure out what’s erking me about its arrangement XD

Final Fantasy I Lute Cover, The First cover with me on Video!

Final Fantasy I Lute cover

If you just want to listen to this collaboration than click above.  If you want to read this blog post, then continue below!

It seems like it was ages ago, because it sort of was, but I just found out yesterday that one of the collaborations I helped out on dropped!  I thought it was super amusing, because the way I found out was by getting an email from someone who saw it, and asked me to collaborate with them.  So I replied back with “I didn’t know this was out, thanks for letting me know, and yes I’ll collab with you!” because collaborating more was one of my resolutions anyways, so might as well start the year off right!

This is the collaboration that I recorded video for, and from what I’ve been told it turned out really nice!  Not gonna lie, I was both really excited and really nervous to have myself on camera for a cover done like this, because I’ve only ever been on camera for live performance videos.  Recording and setting up to record video was pretty impromptu, but after pestering my friend with all of these questions about how it turned out, I came to the decision that I wanted to record myself singing like this, because in the end I’m super proud of how this turned out, and it’s a sense of pride that I haven’t gotten from my videos, to be honest.  Like, I got a major shot of motivation after seeing this dropped, and knowing a general outline of how it looked as opposed to just posting a generic picture with a cover felt really good.  My major concern has always been thinking I don’t look like I’m performing, but my motto this year is stop over thinking and being such a perfectionist, so I’m going to try and shove that aside and just record myself on video.

One major thing I was nervous about was just…sitting and singing, too.  But now that I have instruments I can be playing in different frames of the video, I don’t think that will be an issue!  So my new game plan is to get my room turned into a hybrid home recording studio/home YouTube studio (and by room I mean like, one corner lolol) but overall I’m super pumped to get this going, like I said I’ve never felt motivated to make music as much as after this video dropped because I knew I put my all into making this collab a success.  In the past I knew I could do better, wasn’t sure how I could make my videos better, and then half-heartedly made a video and always felt like I could be doing so much better but held myself back for some reason.  Recording that footage, and knowing how it came out just shoved all of my excuses out of my head and had me going “What am I dragging my feet for?  Let’s do this” because if I can record footage with no issue for a collab, then why not for my own videos?

I’d love to know what you think of the video, and the cover!  The first draft of the mix I heard didn’t sound as good as this, so I was super happy to hear how well it turned out.  If you notice anything I can do better on my end of the video, please let me know because I’d love to improve on recording!  Hopefully I can find an editor to do the sorts of stuff I want, my brain is already churning with how to be able to get across what I’d want edited in a video and all that jazz.  But it’s super exciting to not only have this released, but to be concocting a new style of video for my channel!  I really, really want to put my all into my YouTube Channel, and digital music distribution as a whole this year because it’s something I’ve always said I’d do but haven’t.  I’ve only had my channel for a year, and the amount of views and subscribers I’ve gotten for the type of videos I’ve made in the past aren’t tooo bad but still, I want to work really hard this year on upping my quality, and my subscriber count and actually do that and not just say it!
So TL;DR:  Hope you enjoy this cover, and the video with ma face in it!