Saturday, June 13, 2020

A New Song

Life as an artist, in all guises we artists come, is far from easy. What market exists is often concentrated at the top, into those fortunate enough to have "struck it big." Those lucky, talented few who have captured the imaginations of pop culture fans seem to live a luxurious, jet-set lifestyle while the rest wallow in the mires of obscurity and financial toil. We "starving artists," however, are always quick to argue that we create our art for the love and passion of the pursuit, for the pure joy of conjuring something completely original and novel seemingly from the ether, and that is true. However, in the hearts of almost all of us, lives a longing to join that rarefied club who clamber up the proverbial ladder to the top. Perhaps not even the highest rungs, but high enough that we can quit our cubicle jobs and meet that threshold of success where we could look someone in the eye when asked what we do for a living and answer, without deceit, "I am a musician. A writer. An artist..."

Anyway, enough digression. Here is a new song I recently recorded and released on Soundcloud. I've been playing with the technique of melding acoustic and electronica music and this song is one of the best examples yet of this new attempt at conjuring something fresh and original (as aforementioned). Please enjoy. Or don't, if it's not to your taste. And as always, I am open to feedback and well-worded, well-intended criticism...

Friday, May 8, 2020

An Ode to the Mountain

What is it about a mountain that so thoroughly ensnares the human imagination? Is it the jagged immensity? The superhuman scale? Or is it the allure of secrets hidden in every fold and crevasse? Perhaps it’s simply the exhibition of nature at its grandest scale. The unmitigated authority of such a colossal body and its total freedom to build, act, and even collapse, in whatever way it pleases. Maybe we just admire the mountain for appearing not only immortal but supremely hardy: donning and shedding mounds of ice like a weekend wardrobe, and letting the severe winds curl around its body like the fingers of a lover. The mountain embodies not only the best, strongest and most admirable of human traits, but piles them to a scale we can never hope to emulate, only admire from a distance….