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Game of Bands

Did you know that I’m a musician? When I’m not busy fixing computers or taking awesome pictures, I’ve been known to pluck a guitar or carry a tune. As I’ve mentioned (over and over, like a broken record), I am writing a blog post each day to try and kickstart my creative side back into productivity, but sometimes typing out a blog post just isn’t enough to satisfy that urge to make something.

To satisfy that urge, I’ve been trying to find time to devote to musical projects. Within the past few weeks, I’ve been working on getting a basic home recording studio set up, and can now record guitar, bass, banjo, keys, and vocals at home. It’s still very much a work in progress, but it’s getting there. There are a few things in the pipe, including some new singles and maybe even a Happy Heathen Holidays album, if I can get it done in time. Sometimes I enjoy going out for karaoke. It’s nice to just sing without having to worry about whether or not people like the song. One of the downsides of being a songwriter, at least for me, is that it’s difficult to separate your song from your sense of self. If someone doesn’t like the song, it’s as if they don’t like a part of you. Continue reading

Open the eyes of my heart, lord

In the interest of continuing yesterday’s theme of posting embarrassing snippets from my past, the audio file below was recorded at a church youth group sometime around 1997-98. I’m playing guitar and singing along with a friend of mine as we lead the youth group in a worship song. The song, “Open The Eyes Of My Heart,” has been performed by christian rock heavyweights, including Michael W Smith and Sonicflood, and is a staple of the modern evangelical christian hymnal. If you have the time, I suggest listening to the song, paying special attention to the lyrics. I’ll share my thoughts on the song below.

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I am the road leading to no return

I was in a musical, Once On This Island, during my senior year of high school. I played Papa Ge, sly demon of death. It was fun, because all of the villagers acted as though they were terrified by my presence, and cowered in fear when I pointed my ‘death stick’ in their general direction. At the time, I had just recently come out of several years of being a devout evangelical christian but hadn’t publicized the fact that I was no longer a believer, so it was interesting to watch the reactions to my character because it reminded me of the fear that I saw many exhibit when faced with the prospect of eternal damnation and separation from god. Continue reading

Wrote a new song

I wrote a new song. It’s been awhile, so please be gentle. I have a music page on my site here, but I almost never use it.

I seem to be uploading anything new to Soundcloud. I do like their interface, but I wish it wasn’t a pay site.

This song is sort of a big deal for me. First of all, it’s short. The recorded version is about 3:45, but I actually played it a bit slow so the actual version is closer to 3:15. It also uses more symbolism lyrically than what I usually write, and does not use the word “I” once. It’s also very science-y, referencing the double slit experiment and the duality of light. Enjoy? If you’ve listened and feel like leaving feedback, feel free!