A serious case of writers block

22 09 2014

I’ve been trying about once a week for almost a month to write down something here… anything.  I’ve tried video blogging, audio only, and now I’ve come full circle into just writing it all down again.  So what’s this all about? Writers block has hit me hard.  Every time I try and write anything (my blog, stories, scripts etc.) I can’t seem to get any further than a couple of lines in.  Even now, as I’m writing, I’m having to fight just stopping.  (10 minutes later)… “what was I doing again?”…. oh, that’s right; blogging.

Now it seems as though everything has hit a slump for me.  I can’t write, I’m playing the same music over and over again.  My drawing/doodling has slowed down, and I feel a lack of inspiration to do anything.  I was hoping this day would have come when my finances depended on me doing this stuff, and so, create an urgency to carry on.  But as it stands, I don’t NEED to do anything creative, and my lack of WANT to, is making it hard to do so.  This writers block thing is really starting to annoy me.  At this point I need to get over this slump.  In a way I’m excited to see what happens when I do get over it.  I’m half expecting to explode onto the scene with brilliance and high-quality work… But here I am, for now, just blogging (because it’s easier).

The good news though is that I finally invested in Adobe, so now things should be more streamlined when I actually do things… hopefully (not that my creativity should revolve around which software I use… but still…)  And that’s about it for the good news.

Now of course, is the time to really push myself. I’ve laid out my foundation (let’s hope it sets right).  And if I continue the metaphor: I’m waiting for the cement to dry.  I probably won’t be posting many things (here or on FB) for a while, as I’m doing some “background” things right now.  I’m continuing setting up the framework for this next part of the journey.  Phase 2 of which will likely include, maybe college… once again, I’m in a slump of being indecisive and not knowing what to do next.

Meanwhile, while I work out in my head something that will hopefully make more sense than this post, feast your ears on some random concept work I’m doing:





Artist Spotlight: Joseph Toscano

24 06 2013

Joseph Toscano

I’m always amazed at what you can find based on something else that you’ve found.  I discovered this indie artist (Joseph Toscano), through an indie game (Timber and Stone).  This Piano heavy artist has been composing since 1999 with his first album: The Ideal City.  There’s typically an interesting blend of strings and piano, sometimes mixed with some sort of modern techno beat (depending on the album).  There are also traces of 8th note runs usually involving a bowed instrument or a harp.  It leaves me with that “post-movie epic” feeling.

Latest Album: Timber and Stone OST

First Album: The Ideal City

Discography:

After spending time listening to this, It makes me wonder how anyone can make it “big” in any entertainment industry.  There are so many people with a lot of talent that will probably never compose for the worlds next blockbuster film.  I guess it just goes to show, it’s all about who you know.

There was no bio on Joseph’s bandcamp page, so this is all you get.  Anyway, enjoy the sounds, and when you decide you like it, you can purchase his music at a “name-your-price” price from his bandcamp page.  So that means if I directed you to his page you should at least pay $10, because I’m an anti-pirate ninja.

http://musicbyjt.com/





Artist Spotlight: Wavorly

29 05 2013

Wavorly

WAVORLY

History

Wavorly formed in 2001 under the name Freshmen 15, and independently released two albums under this name. The group changed its name after signing to Flicker Records because they “didn’t want to be thirty years old and be like, ‘I’m in “Freshmen 15″. I have three kids.'” The name Wavorly comes from a haunted mansion in West Point, Mississippi. Their major label debut, Conquering the Fear of Flight, was released on Flicker on June 12, 2007, and has lyrics significantly influenced by the writings of C. S. Lewis.

The band’s single “Part One” received significant airplay on US Christian radioand was heavily rotated on the Gospel Music Channel‘s Rock Block. Also, it had been confirmed that Wavorly was in the process of finishing their next album, which was slated for a 2011 release. Rob Graves, producer of Conquering the Fear of Flight and other bands such as RED and Pillar, was confirmed as producer. Former RED guitarist Jasen Rauch had also been confirmed as a co-producer. Wavorly released an Ep entitled “The Ep” On November 11, 2011.

Wavorly broke up on December 21, 2012, as they announced via Facebook.

Members:

Current members
  • Dave Stovall – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Seth Farmer – Vocals, Lead Guitar
  • Matt Lott – Bass
  • Ryan Coon – Keyboards
  • Teddy Boldt – Drums
Former members
  • Trey Hill – Drums (2001–2006)
  • Dan Isbell – Guitar
  • Jaime Hays – Drums (2006–2010)

Discography:

Freshmen 15
  • Freshmen 15 (2002)
  • Hi-5 Pedestrian (2004)
Wavorly

Source: the always right, never failing: Wikipedia (it’s a blog, not a college paper… get over it)

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I discovered this band while just milling about my media player for “related artists” back a couple of years ago.  Sadly, since then they’ve disbanded.  However, I encourage you to take a listen and enjoy their 2 albums anyway.  They’re one of “those bands” that never got as much coverage as they probably deserved.  But still, they’re first album: Conquering the Fear of Flight is quite enjoyable, and I will probably be listening to it for years to come.  My favorite songs from that album are: track 5, ‘Praise and Adore’ and track 7, ‘Summer Song’.