Sunday, July 5, 2015

Trying to do better at this

I'm reworking this blog.  It's going to be my homepage from now on.  I plan on updating this page at least once a week... so hopefully I'll have something to say.  As of right now, here's what I've got going on:

I've been working on a new album with Chemical Envy... more on that later.

I have a cider I'm really proud of called Pirate Cidrrr... it's on tap right now.  I like the taste.

I've had some personal shit go on that I don't really feel like talking about.  It's kind of put other shit on hold.  But I'm getting back into the swing of things.

Talk to you later.

-squirrel

Monday, March 18, 2013

Composing Again....

literally... right now... i'm composing again.  well... i'm taking a short break to write this. it's been a long time since i made music this way.  everything i've done in the past 5 years or so has been a combination of improvised parts, programmed drums or synths, poorly played (by me) keys/guitars/bass, and tweaked samples.  actually arranging notes in a way that makes sense (but not too much sense) and is pleasing to the ear is an almost alien concept to me at this point.  it's new and exciting and if i ever get it recorded by real live players* i look forward to sharing it with the small corner of the world that gives a shit about what i do.

well, i think that's all i really wanted to say.  i'm excited and happy about what i'm doing in this moment and i wanted to share it.

that is all.  nothing more to see here**.  move along.

peace!
-squirrel

*i'm actually writing with some specific players in mind, so i hope that increases the chances of getting a real live recording of this piece.

**ok... that's really all i have to say now.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

doing stuff is good

so, i've actually been doing stuff.  have some music i'm currently working on... although very slowly (partially because i hurt my finger and playing bass is sort of hard right now), i've brewed a couple good beers and have plans to brew again next week, and i've been drawing a little bit.  i plan on doing some writing too (other than the writing i'm doing right now), and might actually post some of it here.  i mostly write poems that hardly ever rhyme, but sometimes i write some short stories too... we'll see what comes out of me when i put pen to paper (yes, i write in analog).

stay tuned.

peace!
-squirrel

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Trying new things...

I haven't had a lot to say lately, but there's been plenty on my mind.  So, I think i'll try my hand at mobile blogging.  I added the blogger app to my mobile communication device (that's a smart way to say phone) in hopes that having my "...Mind" at my fingers will help me be more communicative.

Also along the lines of trying new things, I recorded a marimba not too long ago. It was cooooool. I also played it with a bow. I hadn't done either of those things before.  When Matthew and I figure out what to do with the results of that session i'll let you all know.

Until next time...

Peace!
-squirrel

Friday, December 30, 2011

i haven't written anything in quite some time. no music, lyrics, poems, stories, blogs. i couldn't tell you the last time i picked up a pencil. i haven't brewed in a couple months, either..........

normally i'm not one for new year resolutions. i've always felt that the random positioning of the earth had no bearing on when a person should make changes in their life. but lately i've been rethinking that. i think i'm going to make some resolutions. i think i'm going to make some changes.

things are going well in my day job.
things are going well with my family.
things are going well..... but there's always room for improvement.

i have some things i've been meaning to work on and now is the time. i hope for 2012 to be a very productive year. lots of things are swirling round in my head.... now it's time to get them out into the real world.

keep an eye out for it.

peace!
-squirrel

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Haunted Castle

i've been interested in the combination of sights and sounds for as long as i can remember. i recently decided to try my hand at scoring a short visual piece. i decided a short silent film from 1896 called "The Haunted Castle" was as good a place as any to start.... so i watched the film over (and over and over and over - which really wasn't that bad... it's only 3min 18sec long). finally i think i've come up with some stuff that sounds good and fits the film. it should be on youtube and last.fm soon.

that is all.
Update: Click here for YouTube video OR here for the last.fm page.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

vocabularium (and some other stuff, too)

my newest release - "vocabularium" - is being uploaded to last.fm as i type this. it's an EP consisting of some things i was feeling immediately following "Rainbows" and the stuff that was in my head in late january/early february.


also, i just got off the phone with Tom... keep an eye out for good news about my friends Chemical Envy.