Tuesday, March 1, 2016

still working on it

about a month ago i wrote about some long overdue mixes.  i got a lot done on those, with plans to go over them with the singer of the band this weekend.  i'll keep you posted on how that goes and when there will be a release.  i've also been positioning myself for making more of my own music. a drummer that i've always (literally ALWAYS... he's my older brother) enjoyed playing with is back in town, so we'll start jamming soon... and i have some more of my solo stuff in the works, although this time around it's a bit more traditional with key signatures and time signatures and stuff.  it's been fun getting back to something more structured.  i'll think i'll see how long i can keep it up before i feel the need to start chopping things up, twisting them around, and throwing most sense of rhythm and harmony out the window. in the meantime, i added some of my old ambient stuff to soundcloud.  i'll add my new stuff there once it's fit for someone else's ears.

that's all i have to say right now... until next time.

cheers,
squirrel

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Working on it

I'm working on some long overdue mixes... and I have to say it feels great. Sometimes the things we have to do in life get in the way of the things we love to do. I can't believe I let this feeling go for so long. I don't know what I was thinking. If you have a passion don't keep yourself from it. Do what it takes to keep that thing a part of your life. I sound like some motivational speaker trying out "new" (but extremely old and worn out) material... but this was a bit of an epiphany for me. I NEED this. It's not a want. It's not something I can do later. It's something I have to do... now.

Ok... enough typing. I have mixes to finish.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Thinking a lot, but doing very little...

I have all these thoughts and ideas that float around in my head.... sometimes I wonder if maybe I should've majored in Philosophy (like an advisor once suggested)... because that's what I do... I think. I don't remember the last time I acted on any of the thoughts or ideas that were most intriguing to me. Don't get me wrong... I do things from time to time. I've made some decent fermented beverages this year. But that's pretty safe. That stays within the comfort zone. These days the closest I come to pushing boundaries is wearing a hat to work. work... that's a whole other thing. I don't want to talk about that.

So... I need to keep thinking, but start doing... and so do you. We all do. Go out and do the things that drive your dream machines. That's my advice to me. And to you. And your neighbor's dog.

Hopefully when we speak again it will be about a cool thing we did.

peace
-squirrel

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