Keep Your Head Above Water

When the daily routine of juggling your responsibilities has a couple extra items to catch and throw up into the air, you have to be able to respond and shift your rhythm instantaneously.

I've been involved with so many extra music projects lately that it feels as if I've attained a part-time job performing, recording, mixing, promoting, networking, managing, organizing, composing, researching, and writing for music.
Within the past 4 weeks so much has been accomplished, and for it all to be possible I have to attribute the credit to the Lord. Committing my plans to Him (Proverbs 16:1-3) and removing myself from the equation as much as possible and replacing His will with mine is the only reason any of this has been remotely possible.

  • My band A Quiet Place released our first set of songs, an EP comprised of 3 songs running 27 minutes long. I cannot emphasize how blessed I am to be a part of this group, which has its roots in spreading the Gospel. It's the release I've always dreamed of making: sincere music communicating a sincere message. As opposed to being completely ignored, as I would naturally expect, we've received nothing but positive feedback, hundreds of plays online, and almost 30 free downloads (two people were kind enough to donate!). Sadly, though, one of our guitarists is unable to play with us anymore, making us a 3 piece, like we started. We even played our second show without him, and while it was a great experience to make a sincere impact on a handful of people, there was a unique and powerful presence missing the whole night. Elijah's indefinite absence has caused me to realize how much of an impact he and the other guys in the band have made on my life. I can honestly call them my brothers in Christ. Our friendships have been growing with every interaction and I hope they continue to do so throughout our lives.

  • I've laid out the groundwork for a local DIY record label, which I've named Crazy Knuckles Records, recruiting some close friends to join and help with different aspects of running a label, such as art, promotion, sound engineering, etc. The purpose behind starting such a venture is to add life to the vegetated state of the North Idaho/Eastern Washington music scene. The most we have going for us is a metal scene which revolves around the "I'm in a band or friends with a band" complex and partying. The few acts that are truly dedicated to meaningful and unique art are subsequently overshadowed, unmotivated, or unsure of how to rise above and make a name for themselves. The record label will allow for local artists to network with one another and essentially build for themselves a platform to spread their art. There are no genre boundaries, and, while the act must pass my personal biases through tryouts/demo submissions, the only true qualification to join in the movement is the ability and motivation to produce meaningful and creative communication. Heck, I'll take just about any art medium, I just want to make a difference around here. I've taken into consideration making a "Christian label", but truthfully I feel that the Lord has put so many talented artists in my life, and I feel that they deserve just as much, if not more, love and support. That will reveal Christ's love better than creating philosophical barriers.

  • The plans made to become an audio engineer are becoming more and more realistic, as I've been embarking on a plethora of different recording projects. Obviously, there's the EP, but I didn't have as big of a hand on the engineering aspect as our guitarist. I recorded drums for the first time with my friend Avery, we made a semi-joke mathgrind song you can listen to here. I've also recorded a handful of tracks for a video game I'm making with my teacher and friend, Scott Jacobson. So far we've incorporated 2 guitars, a bass, a trumpet, a trombone, and a saxophone. I'm hoping to include a slew of other instruments, especially if we can get a MIDI keyboard. All these recording projects have required me to do some equalization and digital editing, things foreign to me over a year ago.

  • I've had the opportunity to apply for a journalist position at Indievisionmusic.com, where I wrote two album reviews that I hope to post in the near future. I've never really done a formal review or interview, but I've analyzed and dissected several albums and songs in the past, so it was a natural fit for me to write in such a way. Please pray for this endeavor, I'm really excited to receive feedback in the next few weeks.
This is a bit of a personal journal-y post, and for that I apologize. I said a couple months I'd stop doing this, and I ended up not blogging for a long while, so I think it best to remove unnecessary limitations and continue to grow as a writer in every aspect. Thanks for reading.

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