As my 2013 graduation came closer and closer, it was inevitable that goodbyes would have be made. A chapter of our lives would close and new beginnings would appear. During this period of inevitable ‘doom,’ one could say, it became ever more apparent that a display of appreciation for those who made my university experience that much more special was overdue. Read More
First, an infinite amount of thanks goes out to my dear friend EFuzzy. Without his help and patience this project would never have completed. He endured much bickering and criticism during a personal time of stress, and I am forever grateful for the time he gave me for this project, despite how much he came to hate filming and my lack of communication upon the filming’s completion. A huge amount of work, time, and sweat went into this project, and unlike most of my assignments that I’ve worked on, this was definitely a two-man effort. Previous projects like Together Alone were done with multiple people on board, but both of us had knowledge and expertise that overlapped greatly, but here, I worked with a friend that had a completely different skillset and knowledge pool than I did. Attempting to convey each others ideas and communicate properly quickly became a project challenge but it provided a wonderful learning experience. Read More
No. Not really.
Well. Yes. I am a father, but not by any “I fell in love, got married, and had kids” standard. Much like a big/little sib program, I’m involved in a University of Virginia program called the Peer Advising Family Network (PAFN). Most of the friends I have made at University are involved with this program, and it was PAFN that really allowed me to insert myself into the UVa community, grow in confidence, and learn to really enjoy helping others.
Interjection Note: btw, if you’re trying to watch the video and skip the blog post, skim to the bottom of the entry to find pretty obvious clue as to what the private video’s password is… Read More
Every May/June is a time for celebration: schools let out, families reunite, summer begins, andglasses graduate. This past May/June, the University of Virginia’s Class of 2012 walked the Lawn and wore the Honors of Honors, marking a very large milestone in thousands of student’s lives. However, there was another cLass that requires just as much praise and excitement. Read More
“Inner Mosaic,” the last song in this Songwriting Series, is probably the most serious song yet, venturing into broken, as well as lost, love. I can’t really say that this song arose from experience, since I’ve never suffered from lost love (or even having one, for that matter). The bitterness and longing for a broken past to be whole and true again is a thematic idea that’s pretty popular in dramas and epic romance stories. I thought that I’d give a shot at it (and quickly found that it was pretty emotionally exhausting to put words down and sing the lyrics). Read More
“Yellow Rain Boots” was probably the most fun assignment to write and record. Written as an “opposite” song for a previous MUSI3370 assignment, I recycled “Yellow Rain Boots,” rerecording, remixing, and rebouncing a new version for my final portfolio (hence, why I merged #7 and #9 together). This song quickly became my favorite of the bunch, due to its lighthearted nature and involvement of numerous friends from school. Read More
Sadly, relationships may be destroyed by a simple misunderstanding or a perception of existing inadequacy. Pain, deterioration of personal respect, and reduction of perceived self-worth are common results of relationship failure. The destructive process does not even have to be consciously conducted. Perhaps even without being aware one is doing so, tiny perceived imperfections may encourage latent, hidden anger which is eventually brought to the fore, often repeatedly. “RETRY” exists as a sentiment that relationships require work to succeed. Retrying, and trying again, despite previous issue, difficulties, or problems. Read More
Probably one of my most enjoyable pieces to listen to, “Proud” by Norah, was what I conjured from the composer’s lead sheet. “Proud” is the title I gave it as Norah did not title her lead sheet, but I felt that it was quite appropriate, as the song is constantly voiced in a parental or adult manner to a younger child, perhaps a familial, teaching the values of trust, confidence, and perseverance (wow, why can’t I write songs about such deep and applicable stuff…). Read More
Singing is fun. Sort of.
Everyone says singing in the shower makes you sound better, and generally, that’s probably true. The reverberations inside a bathroom definitely give your voice a more operatic feel and helps you sound more powerful (as well as muddying any awkward termination of phrases), but bathroom echo doesn’t help fix incorrect pitch. I consider myself a poor singer, not because I can’t “sing” or because I’m embarrassed about my voice. I’m embarrassed about my ability to never sing on pitch. Read More
Short and sweet, this assignment was. After having sunk so much time into trying to finish “Finding You,” inevitable exhaustion kept me from devoting an equal amount of effort into the subsequent project. However, not all is lost. Though I could no fathom sitting down and layering instruments for very long, I decided to tackle the recording with a new focus on singing. Oh yeah~ First recording ever, with Christopher singing? Bring it on! Read More