Category Archives: Album

Song 2 – “Los Angeles I”

My hope for writing about these tracks is to give the average listener

a peek behind the curtain, but not to tear the whole curtain down. I’m

a detail-oriented person by nature, so I’ll try to change my ways for this

post.

Is there a building in your town that you go past regularly, and you think

to yourself, “What a dump! How is that business still surviving?” Every

time you drive by it, the same thoughts come to mind. After many months

or even years, you cave in and decide to check it out. Once you step foot

inside, your bitter thoughts vanish, and turn to regret. You wish you would

have gone in earlier. It’s great! What a diamond in the rough!

Or maybe you experienced the opposite, where you thought something

was going to be gem, and it turned out to be a bag of coal.

Relationships can be the same way. You meet someone and gather your

first impressions. Those impressions expand and change over the next few

months, and after years of knowing that person those impressions will be

confirmed or repealed. Those impressions have been transformed along the

way into character traits, at least in your mind.

If the other person knows themselves at all, they know the highs and lows

of their character. With technology and the way relationships are managed

these days, we can easily leave people in the “impression zone” for a much

longer period of time before texting and social media came along. We’ve all

been informally trained in PR, marketing, sales, and photoshop. Our best

foot is always forward, and our blemishes have been clicked away with the

healing tool.

What happens if we slip? What happens if we face plant it, and we miss a

spot? How will people respond with the ugly truth of who we are? Will they cast

us out? Will we continue to be friends, dating, or whatever the relationship

may be? We’re going to have to end the relationship. Won’t we?

This is romantic love. The idealized kind of love we read about and see in the

movies. The kind where you feel good all the time. What if love is hard though?

What if we disagree more than we delight? How can love continue?

I would argue that these are the times when love is truly shown. It’s

not hard to love someone when they make you laugh, give you gifts, are easy

to talk to, and always see eye-to-eye. You can easily say, “I love you.” Do you

really love them, or do you just love the feeling you get from being around them?

The way to know if you truly love them, is how you react and deal with the hard

times. Do you still treat them with kindness and respect? Do you still serve them

and talk to them? Do you make attempts to right wrongs and see eye-to-eye?

That’s love.

I didn’t quote any lyrics or mention anything from the song, which might make

you think I didn’t explain the song at all. I did, I swear. I simply expounded on

the themes and thoughts that inspired the song. There’s your peak behind the

curtain. It was more of a long gaze, but I’m fine with it. I hope you are too.

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Song 1 – “Lost Angeles”

The first track on the EP is titled “Lost Angeles.” It acts as

an intro, and helps set the stage a bit. Since this EP is meant

to be a cohesive project and to stream together, it seemed fitting

to give an introduction. If you come into this EP not knowing the

first track is an introduction, you might think I’m a shut-in without

electricity, because the first line is, “Los Angeles, where are you?”

The next line is similar to the first, and these lines appear a bit

code-like. As the song continues the key is given to crack the code

of the first two lines, and ultimately the rest of the EP. You’ll see

what I’m saying once you listen. It’s still a bit mysterious for everyone

else at this point.

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“LA” EP Finally

This EP has been a long time coming. I wrote it back

in January of 2013, and almost two years later it will

be released. I’ll be digitally releasing it on my Bandcamp

site on November 16, 2015. Here’s the album art and

track listing.

  1. Lost Angeles
  2. Los Angeles I
  3. Los Angeles II
  4. City of Angels
  5. Boss Angeles
  6. LAX

I hope to post more about the EP as the release date

draws nearer.

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Kickstarter Campaign

We’re about halfway through my Kickstarter campaign.

I haven’t promoted it too much, because I don’t want to

bog people down or feel pushy. As time draws near, I’m

getting more and more worried and more and more desperate.

I’m not a huge fan of asking people to donate their hard-earned

money towards my own goals. On the other hand, I do feel

passionate about this album and its individual tracks. I wish I

could show people snippets of these songs, but we can’t start

recording until we reach our goal. It’s a bit of a catch 22 at this

point.

I will say that I’ve been honing my skills and ears for tone and quality

over the last couple years. We’re also working with The Lodge Studio

in Indianapolis, IN. Michael, the owner of The Lodge, has been a sound

engineer for over 30 years and has worked with artists such as Bela Fleck,

Gavin DeGraw, John Legend, Jack Johnson, Pink, Weezer and many more.

He worked out in L.A. before moving to Indy. I can’t wait to have his expertise

on this album. Please consider being part of this album financially, but please

do so quickly since time is running out. Thank you.

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Blast Off

Well folks, it’s official. I launched my first Kickstarter campaign this morning.

It’s a scary thing to ask for help, especially when it’s financial help. It feels

weird and no one likes to do it. At the same time, it’s wonderful to be part of

a community. To share in the excitement and to press towards a common goal.

My hope is that I’ll meet my goal, but I also hope people can get excited with me.

Ways to help meet this goal is by giving financially. Another way is to spread the

word, and with social media nowadays, it’s not too hard. Another way to be part

of this journey is to invest in it by the ways listed above, but also by staying up-

to-date with the project.

Ways to do that are by following my blog updates,

Kickstarter updates, following my band page on Facebook, following on Twitter,

following on Instagram, and dialogue. Feel free to contact me at my email:

raywyattmusic@gmail.com. Feel free to ask questions, leave feedback, or just

say hello. I’d love to hear from you.

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