Category Archives: Miniseries

Music Videos

While I’m saving money in order to record my next album, I still want to be producing new content. You know, for my “fans.” So far, I’ve made two videos. The first is what I call a music videoette for the song Victory. The second was a near-full-length video for Dwell.

IMG_2565Both videos were shot on my iPhone 6s using a Osmo mobile stabilizer and edited with iMovie. Pretty primitive equipment compared to the gear that’s on the market today, but if I don’t have the money to record an album, I definitely don’t have the money to spend on video equipment.

The simplicity and limitations of these videos parallel my music nicely. If someone commissioned me to write and record an album entirely with an acoustic guitar and my vocals, without any kind of layering, I would be ok with that. That’s how all my songs start out anyways.

I plan to make at least two more music videos. I’m just waiting for the sun to come out and the temperature to rise.

Click the links above to watch. Please like, share, tweet, blog, etc.

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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confirmed or repealed.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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Not Yet

The last installment of the Blinds miniseries comes

from the last song of the album.

No matter what your beliefs are on life, death,

spirituality, etc., we all want peace. We all want

harmony in our lives. We long to be loved, we long

for justice, and we long for wholeness. Basically,

we long for everything that’s wrong to be made right.

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Piano Tuner

The miniseries is coming to a close. This is one of the

last entries. This song was inspired during a piano tuning.

I watch for quite some time as the tuner carefully did his

work. It was mundane, and at the same time beautiful. I

watched and listened as the man loosened and tightened

every string meticulously in order to bring them back to their

original state and sound.

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I Have Longed

The end is drawing near on the Blinds miniseries,

but it has been fun to shed some light, even if it’s

only a candles-worth, on these songs. This is

inspired by the song For a Place. I believe it was

the first song I wrote once I moved to Indy. I had

no plans to leave Bloomington, but the good that

has come from it is unexplainable. For one thing,

I have a wife now. I think moving was the right decision.

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Concrete

I was driving home to Indy from my hometown,

when the first spark flew. As I merged to one of

the exits, I saw the criss-crossing interstates at

a favorable angle. The imagery was reminiscent

of spiderwebs, which was the inspiration for the

first verse of Concrete.

This photo isn’t a photo of what I saw, but

somewhat paints the picture I wanted to paint

with my words.

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Four Panes

The sixth installment of the miniseries is a little

different than the past few. I didn’t do this painting,

but it was the inspiration for the song, Four Panes.

My friend Nathan sent me a link to a Pinterest board

full of art, and I chose this one. It was probably the

least likely to be used. I mean look at it. It’s a painting

of old window panes. The painting and I had a staring

contest, and honestly, I think I won because I got what

I wanted from it. A song. As my mind went blank from

staring too long, it began to fill with a story. One that

was partially inspired by the home I grew up in, and

partially a made up tale. Even the made up parts

held truth within my own heart though. Four Panes

is one of my personal favorites from the album.

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I’m on a Boat

I think this is the fifth installment of the miniseries.

I’m starting to lose track. This is taken from the

second verse of Foulest Fleet from Blinds.

Naughty Nautical!

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Habit

Here is the fourth installment in the miniseries. I never

intended to create a miniseries, but that’s kind of what

has happened. This is taken from the first verse of Habit

from Blinds. Enjoy.

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