I wrote this song last year for my upcoming EP. After listening to it on a recent walk, I felt like the music and lyrics really resonated with the current moment we find ourselves in, so I decided to release it early.
The musical movements in the intro tell a story of struggle, then acceptance and, eventually, an emergence from darkness. Ultimately, I feel that it’s an optimistic song that reminds us that, even when times are difficult, we can still find something beautiful if we look for it.
I hope everyone is staying safe and that you are able to experience/create some beautiful moments despite these challenging times.
Note: I’m currently releasing my music under the band name Lost Like You. You can find this song as well as future releases on Bandcamp:
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Tagged Beauty, charlotte, classical, Coronavirus, COVID-19, indie, indie rock, Lost Like You, Music, nc, north carolina, Optimism, piano
This is my first proper classical composition. I stumbled across this chord progression while studying some different piano chords and was very moved by it. I found myself playing it over and over again. As a gentle rain storm set the mood outside, I spent several hours piecing the composition together into its finished form.
The piano part is composed of two separate parts that were combined together. It modulates back and forth between C Major and F Minor every two measures which creates an emotional kick.
I’m very proud this piece and find myself coming back to it again and again to help me relax and to put my mind in a good place. I hope it has the same effect for you too.
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Tagged cello, charlotte, clarinet, classical, classical music, composer, flute, Music, musician, nc, north carolina, piano, prelude, relaxing music
I’m very happy to share my latest track created with the help of my music composition app — Bop. Please have a listen.
My latest project is a music application application called “Bop”. Currently, it’s a Unity app that connects to Logic Pro X via MIDI. Bop can be used by songwriters to discover new musical ideas and/or enhance existing ones. Basically, it can help you think outside the box.
The functionality is very limited now. You can currently manually create note sequences, place them on a timeline and fill them with random notes from the current musical key. Even with these limited features, it’s still possible to create some very interesting musical parts.
Eventually, I plan to expand the app to be able to produce complete musical works with multiple coherent parts. I’ll post updates as a progress.
Here’s an example of a track I composed with Bop:
I’m very happy to announce the release of the Tipping Point Soundtrack! All of the music from my point-and-click adventure game has been remixed & remastered and is now available to download.
Most of the music was recorded 25 to 30 years ago, so a lot of work was put into cleaning up the original master recordings. The Tipping Point game has been updated with the new versions of the music. Note: Tipping Point will be available on Steam soon for PC & Mac. The soundtrack will be included with the purchase of the game.
Listen and download now on Bandcamp:
Stranger 99/100 – Kevin
“I want to make a name for myself. I want people to know me.”
What advice would you give to your younger self? “Take school extremely seriously. High school, middle school… all of it.”
What is your biggest challenge right now? “Maintaining… keeping a steady pace.”
What’s keeping you from doing that? “Myself… not being disciplined.”
What are your goals? Where do you want to be in ten years? “In ten years… I want to make a name for myself. I want people to know me. I want to make an impact… at least for my family.”
What’s the plan? “I do a little music right now… hip-hop, rap.”
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you? “I don’t know… people just ask me if I’m ok… like I have a mean face all the time. I don’t really talk to a whole lot of people. I just keep to myself.“
If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “Life goes on.”
Are you active in the music scene yet? “I’m just writing. I haven’t stepped into the studio just yet, but I’ve been writing a lot of stuff.”
What advice would you give to people starting out in music? “Never give up honestly. Nowadays you can really go viral… you just gotta keep going. Even when you feel like you’re not going so good… you’re not gaining fans… even if it takes years, just keep going. Even people who are big now, it took them years. You just gotta keep pursuing it and getting better and better and finding that new thing that people like.”
Technical Notes: It was a cloudy day, and I used a reflector below Kevin’s face to even out the light. Despite the processed look, I barely edited this portrait at all in Lightroom. This was the rare case where the subject, lighting and background all came together at the same time.
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Tagged 100 Strangers, 50mm, charlotte, discipline, hip-hop, keep going, Kevin, maintain, Music, musician, natural light, nc, never give up, north carolina, people, portrait, portraits, rap, rapper, stranger, Street Photography, street portrait
Stranger 98/100 – Quay
“You gotta go make some moves as far as making a legacy for yourself before you leave the Earth.”
What advice would you give to your younger self? “Whatever you plan on doing in the future as a passion or a career or job, whatever, just make sure you go hard… 110%.”
Have you always done that? “Lately I have… not always.”
What made you clue in to that? “Because reality sinks in, and you realize you can’t just sit around procrastinating. You gotta go make some moves as far as making a legacy for yourself before you leave the Earth… because you know you have to go at some point.”
What is your biggest challenge right now? “Trying to make it music-wise. I make music so… Trying to make it as an artist today with so many more emergent artists coming out everyday… it’s kinda hard.”
Tell me about your music…. “Basically, I just talk about my lifestyle. I don’t talk about killin’ people and none of that stuff that the majority of these people who make rap music or hip-hop music talk about nowadays. I talk about things that people can relate to.”
So authenticity is important? “Exactly.”
What are your goals? Where do you want to be in ten years? “I just want to be living comfortably… as little worries as possible.”
If you could put a billboard up in Charlotte, what would it say? “It would say something about unity… not just one’s own race, but all races. If you look at society today whites they stick together with they own race, not to say that they don’t help others, but… that’s how it just go… races stick together. But, if it all comes together… I think the world will be a better place as far as unity goes.”
Technical Notes: I used a reflector to add light to Quay’s face. I did my best to reduce the glare in his glasses, but I couldn’t find an angle where there wasn’t a lot of glare.
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Tagged 100 Strangers, 50mm, artist, authenticity, charlotte, go hard, hip-hop, legacy, lifestyle, Music, natural light, nc, north carolina, passion, people, portrait, portraits, Quay, rap, rapper, stranger, Street Photography, street portrait, Unity