Perhaps this comes as a surprise, but I’m actually quite the musician. I have been playing the piano for over 20 years, including 12 years of classical lessons. I’ve also been playing the drums and the guitar since I was a high school freshman which makes me something of a triple threat. It was also late in high school that my friends Steven, David, and I began dabbling in writing and recording music. Our band recorded two Christmas albums and played several gigs around Knoxville. If you’re super nice to me, I might let you hear the latter of those albums sometime in the future.
As for me, I recorded my first album just before graduating high school. It was a collection of songs I had written on the piano during high school and I layered some string sounds over top of them. The result, you can listen to below (if you’re in RSS, you might need to click through):
After that album, I spent the summer working to buy more equipment. My plan was to skip out on college (for a year at least) and just work (which I did at Lowe’s) and make music. For the latter, I wrote and recorded the following album during the month of November:
The concept of the album was to move through three seasons (fall, winter, spring) and each season had 4 songs. The first song starts in the key of C#m (with hints of E) and from there the key signatures move in order through the circle of 5ths (12 key signatures = 12 songs). They are still mostly piano, but I incorporate several guitar based songs. I continue with the string layering, but I also add some “effects,” namely, a guitar tuned to an appropriate open tuning that I then used as a microphone to record key parts played through a Marshall half-stack. The key parts followed the already prominent piano parts which give them a kind of ethereal effect.
Alongside this, I worked on a concept album of songs all in the key of C#. I utilized an open tuning (C#F#C#FG#C#) on my acoustic and electric (the latter being rigged to be permanently a step and half down from standard, as it still is to this day) to make this simpler. I never quite finished it, but it was my first foray into full band songs, i.e. me being a literal one man band. I laid the drum parts down to a metronome and then layered bass, acoustic, and several electric parts on top. The goal was to finish vocal melodies and write lyrics, but I ended up going to Bible school the following fall, and we all know how that turned out. Anyway, you can hear the “lost sessions” here:
Lastly, in the middle of my college years, I re-recorded an old song with a new ending, a showy, solo acoustic song, the piano song that would eventually be the wedding music for our wedding ceremony, and my first hints of progressive rock. The result of that demo session you can listen to here:
For future reference, I’ve now added a link on the navigation bar labelled “Music,” which if clicked, takes you to my bandcamp page. Everything is already in this post, but I’ve been itching to get back into the music lately, and I think this summer might be a good time to do so!