It’s been a while, hasn’t it? A lot of stuff has been going on lately, and over the past year as well. Over the last year, I’ve lost 170lbs which you can probably notice from the above video… at least if you knew what I looked like before. I haven’t uploaded to my youtube too often or updated my website unfortunately, but I’ve been working very hard on several things:
My original album, still, which is coming along nicely!
The White Vault, Artifact Miniseries, Liberty: Vigilance, and Legendsmith Productions podcasts
A new Valkyrie Profile inspired Death Metal album from The Legendary Zoltan!
The occasional new song or cover :)
Audio-wise, those are the big things. I recently got a bicycle which I really like. I got a cruiser with the reverse pedaling break like the one I had as a kid. It’s a hoot. I also got a Smart Car about 4 months ago which now has a bike rack on it. The bike sticks out about a foot on each side of the car. It’s nuts.
I hope you enjoy this cover, and future things I share on YouTube or on my website… if I ever do it! ;)
The night started off tough, waking up at about 1am naturally when we needed to be at the airport before boarding at 5:30AM. Typically, they want you there somewhere between 45 minutes and 2 hours early. So we were there about 2 hours early, and I ended up waiting about 40 minutes before boarding.
A nice, dark flight later, and I’m waiting at the bag claim when this nice group of people show up to greet me. Careless, Juja, and Juja’s wife! The latter two would later become a couple of the best people I’ve ever had the privilege to call my friends. Careless on the other hand, got me sick, but let’s not jump ahead just yet. Continue reading
This is a little different. I can’t say I’ve ever embedded a Spotify link into a post yet…and I probably did it wrong. ANYWAY, this is SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X. There are two albums which you can grab for $12 each on bandcamp (at Materia Collective’s page). I am super happy and appreciative to be involved, and very glad to enter the sunlight of releasing fan arrangements professionally — and LEGALLY — with such a great group of people.
Please check it out. Here’s all the appearances I make on this album:
“This Is Our Story” by Jordan Chin (Besaid Mix)
“Besaid on the Rocks” by Ryan Ike (Besaid Mix)
“Bravely Bwakking Forward” by Bonnie Bogovich, The Bwak Choir (Besaid Mix)
“Echoes of the Ronso” by Jeff Swingle (Besaid Mix)
“Ifrit’s Tune of Spira’s Fayth” by Lucas Guimaraes (Besaid Mix)
“Persistence” by Brandon Strader (Zanarkand Mix)
Pretty cool, huh? I didn’t plan for all my guest spots to be on one album, and my song on the other — that’s just how they separated the songs while they were making it. Until next time, enjoy the music!
Welcome! I have a “new” song to share, something I made for a Super Mario RPG tribute once upon a time. This covers the “Beware the Forest Mushrooms” theme and was more or less created to address complaints about how someone would cover this theme. I basically did what the person didn’t want to hear. The other option was death metal, so this is a little more fun. If you like your EDM to be extra divisive, this song is for you!
I’ve always liked this song, and consider it the one memorable song from the game, which I never got far in. There’s probably other songs that are decent, but I’ve never heard ’em, and I probably never will! Enjoy this one, and keep an eye out for the next song! Thanks!
Hey! It’s been a nice little while, hasn’t it? I’ve got a new arrangement here with help from my friends in Careless Juja. The one called Careless performed the live accordion, and the one entitled Juja performed the lead guitars and nylon guitar. Thanks a ton to them for the help. Did you know they actually brought me into their band? They haven’t changed the name to Careless Juja Strader yet, but I’m working on it.
I’ve been super busy lately, between working 2 jobs to get full time (sometimes more), sleeping, and working on music projects (for other people), there’s not a ton of time left over for me to work on my own music stuff.. I keep saying that’s going to change, but it doesn’t seem to be changing. I just finished mixing and mastering a large album at the end of April and hopefully can tell you about that in the near future. Now I’m mixing and mastering the Liberty: Tales from the Tower podcast because Season 2 of Critical Research has ended.
I’ve got a LOT of music plans, specifically for this weekend, and for this year as well — including but not limited to finishing my next original album… It’s about time! I’d also like to make a Final Fantasy VII 20th anniversary tribute, but no telling if I’ll have the time for that. I could always try to do FF8: Collision Course next year if this year doesn’t work out for FF7. :) Or hey, if possible, I could do both. Let’s see. Until next time!