Clear the Stage

Yet another draft I composed but never got around to finishing. I’ll try to work on completing this post while taking into account updates for more current information. Regardless, the content is still relevant, and perhaps even more so now. A lot has occurred over these past two years. (Wait… has it really been two years?!?)


[Oct 5, 2015]

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Though many people prefer to have “fun in the sun”, I’ll take a cloudy, windy, or even rainy day over any typical Summer day. You could only shed so many layers for the heat. As for me, I personally love to bundle up and dress in layers for the colder weather. Not only that, but Fall brings about the holiday season, and with it, seasonal choir at church.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve in this ministry for the Lord. I’m grateful that God has granted me the ability to serve in this way and I’m happy to serve in an area that I enjoy. I’m truly grateful that He is using me at bible study and has even seen fit to use me more in the church band and in leading worship for the men’s ministry. I love music and love singing and playing instruments. Despite this love, I often grow skeptical of the usage of my “talents” (for lack of a better term, as I hesitate to call my musical abilities a “talent”. I also hesitate to say that I have “talent” as if to suggest that I’m great at it. Yes, as you can see I’m quite the skeptic when it comes to my musical abilities. But I digress…).

I often wonder if this is the area I ought to serve. If this is where I should be. If this is where God wants me to be. If this is where He wants to use me. If I’m even fit to be serving there. I sometimes question my motivations. Sure, I may not be up there for the same reasons as when I used to “perform” (though I sometimes question what those reasons even were to begin with). Am I doing it to be pleasing merely to men? (Galatians 1:10)

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It’s a Thin Line…

I grew up with quite a few musical influences. I was an 80’s child, with much of my listening coming from the wide variety of music that my brothers and mother listened to. From Metallica, The Cure, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Kraftwerk, Earth Wind & Fire, the Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, to the “light rock, less talk” type, I’d say I have been exposed to and consumed quite an interesting smorgasbord of genres. There’s one thing that I can say for certain.

I love music.

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Cover Fever

This is how I feel sometimes. I’ve been churning out a ton of covers lately, though I think I’m using it as a means of escape, honestly.

There’s so much on my plate lately that I sometimes feel like I need to get away from everything.

So here’s what I’ve done since the last post:

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NoisyCell – “Innocence” (cover) Barakamon ED

By now, you probably know I enjoy singing quite a bit. I think I have 5 or 6 covers in the works, but I just haven’t had the time to really work on them.

Well, no that’s not true. I certainly have.

You see, the thing is… I tend to get distracted easily.

One song cover after another gets shelved as I get sidetracked and start working on others. This very song is one of those distractions. I mocked it up last night and churned it out today when my voice was a little more cooperative. I altered a few lines in the lyrics slightly so that the English would make a little more sense. The original lyrics in parenthesis and adjusted lines are in single quotes.

Here are the lyrics and chords:

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“Under My Skin” / Masochistic… I mean… Mirotic

As a YouTuber, I’m pretty much an unknown entity. When I first created the channel, I merely used it as an outlet to vent my musical urges and endeavors. I didn’t actively pursue a fan base or subscribers or anything like that. I saw it basically as a place to share what I love and enjoy (… with nobody :P).

There were a few videos I posted that actually got a decent amount of attention. However, a majority of those were just posts of songs that I pulled from an anime soundtrack. As for my own creations, there were a few covers I did that were viewed more than most of my other stuff. They’re nothing really fancy or elaborate… simply just me singing or playing the guitar.

I can’t say that I take entertainment value into consideration when I post videos. I never really have. The thought crossed my mind a few times to put in a little more effort into my productions. Stumbling across people like Smooth Mcgrooves and one of my acquaintances Del has inspired me to try to do more and put in more effort.

So I tried.

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“Let Out the Beast” / “Can’t Stop” / The New “Obsession”

My musical interests have spanned quite a range of genres over my listening history thus far. I have probably enjoyed music from almost every one that I could think of. For my personal listening, I’ve gone from “light rock, less talk” (adult contemporary), to pop (as vague and broad as that is), to rock/heavy metal, to funk/disco, to rap, to hip-hop, to alternative, to “the quiet storm” (R&B), to classical/instrumental, to J-pop, and finally to J-Rock. I was stuck on the J-Rock phase for quite a while and that would be the only thing coming out of my car speakers and headphones. My hobby of anime watching continued to feed me in that area as I’d discover newer songs from the shows I’d watch. I also began to follow a few artists as a result (ecosystem, 9mm, and Prague). I do still listen to it on occasion, but there’s a new sound emanating from these cans of mine. I must confess that this latest one definitely caught me off guard and I wasn’t expecting to get into it as much as I did. What genre is that?

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