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Ahem, Anyway, Hello! It's me again, Steve the Steve-Dawg. …Oh, if you only knew.
So I thought I'd leave an update and let everyone know what's going on.
So we went on vacation to Orlando and that was SUPER FUN! We got to go to an arcade, Disney's Hollywood, a Thrift Shop (still not sure whether I should've gotten that keyboard), and Disney's Epcot. Believe me, we did plenty of things. The drive was long, but that was part of the voyage. We heard a lot of music and that Dodge Grand Caravan stereo was GREAT!
We got back a handful of weeks ago, and I, as promised, contacted Pastor Mike of Abundant Life Church once I did... which is why I am happy to announce that I have accepted a position as Worship Leader at said church! I'm so thankful for this... God has a funny way of doing things. I didn't sit down at 16 or so and say "I'm going to considerably change and grow socially and in personality." But God made it happen through someone who ended up leaving my old church later. I didn't sit down and decide "Now is the time to get a worship minister job". But God made Dad look it up, find one that was an hour 20 away, and I applied to it. It's as if God just moves things along, whether or not I am doing what I should, or am aware of what should happen next. What a blessing it is to have a life like that.
The only sad thing about this is that I am no longer going to my old church, Cross Bend. I really wish I could do both, you know? But you have to pick where your spend your Sundays.
So that is what is happening currently-- which means I'm spending time keeping prepared for that, which does cut into free time-- but honestly as of yet, not that much.
You'll all be positively ecstatic, downright quaking to know I HAVE PLENTY OF NEW SONGS COMING.
So here's the deal... I keep putting off vocals. Then I write more songs. The I record instrumentals so as to not forget them. Then I put off vocals. Then I write more songs. It's gotten terrible. I have songs from LAST YEAR sitting on my hard drive waiting for vocals. I must have a hundred unfinished songs at least. Some are waiting for lyrics to even be written for them. Don't even talk to me about the songs laying on paper that are (hopefully not) all but forgotten. It's rather overwhelming, sometimes it's hard to choose what to allot time to. Today I've got some Bass to record for the song I recorded yesterday that was SUPPOSED to be the song I WROTE on Saturday night but ENDED UP being a completely new TOTALLY UNRELATED SONG. See how indecent I am? This used to be creativity splurging. Now it's just a joke. So now Saturday night's song is still on the list, and it's gotta happen soon or I swear it won't be the same.
Regardless of all this... I have finished more or less around 40 songs or so. Maybe 50. However, I'm waiting to release them because I want to release them properly as albums.
I HAVE released a few singles! On Spotify, Google Play, etc., you can now find
"Don't Hide", "Here's To What the Years Have In Store", "At the Time of Your Death REMASTERED", and "Moonlight"!
Four new songs-- How nice! "But wait", you say, "There's more!"
No, wait... there's more...
No no no… Wait... There's more....
NO! STOP! Sorry, I get out of hand sometimes. "Shaun!"
"OKAY, LOOK,", you say, "quit with the there's more. I never said that in the first place. But what about all those full-size albums worth of songs you listen to in the car and on your phone? For months now, even!"
Well, I guess I talked about that above. It's a shame that I'm waiting to release so many. I'm also unsure of how to volume level them all, though I supposed the volume swings aren't that egregious except on the ones that I took Garageband Normalization off of. That helped my songs be louder, but I realized now they were louder than everyone else's, and that taking normalization off was causing clipping. I think pretty much all the main digital sources normalize your audio in some way, anyway, so I'm not so sure it makes too much a difference except that clipping is clipping xD. Regardless, however, I should definitely consider releasing at least one album soon. I only need 10 to 12 songs. A mere trifle, trust me!
I even have a couple of upcoming prog songs for those of us with a penchant for such things.
Finally, for the purists, I'm planning on remastering Fall & Return (You'll See), one of my favorite classic songs. For those of you concerned with such things, it even includes a "re-done" C6 that doesn't slide into the note as much. I liked it before, myself, but apparently some of us think notes can't be awesome with a slide at the beginning. But anyway, that'll be pretty easy for me to remaster and I think Y'all will love the results. If you liked At the Time of Your Death's remastering, you'll probably like this one, too.
P.S. I'm also on Nutrisystem as of yesterday! Time to lose some weight... it's overdue. Hope I do it right.