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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.
Wait a minute, this keyboard feels greasy...
Okay, that's... well, a little better. ehhhhhhhhh
ANYWAY, here we are, October 5th, 2018. I'm thinking I could start making these updates monthly!
I recently released 3 new songs on Spotify, etcetera! I REMASTERED At the Time of Your Death, and also have 2 completely new songs out RIGHT NOW! Amuse has been awesome, and has allowed me to release for the first time in my life... SINGLES!
Course, I'm 20, so. XD. The revival was great, I got to lead 3 songs and play on many others, along with that, I got to lead electric with the other church band that came, and that was so super awesome!! (Except for this one dang note...………) I worked with our drummer to get one song better... but he forgot it when we got on Stage XD but I forgot some stuff, too. That's okay.
As part of my dad buying the POD for $300, I am supposed to be sending in three applications for jobs by Oct. 15. EH HA! Unfortunately, I'm trying to get my license beforehand, but we recently lost our bank card, which means we won't be able to schedule and pay for the driver's exam until we get the new one. Once I get my license, I'm hoping to apply to Guitar Center, Race Track, and Big lots, or maybe QT, actually.
So I've finished several new instrumentals, and written several new songs for a few of them! I'm thinking about recording vocals today, but I'm just unsure... I guess I should just do it. I'm always glad I did. I'd have to finish in 3 hours even to be done by 10 o'clock, though, and I think we all know by now THAT isn't going to happen... well, unless I choose a short song, and then try out the new experimental method of creating a harmony on the PC with New Tone in FL Studio. That could be 2 hours of recording and an hour of editing, though I'm not exactly fluent with the experimental new process, yet, so...
I've got a song called Whatever coming out that's basically just saying "whatever" to everything, cause you have to do that sometimes. I've also got a song coming out called "What's left to Say?" That is what I will affectionately dub a "Praise-Easycore song". And don't forget the endless others... "Sometime Soon", God talking to us saying that we can see Him in the world if we look, "I See The Truth", a classic country song about Jesus' forgiveness, and my already-soundcloud-released personal favorite " I Want To Be More (What I've Been)" about someone finally coming around to trying to live for God. And so. very. many. others.
I miss the Early Edition cast. Maybe I'll plug in some of them tonight. I wish I had more of the seasons on DVD. I think some of the later ones aren't even released, and the second season is pretty hard to find on it's own.
I guess if I'm going to do vocals I should go ahead and get started!
Recently I made a new song with the Line 6 PODHD500! It's a Guitar Multi-effects pedal board. Unfortunately, I think I'm going to take it back, bc the modeling just doesn't seem like it sounds quite as good as my Vyper VIP-1, and I can get the Sanpera footboard to go with that, instead. Regardless of these things, however, I made a song with it to see how it stood up in a mix, and I must say, not bad at all! I'm still not sure it sounds quite right... but it certainly doesn't sound terrible! Sometimes, the more I listen to it, the more I get attached to it's sound... whether it's good or bad at that point, I don't know, all I know is I'm becoming strangely fond of it for reasons perhaps limited to increasing familiarity. Sometimes I wonder if liking a guitar sound is completely that. But I guess the Boss ME-33 is testament to the opposite... xD
I went on the Peavey website and they didn't list a lot of artists for the Vyper… but ALL of them were in my more or less exact subgenre!! I read reviews of the Vyper online and I keep seeing people "I use this for high gain tones, the high gain tones are really good", even one person "A little frusterating with medium gain tones" and I keep looking at POD reviews going "I use this for medium gain things, I play in a blue rocks bla bla bla" like HMMMMMMMM INTERESTING.
I hope ya'll are havin' a good time of it, and stay tuned for more music updates from Emotional Relation!
LOL Ya'll. It's been three months and four days. How easily time passes by when you're 20 years old, learning to drive, being pressured to get a job, and making music. Apologies for not updating sooner, but knowing how I talk, I suppose it's better that I update when I truly have something to say rather than manufacture discussion or spend loads of time talking about music production details... as I am "wont" to do. (Post edit: Oh carp, I did this anyway)
So today the attic ceiling caved in. Not all of it, just a bit. Haha! Crazy. I just discovered it today, it may have happened earlier, probably did. We don't know what it is yet, but we're going to get it looked at. I'm sure it'll all work out. It caved right on my drums! Moments like these I start to think "God, you trying to give me signs from that prayer I prayed a while back?" and I hope it's just coincidence or the devil xD.
So I am STILL working on music, don't worry! hahaha. I have nearly 30 or so songs pretty much done, and last week I just mostly finished about 5! The ironic thing is that I have ENDLESS songs laying in wait for the recording process, and it occurred to me... All this time I keep telling myself I'll finish up all the backlog of songs I have, and yet, every single song I finished last week was a completely new song that had entered the picture within the last couple of months or even less... really puts into perspective the work I had done, and just how much I've totally NOT in ANY WAY done my backlog and pre-written songs.
I've even got one that's totally unrecorded right now (All About You), and one that's arranged in GB but not at all recorded (God I Love You Part I). I've got SEVERAL that are entirely recorded besides vocals. and I've still got the older songs from voice recordings and notes, and even a cover of I Am Free coming up (although I'm unsure of if or how I will release it, considering I currently have no money whatsoever to even provide fractions of a cent for royalties). As always, send me an e-mail and I'll be glad to send you any song of mine!
I'm also helping out with what they call a Youth Revival at my friend Mason's church, Lillian Baptist, so I'll need to be practicing for that, which always means putting recording on hold for just a tad around the event and practices. I'll be leading three songs and playing guitar! Woo-hoo! No idea how I ended up here but I am thankful to God for it.
As usual, check out anything new I feel comfortable sharing PRE-RELEASE (often PRE-MASTERING) on my Soundcloud page.
Currently I have a new song called MOONLIGHT out on Soundcloud and DUE to BE RELEASED on many digital platforms on September 10th! It has prog elements, a guitar solo, and more third harmonies! Can't stop, won't stop, help me I'm singin' TOO HIGH EVERYTHING IS A STACKED THIRD
I have discovered a new app called "Amuse" which allows me to release my music for completely free to most major streaming platforms, which totally whacks me out! :O I am waiting to see if the Moonlight single release works, although I have NO REASON to believe it won't! It's honestly a bit too good to be true. Check out their website for a brief description of how they make money. It's not a scam, as far as I know!
Currently, I am working on preparing a H U G E release of around 100 songs. Can you believe it?! Crazy. Now that I have Amuse, I may actually separate them into many different release, and even release some PRE-ALBUM SINGLES! Watch out for those, of which MOONLIGHT is one! S E P T E M B E R 10th!
I have a free album publishing credit with CDBaby that they gave me after the troubles with my album going through last time, but even with that, I have to buy a UPC. Unfortunately, I don't think Amuse lets me get a UPC at all, so I don't know how much that makes my release less official. But next release, Dad is probably going to say something like
"Well, I guess it's time to get a job so you can release your album!" which of course is mind-numbing and dumb IMO, but I guess he's right and somebody's gotta say it, and it has to happen eventually. If I release entirely with amuse, I'll get on most of the biggest places, and I won't have to pay anything, plus I can release everything in multiple neat albums sectioned off in styles (Did you know I may have an ENTIRE Easycore album?!). But my albums will be smaller scale digital releases and debatably smaller scale releases overall because of the no UPC thing. If I release on CDBaby, I'll have to release everything as one album, because I simply don't have the resources ATM to even consider a handful of releases, although if I get a job, I may. Along with this, I'll (someone) will have to pay for a UPC code, and it'll be on more providers and debatably bigger scale?
If all goes well with Amuse, I'll consider using them for many more songs, (they'll let you release anything with a song + artist name ONLY 3000 Pixel cover image and a 16 bit 44,100 HZ wave [well, I think xD, I just read about them refusing songs]) but I think I may release my large scale huge 100-track album with CDBaby, and my other smaller, separated albums with Amuse. I don't want to risk overwhelming people, but I think people can sift through a few albums, and deal with a compilation release among several other releases with the same songs. Most bands have that. This way, most, if not all of my songs will be available everywhere and more official in some way, even if only on a compilation. I am worried that I may exceed 100 tracks, though. Seems insane, but it is a legit concern.
Seeing as how I am going to be making such huge releases, it is incredibly important to me that they SOUND GOOD before they are released. I'll be paying attention to the vocal levels. Once I have some amount of money, I'm considering the possibility of paying someone to do a professional mastering on one of my songs. This may never happen, but I mean with a job you really do have quite a lot of money IMO especially if you are still living with your parents. I mean, it's a lot to me. I've been broke for 20 years. Hahaha course my parents buy me plenty of things. Still do, though it's getting a bit stiff, now. Jabbing my side XD. Hahahaha I need a job.
Anyway, I'm going to be playing around with compression and EQ to master my songs myself, as it is simply not possible for me to use LANDR without money. Besides that, they didn't seem to do ALL that much to the songs, anyway... certainly enough to be worth it, but not quite enough. My songs were still too quiet on my last release. I'm considering doing a re-mastered release someday of my favorite older songs, tell me if you'd like to see that! I've still got all the old projects, so it's as easy as remixing the drums (so easy with EZDrummer), re-eq'ing the guitars, managing the vocals, and compressing the song properly. Oh, and don't forget making sure the bass has some oomph. xP Oh my, you didn't need all that detail. Oh well, that's what this blog is for. If you wanted blissful ignorance, you should've stayed on Spotify. XD!
And again, even if I wanted to use Landr, with Daddio the way he is... "Well, I guess you need to get a job so you can start mastering your songs!"
More like "Well, I guess you need to get a job to do anything in life!"
and he'd probably go "Yeah, pretty much!"
Anyway, music work continues! Don't let me forget to get Dad to play on those Easy-core songs and the I Am Free cover! :P
Here's to not knowing what God has in store for me.
ER BLOG FOLLOWERS!!!!! (Inside joke. Well, half of one. Okay okay, Half of half of one. Who can expect you to laugh at THAT amount of a joke?)
Have we got an update for you today! Today's update is both totally lame and super awesome.
The lame side of things is that I actually have done nothing musically today. Also that my computer is continuing to give me charging issues. However, I am somewhat convinced that it is merely a charger related issue, as moving the cord changes the way the computer acts charging wise, and the inner wire has been exposed on the end for many days. The wire is not significantly frayed to my knowledge, but as moving the cord seems to affect whether the computer charges or not, and I have tried other things like resetting the SMC, one can only assume that it must be the charger cord. The ordeal has been stressing me out because I have so much music and I'm trying to get it all done, and not only do I keep putting it off, but I have more than enough problems with getting around to things without something actually physically hindering me from doing so, on the OFF chance that I DO get around to it on a given day. Plus, I am already somewhat stressed from having so much music I want to get done and it honestly feels very intimidating. Not to mention I continue to create more, and whenever I make an improvement, I always wonder to myself if I should go back and improve my past recording or not. I pray God leads me where He wants.
So here's the awesome part:
I'd Die for You has gotten a review at Stereo Stickman!!!
Hey everybody! You should know, the album is officially out AND available most anywhere!
Find it on YouTube by searching "Emotional Relation Topic"!
I've been working a lot on many, many new songs, and soon enough, I'll have a LOT of new music for you all to hear. I've made revelations on both drum and vocal mixing (and singing), and I've even begun to record some of my old songs that never got a recording beyond my voice recorder!
I've got Chunk! No, Captain Chunk inspired songs (quite a few of those xD), Blink-182 inspired song(s?), Green Day inspired Song(s?), even a White Heart song and a Country+Punk song! :0
I already have enough finished to release two albums, and an album credit to release with on CDBaby! I plan to release everything as one very large album, separated into sub-album groups as I am trying to do this as low cost as possible, and it is unfeasible for me to release in any other way as of now.
Currently I'm stressed with trying to re-extrapolate from recordings a song I spent several hours working on last night. My computer suddenly and unexpectedly blacked out because of a weird glitch involving the power, and though all my guitar recordings were saved, none of the project details were, including a handful of MIDI drum variations and you know, the minor fact about wHAT TAKES GO WHERE AND WHAT TAKES ARE THE ONES I KEPT?!?!
Anyway, it's been... disconcerting, to say the least.
Besides that, I've got many new songs finished, and some of them are on Soundcloud!
Check it out, visit my page at www.soundcloud.com/emotionalrelation !
I've got so many songs to deal with it's not funny. And currently, I'm helping with the music at a Christian weekend called Vida Nueva! So I've had to put things on a bit of a hold for a little bit, as preparing for that has to come first. I even get to lead a couple songs!
The (double) album is officially released! The album is released through CDBaby, and is currently available on their website! Click the handy button below to visit the album page :D I have made it available for only $5.01!
Right now, none of the tracks are appearing for individual download, only "album-only" download. I have no idea why. I'll contact CDBaby again if that doesn't change by itself, soon.
The album will be available (for a much higher, uncontrollable price) on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon!
You will also be able to listen on Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube! :O
It shouldn't be long before you see it at all these places!
Also, E-mail me @ Staaviinsz@yahoo.com for a special unreleased track-- a cover of the Christian song Forever Reign (originally by Jason Ingram & Reuben Morgan) :)
My favorite song off the (double) album is
"You (inspired by Senses Fail)".
It's the next to last track.
Don't forget to give a visit by the forum and talk about anything: www.emotionalrelation.proboards.com
(Link on the ER Forum page)
I hope everyone is doing well!
Hey ya'll! GUESS WHAT? THE ALBUM IS COMING OUT!
I'm super excited. I'll post a link here when it's out!
It's going to be a DOUBLE ALBUM! All the songs have been newly MASTERED for the album release!
Hey! I've just finished a NEW song! I just want to change one thing and then I 'll upload it to the site and to sound cloud! I'll post the sound cloud link here when I'm done :)
The new song is called Fall & Return (You'll See). It's about falling away from what we know is right, then coming back, something we all tend to do sometimes. I look forward to you hearing it! Remember, everyone, feel free to comment here or make posts in the ER room about anything you'd like to talk about, like your own songs that you've found "emotional relation" in! :) I'm still thinking about how to get the ER forum to allow anyone to edit. We shall see what happens :)
I love you all! Hopefully I will get more music done today. If not, there is always tomorrow!
At the moment it's actually very late here, so it's been a while since I've done my music for the day, but earlier today (actually yesterday, since it's after midnight) I made some decent progress. I finished laying down guitars for a new upcoming song clued True Love. The song is going to be a soft song with a really emotional punkish vocal splitting through. I think you guys will really like it. In the process, I also fully laid out the song structure, and I was happy that it comes in at a safe, friendly 3:40 or so. I also added the bass and sequenced the drums, a surprisingly shorter process than one might expect for a song, since most of the song simply has no bass or drums. However, as is usual with these softer, "simple" songs, I spent a lot of time recording multiple guitar takes, to get things just right. It's with these songs that multiple takes are all the more mind-numbing-- keeping the mood and the sincerity of instrumental while attempting to tap into a sort-of "robotic" precision, all the while stopping and repeating the same seemingly simple part that you can't seem to get right. Ah, the music production woes. Little too much 5k? Agree.
I've got two more songs, a new song in my familiar style (Fall & Return (You'll See)), and another that I'm trying to make into a country rock track (Chasing After You)… And all only need vocals! :O We'll see what happens ;)
Today is the day I've created this site. We shall see where it goes from here. God bless it! :) I've got so many instrumental tracks sitting around on my hard drive, and I'm hoping I can link my sound cloud to the site. Also, I've got three upcoming tracks which only have vocals remaining! :D I am so excited! I hope that someday this could be an actual band, and not just me. I am in prayer about the direction God wants for my life. May God bless all our futures! Best. - Stephen.