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Album Retrospective – Nostalgia (L015)

Journey back to a distant time where long forgotten memories come back to life…

The idea for Nostalgia came about in the middle of writing and recording Gold. I was probably about half way through production, and the idea for a few new songs came to me rather suddenly. I felt they they didn’t quite fit with the feeling I was going for with Gold, but I felt compelled to take a break from that album and record these 4 new songs.

I was also inspired by the picture that I used for the artwork to the album. It was taken by my grandfather, who was leaving on a boat with my grandmother and my mom to go live and work in Brazil. All the people on the dock are other family members who were looking on and wishing them well on their new adventure.

I spent a lot of time looking at that picture when I was recording, and feel like it was a strong influence on how the album turned out.

 

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Listen to Nostalgia on Spotify: HERE

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Album Retrospective – Whispers (L014)

Whispers (9:10) is a duo of delicate, minimalist songs that combine to evoke the sounds of quiet whispers…

The concept of Whispers came to me quite unexpectedly, and it seemed like a great opportunity to begin to work on some shorter pieces. My previous album (A Starless Night) clocked in at just under one hour in length, and I’d been feeling a pull to start spending some time crafting shorter songs. I was also very inspired by the pictured I ended up using for the artwork. It seemed like it would fit well with soft piano melodies, and helped the album come together quickly.

 

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Listen to Whispers on Spotify: HERE

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Album Retrospective – A Starless Night (L013)

A Starless Night (59:37) is nearly one full hour of ambient, relaxing soundscapes that will put your night at ease…

When I was writing A Starless Night, I had a clear vision of where I wanted to go with it. My hope was to give it strong ambient tones and textures, mixed with just a bit of melody to tie it all together. This particular album is very much aimed at exploring the feelings that accompany drifting off into deep sleep. Also, I have to give a huge thanks to photographer Chris Hendren for letting me use one of his pictures for the album art. Chris is an amazing photographer who specializes in night sky photography. Please visit his website at: www.hendrenimaging.com

 

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Listen to A Starless Night on Spotify: HERE

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Album Retrospective – Lullaby (L012)

Revisit fond memories of childhood, or make new ones with Life Is My Soundtrack’s rendition of Brahms Lullaby (59:17)…

After working on Silent Night and Moonlight Sonata, I decided that I wanted to spend a bit more time with classic song reinterpretations, and I quickly decided on the very popular “Brahms Lullaby“. I also wanted to keep a similar feel between the three songs, to tie them  together. Lullaby is a song that has played a very important part in countless peoples lives over the years, and I really wanted to make a version of it that would invoke the fond memories people have of listening to it, and that would encourage them to pass the song on to future generations…

 

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Listen to Lullaby on Spotify: HERE

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Album Retrospective – Moonlight Sonata (L011)

In Moonlight Sonata (9:32), the first movement of Beethoven’s classic gets the Life Is My Soundtrack treatment…

During the holiday season of 2011, I spent some time listening to classical music. I rediscovered Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and it brought back memories of a close friend’s piano recital that I attended as a kid. Even at a young age, I remember really being struck by the beauty of its first movement. It had a dark, mysterious, romantic quality, and hearing it again inspired this arrangement. It was a joy to work on and a great way to start Life Is My Soundtrack’s 2012…

 

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Album Retrospective – Silent Night (L010)

Silent Night (58:54) is a new, dynamic take on the classic holiday favorite, featuring over 58 minutes of music to help relax and inspire you during the busy holiday season.

As 2011 began and I was planning out the music I wanted to work on for Life Is My Soundtrack, I had the idea of doing a holiday-themed album. After a lot of searching and experimentation, I decided on the classic, Silent Night. it’s always been one of my favorite songs to listen to at Christmas, and I worked really hard on giving my take of it a bit of an ambient feel. The holidays can be such a busy, stressful time, and I wanted Silent Night to offer a few moments of peace, relaxation, and nostalgia…

 

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Album Retrospective – The Best Of, Vol. 01 (L009)

In The Best Of, Vol. 01 (63:42), travel from the depths of the sea to the farthest reaches of space. this “Best Of” album features songs from Into The Deep Blue Sea (The Dive) (21:52), A Silver Cloud (Sunshine) (20:16), and The Stars In The Sky (Into The Heavens) (21:34). If you are new to Life Is My Soundtrack, this album makes a great introduction.

With The Best Of, Vol. 01, I wanted to put together some of the most popular Life Is My Soundtrack songs into a single album. I also arranged it to travel in a vertical direction, by  starting in the ocean, working its way up into the sky, and finally ending deep in outer space…

 

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Album Retrospective – After Violet (L008)

After Violet (64:42) is a musical exploration of the far end of the color spectrum. Take a journey past Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue into Indigo (23:45), Violet (19:00), and After Violet (21:57).

I’ve always been interested in color. It can be bold, or subtle. It can promote relaxation, or energy, or even stress. It’s such a dynamic thing, and it affects us all, each and every day, whether we pay attention to it or not. I came up with the title After Violet in my head, while I was thinking about color and wondering what happens after it ends, and what that would look like in a musical context. The name led to both the concept, and a rough demo. The demo went through various stages, was featured in this short film (http://youtu.be/OU0IYLWDvEU), and eventually led to the creation of the final album…

 

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Listen to After Violet on Spotify: HERE

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Album Retrospective – Remixes, Vol. 01 (L007)

Remixes, Vol. 01 (64:56) features reinterpretations of songs from A Silver Cloud, In Twilight, and The Stars In The Sky combine to imagine the time between sunset and sunrise. The journey begins with A Silver Cloud (Goodnight Mix) (25:18), which imagines the experience of drifting off to sleep. In Twilight (The Dream Mix) (20:55) explores the often surreal experience of dreaming, and the feelings and faint memories that often accompany them. Finally, Through The Silence (The Dawn Mix) (18:43) ends the night with the rising sun of the new day.

When I was first thinking about starting the remix series, the idea was to take songs from the Life Is My Soundtrack series and reinterpret them in different and interesting ways. I’ve always enjoyed listening to different versions of songs (remixes, covers, etc.) and the idea of remixing my own work seemed like it would be a fun experiment. As I started to get into selecting the songs and writing, I realized that i could potentially take the remix concept to a deeper level by creating a story or theme around it. That idea really lit a fire in me and to me, the result is a unique album that uses familiar songs in a new way to tell a new story…

 

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Listen to Remixes, Vol. 01 on Spotify: HERE

Purchase Remixes, Vol. 01 on Bandcamp: HERE

Album Retrospective – Through The Forest (L006)

Through The Forest (65:40) imagines a quiet afternoon spent alone in the woods. The album begins listening to The Wind In The Trees (25:14), and then continues with an early morning walk through the forest in A Stillness In The Woods (14:24). The album ends lying Under The Shade (26:02) of a tall tree, looking up at the branches and the skies above.

On Through The Forest, I wanted to take the feelings of peace and tranquility that many people associate with being in the woods and put them in a musical context. The main challenge was finding the different instruments and textures that would invoke the right atmosphere. I also wanted to start the album with a realistic feel and then work towards ending in a sort of daydream-like state. This was a very rewarding album to work on, and I think it fits really nicely into the Life Is My Soundtrack collection…

 

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Listen to Through The Forest on Spotify: HERE

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