Monday, May 28, 2012

Not As It Seems

I am back from Nicaragua. (I've been back for a week now). Nicaragua was absolutely incredible. God taught me so much in such a short period of time, it is ridiculous. I'm so thankful God gave me the opportunity to go. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. I'm posting 7. BAM. haha

This little girl was at the church we went to on Sunday. 
She just kind of laughed and smiled, and wanted her picture taken. 

My awesome brother, Michael, painted a picture of Jesus. Upside down. 
This picture is of him flipping the painting. 

This is the final product. The whole church was watching 
and they were captivated. It was awesome. 

Random puppy. haha

We handed out stuffed animals to some kids in a village, and this little boy got one, 
and was hiding behind a doorframe, looking at us. 

The hardest day of the trip by far was going to the dump. This is a place
where people, just like you and me, sort through the trash of others to
find plastic bottles to make money. That is how they make a living. 
They are not doing it because they want to. They are doing it to survive.

You know what I love about this picture? This tree is standing in a pile
of trash. But you know what? It's standing strong. Despite the trash
all around it and the fumes of the fires, this tree is standing tall for all to see. 

That barely scratches the surface of my trip to Nicaragua. I wish I could tell you every detail of the trip, but honestly, it would take a book to do that. I hope what you've seen inspires you and causes you to see the world differently. I can't think of a good transition to start talking about music. So. Moving on...

Since getting back from Nicaragua, I have been working on the "epic music" album. (The goal is to have it on iTunes by the end of summer). I've been composing, brain storming for album covers, etc. I came up with my logo of "epic music" a while ago, but my brother Michael, who I mentioned earlier, kindly did a mock-up for me. Here's my logo:

What do you think? Note: this isn't the album cover. It's just my logo. The album cover could look like this, but I'm not sure... still coming up with ideas.

I can't post on this blog and not post new music, so here we go. I just composed this, hot off the press. I call it Not As It Seems. This will be on the album. What do you think?

I am leaving for Zimbabwe this Sunday (June 3rd). I'll be gone till June 15th. Prayer is definitely appreciated.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Summer Is Here

I am done with my sophomore year of college. It's a little surreal! Summer is here... it's awesome.
A couple of things: first, Gillian Adams, author and blogger, has written a book called Out of Darkness Rising. She first approached me on doing music for a book trailer for her book back in September. Now, the book trailer is done Check it out!

(Note: the piece I just blogged, Free Spriti, is in the book trailer. It's just in a different key...)
Second: This summer is ridiculous. I am going on two mission trips: May 12th-19th, I am going to Nicaragua (again!) and June 3rd-15th, I am going to Zimbabwe (which is in Africa). I feel called to Africa. I can't explain why. But I'm super excited about going. I'm getting my yellow fever vaccination and typhoid vaccination today. Prayer is appreciated.
Lastly: new music. I've been doing a lot of electronic music recently... but out of all the electronic pieces I've done, this was definitely the most fun to compose. I'm currently calling it Guts and Glory. (The name will probably change... any thoughts on a different name?) This will be on the trailer album that I'll put on iTunes... hopefully before the end of this summer... what do you think of it? Any thoughts, suggestions, etc?

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco