Saturday, July 28, 2012

Practically There

I am done with composing, artwork, uploading, etc. Now it's being "delivered" to the stores, aka iTunes, Amazon, etc. Right now, Amazon has it on there website (link) but it won't be available till August 6th. (It's so surreal to see that on Amazon. haha)

I hate to say this, but I'm going to: I took Ever After off the album. A lot of people told me to keep it on, but I just didn't feel like it fit the album. Maybe one day I'll post it as a single? We'll see.

Anyways. I wanted to post two things:

1.) the artwork:

I collaborated with my brother, who is an artist and knows all about Photoshop, and this is the final product. (Thanks Mikey!) What do you think?

And 2.) I wanted to post one of my old pieces. Now, before you listen to it, I have a story to tell:

Back in the day, when I was 12 give or take, I didn't read. One day, my mom got me a book called Raising Dragons. I was like, "Ehh, OK, I'll give it a shot..." Loved it. In fact, still love it. While I was reading it, I heard music in my head. It was almost like watching a film without music: I would see "the film" in my head, and then I would subconsciously supply the music. At the time, I didn't realize this wasn't... normal. haha. Time went on, I read more books (like Narnia and The Door Within) and composed more music in my head. Long story short: my parents got me some beginner's music software, and I started writing. One of the first things I composed was for Raising Dragons, and this is what it was:

When I first composed this piece, I thought it was the best thing I had ever composed, and that I would never compose anything better. I was very proud of my work. Now, looking back, it's almost funny to listen to. It's pretty cheesy. Why did I post this? Why didn't I post something new or something better? Good question. haha. The reason I posted it is this: we all start somewhere, we all have beginnings. I didn't sit down and compose a masterpiece in my first shot. In fact, I still haven't. But back in the day, six years ago, God showed me a gift He gave me. At the time, I didn't understand exactly where it would take me or what the outcome would be. I still don't. But I knew, and still know, that He has a plan for me and He'll use my gift somehow. That piece, the Dragons in Our Midst "Theme Song" was a marker for me on that journey. While it seems silly, it was a marker. Now, this album is another marker on my journey. One day, I might look back and say this was all pretty silly. Who knows. But one thing I do know is this: the journey isn't over yet. And one more thing: if God has given you a gift, use it. If it's from God, don't worry about how He'll use your gift, He just will. If it's writing, music, sports, speaking, even composing like me... He'll use it in ways you could never imagine.

I'll let you guys know when it's up on iTunes. In the mean time, I am going to compose some non-epic music. More to come on that.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Almost There

Summer is flying fast. I start school in one month. I'm going to make this month count!

I've been working on the Epic Music album everyday for a week now. There is a lot more to do than I thought there would be. For starters, I have to actually finish composing the rest of the music, then I have to get my brother to finish the album artwork, then I have to decide what music is actually going to be on the album, what order the tracks will be in (because I'm OCD like that), then make sure all the pieces sound good, then upload them, then... I don't even know. This is all new for me. But I think I am almost there.

I'm writing here on the blog because... well, I can't decide. I can't decide what music should actually go on the album. I have a lot of older pieces people like, such as Isle of Swords (pirate genre) and The Wild Hills of Erin (an older piece which oddly has 40,000 plays on SoundCloud). Remember, the album is called Epic Music, so I don't want to put pieces on the album that aren't necessarily... epic. But then that makes me think: do I put on Ever After? People seemed to really like that piece too. (It's the second most played on my SoundCloud). But... it's a celtic piece, if anything. As you can tell, I'm over thinking all of it and should probably just make up my mind already and put it on iTunes.

Here's my rough guess of what I am going to do:

1.) A Great Destiny
2.) Swords of the Six [redone]
3.) Beyond Death
4.) Superhero
5.) At All Costs [I never actually liked this piece... haha]
6.) As the World Ends
7.) Guts and Glory
8.) Free Spirit
9.) Extinction
10.) Voice from Heaven [NEW]
11.) I Am Transformer
12.) Never Back Down [NEW]
13.) Not As It Seems
14.) Ever After [maybe]
TOTAL TIME: 43.6 minutes

I wanted to post a preview of Swords of the Six, Voice from Heaven, and Never Back Down.

And I think that's about it. I'm going to get back to work. If you have any thoughts, suggestions, critiques, please... comment. Let me know.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathan Maiocco