Okay, I have been thinking long and hard about this… and I think I am finally ready to bring my thoughts out into the open for others to consider. I have been thinking about getting a tribal line style face tattoo for a long time. But, now… after much consideration have decided what it would look like if I got it done.

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Now, I know what some of you might be thinking. He’s hit the mid-life crisis moment. Truth be told, I hit that a while back when I realized that I would be spending the next decade trying to figure out what parenting is supposed to look like.

This however, is genuine and not reactionary.

A lot of people would ask why… and a lot of people would mention an inability to find job placement in the future. I have already considered both of these with great detail.

Here is each one in short.

As for work, yes, having face tattoos does make it harder to find a job. That is a given and anyone that thinks otherwise is in denial. I however am rounding the corner to the end of my thirties. And with that I have already established a career that doesn’t require me to deal with the public. With that, if for some reason my current job fell apart, it may be hard for employers to take me seriously in the interview, but the extensive background in my career field speaks volumes. My back up option (something I went to school for) would also be something that doesn’t require face time with the public. If for some reason however, neither of these worked out because of something like health or region of living, my skill set would be limited to lower paying jobs like being a barista anyway. And although it would be a little harder in this job area, the pay cut and my determination would pay off and I would be employed somewhere. People that don’t have a job, regardless of what they look like, don’t have them because they have quit trying to find one.

And two, why in the world would I do something silly like tattoo lines on my face?

Well, the answer is simple, and to be honest, internal. You see, I don’t feel obligated to meet the status quo. Just because the main flow of existence is heading in a direction with everyone looking, thinking, acting, dressing, buying, and doing the same… doesn’t mean that I have to do the same to be happy. I am my own person. You only live one life. So, despite the main stream, live your life. Do it despite opinion. Life is too short to care what others think about you.

Some would say that doing something like this is so that you stand out or even the desire for attention. You see, the opposite is true in this case. Sure, I will get some looks. And yes, it will cause conversation “with me” and even when I’m not around. That aside, I am a reflective person. And my conclusion is that the world is too uptight by requiring a “social norm”.

There is no normal, only average.

And I’m not average.

I’m the only me there will ever be.

Today I have accomplished something pretty cool with the home studio. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift cart. So, I used it to order acoustic foam for the studio. But, when I ordered it I didn’t really have a plan on how I was going to use it.

Well, today it got put to use.

I spent the last week formulating a plan, bought the materials, made some legs at work, and waited for paint to dry. After a couple of coats the paint was dry and ready to go today.

With that, it was time to do some assembly.

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The only thing that I have actually been recording analog are vocal tracks. Because of this I felt the acoustic dampener foam would be best put to use creating a “simulated” vocal booth. It isn’t technically a vocal booth, but more of a half booth.

Here are some before and after photos of the progress for creating the booth.

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I realize that I have instruments sharing the same space as the booth. This could cause some resonance while recording, obviously. So, I plan to get a black blanket style mat to lay over the instruments while recording vocals to help dampen any resonance that may occur.

This set up may not be the best of situations, let alone “professional”. But I will say, it is bound to improve the vocal tracks immensely now that I have this new setup put together.

Here is another in process vs. completion comparison.

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I am eager to try it out and I am really happy with how it turned out, considering all I had to pay for was the lumber.

Studio updates are always exciting.

To start of the New Year right, the first day of 2020 is seeing the release of a three song EP titled, From the Heart. This EP is available for free on all major platforms like Bancamp, iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and more.

But, enough of that… Hope you enjoy the new release as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Like any release I do, this thing will be getting plastered all over town and the surrounding area at local music stores, coffee shops, and the like. With that, the promotion poster has already been created and printed. Obviously, it hasn’t gotten put up around town yet seeing as to how it’s 9-AM on the day of the release. But still, I’ve got them ready and putting them up will likely be on the agenda for this coming weekend.

This is how the poster turned out.

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As for the album artwork, credit for the cover photography goes to Lisa Fotios. Lisa was very generous for letting me use her photography for the album cover. Although I am personally no longer on Instagram, if you still use it you can see some of Lisa’s work over there by clicking here.

Thanks for listening. And here’s to hoping you have a wonderful New Year. Start the year of right. Go download this FREE EP!

Download Links

Bandcamp | iTunes | Spotify | Youtube

Other than doing a little bit of the ol’ grass roots promotion, I think the 2020 year will be a year of working on a full length indie rock, post-hardcore record. I look forward to the writing and recording sessions to come in 2020.