It’s a Thin Line…

I grew up with quite a few musical influences. I was an 80’s child, with much of my listening coming from the wide variety of music that my brothers and mother listened to. From Metallica, The Cure, Stevie Wonder, Queen, Kraftwerk, Earth Wind & Fire, the Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, to the “light rock, less talk” type, I’d say I have been exposed to and consumed quite an interesting smorgasbord of genres. There’s one thing that I can say for certain.

I love music.

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Cover Fever

This is how I feel sometimes. I’ve been churning out a ton of covers lately, though I think I’m using it as a means of escape, honestly.

There’s so much on my plate lately that I sometimes feel like I need to get away from everything.

So here’s what I’ve done since the last post:

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NoisyCell – “Innocence” (cover) Barakamon ED

By now, you probably know I enjoy singing quite a bit. I think I have 5 or 6 covers in the works, but I just haven’t had the time to really work on them.

Well, no that’s not true. I certainly have.

You see, the thing is… I tend to get distracted easily.

One song cover after another gets shelved as I get sidetracked and start working on others. This very song is one of those distractions. I mocked it up last night and churned it out today when my voice was a little more cooperative. I altered a few lines in the lyrics slightly so that the English would make a little more sense. The original lyrics in parenthesis and adjusted lines are in single quotes.

Here are the lyrics and chords:

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“Under My Skin” / Masochistic… I mean… Mirotic

As a YouTuber, I’m pretty much an unknown entity. When I first created the channel, I merely used it as an outlet to vent my musical urges and endeavors. I didn’t actively pursue a fan base or subscribers or anything like that. I saw it basically as a place to share what I love and enjoy (… with nobody :P).

There were a few videos I posted that actually got a decent amount of attention. However, a majority of those were just posts of songs that I pulled from an anime soundtrack. As for my own creations, there were a few covers I did that were viewed more than most of my other stuff. They’re nothing really fancy or elaborate… simply just me singing or playing the guitar.

I can’t say that I take entertainment value into consideration when I post videos. I never really have. The thought crossed my mind a few times to put in a little more effort into my productions. Stumbling across people like Smooth Mcgrooves and one of my acquaintances Del has inspired me to try to do more and put in more effort.

So I tried.

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“Tsumibito” / 罪人 – supercell (cover)

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Straight out of the ghetto sound laboratory. How about that pop filter?

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Not to mention the awesome mic stand right there.

As you can see, let’s just say I don’t run quite the professional production. But I do what I can. I’ve come a long way from the Logitech headset covers I suppose LOL.

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“Altair” – Hata Motohiro (cover by flipocrisy)

If my fingers weren’t hurting so much, I’d probably be playing and recording takes for that “Ichiban” cover, but instead I decided to sing. This was a song I wanted to cover when the series originally aired, but I was super out of practice at the time. Getting in choir helped a little, but I’m definitely not to where I was vocally back in the day.

Lyrics here: LINK

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Into the Waters: My Testimony

On January 27th, 2013, I was baptized at Community Bible Church in Vallejo, California during evening service. I had the opportunity to give a very brief testimony on God’s holiness, faithfulness and patience, on the trials that I went through in my life, and how God used those trials to bring me back to Him and bring glory unto His name.

I present my testimony in full here for whomever may read it. To God be the glory.

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My life is quite a work in progress. Many areas of it lay cordoned off with yellow tape and are either under construction or left abandoned. It’s like watching a shopping center slowly go out of business.

I wasn’t able to get that Bachelor’s Degree from the school(s) I attended.

I never did bother to continue pursuing those various computer certifications I said I was going to try for.

I haven’t been able to stick to the exercise and diet plans I had laid out.

I haven’t been consistent in my studies. I fail to be consistent in my Japanese language study and I haven’t even picked up that programming book ever since I bought it.

I can probably go on, but the bottom line is my life is full of shortcomings and failures. For this, I have no one to blame for but myself. It’s kind of funny and sad because I distinctly remember a middle school project I had where I was asked what would be written on my epitaph. In my inability to think of anything good, I wrote something along the lines that I “finished what I started” or “got the job done” or something lame like that. In looking back, I don’t see any event or accomplishment in my life that would attest to that.

I truly am a flawed creature. Yes, everyone has their own flaws as nobody is perfect, but I often felt that I got the shorter end of the stick in this lottery called life.

There was nothing in my life that I could brag or boast about. I wallowed in self-pity and self-doubt and selfishness and escapism. I felt inadequate and I felt that particular quality couldn’t be changed.

And why should I even try to? It’s all meaningless, anyway. “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity”. (Ecc. 1:2)

I ran from my responsibilities. I ran from my pursuits. Most importantly, I ran from God.

As I am, who would embrace one so sad, wretched, and pitiful? Who would accept one so wicked, depraved, and corrupt? Who would seek after one who ran from Him, who hated and despised Him, who turned away to pursue selfish desires, and didn’t want anything to do with Him?

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