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[Self] Sunday Sounds: “Constants”

These past few weeks have been about mourning the end of summer (dramatic, I know!) and mulling over personal plans and goals. It’s a bit overwhelming to say the least and when I get scared, I tend to get quiet and reclusive. Actually, that’s not entirely true, it’s more that I become inactive, but my mind certainly runs amok. This song was meant to wade through everything that I was chewing over, but in the end I’m not sure how revelatory it was.

In any case, it feels damn good to finish something.

Lyrics underneath the cut:
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Blog Birthday #1.

I hope all of my festive fellow Americans had a fun and safe fourth of July!

Well, as you can tell from the title, it’s Glass Lens, Gold Key‘s first birthday! I cannot believe that it’s been a year since I started this. For all intents and purposes, I really did make this on a whim; it was barely two months from the time I decided to return to writing on a non-community blog (in May) to when I got the first post up. There were many muddled and anxious thoughts before, after, and during that time; while there was much excitement, there was also a lot of doubt.

There was a specific way that I wanted to proceed, a way that required a bit of money and a hell of a lot of time. Because this wasn’t my first time blogging– I used to code layouts in notepad using copious amounts (okay, maybe “unnecessary” is a better term?) of tables and/or frames, and type posts up and upload via FTP before there was an easy-to-use CMS– I knew what I wanted and was impatient to go slowly. But I was wary of my own intentions and determination. I didn’t want it to waste away, as my site had before, and I was also worried that I simply didn’t have anything interesting to write about. However, the latter is only true if one isn’t honest or enthusiastic, and I knew that I absolutely missed creating, designing, and sharing my own perspective. So nostalgia won out, but not without genuine excitement, and I went about it the way I had before.

I’m so thankful that I did. I feel better having written, designed, and created something that I can share with others.

In the past year of working on Glass Lens, Gold Key I’ve learned quite a bit; on both technical and personal terms.

In terms of design, I’ve still got a lot to learn, as well as re-learn. I’m currently using a heavily modified version of a theme, but the CSS isn’t as daunting as it was before. In the past year, I’ve cycled through the following layouts:

Glass Lens, Gold Key 1.0. Text heavy!

2.0 A circle! Getting there.

Version 3.5- Now with pictures! Finally.

As I mentioned earlier, I basically began when the thought hit me and thus spent no time considering the layout, or photographing the material that I wanted to represent the ethos of this blog. What’s funny about this is that it was completely antithetical to my previous method of making a layout first and getting to really flesh out the content later (although seeing the mockup of a “finished product” does help!). There’s so much more that I want to do, but building it up gradually doesn’t bother as much as it used to (of course, this is only the case for my work; if it were for someone else, it wouldn’t be as piecemeal).

I’ve also become a better writer, in the sense that I’ve become more comfortable with “publishing” it– allowing others to read my words. Or rather, I suppose I should say that I’m getting better with writing; I’m slowly getting through the self-deprecation that comes from apprehension. I’m an anxious person so my head goes a mile a minute down worrysome paths and perfectionist doubts, but, like the many maxims on regret have urged, it’s been better to do something as best I can rather than allowing an idea to dissipate before I think it’s “ready” or not.

It’s about improving. Growing. Evolving.

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“Wretched” – New Song

It’s actually not as morose as the title might imply. If anything, “Wretched” is probably one of the more optimistic songs I’ve ever written. Really!

Non-Soundcloud/for the feeds:

The production of this song has been a lesson in patience and intent; I’m learning what I’m comfortable in stating as well how I’m comfortable in expressing it.

The lyrics can be found under the cut:
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It’s here! Sorta. A sneak peek of sorts.

As you can glean from the URL, this blog is part of something I’ve established as Often Lions. Almost a year of having claimed the domain, I’ve finally filled the space with some substance, primarily visual.

So what is it, or more appropriately, what will it be, exactly? Well, it’s a surprise. Mostly for you and even somewhat for me; if there’s one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that the most important thing is just to start. Every step counts, every step moves you forward. Stagnation kills creativity.

While its form may appear amorphous right now, the heart of Often Lions is laid bare. Its mission statement/ethos/philosophy or what-have-you is as follows:

For those of us who lie awake at night dreaming of fantastical places and the royals and the rogues. Hostile seas and cunning thieves. Bards who sing the sighs of the bright-eyed. Leather and lace, yet binary ways. Time traveling and the unraveling towards the truth.

Love & laugh– that’s the only catch.

As for the dialogue from Romeo & Juliet on the front page, as the first post?

Dreamers often lie… while they do dream things true.

Getting excited, lots of work ahead. Miles to go.

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Happy New Year! A Sunday Sounds of a Different Sort

Happy New Year! I hope everyone’s first day (or more depending on where you are!) has been lovely.

Tonight’s Sunday Sounds is of a different fare. Instead of one song, it’s two (and even then, let’s just call them “demos” shall we?), which I have done before but never by the same band. It’s also super low-fi, incredibly rough, and pretty unheard of… because it’s mine. Fables and Medicine were written quite some time ago, recorded last summer via the built-in microphone of my ’06 MacBook Pro, and listened to by probably only one person other than myself. However, “Fables” has been up at MuseKitsch.com for a few months so that might not hold true, but I’ve never really made mention of the song or the project (at least in explanation; I’ve used that name for ages) until now.

This isn’t entirely shameless self promotion, it’s more of a divulgence. For so long I’ve kept my music so close to the vest. I cannot even begin to explain how strange and disconcerting it is to even write the words “my music” for all to see. But I want to. I need to. While my love for music is certainly no secret, very few know that I write my own. This confession of sorts can partly be attributed to the whole new year’s resolution high, but the truth is much of it has just been brewing for far too long.

Please be gentle enjoy!

Fables:

Medicine:

Like I said, these are rough as hell, as the production quality (if it can even be called that) is laughable, and I know that my vocals need work! But it’s better to improve upon something rather than never try, right? ;)