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In case you didn't know, I'm an amateur singer-songwriter. I first opened up my voice back in September, 2010, and I wrote my first song in May, 2011. Since then, I haven't once looked back. I've made it my dream to record and release an album, and possibly to put on a small show sometime.

-EDITED: Saturday, August 10, 2013-

This past summer, I worked to record demos of all twenty-four original songs I've composed so far. I've organized these songs into two albums: One of Us is Alien (2012) and Whether You're Ready or Not (2013). Track listings and links are given below. Please take a listen if you get the chance. Each one of these songs means a lot to me. (Also, if you find any typos in the lyrics, please let me know. I haven't reviewed them carefully yet.)

All recording was done entirely at home. With cheap equipment. And an amateur singer-songwriter who doesn't actually know what she's doing. I hope you enjoy.
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One of Us is Alien (2012)
Album playlist: link

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01. Equinox
02. Static
03. The Hourglass
04. Awakening
05. One of Us is Alien
06. A Crack in the Ice
07. After the Storm
08. Forever Yesterday
09. Dear Brother
10. Chrysanthemum
11. Reflections
12. Rewrite
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Whether You're Ready or Not (2013)
Album playlist: link

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01. Bivalvia
02. Distances
03. Running on Empty
04. Like Rain on the Rooftops
05. Open Windows
06. Cataract
07. No Room for Recovery
08. A Cure for the Blind
09. For the World
10. Last Fall
11. Suns Will Rise
12. Whether You're Ready or Not
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Behind the Mask (2014)
Album playlist: link

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01. Terra Nova
02. The Power of Words
03. Who Said?
04. Somehow, Somewhere
05. Behind the Mask
06. Little Sliver on the Wall
07. Breaking Point
08. Metamorph
09. Reverie
10. Hug
11. The Edge
12. One Step at a Time
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The World is a Fishbowl (2015)
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01. It's True
02. The Tempest
03. Hold On
04. The World is a Fishbowl
05. Sans Réponse
06. Fade to Red
07. Color the White Flag
08. Is It Not Enough?
09. Did You Imagine?
10. Little Dreamer
11. Show Me
12. You Are the Beauty
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Ants Upon the Earth (2016)
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01. Red, White, and Blue
02. Lines and Patches
03. Ants Upon the Earth
04. All Living, Learning, Yearning
05. Pixelate
06. Hello to the Giants
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Refuge (2017)
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01. From the Ashes, Rise
02. All Creatures Tavern
03. A Friend for the Road
04. Breeze of Youth
05. Ninjas and Pirates
06. B.A.T.C.A.V.E.S.
07. Solstice
08. Into the Mist
09. The Rift
10. It's Lonely at the Top / Dream Disconnect
11. Bodies Alive
12. Wantok

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you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

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This song was very relaxing for me... I needed to hear it. Thank you for sharing. :) I can't wait to hear the rest of the album when you finish recording~

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"... but you can love completely without complete understanding." -Reverend Maclean, from "The River Runs Through It" (movie)

"grumble grumble stinkhead grumble grumble poop-for-snot grumble grumble dick" -Ryu Gaia

"Puhi gave the people food and made the seaweed farm."

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I'm recycling this thread, because I can and it's free.

So! After 3+ weeks of work at home, I've finally finished demo-recording all 24 of the original songs I've written so far! And just in time before school starts too. u_u

Please check the thread-starter post for all the information. Feedback is always welcome and absolutely appreciated.

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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My body was not ready for this. Kiri...
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Sooo, I've begun work on my next album, Behind the Mask. The full track listing is set to be completed over the summer of this year.

Demos are still a work in progress. I'll be fixing piano parts - as well as adding bridges and vocal harmonies - over the summer.

- Behind the Mask (recording currently unavailable)
- Who Said?
- Little Sliver on the Wall
- The Power of Words (lyrics by Soltur)
- Metamorph
- Breaking Point
- Reverie (instrumental; recording currently unavailable)
- Terra Nova (instrumental)
- Somehow, Somewhere
- Hug (recording currently unavailable)
- The Edge
- One Step at a Time (recording currently unavailable)

Fun fact: "Behind the Mask" was the first song I ever wrote, back in 9th grade. I didn't write another song until two years later. When I picked up songwriting again in 11th grade, I decided to start fresh, so I pretty much dumped "Behind the Mask" altogether...Five years and two albums later, it's back!

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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No words can describe this. It is beauty in one of its many forms. It is both calming and remembering, as in it rings back memories of childhood and sounds like songs out of Disney movies and those made by Studios Ghilbi.
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can't wait till these (new songs) are finished. also btw, 'Who Said?' demo has expired at this present time.
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Update:

- 12 tracks chosen! Now I just need to put them in order.
- 10/12 tracks have a solid foundation (melody and chords). A couple songs still need an additional verse. "Hug" and "One Step at a Time" are the only ones remaining to be written from scratch. Then I'll have to start refining everything. ^^;
- Demos added for "Terra Nova", "Somehow, Somewhere", and "The Edge" (see post above). These drafts are very rough.

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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After two long weeks of recording, I've finally completed all demo recordings for my new album, Behind the Mask! I am very excited to share this with you all. I feel I've come a long way in the past year, both as a musician and as an individual.

Here's a link to the album playlist: link
I've also included the full tracklist in the TS post.

Notes:
  • Track 02, "The Power of Words," was a collaboration with our very own Soltur! Thank you to Zach for providing the wonderful lyrics. I had a lot of fun working on that one!
  • As mentioned in an earlier post, the title track actually dates back to 2010. It's a real toughie to sing, too. All the other songs were written within the past year, with "Hug" being as recent as the beginning of this month.
It would be wrong of me to not acknowledge the amazing support I've received from some of you (you know who you are). So thank you so much. You all are awesome.

Well, I hope you enjoy!

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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Kiri~ Your music is absolutely amazing~
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I'll listen to this in bed tonight, before I sleep. <3

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"grumble grumble stinkhead grumble grumble poop-for-snot grumble grumble dick" -Ryu Gaia

"Puhi gave the people food and made the seaweed farm."

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You posted this at an incredibly inopportune time. Y'see, I just bought a new album that I'm super excited for… and that takes priority until tomorrow :|

I'm sure it's great, though! Just… Yeah. Tomorrow.

i feel like such a jerk

i am such a jerk

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Lol, you're not a jerk. >.>

I wouldn't expect my album to take priority, anyway. Go enjoy the other music.

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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Merc the jerk lol snrk

ANYWAY

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AWESOMENESS AND ASDFGDSAS AND ETC

YOU WIN KIBI

THAT IS ALL, CARRY ON
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Y'know, after listening through your album a few times, I think the one song that sticks with me most (apart from Hug) would be Metamorph. I love songs like this, haha. It's hard to describe, but the song's movement reminds me of a butterfly in the wind, haha. Like a little dance.

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"... but you can love completely without complete understanding." -Reverend Maclean, from "The River Runs Through It" (movie)

"grumble grumble stinkhead grumble grumble poop-for-snot grumble grumble dick" -Ryu Gaia

"Puhi gave the people food and made the seaweed farm."

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Just recorded the very first [and very rough] demo for the 2014-2015 album! I've been exploring ways to more fully embrace an Indie sound, and this is the result! http://vocaroo.com/i/s1EUUmHamQKO

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[EDIT] Demo #2: The Fishbowl

The last few bars are so reminiscent of Enya, haha. I definitely take inspiration from her.

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[EDIT] Demo #3: Sans réponse

Somber song was bound to happen at some point. 8')

On another note, having three songs drafted by mid-September is pretty good, methinks. I've already got a fourth one in the works, too.

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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Demo #4: Is It Not Enough?

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious

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I still get Rewrite stuck in my head every once in a while. "Maybe this story's not about me." It's a really powerful thought.
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This is going to be a rather long post in which I discuss my creative process and outline the meaning/inspiration behind each of my original songs. This post has been requested by a few, and has needed to get done for some time, anyway, so here it finally is. Read at your own risk.

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In songwriting, I tend to follow three simple guidelines: speak from your own experience, be real, and be yourself. A lot of themes recur throughout my songs because they are important to me. Other things, like romantic love, are largely absent because I have not yet had any experiences in those areas.

The songwriting process, for me, most often starts with a single, spontaneous line (vocal melody + lyrics). I usually then write the chord progression, flesh out the rest of the lyrics, and create a skeleton for the song. This usually takes a day or two, after which I shelf the unfinished composition. It’s not until the end of the school year that I pull out all of the songs and write full piano parts, vocal harmonies, and occasionally violin parts.

ONE OF US IS ALIEN

One of Us is Alien is a personal reflection on various conflicts experienced during my late high-school years. The order of tracks hints at a gradual emergence, from darkness to light, from self-centeredness to a realization of collective identity and experience.

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Maybe one album is enough for now. ^^; More to come later.

Tawny779 said:

you come for the Golden Sun. You stay for the crazy <3

Misery said:

Common sense is the most uncommon of the senses.

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Dave: I'm becoming a doctor.
Dave: I like people
Dave: ...when they're unconscious







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