Some Musical Fun

This afternoon I decided to take the time to have some fun recording some music. I posted up a new video up on YouTube and put up a track on Soundcloud. 

This is Rocking Chair from Hoagie Carmichael.

An improvised composition titled Shen Sheshion, this track consists of two 'ukuleles through the same mic, no eq, and no reverb.

Also here is the rest of the painting. Had to crop it for my thumbnail. Hope you enjoy!

'Ukulele Paintings Liner Notes

It's been several months since the release of 'Ukulele Paintings and I wanted to put up the liner notes up here and also for download. Part of this whole process for me has been my exploration into sumie ink brush painting. When I decided that it was finally time to dive into it, I went to a local art supplies store by UW and decided to go with the traditional grindstone method of sumie ink. It just requires a little bit more time to prepare the ink but at this point I look forward to having that extra respite of time to focus on the intent of what I will paint. I enjoy the scarcity of ink I ran into while writing the liner notes. That black soot muddled in tiny drops of water became precious and required a tighten mind. The words: Do it once, do it right, and do it that way every time kept floating in my head as I tore through unsatisfactory results spread over sheets of rice paper. The irony oddly felt endearing at moments but I got the message I wanted to say after a handful of moments meditating with my ink to the grindstone. At the heart of it, I found it best to remember that the cornerstone of the experience for me was that it's something I love. My shoulder, arms, and hands loosened and I found fluidity in this last take. 

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