Still Alive

Neither the Portal or Mirror’s Edge theme song, but true all the same: I’m still alive, kicking, and making music. None of that music is ready to drop online just yet, but it’s in the works.

Here’s what’s cooking:

  • Nebyoolaeinstrumental rock and electronic bops
    • Hindslight: a huge collection of instrumental rock pieces I’ve been tinkering with for, well, years. I may actually break this up into two albums.
    • OPM: short for “Other People’s Music”, this is a cover/remix album. I’m packaging together several pieces from the past that were only on Soundcloud, but first I need to see if they still open in the newest Logic and give them some spit ‘n’ shine.
  • Fenchpop-rock with lyrics
    • Drama Nerd EP: this 4-track release comes from waaaaaay back in my history. One of the pieces was literally written while I was in college and uses a poem from an ex-girlfriend for its lyrics.
    • Billion Grains of Rice: my first full-length album as Fench. So far, I’ve dropped just one album as Fench so far and it was only an EP for RPM April 2020. This will hopefully be the first real release.
  • Fly Like Venusalt-funk-rock with lyrics
    • Album #2: the rock band (with other people!) I’m in is still in the middle of writing and recording our second album. Due to COVID-19, we haven’t been able to practice with each other since mid-March 2020, so…this is gonna take longer than anticipated.
  • Massive Battery – electronic beats using only NI Massive and Battery, and tons of vocal samples
    • None at this time.

The New World Order

You may have heard of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that’s sweeping the globe. Welp, what it means for me so far is working from home, schools closed, and a general unrest and fear of The Outside.

The whole family is at home: wife on support calls, child playing in her room, and me at a makeshift standing desk in our bedroom. Played some board games with a friend using Tabletopia last night for the first time. Reading the news is depressing. Seeing notices about everything closing and people “sheltering in place” is weird.

You think post-apocalyptic stuff like Fallout is fun to play, right? Well, we ain’t even close to it yet, and I already know it ain’t fun to live. Thankfully, our world has infrastructure to allow for me to keep working and getting paid so we can hole up in our house for who knows how long, but not everyone has that luxury. The food, shipping, utility, waste management, and healthcare industries are the real heroes right now, cuz we all still want our stuff, our health, and our junk to be taken away. So, thank you!

For now, my job is basically the same, and I’m fairly introverted anyway, so staying inside and playing games and watching TV and making music will hold me for a long time. Extreme extroverts? I feel for you now.

I’m pretty sure the US is still in the beginning stages of this pandemic, and the worst is yet to come. Let’s just hope we can weather it.

OMG BLOGGING

Some basic info, to catch up for many years of no blogging:

  • I’m about to turn 39 in a few days
  • I have a daughter who recently turned 5
  • I’m going to celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary next month
  • I still program (https://github.com/michaelchadwick)
  • I still work by the beach (https://scripps.ucsd.edu), and have since mid-2016
  • I’m still in a band (https://flylikevenus.com)
  • I still make my own music, too (https://nebyoolae.com)
  • I still own a dog, who is now almost 9 years old

Skimming through my wife’s old blog, I was reminded of the joy that typing out some words every once in a while can bring. Sure, Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and WhatHaveYou have all been around for years, and essentially serve the purpose of broadcast journaling. However, they are all about the micro soundbite, and not about the mulling of thoughts over various paragraphs that blogging brings to the table. I’d like to get back to it.

Think of this post as a new beginning (again), as I once again get back into the (good) habit. For now, I must away to pick up the Small Human and possibly play some Katamari on the Nintendo Switch.