I haven’t posted as much stuff on here besides the Katauta 52 series, but for those of you that don’t follow my other blogs, I’ll drop some extra knowledge for you.
As you may or may not know, I’m also a writer. I have a fiction blog which you can find at http://cmbbwrites.wordpress.com. It would be awesome if you subscribed to it, too. Right now, I’m swamped with Camp NaNoWriMo (a writing competition), but I’ve also been working on a cell phone novel.
This writing project in particular is called Hollandus Landing. It’s a serial story interweaving 40 different characters in this fictional Midwestern city as they live their lives while there’s also a secret that’s buried in the city. Most of the arcs are of the slice-of-life variety, but I use meta-narratives and parallel stories to intersect elements of the real hidden danger with other characters creating various art forms that directly or indirectly involve said secret.
By the way, each chapter is 70-200 words long. You can read some of them on your work break or whatnot. That and I’m over 220 chapters at the time of this post
Check out the first chapter here: https://cmbbwrites.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/hollandus-landing-chapter-1/
15 weeks already? Alright then.
Here’s a spoken word piece I came up with for today. It’s been rough not having as much time to do as much musical compositions given my current schedule, but I said I would do one video a week for this project.
Time was of the essence again, so I did a straight up spoken word track while messing around with some 8mm stuff.
What’s up, everyone?
I wanted to let you all know that I’m part of another compilation album called Hollerin Poets Vol. 2. It’s a spoken word compilation album that’s a free download on Bandcamp. My buddy Josh Mozug AKA Tirades of a Timid Tongue curated this album and it also features one of his poems in addition to works from Chris Bernstorf, Keyoung, and Levi the Poet among others. I debuted a new track which is an exclusive on it.
Not only that, but Josh interviewed me which has never been done before. Listen to me make a fool of myself and stumble over my words while trying to give some insight about random things.
It’s still Wednesday, so there was some time for me to record a katauta.
This is another vocal-only piece. Given how certain life changes have caused me to have less recording time, I could only churn this out and it reflects in this poem. I still have to make my goal though.
I also realized that I’m 1/4 of the way done with this project!
Life has been rough and hectic these past couple of weeks which I won’t get into.
I wasn’t able to write and record a katauta until about an hour ago, so I did a vocal only piece as it was storming (and still is at the time of this post) an hour ago.
Pardon my hastiness.
Here’s another quick percussion based poem where I use some bongos this time.
This is that bright spot in the EP. I used the concept of mutation as a good thing like evolving into something greater and stronger. The osteopathic part revolves around me harboring so many emotions even down to the bone. Although the ending ends on a high note, I know my battles are far from over. I do feel stronger compared to even last year, but I still have work to do.
Here’s another acapella Katauta where I sing near the bottom of my range.
The “you” has a dualistic meaning which is intentional. It can be God for anyone into theology, but it can also mean a good friend who’s telling me to snap out of my funk. It’s that universal nature that I wanted to add into it if anyone can relate to this poem. Personally, a few friends have really helped me stay sane and don’t even realize it. I know most people don’t care including some of my friends.