Years of Practice

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Years of Practice

Visit Soundcloud to listen to the entirety of this music project.

The music below is only one of several piano recordings!

Timestamps

1:45 Final Fantasy VII – Comso Canyon

3:33 Star Tropics – Dungeon Theme

6:45 Super Metroid – Swampy Red Zone

13:01 Zork Nemesis – Alexandria’s Theme

13:30 Neir Automata & Nier – City Ruins & Yonah

15:04 God of War – Main theme

18:03 Chrono Trigger – Frog’s Theme

I am writing and posting this in late April, the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. And like so many people around the world in this global human story – It’s… different.

In my own little world, I’m safe and secure (and hope this post doesn’t age like milk). I’ve shifted my attentions from vigorous personal branding to just simply wanting to help the people around me… even if the greatest good right now is staying still – and other, more abstract efforts to help seem silly.

Which brings us elegantly to music.

In an effort to become a better musician, I record and listen to my practice sessions – and have for a few years. But unlike the Improvised Collection; a sudden realization that patches of my recordings were somewhat listenable – this is the whole enchilada. Raw recordings of me at the piano noodling, honing, drilling, stargazing – my natural state while sitting at the piano on my own terms (and not under the yoke of Saturday-morning lessons or the lash of recitals)

The blending of a global Pandemic, intense personal development and the new philosophy of “you are ready now” conspired to make me release this to the public. Plans were in the works to make the project far more elaborate – but I feel it stands on its own simple merits. It’s pretty, it can help others in a time of uncertainty and, not to sound morbid, but I’d hate to have something happen to me and not have the world know what I sound like these days.

The bulk of the project is on Soundcloud, but I am actively entertaining the idea of hosting dozens of practice sessions to interested Patreons. For now, enjoy long sessions of me not minding that you’re listening over my shoulder – nerding out to an encyclopedic knowledge of improvised video game music.

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