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A new year, and an introspective on last year

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I haven’t been on hiatus. Instead, I spent the past 6 months on an introspective, of sorts, and a very personal experiment. It’s allowed me to remove my rosy-colored perceptions of the world, and to see for myself first-hand just how society and the pervasive nature of negative media has in general caused us to almost autonomously practice prejudice, stereotyping, and typecasting on a daily basis.

I’ve always approached the topic of love that it should always be unconditional. It might be because I am innocent and don’t know otherwise. Sure, people will always have their flaws. But to judge someone based on preconceived notions of “how they might be” because of their religion, creed, ethnicity, or even experience, is quite possibly one of the worst imaginable things you can do to someone. I strongly and respectfully disagree that it’s about “choice”. It’s impossible to know just what a person is like by stereotyping them right out the gate.

The world isn’t all peaches and cream. Everything is not sunny, warm, and happy. I’ve learned that the world is much crueler than I could have ever imagined. It’s one thing for human nature to fear things that he/she can’t control, but it’s quite another to have conditions superimposed on you from the beginning. It becomes an insurmountable hill to climb. So you end up trying, failing, and starting over, only to experience the same thing, the next sometimes being varying degrees of worse than the last. And it’s a vicious cycle that seems never-ending. It can have quite a detriment to one’s psyche.

I’ve become one of those who have experienced first hand how so many people feel left out, hopeless, with no emotional support, and with no recourse. For me, music is my recourse. It is the one thing that allows me to express my anguish and provides me with a respite. It allows me to speak collectively about my experiences. It is how something beautiful can come from so much hurt. Perhaps those who have dealt it will come to realize and change their ways after listening? Probably not. But let my music serve as an anthem to those who have no other recourse. We hope things will get better for us all. And most importantly, never give up. What is life without hope? So keep on hoping: hoping to win, and hoping to be successful in all endeavors.

Eternity now available…대박!

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Dearest fans, my newest album Eternity is finally now available worldwide. Listen to the entire album here.

It is available on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Pandora, Slacker, Tidal, and every web delivery platform you can possibly think of. I will slowly update the site with the direct links to the album.

This is my 6th album professionally released. It was definitely laborious, and I endured much personal loss during this time. It is a reflection of all my experiences, and helps me to share my story to the world…without words.

Again, today is indeed a very special day. I continue to wish happiness to those I love, and a very successful year to come. 대박!

As always, thank you to all my fans and everyone who has listened to my music, supported me, and offered words of encouragement and hope. To affect someone’s life positively through my music is all that can help me through my difficult times.

 

Eternity QA

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Two days away from worldwide release, my new album Eternity continues to garner a lot of attention. Based on the questions I received, here are a few facts about it.

  1. I recorded this entire album from my home studio.
  2. Every single song was composed on the Yamaha Motif XS 8 synth workstation.
  3. No sampling was used except what was stock on the synth.
  4. I mixed and mastered the tracks using Sonar Producer 8.2, still connected to the Motif XS 8.
  5. There were actually over 20 songs that I made for this album, but only 12 made the cut. I might decided to release some of the ones that didn’t make the cut as free downloads from my site, as well as on YouTube.

I also wanted to comment on my last video post. I got a lot of feedback for the song “My Dad”. It was very overwhelming, and even brought a few people to tears. If I were to ever get nothing but this type of response for my music, I know I’ve done my job.

Thank you all for always supporting me and I hope you all enjoy the music. I’ll post again on release day.

Eternity tracklist

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Some people asked for the tracklisting on the new album Eternity. Well, here it is:

  1. Prevail
  2. Rise
  3. You and I
  4. Ocean of Inspiration
  5. Never Let Go
  6. Above the Stars
  7. Overwhelming Beauty
  8. Captivating
  9. Blossom of Eternity
  10. 530 Reasons
  11. Our Dad
  12. Reminiscence

Once again, you can listen to preview clips of all the songs here.

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Listen to new songs on Eternity

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As noted in one of my previous posts, my new album Eternity has been sent off to distribution and is slated for worldwide release on May 30, 2017.

You can listen to a preview of all the songs on Eternity here.

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Let me know what you think here, on FB, or on Twitter.

Something beautiful…

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Digging back I remember making this post.

It’s really hard sometimes. When reality hits you like a ton of bricks, and there’s really nothing you can do about it. Well, that is, unless you get up and do something about it.

I’ve had people assume the worst things about me because I choose to believe, to influence, and experience life differently than your average six-pack-joe.

The message is in the music. And why this style of music? Because it’s so elaborate, there’s so many different ways you can relate. And you’ve heard what I’ve got so far. I’ll tell you that I’ve gotten nothing but inspiring feedback (for example). I certainly don’t expect it; the simple fact that people can listen to my music and enjoy it means they recognize the message behind it, and it helps me to appreciate that and forge on. And on. And on.

I am currently nearing completion of another exquisite collection of material that I cannot wait to spring upon the world. As I finish each track I can feel it brimming with anticipation of how you guys are going to accept it. Trust me when I tell you, it’s an honor, an exhilaration worth feeling through all the hurt, be it physical or emotional, that an artist makes when composing such music.

In the end, I expect nothing from the world in return for this. If I stand to benefit from what I do, I am grateful. I am just another piece of the puzzle with a story to tell. To make my mark in the world, to let my story be heard, to let it be known that all this is a result of a catalyst: an event that propelled me to do what I do. To shed any and all stereotypes, labels and derision (Lord knows how many I’ve endured), and use sadness, pain, longing, and turn it into something beautiful.

Thank you all for even lending me your ear-time; again, the way I see it, it’s an honor worthy of the trade. I promise you that the music you are about to hear soon will hopefully help to affect change your life; mine too. And, without words, it will help you to understand a little more about the story I’m telling; a quite common one in life, yet one I feel is so profound (in my case), and different, that words will never describe.

Stay tuned.

Sometimes…

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You know, sometimes, things just happen the way they do. Don’t you just wish sometimes when something happens, that you can wake up from it and it was all a nightmare?

What if you wake up and the nightmare doesn’t stop………………?

Or when you walk in the 90* sun and still break out in a cold sweat?

These are all things that are ripe for inspiration for some of the best music. It’s always been like that since the beginning of time: the best of man comes when he is in the worst possible situation.

I can’t possibly tell you what nightmare I’m going through, but it’s going to be this way for a long, long time. I wish it weren’t like this. I wish I could wake up and it would all be a bad dream.

Over the next few months, I will continue to push forward with the release of my album, including videos, in addition to pieces of my previous album, “Whispers of Winter”. In the meantime, such pain that I experience will only serve to fuel the next chapter in my musical history, which I’ve already begun. This one is going to be good from what I hear already.

Never give up hope…