Your mind for the second time around, criminal mind, you’re slipping, you slide. Your mind’s and some other girl’s who, wonder who’s cheating who.
Get on your knees and pray, its your names on the bullet in the barrel. You got a debt to pay, I’m taking you down.
You pay for the choices you’ve made.
Paris, France (Sept, 2013)
Park at Greenlake 1 (Nov, 2013)
Park at Greenlake 2 (Nov, 2013)
Greenlake 1 – Seattle, WA (Dec, 2013)
Greenlake 2 – Seattle, WA (Dec, 2013)
S E D A T E D
Lost In A Digital World
That’s the title of my first completed, self-produced cinematic album that I began recording in 2010. I wrote some of the original piano versions of the melodies during the past 20 years and then later expanded them. If you’re an artist, then you know that the timeline for reaching goals, especially personal ones, does not always match up to our dreams. I kept my sights low. My original idea was to professionally record a couple songs on the piano for fun. I mean to say that – that would have been plenty to make me happy, in the beginning. Consistently, things added up to what now totals close to 100 pieces of new music that I’ve produced during the past 3 years…, some as singles, some for clients, some for albums and others available for licensing via MIBE.
I admit that while not having the resources I really wanted (an acoustic piano, full orchestra and million dollar recording studio), I utilized the best equipment I had to create these recordings – my own brain, a laptop, a digital piano, a couple keyboards and a few software programs – nothing too fancy. I put it all to good use during a very difficult time (physically, mentally, financially), and began writing lots of music. That helped me to focus on what’s important in my life and to satisfy a deep need to contribute something to the world.
My need to connect with people through music and find a true audience became ongoing. Bouncing back from my music studies, which began over 10 years ago, and my fantasy to become a composer since age 7, I hit the record button many times. Without judging too harshly and letting the muse guide the process, I realized that I had a lot to say. My new musical expressions and arrangements then unfolded dramatically. Some might say too dramatically, meaning that there is a large sense of fantasy in most of my compositions and likewise with the music you’ll hear on the album, “Lost In A Digital World”. It’s film music.
Here are a few selections:
Threading together this blanket of sound, I remembered years ago how albums...
I compose music. He sings. We collaborate.
Allow me to reintroduce Nick James, a British singer-songwriter who’s been busy pursuing a few varied musical avenues. A while back, one of those avenues lead to me and we’ve been working together on and off for almost a year now. I’ve been impressed with Nick’s ability to write lyrics and sing – obviously, along with his eagerness and determination in taking direction from across the planet. Together we’re able to produce original music coming from two cities almost 5000 miles apart. You see, I live in Seattle, Washington and Nick is from Birmingham, just outside of London in the U.K. It’s been very interesting and challenging at times since we have yet to meet in person, and we each have our own approach to creativity – studio time, equipment, and technical abilities. I do not sing, and thankfully Nick’s voice has been a pleasure to mix and edit.
It’s such an unconventional way of managing things in comparison to the industry’s p...Read More
Here’s an example of a true mash-up – two different songs that can fit together nicely. Last year, I wrote and released a piece of music called “Temple Foot”. It’s mostly a dance song while some would say it’s more of a cinematic piece, but that’s the case with most all of my work. I try to create music that can stand on it’s own, without lyrics. I’m not a great lyricist and so it only makes sense for me to focus on what I’m good at; dramatic, cinematic, fun music.
Whenever I have the chance to imagine doing something different like writing lyrical dance music – I get excited. You see, it’s been one of my goals to write more dance music, more lyrical pieces, either for placement in film, advertising, etc. or simply to be released independently as singles. In some cases, I realize that it’s going to require collaboration with other artists, musicians, vocalists to ultimately get the sound that I want. Ok, so I’m NOT too old to form a band…right? Haha. For now I’ve been brushing up on my skills; remixing, remastering, arranging, experimenting with samples and a cappella vocal tracks. If you’re an artist who may be interested in working together on a project, then please get in touch. I’m always looking for opportunities to grow and share.
Temple Foot (original song)
I Need Your Love (Temple Foot Mash-up & Remix)
Thanks Calvin Harris for releasing a free a cappella version...
Most recently I was given the opportunity to visit le Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale de Paris, France. Beforehand, I’d seen a few photos online but never thought I’d end up with my own, very large collection of images from an early morning visit last month. Here are 20 shots (I’m not a professional photographer) that I’d like to share in case you’re looking for images of this 4.5 acre tourist spot, re-opened to the public in 2006. I’ll spare you the other 100+ photos for now. Also, you’ll find more info and historical details via these links:
Messy Nessy (in English) *My favorite.
Atlas Obscura (in English)
Into The Woods (in English)
Jardin Tropical De Paris (in French)
Paris (in French)
The peaceful landscape, dynamic ruins, and historical architecture offered much to be photographed as a nature lover, myself...Read More
Dearest Pop Fans,
Get ready for the next POP sound!
I’ve recently had the opportunity to gather a little background on one of my favorite collaborative artists: singer-songwriter – Kenyth Mogan. A quick Q & A to satisfy your curiosity. Kenyth has been busy lately working on his first studio EP, Fall Apart, due out later this year. Be sure to check out teasers of his original music on sound cloud (Kenyth Mogan on SC), including a few surprise covers. More to come from this ambitious young artist!
Kenyth Mogan’s Q & A:
Q) What can you tell me about your upcoming EP entitled Fall Apart?
A) The album came about in the most unusual way. Todd Michael Shultz and I had been friends for a few years and have been bouncing musical ideas around with one another since we met. One day he said to me that he’d met this really amazing producer named Tony and that I should check him out, so I did, and I loved it. The first song I came at Tony with was a cover of Belinda Carlisle’s “Leave A Light On”. While that song did not make the cut for the EP, we did have fun with it. Tony’s great to work with and knows how to get someone to give the best vocal possible.
The songs on the EP are kind of a mixture. One of my best friends chose the cover song “Mickey” which is really fun. A long time ago someone told me that the best way to break into the industry is to do it with a cover, because people already know the song. I’m really happy with how they turned out.
The original songs were also a lot of fun. “One Worth Losing” was written by Todd Michael Shultz. I told him what type of song I was looking for and what I wanted to say and he came back to me in maybe half an hour with OWL. I love it. “Unlock Your Heart” is actually a song I’ve had for a long time. It’s written by Matthew Hayes and Paul Harris and I have the original demo Matt recorded with the singer Tiffany. I was honored when he said I could record the song. “Fall Apart” was really fun because I got help Tony write it. The entire thing has been a really amazing experience. I can’t wait to release it and share it with the world!
Q) I admire your ambition and sense o...Read More
Earlier this year I was approached for a review of my song “Until Sunrise” by Sound Cloud Music Reviews.
It’s a patchwork of something haunting, something dramatic, and something a little spicy. “Until Sunrise” is a midnight moon waltz set unexpectedly with the flair of Latin percussion, setting a dark and danceable ambiance for echoing piano chords and rumbling synths. Scott Lawrence’s 20-year background in musical composition boasts a vast pallet of styles and a taste for unconventional creation. This sampling of his imagination exemplifies a seamless synthesis of genres. Weaving intricate piano chords that speak as if human with the buzzing of distant guitar chords, the number takes twists and turns into ambient IDM music and the exotic left-field choice of an accordion.
“Until Sunrise” has all the aesthetics of a film score caught somewhere between a Brazilian James Bond movie and the eerie environment of a flick pulled off the Film Noir shelf, fluctuating in and out ...
This adventurous animated short film directed by Fugdale follows the epic fantasy of a young cowboy and his horse as they traverse their dream world (and beyond) moving through multiple exotic locations in a delightful animated style.
The film was made to showcase the electronic dance song “Electric Cowboy” by SLM and features a combination of hand-drawn images, colorful scenes and ever-changing landscapes.
Director of animation and effects, Doug Fahl, utilized Motion 5 software to create a unique movement to the piece. Scott Lawrence (aka SLM) composed the original single.
Want the FREE Electric Cowboy ringtone? Safely Downloads Immediately = .m4r
Instructions for iPhone users:
After downloading the .m4r ringtone,
- Plug in your iPhone and open up iTunes. It’ll show up on left side of page under Devices.
- Copy or drag the .m4r from your Library to the Tones folder of your device.
- Syn...Read More