Last year one of my goals was to write and record a full length album. Unfortunately I did not even attempt it and looking back it was probably a little too ambitious. The idea was to keep me active playing guitar and to document some ideas that I have. I was going to release it for free on my website for anyone to download and enjoy. Most (if not all) of the songs would be instrumental and mostly electronic. That way I could complete everything myself via a laptop and the few instruments I have at home. I thought it would be fun to work on some mellow instrumental music like The Social Network soundtrack (listening to it as I write this). I enjoy listening to music but I prefer instrumental when I am working or writing. I haven’t discovered much that I like so I thought I should write my own. While it would be mostly electronic I do have a few guitars that I could write some great riffs on. I hope to get back to this goal soon but for this year the idea is to just play guitar regularly.
Most of the practicing I do when I am alone is just letting my fingers go which usually results in writing. Yesterday I played for about 15 minutes and had a cool riff and some chords figured out. I downloaded a guitar tuner and multi-track recorder to my phone, tuned up and then hit record. It is amazing that when I started playing guitar in 8th grade that you had to go to a studio to get good analog recordings. Now the standard is digital and all done via computers. For my first time trying to record on my phone it went okay. It will be nice when I do practice to not have to setup mics, stands, and a laptop to just capture a few quick ideas.
One instrumental songs that I did write about four years ago was used on The Last Epic album in a shortened version called Coming Soon (Intro). While I was writing this post, I went back into the archives and found the unreleased extended version and a handful of other songs that I wrote at the time. A few were very rough cuts of what would turn into The Last Epic songs, a few that were covers, and a few unreleased originals. After going back and finding these I realize how much I have missed writing and recording even if it just is in Garageband or Audacity. For me it has always been about being creative and doing more with less. It only takes some time and a few instruments to create some beautiful music.
Here is the unreleased extended version of Coming Soon (Intro) track.
Here is a copy you can download. Just right click and select “save as”.
Jeremy Yerse – The Last Epic Intro (unreleased extended version)
You can listen to the album version here.
If you want to hear some more unreleased stuff let me know and I will find some more. I think I have some Fit The Mold tracks as well.
Last year was the first year that I actually enjoyed reading. I did little reading after college because frankly I didn’t see the value in it. Well that changed last year for some reason. In 2011 I read one book per month and loved it so much that I doubled my quota for this year.
Here are the books I read in 2011.
Quitter by Jon Acuff
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
Accounting Game by Judith Orloff
Starving Jesus by Craig Gross and J. R. Mahon
Poke The Box by Seth Godin
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel
Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey
Man – The Dwelling Place of God by A.W. Tozer
Weird by Craig Groeschel
Last year I cheated a bit and read 11 non-fiction and 1 fiction book. Can you identify it?
This year the goal is 24 books and even though I didn’t get off to a strong start I did complete four books over the last five weeks. I have a long list of books waiting for me to read but a few that I really want to complete this year…
What are you reading this year?
I just recently sat down to work on my personal goals for this year. I am not sure why it took me so long but I already knew what some of them were going to be and have been working towards them. As of last year I started setting some fairly challenging goals at the beginning of the year so that I have a plan, work on a few things I normally wouldn’t, and to help prioritize some activities. I wanted to share a few as a way to help give myself a little bit more determination this year. I was going to talk about each goal in this post but because of the length I am going to break it up into a few posts and release them over the next week or two.
Here are the goals for this year that I will be discussing in depth.
– Read through the entire Bible in one year
– Read 24 non-fiction books on varying topics
– Create one Android application
– Play guitar weekly
– Rethink food and exercise
Check back soon to read more about each.
Three years ago today I closed on my first house. This picture I took during the inspection a few months before the closing. Since then there have been more things added to the repair list then have been completed, refinanced once, and had some good times with friends and family. Thankful for a home… and for lions on my front porch.