Well, the day I’ve been itching at for months and months and more is finally here!  My first album, The Night Wind, has launched and is officially available through Bandcamp.  I’m releasing it under the moniker Street Nymphs, partially in the hopes that Street Nymphs will eventually become a full-on band and consist of more than just me.  Until then, I’ll settle with my ethereal forest sprite companions.

I’m releasing The Night Wind with Bandcamp’s delightful name-your-price feature, so you may download it for free if you like.  I figure, when it comes down to it, I would rather have many people listening than a few people paying. If this philosophy eventually makes a poor man of me… well, at least my album will still be on Bandcamp?  Ah, we’ll figure that one out later.

In other news, the coffee house games are coming along quite well.  I wish I had art to share with you, but I had something of a cross-hatching mishap the other day and have yet to retrace my earlier design.  Tomorrow Renee and I will venture out to a number of our coffee shops to deliver flyers and take a few photographs, and I am doing my best to have the Kickstarter project launched by then.  I will post another brief update as soon as that happens.

Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy the first ever Street Nymphs album!
Nash

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Hey Folks!

I just wanted to keep you all updated on a few things as we tip over into this eerily warm February (at least here in the Midwest).

First of all, I plan to launch my second Kickstarter project sometime this weekend.  This is another publishing venture, though I won’t be hand-printing these books.

Over the past year-and-a-half or so, I’ve been playing a number of simple writing games of my own invention with friends in coffee shops around the city.  Now, it is my goal to bring these games out into the world, and to take the great coffee shops of Kansas City along with it.  I’m putting together a book of my writing games and calling it The Coffee House Games, and I’ll be using Kickstarter to raise the initial funds needed to bring the book to life.

The book itself will feature fifteen different games as well as a variety of the wonderful coffee shops Kansas City has to offer.

The other news I have for you is perhaps equally exciting: My album is roughly 80% completed. It has taken ages and has transformed from the bottom up on several occasions, but I am finally putting together these songs in a fashion that I’m not only happy with, but fairly proud of.  I’m currently tinkering with song 8/10, and it may require a bit more recording before I am ready to move on, but I should be tackling the remaining two either over the weekend or during the early days of next week.  After that I’ll go back through and finalize each of the tracks, and then we’ll be just about ready for release!

Expect to hear more on both of these topics fairly soon!

Best,
Nash

Hello folks!

First, I want to say that I am deeply sorry for disappearing for nearly two months.  I’ve been this weird combination of busy and lacking interesting things to blog about, but I’ve also been bustling around with friends and family for the holidays.

As I mentioned in my last post, I started over in my process of recording the album.  I still have the 12 recordings from the 4-track cassette sessions I did, but I probably won’t be releasing them.

Anyway, I bought a small Behringer interface which allows me to run my mixing board out to my computer, and I have been playing with recording techniques.  I have set up a little studio in my room:

Here is a little improvised, layered track I did on one of the first days after receiving my interface.

In further follow-up from my previous post, I have been practicing heavily on all of my guitar-based songs, and I have been happy to notice my playing style has been improving.  It’s surprising what an impact the little nuances of playing can make on the overall sound, and I just really needed to be at a place where the rest of the performance–the lyrics, the chords, the motions–were all pretty well imbued before I could really focus on the tiny details.  I hope this will show in my recordings.

I’ve also dropped two tracks from the final album lineup.  They aren’t bad, but they just didn’t quite fit with what I am imagining for this album, and I’m shooting for pretty solid cohesion here.

As far as progress, I just finished base recordings for the remaining two songs, so I will be recording basslines and other additional tracks, as well as generally cleaning things up.  However, the overall album should be finished before too long!

Now, for non-album news, I have several other things brewing at the moment, but I’m afraid I have to be a bit hush-hush about them for the time being.  However, I promise that once I’m in a position where I can release some of the information, you’ll be the first to know!

Best,
Nash

Lately, I have been completely enthralled with the songs of The Tallest Man on Earth.  His music is so overwhelmingly inspiring to me–the guitar styles, inventive, quick, intricate; the lyrics, intelligent, poetic, heart-wrenching, and folky–words and phrases that stir the sands of history; and his voice, the emotion, the controlled impurities, the raw power.  These are all things that I can feel lurking behind the force my own musical calling, waiting for me to grow to a point where I will be able to release them.  So when I listen to The Tallest Man on Earth, I am overcome with the desire to make music; but I am not quite ready.  I am frustrated and fumbly.  I mess up chords and lyrics frequently.  My barring is imperfect, choky.  My fingers are weak and tire easily.

I finished recording my album, but I am dissatisfied.  I’m going to start anew tomorrow, keeping my old recordings as a memento, but pursuing a cleaner approach, so I will hopefully have something that I can be proud of.

But I am intimidated.  I am intimidated by the sheer power of musicians like Kristian Matsson (The Tallest Man on Earth), who exceed my capacity in both my strengths and my weaknesses.  Of course, I will grow; I have time.  But, worse than this, I am intimidated by my own songs, and my inability to play them to my own expectations.

This, though, can be solved by practice.  Relentless, unyielding practice and persistence (the only talent, as I am told) and the faith that I will grow over time.  In a way, it is good that my own songs are challenging me, because that means I still have something to gain from them.  Still, the process is grinding away at my willpower, but I suppose that is the greatest challenge of all.  And, in a way, even though I don’t plan on publishing my newly-finished recordings, they are something of a symbol of willpower for me.  These recordings were forged in a fire fueled by hundreds of takes, by anger and despair and emotions beyond both of those–the clearing past rage and frustration, when the suffering somehow vanishes, when the pressure has burned away and the music can be light and free, even comical.

These recordings are the reason I believe I can actually create this album in the way that I envision it.