Nemalís Birth Song
A Nemalís birth song is a song parents give their children at birth and teach it to their communities. When a new baby is born, the parents will create a brand new melody along with the first verse or chorus. As the child grows older, they'll add more verses, possibly a second verse, and one or two bridges. By the time a child reaches the age of fifteen, the song is complete. At all major events in the child's life, this song is performed by the parents, family, and commu
Slang & Vernacular of The Paradise Planets
With the book taking place over a hundred years in the future, I felt it was only natural that people would be using much different slang than our current vernacular. We would be using different curse words, phrases, and exclamations. As I've studied languages over the past four years, I've only begun to take notes of our colloquialisms and make these adaptations. In subsequent books, I'll dive deeper into new phrases and terms. As I've studied our literature, film, televi
A New Vulnerable
I've written and showcased my music over and over for the past 25 years. I'm used to getting mixed feedback on my original work. Despite growing thicker skin over the years, nothing has fully prepared me for the new level of vulnerable that comes with releasing a manuscript--a full-blown novel! There are now 470 pages of fiction that expose the thoughts and feelings inside my soul. I have to constantly remind myself that my wife and I read the entire book and loved it. I
Our First Editorial Review
A 4.2 out of 5 from my first official editorial review. Not bad! I'll take it. See below for the full review on The Paradise Planets by IndieReader: A privileged teen from a "gated" planet is kidnapped by rebels and forced to slum it on a flooded Earth, where her only chance at escape is turning a lowly group of athletes into world champions. Sea levels have risen to a point where coastal cities are underwater and Earth is a polluted, over-populated mess, while an elite ru
Editing the Audiobook
Some jobs you just can't outsource. For one, the audiobook has to sound exactly like I've been hearing it in my head. I envisioned this story years ago and have spent countless hours elaborating and expanding upon that initial idea. I didn't picture words scrolling across my mind. I heard it. I heard how all of it was supposed to flow. Until Elon Musk invents a way for us to extract our subconscious thoughts in their entirety and forward them on through a telepathic lin
The book is out, and now comes the grind
It goes without saying I'm not a household name. My career has had flashes of success; American Idol, Emmy-Nomination, International tours, 400 Million views on my music video, etc. But in the end, I still have to work the daily grind if I want anyone to know about my new work. I've pounded this pavement for over 20 years. I've made a living off of it for 15. It's had its extreme ups and downs, feast or famine. When I'm in famine mode, it often feels like I've ALWAYS bee
After four years, the BOOK is HERE!
Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more! Buy The Paradise Planets: The Fallen from Paradise today! Reviews are flooding in, and it's mostly FIVE stars across the board. For a limited time, we will offer the E-Book on Kindle for only $0.99 as a ten day promo to celebrate the launch of my very first book! Get your copy today! Buy an extra and give it as a Christmas gift. Just in time for the Holidays!
The final five
As musicians, we often talk about the final 5% of a song. It's what sets the top songs of the world from all the rest. Producers and writers who take their songs that final stretch are the ones that position their songs for major hit potential. When it comes to The Paradise Planets, I have nine songs I have to get there. This requires attention to detail with all the orchestra, choir, and soloist sessions (arrangements, sheet music, selecting the right soloists/ensembles,