Well here’s something I almost forgot to do! A two-part blog about the tracks on my free bonus album, Another Sky!
This first part will go over the bonus tracks that didn’t make it onto the full album An Unseen Sky, and the second blog will be about the remixes that were included. If you haven’t yet, check out this blog to learn how to get a FREE copy of Another Sky. After the second part of this blog series is posted I’ll be releasing Another Sky for EVERYONE on my Bandcamp page. But in the meantime, you can get it right now, for free, while helping me out! Oh and before I forget, how beautiful is that album cover by the wonderful Gina Mizzoni Photography? Alright, lets look at the the bonus tracks.
1) “The Garden” – This was actually the last track I started while working on An Unseen Sky. I was already into the mixing and mastering phase and took a little break to mess around and this track happened. I really love it, but I was so set on the tracklist that I decided to leave things stay how they were and keep this for Another Sky. My friend Chad Clinton Freeman (you may know him as the founder of the Pollygrind Film Festival) said it reminded him of something Michael Jackson would sing on… There is no praise higher than that haha.
2) “The Black River” – Here’s an interesting one… “The Black River” used to be called “An Unseen Sky.” It was one of the first songs I made after finishing my first album, Echoes In The Dark, and immediately after finishing it, I decided that it was going to be the title track of my next album and that it was going to be the blueprint for how I wanted the rest of the album to sound. Of course eventually, things went into various different directions, and while the influence of this track can be heard all over An Unseen Sky, in the end, the sound ended up changing, and this song didn’t quite fit anymore. Around the same time I made the song that would end up becoming “An Unseen Sky,” and decided… Hey… This really sounds like it should be the song called “An Unseen Sky.” The rest is history. I still love the song though. I could drive with this one playing on repeat for hours.
3) “A Place Where No One Goes” – This is a track that I absolutely loved when I made it but I held it back for two reasons… One, I couldn’t quite figure out how to finish it, and two, I decided it sounded a little bit too much like the track “Every Little Bit,” on An Unseen Sky, and I didn’t think I needed two songs that sounded so similar. I love how it turned out though and I might even have a video for it in the works… Maybe…
4) “The Golden Road” – This one I think is just absolutely beautiful. At one point I was considering making a full album of much more mellow tracks… And I still might. But this was one of the songs I made while considering that idea. I think it came out amazing, and definitely plan on making more of these lush, gorgeous types of tracks in the future… Not everything has to be so heavy and upbeat.
5) “Gravity” – This one started life as a demo for Omnipulse, a piece of software I reviewed in my This Thing Rules series of music software review blogs. Then I ended up holding it back because I liked it so much, but then ended up using it in a contest for a film trailer. By the time An Unseen Sky came around, I just didn’t think it fit the whole overall feel of the album. So I held it back and continued to work on it a little here and a little there, because I thought it was a great track, just not quite a finished one… I finally got it finished only after I started working on the music video that I made for it! Speaking of which, my most recent music video is “Gravity,” which I made myself using public domain footage and lots of cool effects. I love this video. I love the song. I’m really proud of this one.
6) “The Master” – This is probably my favorite track on the album. It’s funny though because it hasn’t gotten as much attention as I had hoped it would. Regardless, I listen to this one all the time and just think to myself “Wow.” I think it’s exciting, beautiful, unique. It’s an awesome track and I love it.
7) “Gray” – Our gray tabby cat Fenix died this year of cancer. The day he died I made this song. It was actually after An Unseen Sky had been released, so it wasn’t really a part of these sessions, but I wanted to release this song because I think it’s beautiful and sad and just a wonderful piece of music and I wanted people to hear it.
8) “Fading Memories” – This is another track that was originally made for a This Thing Rules blog demo (for Omniverse 1 & 2). Normally I wouldn’t include those tracks on my albums, but I just thought it fit so well with everything else on An Unseen Sky and Another Sky, so I included it. It’s a really cool, chill track that works perfectly with “The Golden Road.”
9) “The Otherside” – I originally made this track for my friend, photographer Yevgeniy Zakharkin. He was making one of those cool time-lapse videos and needed some music. This is what I came up with. I always planned on also including it on An Unseen Sky, but I kind of felt that it was too long and would not work well in the play order so I decided to hold it for Another Sky. It’s a great track though. You can check out the timelapse here:
And that’s the story behind all of the bonus tracks on Another Sky. I hope you have enjoyed the album. I’m excited to get back to making more music and seeing where my next album takes me. I’ll be back with another blog post soon, detailing the Remixes on Another Sky.
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