My Favorite Stuff of 2017

NOTE: This was supposed to be posted around New Years but I got super sick… I’m still getting over it actually… So here it is, a little half-assed because now that I’m finally getting through this cold, I want to move on to new things and not keep working on this old stuff haha. But here it is anyway. Enjoy!

It’s that time of year again. As I did last year, it’s time to look back at the things that kept me entertained in 2017. I sort of have enough music, TV and video-games this time to do proper lists, but I figured for the sake of consistency, I’ll do like I did last year and do my big Movies list, and then a separate overall list combining everything else. You can also check out 2016’s list for a refresher if you want, or just jump into my 2017 lists. Enjoy!

15 Things from 2017 That Kept Me Entertained (In No Particular Order)

  • Nintendo Switch – The biggest non-movie thing that happened in 2017 for me was Nintendo’s insane comeback with the Switch. Who would have thought that 30 years after the classic NES originals in the Mario and Zelda series, that Nintendo would pretty much make the new best entries? The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey are two of the best video-games I’ve ever played. Period. The Mario game is just pure non-stop fun, and the Zelda game is a revelation. If it holds up when I eventually go back to play it again one day (and keep in mind I beat it with only 19% – yes, NINETEEN percent of the game completed), I might even call it the best game ever made. On top of that we also got the crazy Mario Vs Rabbids game, a bunch of other first-party Nintendo games that I didn’t even have that much time for, and some excellent third-party games like Steamworld Dig 2 and Blaster Master. The Nintendo Switch is just weird and unique enough to be Nintendo, and is the most fun video-game system to come along in a long time.
  • Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – “The Nashville Sound” – The next album on this list, Ryan Adams’ “Prisoner” in any other year would have easily been my favorite album of the year, but Jason Isbell may have made the album of his career… Which is saying a lot when I considered his “Southeastern” album one of the best albums of the decade. The rock songs freaking rock and the sad songs are sad as hell. It’s poignant, every song is great. It’s just a perfect album and a hell of a surprise. 
  • Ryan Adams – “Prisoner” – Not so much a surprise is how great Ryan Adams’ new album is. Along with his also released collection of B-Sides, this was my most listened to album of the year, and one of my favorites of my favorite solo-artist’s career. The song “Outbound Train” may possibly be my favorite song. He rules.
  • The War On Drugs – “A Deeper Understanding” – Definitely my 3rd favorite album of the year… But to say that means I listened to it maybe a half dozen times because pretty much all I listened to were the previous two and podcasts haha. But this is a fantastic album.
  • Nine Inch Nails – “Add Violence” – I would have stuck with just listing my Top 3 but I wanted to add NIN’s new EP because first of all it’s the first NIN album in a decade that I’ve continued to listen to on occasion after the first week of release (sorry Trent), and second of all, even though I had already been considering this long before these EPs came out, my new direction of planning on releasing EPs in 2018 is at least partially influenced by NIN’s new EP direction.
  • Fargo – My favorite show of the year. I don’t get why people didn’t like Season 3 as much as previous seasons. It was FANTASTIC. All the best parts of a movie and all the best parts of this new age of Television combined. The best cast on TV. Everything about it was amazing.
  • Vice Principals – Vice Principals was such a great series. As much as I hate to see it go, I think two seasons was the perfect length for this crazy story and insane characters.
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – This show shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. I hope it’s on the air forever.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm – Finally, more Larry David. And he’s as great as ever. 
  • GLOW – Hey, Marc Maron can act good! The show was great too. Can’t wait for Season 2!
  • At Home With Amy Sedaris – It’s been too long since we’ve had a show with Amy Sedaris in the center. She is the freaking best. So funny.
  • Episodes – The Series finale of Episodes. It’s not the best show, but I love it, and it was a perfect ending. 
  • Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later – Also not the best show, but it’s still David Wain and crew being ridiculous. Such fun.
  • American Horror Story: Cult – Last year I said that the season of American Horror Story was the first one I truly liked… Who would have thought I’d like two in a row? This was definitely the best season of the show.
  • Facebook – I hate to give Facebook any credit because it’s a terrible thing and ruining all of our lives and I’m probably physically addicted… But man did I have fun on Facebook this year… Dammit…

And now on to the movies. I thought last year was a big year for movies but wow did I see a lot this year haha. It was a pretty great year too. Lots of truly amazing films. I’m not going to stop and talk about each one or anything like that, but rather list them all out, in order from Best to Worst, and then a separate list of movies that technically were 2016 movies but didn’t open in Las Vegas until 2017, and then a short list of movies from 2017 that I’ve been dying to see but aren’t open here yet.

  1. mother!
  2. War for The Planet of the Apes
  3. Ingrid Goes West
  4. Good Time
  5. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  6. The Big Sick
  7. A Ghost Story
  8. The Disaster Artist
  9. The Florida Project
  10. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  11. The Shape of Water
  12. Logan
  13. Thor: Ragnarok
  14. Last Flag Flying
  15. Alien Covenant
  16. Wind River
  17. Get Out
  18. Brigsby Bear
  19. Colossal
  20. It
  21. Lost In London
  22. Baby Driver
  23. Stronger
  24. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  25. Free Fire
  26. Wonder Woman
  27. King Arthur
  28. The Babysitter
  29. Lady Bird
  30. Power Rangers
  31. Kingsman: The Golden Circle
  32. Kong: Skull Island
  33. Logan Lucky
  34. It Comes At Night
  35. The Meyerowitz Stories
  36. Battle of the Sexes
  37. The Lego Batman Movie
  38. John Wick: Chapter 2
  39. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  40. XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
  41. Happy Death Day
  42. Split
  43. Wilson
  44. Justice League
  45. The Fate of The Furious
  46. Detroit
  47. Downsizing
  48. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
  49. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
  50. Transformers: The Last Knight
  51. Rough Night
  52. The Great Wall
  53. Snatched
  54. American Made
  55. The Glass Castle
  56. Spider Man: Homecoming
  57. Blade Runner 2049
  58. The Mummy
  59. The Hitman’s Bodyguard
  60. The House
  61. The Beguiled
  62. Ghost In The Shell
  63. Home Again
  64. Atomic Blonde
  65. American Assassin
  66. A Cure For Wellness
  67. All The Money In The World
  68. The Belko Experiment
  69. The Foreigner
  70. Valerian
  71. Annabelle: Creation
  72. Suburbicon
  73. Landline
  74. Dunkirk
  75. Life
  76. Daddy’s Home 2
  77. Fist Fight
  78. LBJ
  79. A Dog’s Purpose
  80. Roman J Israel, Esq
  81. Baywatch
  82. The Dark Tower
  83. All Eyes On Me

2016 Movies I saw: A Monster Calls, Live By Night, Silence, 20th Century Women, The Founder, Patriots Day, Jackie.

2017 Movies I didn’t get to see but I’d probably love: I, Tonya, Phantom Thread, The Post… a bunch more but I think it’s time to close up 2017 and move on! Haha.

Hope you enjoyed the listings. Here’s to a great 2017, and here comes a great 2018.

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

I’m Back from my Break

It has been a nice break, let me tell you. A few good naps… I beat The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, watched a ton of movies, hung out with friends, cleaned my house, relaxed, thought about future plans, and did all kinds of other stuff. And now, it’s time to get started on new music!

First up, I’ll be releasing the music video for “Trying Again,” which is a beautiful story created by Free Your Mind Films and director Christopher Johnson, who previously did my “Never” music video. That’s coming before the end of May.

Trying-Again-Poster

Up next will be the wide release of … Like Ashes on Bandcamp. You should have already done the simple, simple act of sharing my blog post to get a copy already, but if you didn’t… You’ve still got a little time. You can even share THIS blog post. Just make sure to tag me so I know! But soon enough, … Like Ashes will just be available for everyone as I move on to the next album.

Speaking of which… The next album. It’s a ways off. Definitely not jumping right back in after this break. I have a feature film I’ll be scoring first, and a few music compilations I’m planning on putting together. But album #4 will definitely be taking some time. Maybe next year though. We’ll see haha.

Last but not least… This Thing Rules is coming back in a major way. I already have two done. I’m trying to get four finished and then I’m going to start posting one every other week. I have 12 lined up. I’d love to get two a month done for the rest of the year to really get this blog series going again. It’s been way too long and I feel awful for taking so long on it. But life gets in the way and this break was much, much needed.

That about does it. I’m back. Time to get some stuff done. I’ll be posting a couple other blogs and the “Trying Again” music video in the next couple weeks!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

… Like Ashes is here!

After An Unseen Sky, it took me over half a year to finish the companion album Another Sky. But I’m so excited to announce that that is definitely not the case this time around. The collection of B-Sides & Remixes from Head Like Fire is now here and it’s called … Like Ashes.  You can find more info about the album itself on its album page (click the title), but this blog post is your introduction to the album, and most importantly… info on how to get it now!

Just like I did with Another Sky, there are three ways you can get your hands on … Like Ashes.

1. The first and quickest way to get it, is to buy the limited-edition CD copy of Head Like Fire from Bandcamp. (Just click the link to Bandcamp right there!) It’s $10 (plus shipping), and many of you already bought it. But if you haven’t, there’s no better time than now. And if you are one of those awesome people that already bought it, then I’ll be in touch on the official release date, Tuesday, March 14th (if you want, e-mail me, just in case I somehow forget about you).

2. Reviews really help my music get noticed, so go ahead and leave a review of Head Like Fire on the digital music store of your choice. Wherever you buy your music… iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDbaby… You can find a pretty full list of links to the stores on the Head Like Fire album page (or click on the links to the most popular stores in the previous line). Post a nice review of Head Like Fire (which I know you’ve already listened to and loved… right???), then share it on Facebook or Twitter, and then shoot me an e-mail to let me know that you did it.

3. Contests! I’m going to be running multiple contests over the next couple months for you to win downloads of Head Like Fire. As a matter of fact… Share this blog post on Facebook / Twitter and make sure to tag it with #headlikefire and I’m going to pick 3 random winners that will get an immediate download! Couldn’t be easier!

Now just like with my previous bonus tracks albums, … Like Ashes will eventually be released on Bandcamp as a FREE download for everybody, even if you didn’t buy any of my other music. However, like I’ve done in the past, that will be later down the road. Most likely towards the end of the summer. In the meantime, the ONLY WAY to get your hands on this collection of 13 new tracks is to do one of the above 3 options. This album has 8 awesome new songs and 5 amazing remixes from some really talented musicians (I’ll be posting a blog soon detailing all of them). So you’re going to want to hear this!

The remixes are by Mt/Mz (http://www.facebook.com/mtmzmusic), Adrian Star (http://www.adrianstar.com), DJ Day Won (http://soundcloud.com/djdaywon), and Mike Kelleher (http://www.composermike.com). I’ll be writing in more detail about all of them in the future blog posts.

Now that … Like Ashes will begin to be available, I will be taking a little bit of a break from making new music while I recharge a little bit (in the past 4 months or so I’ll have released two albums, a single, multiple music videos, and scored half a dozen films!)… But there is plenty more coming soon including promotional events for the “Constellations 360” VR Music Video, new music videos for “Trying Again” and “Artificial” and a lot, lot more. Thanks for listening!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

What’s Next For Me?

Now that Head Like Fire is out… what’s next for me? Well I’ll tell you (in no particular order because really, who knows)…

  1. ... Like Ashes – My upcoming free bonus album will be called … Like Ashes and like Further Into The Dark and Another Sky before it will feature bonus tracks that were cut from Head Like Fire and remixes of songs from that album done by some of my musician friends. The remixes are truly remarkable, and the 8 bonus tracks are in some of my favorite tracks I’ve made. Quite honestly, I’m surprised this thing came out so good haha. I’m just putting the finishing touches on it now and will post a blog with the album cover and track list next week and aim to release the album in March for people who bought Head Like Fire, and then a couple months later for everyone else… So go buy Head Like Fire! It’s available on Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and everywhere else.
  2. This Thing Rules – I am so behind on the blog series and I feel terrible about it. But I’m going to get back on track and get a lot of new reviews out in 2017. I should have one before the end of Februray done and then I plan on knocking out all the other ones that I’ve been putting on hold so that I have at least one a month for the rest of the year (if possible two a month). I promise to get this back up and running.
  3. Computer Cleanup –  I started this over the Holidays and so far so good, but there’s still more to do. This has been an on-going project for me for years now, and I really feel with the insane amount of music and projects I’ve worked on, it’s time for me to really get everything organized properly.
  4. A new reel. Another thing I’ve been putting off for far too long. I have a lot of great clips to show… But I just keep putting off cutting them together into a new reel of my work. I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of March.
  5. Some new comedy-rap – Yeah, I don’t talk about that stuff on this site very often, but I’ve been feeling the itch for a while now, and quite frankly, I need a little break from all the serious music haha. I have two comedy-rap projects I hope to complete in 2017. And another for 2018. And one for 2019. Maybe by 2020 it will finally be out of my system haha.
  6. A series of EPs featuring unreleased music –  Some of them are songs that could have ended up on my albums but were never quite finished. Some are tracks from my music libraries or films I’ve worked on. And other little unreleased bits and pieces. I’m aiming to release 4 10-song albums like this. When? I’m not sure. But this is something I’ll be working on preparing ahead of time so that I’ll have a lot of new content in the next couple years.
  7. Two concept albums – These will probably happen before my 4th regular album. I’m not going to reveal the details yet, but these are very specific ideas I have that will be a lot of work but I think will be really cool and really worth it. They essentially have their specific requirements and limitations that will keep the music within a certain theme, and I know exactly how I want them to come together. It’s just a matter of doing it.
  8. Album #4 – Yes Head Like Fire just came out, but I already know the name and the general direction I want to go with the music. But I have no idea when it will happen. Probably in a couple years. But the wheels are turning. It might happen before the concept albums and the EPs… It might be after. But I know where I want my music to go, and it’s going to be awesome.
  9. More Music Videos – In February I will be releasing “Constellations VR” which is my 2nd 360 VR Music Video. It was created by NewLine Videography and is absolutely awesome (the image at the top of this post is a screen shot). I started showing off a demo at events here in Las Vegas recently and the reaction has ranged from “WOAH!” to “I want to LIVE in this thing!” Haha. It is really cool and is the first of 3 videos I have planned with this company. I also have videos coming in the next few months from different film directors I have worked with in the past. More news about those will follow soon.
  10. More Film Festivals! – On Tuesday, February 7th, the DAM Short Film Festival will be showing my new video “Back Into The Dark” during their music video showcase. This will hopefully be the first of many film festival screenings I’ll be attending this year for “Back Into The Dark,” “Butterfly” and my other upcoming music videos. I recently had screenings that I unfortuntaely couldn’t attend at the Apex Short Film Festival in Tuscon for “Butterfly,” and the Slumberjack Film Festival in England for “Dreams Like These.”
  11. More films! – I’m always working on more films. As a matter of fact, one of them, “Heidi” will be out on VOD & DVD soon and the director just cut a music video to the closing track “Playtime.” You can check it out below, and the film itself, which is a feature length found footage scary doll movie, will be out soon. I’ll also be releasing “Playtime” as a digital single on iTunes soon! Speaking of scary dolls… I also scored another scary doll movie (what are the odds?) called “Daisy” which will be coming out online later this month.

Obviously I have a really full plate ahead of me. Which is why I also wanted to take this moment to let those that are reading know, I’ll also be a little quieter than usual on social media. I’ve obviously got some things coming out that I’ll be promoting, but generally speaking, I am about to embark on a bit of a break from the tiny, tiny spotlight so that I can focus on all of this stuff behind the scenes, as well as working on stuff in my life outside of music. All is going great, but I definitely need to take some time after an absolute whirlwind of a time finishing, releasing and promoting Head Like Fire. But I’ve got a ton of stuff coming soon as you can see, so you’ll be hearing from me plenty.

Thanks as always for listening and supporting what I do.

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

My Favorite Stuff of 2016

It’s that time of year again. “Best of lists” here we go! Actually this year I kind of got lazy and just did 2 lists… One is a list of every theatrically released movie I saw, in order from best to worst. And two is a list of other stuff I loved that came out this year from every area of entertainment. Let start with #2

15 Things From 2016 That Kept Me Entertained (In no particular order)

  • The Raveonettes Anti-Album – Technically this album comes out in 2017, but every month of 2016 The Raveonettes released a new song, for the eventual album release in January 2017. It was a fun, exciting way to keep putting out new music, and it just so happens to be some of the best songs of their career as far as I’m concerned.
  • Butch Walker – Stay Gold – I’ve loved Butch Walker since the days I used to work at Sony Music and this is probably his best release in almost 10 years. He rules and this album rules.
  • Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Apparently I like country now. I blame Ryan Adams and Jason Isbell, but Sturgill Simpson is the most country album I’ve probably ever listened to and I love it.
  • Inside – One of the most mind-blowing video-games ever made. It’s really no surprise since it’s the follow-up (sort of sequel but not really) to Limbo which is easily one of my Top 10 favorite video-games ever made. This game is insane and beautiful and haunting and I’ve been dying to play it for my 3rd time already…
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – The conclusion to the Uncharted series. It was a perfect ending. One of the best games in the series, and they really managed to tie it up perfectly. No game tells a story like Uncharted and this finale did not disappoint. Now lets hope they make more.
  • Horace & Pete – Louis CK’s gamble of a TV series that was produced with his own money and released only on his own website. It is one-of-a-kind, hilarious and heartbreaking, and one of the best things I saw all year. Leave it to Louis to try something completely new and unlike anything else I’ve ever seen.
  • Silicon Valley – A great new season to one of the best shows on TV.
  • Ash Vs Evil Dead – Another of my favorite TV shows got a great new season as well. The season finale was a little bit of a let down, but I can’t wait to see where it goes in Season 3.
  • Vice Principals – A new show from Danny McBride and Jody Hill. It started off… different and not quite what I was expecting. But then it got weirder and weirder and darker and darker and it’s just amazing. I can’t wait for the next season.
  • Stranger Things – Honestly I’m a little burned out from Stranger Things-mania, but it really was a fun, exciting show. And the score definitely influences some of the synthier moments on my new album Head Like Fire.
  • The People VS OJ Simpson – Who would have thought this mini-series would be so perfect and so compelling? Great performances and an insane amount of tension considered we all knew what would happen. This was a huge surprise and I loved it.
  • American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare – I don’t know that I ever truly liked American Horror Story. From the first season I’ve done nothing but complain about it, and I downright hated a few of the seasons. But this was definitely my favorite one and a really fun, inventive story made it one of the best TV moments of the year.
  • The Night Of – Awesome show. I kind of hope it doesn’t come back though. It’s perfect as is. I think it is coming back. Ah, whatever. Great show.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – I love this show. I love everything about it. And I loved the new season.
  • The Election – I don’t know if you heard, but there was a presidential election this year. My guy lost in the primaries. A con-artist won the whole thing. It was a major shit-show. But hey, I like to laugh and it was non-stop gold. Lets hope these next 4 years foster some great music and movies haha. And who knows… Maybe he won’t be so bad. Maybe…

And now, on to the movies. For me, movies are my year, and this was a pretty big year for movies for me. I saw a lot of them. And I managed to list them all out (not counting made-for-TV/Video movies or older movies that I saw for the first time). In order of how much I liked them. Here’s the list with no added descriptions or anything because it’s time to go make some New Years Eve snacks. Enjoy, and don’t tell me it was a bad year for movies! Every year is a great year for movies!

  1. Swiss Army Man
  2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  3. The Nice Guys
  4. Anomalisa (Technically a 2015 Movie that didn’t open until 2016 here)
  5. Nocturnal Animals
  6. The Jungle Book
  7. Manchester By The Sea
  8. The Lobster
  9. Hacksaw Ridge
  10. La La Land
  11. The Neon Demon (saw At home)
  12. Moonlight
  13. Sausage Party
  14. Deadpool
  15. Hail, Caesar!
  16. Miss Sloane
  17. Fences
  18. American Honey
  19. Green Room
  20. Midnight Special
  21. Lion
  22. The Accountant
  23. Loving
  24. Don’t Breathe
  25. Don’t Think Twice
  26. Ghostbusters
  27. Bloodfather
  28. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
  29. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (saw at home)
  30. Neighbors 2 (Saw at home)
  31. Allied
  32. Passengers
  33. Sully
  34. The Witch
  35. The Brothers Grimsby
  36. Captain America: Civil War
  37. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  38. The Girl on the Train
  39. Arrival
  40. Bridget Jones Baby (saw at home)
  41. Doctor Strange
  42. Hell or High Water
  43. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
  44. TMNT: Out of the Shadows
  45. Bleed For This
  46. Demolition
  47. The Conjuring 2
  48. Zoolander 2
  49. Yoga Hosers (saw at home)
  50. Everybody Wants Some
  51. Independence Day: Resurgence
  52. The Birth of a Nation
  53. War Dogs (saw at home)
  54. Mojin
  55. Gods of Egypt (saw at home)
  56. Suicide Squad
  57. The Magnificent Seven
  58. The Legend of Tarzan
  59. Ben Hur

Movies I didn’t get to see that I plan on seeing ASAP: The Monster, Kubo, Jackie, Silence, The Founder… And I’m sure a ton more haha.

See you all next year!

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Head Like Fire – My New Album

Head Like Fire

After months of teases I am so proud to finally announce my new album, Head Like Fire.

 

It’s been both a long time coming, but also surprisingly not that long… seeing as how my last album, An Unseen Sky came out in April of 2015. I didn’t expect to release another album until 2017, but when it’s time it’s time!

As is the tradition, this album contains 16 songs (and yes there will be another FREE collection of bonus tracks and remixes coming later). Here is the track-list:

  1. Impossible
  2. Angel
  3. Made Of Stone
  4. Under The Dust
  5. Trying Again
  6. Devil
  7. Constellations
  8. Artificial
  9. Head On Fire
  10. Butterfly
  11. Burnout
  12. Out Of Everything
  13. Negative
  14. Free Fall
  15. Only In Dreams
  16. Back Into The Dark

You’ve no doubt already heard “Butterfly” in the music video which as of the time of this writing has had over 4500 plays! You may have also checked out “Burnout” on my Soundcloud page or heard “Devil” when it was premiered on the New Music Inferno radio show, but otherwise, these are all brand new songs that only me and my girlfriend have heard. And speaking of my girlfriend, how about this AMAZING album cover that she made for me?! She shot the photo (as she does all of my photos) did all the effects, and then I jumped in and did a little bit of extra stuff to it to finish it up. So cool! Make sure to check out her website at http://www.ginamizzoni.com

The album title Head Like Fire comes from the idea of me having all these ideas and directions I could go with my music after Echoes In The Dark and An Unseen Sky, and they were all fighting to get out of my head. I considered going all industrial at one point… All ambient… Making something very 80s sounding… Doing a film-score like concept album… There were many ideas, but in the end, I decided to go with my favorite option… Throw them all together and see what happens! I’m so proud of the final result and truly believe this is my best album yet.

The pre-order will go live within the next couple of weeks and I’m currently planning on 12/06/2016 as being the release date. I might end up releasing it sooner since, hey, it’s not like I have a record label telling me what to do! But I definitely want to take my time making sure the album is totally done. I also have another public domain footage-based music video coming soon, as well as TWO videos from Christopher Johnson who made my “Never” music video. I’ve also been talking with a couple of other directors about doing more music videos, so believe me when I say that it’s going to be a busy 2017. I can’t wait for you all to hear Head Like Fire.

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on the ABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

Working Hard…

Today’s blog is just going to be a quick little update to let you all know how things are going with all the projects I’ve been working on.

Yes, I’ve fallen a little behind on the to-do list, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I’ve fallen behind on making music.

Nope, during this little bit of radio silence from me, I’ve been working hard on a number of things. Most importantly, album #3 is  WAY past the 50% finished mark. It’s currently sitting at 23 started tracks, 14 of which I’m almost certain will make the album. That leaves two more perfect tracks that need to somehow materialize before I start focusing in on going back and finishing each song to get the album done (16 songs is sort of a tradition for my main albums and will continue to be). Expect to see a lot of news about the third album, and hopefully some more tastes of it too over the coming months… If you haven’t already listened to “Burnout,” the first track I’ve released from the album, check it out on my Soundcloud page.

Along with album work, I also did music for a few projects and have been finally actively engaging with music libraries, which are one of the better ways to make a living in this business, although something I’ve been putting on the back burner for far too long. Thanks to that work you should be hearing some of my music in some TV shows soon. Hopefully some of them I can let you know about ahead of time. But regardless, that stuff is happening.

I also am seriously backlogged with This Thing Rules reviews. I have demos made for two of them right now (so I just need to write the actual review), but I have four more to do after that. I definitely plan on finishing all six by the end of the year. I have big plans for This Thing Rules and am working to grow it for 2017 and start taking on bigger software and putting more into these reviews. The feedback on them has been great and useful and I want to make sure everyone knows that I am listening… and I want to make sure that YOU are all listening.

I’m also in the planning stages of some EPs that will end up being little collections of even more music that will get released in between albums. I’m not going to go into detail on those right now, but it should be a cool series and allow me to release a lot more music for all of you. I’m currently debating releasing the first one before or after the next album. We’ll see what happens…

Lastly, I’ve been writing some music video ideas for songs from the next album that hopefully can be turned into reality. I have a few already  that I’ve been discussing with some of my collaborators and we’ll see… There could be some really cool videos coming soon. Fingers crossed.

That’s it for now. Thanks for hanging in there. Thanks for listening. If you haven’t already, you can check out all the This Thing Rules reviews and listen to the music demos I include in each one at the This Thing Rules Archives. I’ll be back really soon with my review of The Riser from Air Music Tech. Now it’s time to get back to working hard.

– David

David Rosen is an award-winning music composer. He composes original music for films, commercials, jingles, video-games and all other kinds of media projects. He has a vast music library of original tracks available for licensing and is also available for custom compositions. Contact him on theABOUT page for pricing and availability for your next project.

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