Music

Major Arcana – An Album

After putting it off for a while I’ve finally decided to attempt writing a full album. I’ve decided it’s going to be made up of 8-10 tracks which will be demo-recorded and written at home, then mixed and mastered at college.

I’m aiming for kind of an emo/pop punk vibe mainly but with some less generic things added, taking influence from metal and djent genres for a couple of the heavier tracks. I might try and wiggle in some electronic and synthesised elements here and there but I highly doubt it would work unless I combined it with metal to make metal-core.

I decided to call the album major Arcana because I’m using the 22 major arcana cards in my deck of tarot cards to come up with lyrical ideas. At present I’m debating to either randomise the cards or think through the combinations, there are 22 major Arcana cards, if I wanted to use them all then I could either do,

  • 11 tracks (2 cards each)
  • 6 tracks (4 each)

This doesn’t sound practical at all so I’m probably going to use elements and meanings of each card somewhere in a track but perhaps some less pronounced than others, for example I could use the High Priestess Card for the most part of a song but use The Fool for lyrical ideas for a middle 8 of the song.

Why Tarot? I hear you not asking. Well, Tarot cards are described on www.thoughtco.com as the following;

Tarot cards are one of many forms of divination. They are commonly used to measure potential outcomes and evaluate influences surrounding a person, an event, or both.

With that being said, each and every Tarot card has a meaning, symbolism or a story you could possibly come up with regarding the graphic used. Here is an example;

Magician Tarot Card Meanings tarot card meaning

Card I (02/72) The Magician

The Magician is associated with the planet, Mercury and carries with it skill, logic, and intellect. The number of the Magician is one, the number of beginnings. The Magician is the bridge between the world of the spirit and the world of humanity.From biddytarot.com

A person can read as many books as they want about tarot, but the cards are mere tools for us to use as people. The true “magic” comes from us, the people who use them. You can assign your own meanings to tarot cards (within reason), as many people have different perspectives and outlooks on the symbolism used. The black cat sat under the queen of wands could mean bad luck looming to one person, or the taming of a persons misfortune to another. This makes the deck more personal and gives it a personal connection to the reader.

There is a remaining 50 cards left for the minor arcana section (72 cards total), and I will probably use them to generate lyrical meanings and ideas in the future, but for now I plan on keeping it simple and use the 22 most important cards in the Rider Waite Tarot Deck.

I’ll be sure to keep you guys up to date on what I do! I’ll probably post some samples and previews on here if I’m able to! I’m aiming to get this released next year so I’m pretty excited about this whole experience.

As always I hope you’re all well and I’ll see you guys later! x

~James

A blast with the past.

So my old school had a summer fair the other day, a great opportunity to meet the staff I knew and see some old friends. Before going I learned that my old band was performing as part of it. So I put my favourite guitar luck in my pocket just in case.
Like musical candy from the back of a nicely decorated white van, I gave in and asked if I could play with them again. At the risk of extending the metaphor beyond funny they were more than welcoming to invite me back in again.

I did have some videos but the sound quality from my girlfriends iPhone 4s was unable to encapsulate the sheer levels of tenacity being thrown out of our amps.*

*-that just sounds like I’m bigging up a shit band, we’re not bad I promise.

After a rather disappointing bus driver drove past me and my girlfriend we walked back to my school to ask if my old music tech teacher could give us a lift because he was heading that way. My old school is I’m the country side so busses are very few and far between, this was the latest bus I could take where I could take the next bus back to my house, so it goes without saying that this bus driver did make me particularly pissed off until the lift to town was sorted.

The car journey went inconveniently quickly, I had nowhere near enough time to catch up with probably one of the most inspirational People in my life. Without him I wouldn’t have ever considered music. It was essentially just talking about music, reminiscing about the past and discussing how my girlfriend’s cousin named her baby Kal-El after superman’s Kryptonian birth name. Which is just plain awesome there’s no pompous overblown analogy or metaphor to describe it.

Tomorrow I’m helping clear up an art exhibition and going for a drink with some friends after so I just bid you all goodnight for now and I hope you all are doing well for yourselves. 

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Music Creates

As musicians we have a duty to entertain, reach out and touch the people who hear us, to create a euphoric escape or make a house into a home.

We listen to notes carefully, mindfully picking notes with delicacy like sacred fruit from a musical tree.

But more often than not its the music that creates, not us. We are but messengers who convey the sounds that enter the canals that lead to your heart. Nothing more than the ones who write the words on paper for a letter you recieve.

But this is better than a letter, letters are plain and simple, you know what they mean and there’s nothing more to them, not music.

Music is open to interpretation, music can mean one thing to one person and another to the next.

Music creates escape, music creates goodness as well as evil. Music creates idols whom we worship with each listen, it creates a door which opens up into worlds we’d never dream of.

We might make the music, but the music makes you.

James Thomas

Musical Journal #1 Schwarzer Frietag

These are a new thing I’m doing mainly to help cope with my crippling anxiety and introverted personality, haha.
Basically I do a lot of songs in my spare time, just little tunes really, but I like putting them on the internet to  share my passion with a total 28 people on my Musical Channel, and the 218 on my main YouTube Channel.

This song is a lo-fi Bauhaus-inspired piano, bass and drum tune, I was watching one of my favourite YouTubers “It’s Black Friday” when I had this idea, so the name is Black Friday in German, the most Gothic language I could think of, haha.

These will get more serious and deeply emotional in time, and I don’t care if people hate me for it, this is how I want to cope with life, and it’s already working for me. I love you all,

Goodbye for now ❤

~ James

My Chemical Romance MCRX Theories Solved

American Alternative rock band My Chemical Romance have crushed all the possible theories about yesterdays suggestive and empty gesture of a video yesterday, for those who have not seen it, it is below.

Their most famous and recognisable song “Welcome to the Black Parade” is playing, with a date at the end, the fans also found that;

  1. The site was heavily modified and updated
  2. The post about breaking up had ‘dissapeared’
  3. The title of the site was altered to MCRX
  4. Their last song being titled “Fake your Death”

Most fans found more, but yet didn’t make the list.

Now those are the facts, now for the hard letdown and my personal opinion to follow.

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I feel personally betrayed by my Favourite band, as they are well-aware that practically every fan on Earth  wants a reunion, they knew people would think that, they did it that way to attract attention. Most people are reacting negatively to this as well.

I can see myself losing faith in the band as people very easily now, because they KNOW what people would think, why would they purposely get everyone’s hopes up for a reunion and then make it all come crashing down, it’s not right.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy there is going to be ‘something’ made, but why can’t they say that without getting the 200,000 likers and 180,000 retweeters as excited as they did knowing people would get massively enthusiastic for a reunion, for them to just make them feel betrayed. Especially a band with such an emotional connection by fans to the deep lyrics, this band has saved lives, from even the worst of times for thousands of teenagers, and now some are even seen questioning their own lives worth because of this. I’ve already seen people wanting to physically hurt themselves, not from weakness, it’s because this band has a reputation amongst the ’emo-subculture’ for stopping people committing suicide. Fans got extremely upset when they broke up, and for some the feeling of this is much much worse.

I know there was no evidence of a tour, or reunion, but I think they knew this video would definitely suggest a variety of similar things, it’s not something you do by accident and then say “oh we didn’t mean to make it look like that”. Don’t get me wrong, I love their music, it inspires me in my own and is an emotional release, but I think I’ve lost some respect for the members for doing this.

I apologise for the rant, but it’s a creative release.

Stay Strong,
~James Cobalt

A song for the EU Referendum

With the EU referendum coming up on the 23rd of June, the stakes seem to be getting higher, and the tension continues to rise, so it’s nice to know some people are able to take this lightly.

One of the school staff and his band wrote this, would you guys check it out for me?

And share around if possible,

Have a great day!
~James

New Song! Rolling Stones!

So this is my new cover song that I’ve been working on, it’s Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones!

I have the schools music software, at home now! so I worked on this all weekend, I hope you guys like it! I’ aware the end part is funny, but the whole point of the high voice was to make people smile a bit, that’s why I did the same as Mick Jagger did 🙂

Sympathy For the Devil

So today I’ve been in the studio all morning doing a little cover of the Rolling Stones Classic: Sympathy for the Devil, this has been a load of fun messing around with VST guitar sounds. For those of you unfamiliar with VST, it stands for Virtual Studio Technology, and in simple terms, it’s a computer generated instrument, which usually sounds terrible until you add some effects and make it sound nicer.

I’ll most likely give you all the link to this afterwards, and put it up here, because I feel as if it’s gone quite well!
I hope you’re all doing well on this beautiful sunny day, let me know what you’re all doing in the comments if you like! ❤

~James

Why Music?

Why music?
Because it’s the one thing that all of us as human beings can feel in some way shape or form, it brings us together, it helps us meet new people and express ourselves to help us find who we really are.
I can honestly say without music my life would have probably ended a long time ag oit it weren’t for the bands I listen to and the music I made. Much of the music I make doesn’t go online because I make it for therapy and stress relief, to lighten a bad day or just to keep a good mood going.

If I’ve fallen out with a friend, go make some music.

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Never let them silence you

On the way to school? Listen to an album on my phone.
Want to get an annoying chore like washing the car done in what feels like less time?
Ear phones in, world noise out.

Music is constantly evolving and changing, and I can honestly say there are so many genres and subgenres, it gets pretty mindbending. New Genres come out all the time, and some are pretty weird, and that is a good thing, to never stick to the mainstream and be YOU, because if they don’t like you, then others will, the world was made to be lived upon, and enjoyed. Weird is just a stupid persons way of critisizing what they don’t understand about you, and you don’t need to explain it to them, be YOU, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Each and every one of you are special, and the music you listen to often says more than your mouth ever can.

So that is why.

Stay Strong,
Stay Awesome,
and most importantly Stay YOU.

~James Cobalt