Before I begin this post I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog whether you catch it while I am releasing posts or while I am on hiatus from it because I am in the middle of my classes for my certification at college. I know I just started college, but still, it needs to be said. It has been a…not so long journey from the time I started this blog until I managed to work on it to get it in the direction that I wanted it to go. It literally was (and still is) my exercise in positivity, or at least one aspect of it for me. There are still moments of negativity in parts of posts which has helped me weed it out a bit, get it off of my chest, and alleviate the stress that comes from it.
But it has come to the point again where I must stop because I need to keep my focus on my school activities, in an attempt to forge a career for myself, and hopefully better myself. I tend to get bummed out when I have to stop, but if I am going to keep my focus, and stick with what I am trying to do to make my own path in life then I need to give my full and utmost attention to what I have to do to achieve that goal.
From the new person who reads Words From The Heretic, to my regulars (whether you remain silent or voice your own opinions in the comments section). I feel I do not have fans of the page, but those who share a common enjoyment of the various types of things I talk/ramble on about. I think in a good way this kind of allows everyone to get along with one another without throwing rocks at one another’s heads.
I know I have overstated that I do not see my posts as reviews, just my ramblings about the things I really like in life. Which happens to be various forms of media.
I hope for anyone else who stumbles upon this blog that there is something here that you enjoy as well while sifting through the posts. If you would like to see what is going on with me while I am in college (or listen to it) you can catch my other blog; Ocular Manifestation Maelstrom (the link is in the blog roll). I usually try to post every week.
So without further ado.
Isaac Shepard – Deep Joy
I think everyone has an album that they like to listen when they are alone. Something for when they want to be isolated for whatever reason, usually something you will put on a big pair of headphones to listen to. This album is pretty much that for me, when I am in that mood where I do not want to be around others and just want to put on my big blue headphones and become enveloped in the music. Just go somewhere to sit down and listen and be alone.
The song that lead me to this album was “Gentle”. Which I was exposed to through a music game on Kongregate. After a while I gave up on the game because I was just so overwhelmed with the song. I had to find a copy of it, that itch to hear it over and over again was beginning to take effect. After doing a search for the song I found the song’s title, the album it is on, and the artist/composer. After I had the info I needed I grabbed a physical copy of the CD through Amazon (that is how bad I had to have it).
One thing I literally pride myself on in this case is not knowing anything about Isaac Shepard. I know nothing about him personally, professional, or otherwise. I just know this particular album. I do know he has other albums, but I will check them out when I have the chance. The same goes for other musicians like; George Winston, John Zorn, Kitaro, and many others. This isn’t to say I haven’t been to his website, but more on that in a minute.
The music on the album is instrumental solo piano, no other instruments or sounds. The songs mood ranges from happy to melancholy. I really love the more melancholy passages because it is the one emotion I have always had trouble conveying in my own music. I have always had a large appreciation for solo piano for some reason, especially when the songs being played convey a particular emotion/mood. The playing is phenomenal and tight, but never loses the emotion.
The music just shines, even on the more sadder/melancholy type of songs. I like how on some parts of the songs when the music is panned back and forth from left to right, not so much in a bouncing way, but gradually shifting adding a bit extra to the mood of a particular song. “Gently” does this a bit in the beginning. With the headphones (at least for me) you feel like you are sitting next to the piano as it is being played. I love the various quirks and subtleties of the songs.
I love the entire album, but my favorite tracks are “Gentle” (of course), “Struggles”, and “Triumph of Love” (this song has a really cool, flighty passage in it that I just love and cannot get enough of). I have tried numerous times to figure out how to play “Gentle”, unsuccessfully, luckily on the artist’s website I was able to download all of the sheet music for the album for free. Which is another bonus since I can read sheet music, giving me something extra to help learn how to play it.
Hopefully if you get the chance to listen to this album you will enjoy it as much as I did.