FREE DOWNLOAD: Collective Soul "Shine" Cover, And We Moved Again.
Hey guys, C & Z here. We've been meaning to release this song since January, but hey-- we moved, things changed, life's been busy, but good, but busy, and this song had to wait three more months ever so patiently.
Back at Christmas, Colton and I decided to cover a Collective Soul song called, "Shine" for my dad, as he had said earlier on in the year that it was his favorite song. So, we did, and we recorded it, and mixed it and composed and all that fun stuff, in order to get it to him by Christmas time.
Holy cow. He loved it. So much. I don't think I can emphasize that enough-- but he darn did, and we were so glad about it. Hopefully, you'll be able to share in his joy, too, at listening to it.
As far as the illustrations for the cover design above-- if you look at the original Collective Soul album "Shine" was on, you might see the hints and silly things we threw in.
And moving! So, back in January, we were also offered some jobs up at Hume Lake Christian Camps, and we couldn't say no. They were not only too fantastic, but we had friends already doing life there, and duh-- the mountains and forests and lake. So February 23rd, we moved, Colton and me. It's been, again, more adapting and new life-ing, but it's been really fun and fantastic-- and yes, music is definitely still happening, as we drive back every weekend to practice with the band for a conference in June (15 songs, ya'll), and I am finishing up a song I've been working on since November (along with that album I keep taunting about-- it's taking me forever, guys. I have too many things I like to do, and so my time gets split up between them all. Did I mention I was writing a book, too? Yeah. I'm writing a book, too. Please don't hate me). Writing new songs with the band, and with Colton, and with a few of our new friends up at Hume (as there's a plethora of musicians hanging out up here).
So that's where we're at now, and what we're doing. We're enjoying it. And yes, new music. It's happening. Sometimes. At really slow lengths. But it is happening.
Another day another year. As you look over the last year and reflect over what you did and where you've come; do you ask yourself were you who you wanted to be? Are you pretending to be something you're not? Are you letting things go on in your life that, because it is painful, you sweep under the rug? Let's make this year a year of change. Let's make it a year of healing in our relationships. Let's face our struggles. Let's stop pretending that we have it all together. Let's be the person that we've always wanted to be. The only way for that to happen is through a life humbly submitted to Jesus Christ. He is our only hope for restoration in our broken lives, relationships, and messy minds. Stop Pretending He isn't there. Turn your life around to Christ and be healed. There is hope. Happy New Year friends.
Howdy, folks, Z here. Happy November, winter, and all the awesome holidays that occur this time of year from C & Z and band-family! So, as it is, we've been here in Cali almost three months, and have been able to work on the musical stuff a lot, which has been awesome. Not any touring or shows planned out quite yet (though we are getting some Christmas show requests coming in), but it has meant a bit of songwriting, recording, composing, and sharing has been going on.
(Here's our goofy faces in Oregon, visiting fam and friends and adventuring the "rainy English autumn countryside".)
With that said, above here is the EP we've been mentioning since May: this is an album based off of some people in our lives who have encouraged and supported us along the way with music (though it's not even a fraction of all of you who have been supportive towards us; oh no, we are fully aware how much you have done for us, cared about us, encouraged us, prayed for us, etc., and we gratefully, joyfully hope to repay you with more songs and music and other artsy things for you to enjoy). It contains favorite covers of theirs, and a few adventurings of our own originals, as we dallied with writing songs exclusively FOR people (and with ourselves also learning the ropes of composing, recording, mixing and engineering on our owns, to further our creativity).
So, with that said, our current main plans still revolve around work and settling in, but nonetheless, Colton's been songwriting, mixing, and learning trumpet, and I've been composing/songwriting new music, recording my own full album (halfway through!), sharing art (if you're interested, it's on my own Facebook currently under albums), and writing a book. Annnd, of course, the performers in us are starting to itch for a few shows and touring-- but, one thing at a time, we remind ourselves.
For those we made this music for: Heritage-- for my grandma Bonnie My Sister and Me-- for Stevie Schrag (Colton's sister) Mummer's Dance-- for my dad I Wonder As I Wander-- for my mom Drops of Jupiter-- for our friend, Dominick Farone