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.
Heritage EP Release, November 2015
(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
We hope you enjoy this little EP!
New State, and Some New Music
Well, here we are—it’s been exactly a month since we arrived into our new house and new life in California. So far, it’s been really exciting and adventurous: we love our new house, our new neighborhood, and the town (it’s a quirky lil’ thing—quite lovable). At this point, we’re pretty much all settled in. It’s been fun all living together again (whole band fam, back in biz!), and while we’ve been here, we’ve already been working on quite a bit of music stuff. Not so much in shows currently—not till we are a little more settled, but definitely in recording, composing and songwriting.
This batch of songs were some of the ones from earlier this year, and a few new ones thrown in there from over the summer (but weren’t released till after some birthdays happened). The whole of the EP was written for some of those people in our lives who have affected us and affected our music, so we thought we’d return some of the encouragement they’ve shown us with a few songs (which feels like nothing in comparison to all they’ve given us).
Hope you enjoy! :)
We Are Moving!!!
It's official: the band-fam is moving to California. So we thought we'd answer a few questions that have been asked.
-Why are we moving?: The manly men in the band (Colton, Darren, Dustin, and Colton/Dustin's dad, Steve) were all offered jobs out in California back in January that required a bit of training and schooling, but in the end would be the kind of job that would help our whole family/band to better accomplish the goals and future that it's working towards.
-What's the job?: It's called Corrosion Inspection. Basically, they will be inspecting coatings of metal, steel, concrete, etc., to analyze what needs to happen with it as far as painting and coating goes. It's kind of an obscure job. They say it feels "science-ey", which they're pleased with.
-How long will we be there for?: This current job in Cali is a 1-2 year job.
-What's music going to look like?: Hopefully, it's going to look really prolific! This job is of the kind that, once the guys get settled into it, the job will give us the ability to make our own schedules, tour together with all our family (without having to worry about the funds part too much), and make better merch to sell. Once we get to Cali, we will set up our studio there again, and get back to working on new music. Colton's been eating away at finishing the album we started last year, and Zara has a couple songs to release once there, along with finishing her practicing on the recording/engineering/mastering stuff. They also have been talking a lot about starting from scratch with newer songs together, going for some different types of music (mua ha ha ha), and playing a LOT more shows (they're missing the performing a ton). Also hoping to possibly work with a few other bands out there in California.
-Other plans and goals?: Colton and Zara are hoping and planning on starting the child adoption process once they arrive there. As mentioned above-- touring. Hoping to get back to touring, and making cool merch for you, and new music and maybe some more music videos.
We're sad to leave our hometown of Independence, KS, but are hoping we'll be back soon, and get to be with all our fantastic family and friends here. They've been beyond amazing, and life is so sweet and wonderful because of them.
Christmas Tour, Baby Celebration, Holiday Break, New Projects!
Photos courtesy of Luke Dewitt of pop rock band Of Course Not at the Salvage Yard in Joplin, MO, for the Acoustic Midwest Christmas Tour.
Only one more Christmas show is left for Murmuration, and then they are taking a break to celebrate the arrival of Stevie and Darren's son, Hadden, along with spending time with family and friends for the holidays.
They are currently also working on projects to be announced very soon!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
From Murmuration and Of Course Not