Teach4Endurance musical tracks are compositions that come to mind when the guitar is in hand and inspiration strikes. Often these songs are inspired by my podcast episodes. From a musical standpoint, they are instrumental, often ambient, but can (and will) at times go to my hard rocking side with some epic power riffs!
The order is in their creation, including album releases. Hopefully, you'll notice growth in the compositions as they go from 01 - (latest release)! I mean, try listening to "Love Me Do," by the Beatles; then go listen to "Strawberry Fields." You get the idea. Early tracks are simple and green; but boy do my compositions grow starting at about Number 20.
This simple track is called "Waves." Just a little strumming with three layered guitar tracks, with the capo set to the 2nd fret. The chord structure is simplistic with G - C - F - A7.
Part of my Water Secrets collection, this little jam is called "Currents." Key structure simple enough with A - D - Dmaj7 with a few simple licks added for good measure.
Part of my Water Secrets EP Demo release, "Riptide" is one the heavier tracks. Basic chord structure, but with some heft to it.
"Cascade" was the last track to be added to my Water Secrets EP Demo release. A cascade is a powerful flow, which is how this song feels to me. It builds up a current (if you will) and then unleashes in the chorus, only to recede back to its mellow verse structure.
"Propaganda" is a track I wrote which is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "Overstimulation Theory." It's slower and darker than most of my tracks (so far); but its inspiration came from a darker place. This song is also the first track on my first full album release, Requiem.
"Reach" is the intro/exit track to my podcast episode "My Life. My Destiny. My Choice. Thanks." It's also on my first album release, Requiem. I call it "Reach" as the singular note at the end sustains as it's deciding which journey to take next. Also, when I wrote it, I was thinking of how all of us are searching for something. The key is finding out what it is exactly.
This track is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "Changes." The title "Balance" alludes to the key structure here. I was inspired while listening to "Strawberry Fields" by the Beatles. What I love about this particular song is how John Lennon purposely is somewhat out of tune. The key change is subtle, but it's there. I did the same thing here with "Balance" as there is a portion where I purposely went "off balance" within the song's construct . . . cause why not:)
"Echoes" has kind of an ethereal feel to it (along with rock n' roll schematics. Very chill alternative rock track, in my opinion:)
This track is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "Time Is Never On My Side." The title "Footsteps" came from the bass line. When I listen to the playback (the dum dum dum dum), it sounds like something is coming right up behind me . . . hence, footsteps!
This track is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "Don't Forget You." The title "Tunnels" came to me when listening to the playback. The ambience and reverb remind me of a video game I played (which I feel is about the afterlife) called Journey, by ThatGameCompany. The tunnels referring to the transfer portal from here to there . . . wherever "there" happens to be.
"Stardust" is the intro/exit track to my podcast episode "Silver Brick Road." The track title came from the ending with the backing guitar scale run. It reminds me of a star making its way to earth. Not sure why, but it does:)
This song is the intro/exit track to my podcast episode "Throttled." The title "Victorious" comes from the power chord that comes out of nowhere towards the end of the song; it feels like you've just crossed whatever finish line you've been striving for.
Let It Ring
This track is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "What If?" The inspiration came from a book I was reading with my students at the time titled Fever 1793; which is set in Philadelphia (which has the Liberty Bell). That got me thinking about 'freedom' as Elton John has a phenomenal song titled "Philadelphia Freedom"! See how my mind works:) Well, there ya' go!
This track is the intro/exit to my podcast "No Return to Syndication." This is a far darker track than most of my stuff. I was channeling my inner Soundgarden and Tool for "Dirt." I'm not nearly as good, but I can channel them just the same:)
This simple track is the intro/exit to my podcast episode "Secrets." When I put it together, I was inspired by the simplicity, yet pure angst in Soundgarden's version of "In My Time of Dying." Quite the juxtaposition considering I've tilted it "Whisper." I guess whispers can be quite powerful, as well!
To the Wire
This track was built and layered on a simple chord progression. But if listened to closely, you'll hear multi-guitar tracks (along with a flute of all things) blended in. "To the Wire" alludes to taking things as far as need be to accomplish whatever dream(s) you may be striving for.
"Willow Breeze" was a laid back night, laying down a laid back track. Some delay overdubs along with a sitar effect of all things create a pretty chill track in my opinion.
Belief In Some
I wrote this little rocker after being tired of watching all the horse poop on the news. We've gotten to a point where it's hard to believe in anyone. But . . . there are a few that I truly believe in. Who? That's my business:) Trust me . . . they've earned that belief and trust. From a musical standpoint, check out the "smart strings" as a backing layer. It fills out the groove nicely.
Far From Home
"Far From Home" is an ambient little track with flowing guitar tracks and gentle strings laying backbone. Honestly, this is one of my favorites even though it's truly a simple A/D/Bm7 structure.
I wrote this song for my wife for Valentines Day. She'll understand the meaning. "Complete" means just that. Being together; being whole. Just simply being.
"Restless Destination" was inspired about how as a species we seem to like running ourselves ragged . . . and for what? Where do we think we're actually getting to by tearing ourselves slowly apart by rushing everywhere. This bleak observation is matched by a heavy Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor aspirations here. Note I said aspirations:)
This is an interesting one that follows the basic line patterning of an A chord. However, during the bridge portions the A makes an entire run down to an E. I'm also proud of the choir addition. Gives it an airy feeling . . . so breathe it in!
Celestial is another of my mind-warping compositions. Set in the key of C major, it certainly takes you for an ethereal sort of ride. By coincidence, the intro bars sound similar to "Hey You" by Pink Floyd. Did not intend that, but I can certainly hear it. Apparently they've made a mark on my life:)
"Neverland" is a creation I'm proud of. Slowly but surely, I'm allowing myself to set my fingers free and produce some lead runs. Not sure why I've waited this long, but I like the color the runs add to this track.
A "Cascade" is a powerful flow, which is how this song feels to me. It builds up a current (if you will) and then unleashes in the chorus, only to recede back to its mellow verse structure.
"Rebirth" is unique as its guitar track is on the heavier side; however, there is no drum track per se. It has percussion backing, but its focus is the journey the guitar goes on . . . especially teetering between major and flat chords. Hope you like it!
Close your eyes and let the astral plane take you on a 2:20 journey. Don't turn it up too loud though or the glass ceiling effect will shake the rafters (the E, F#, G# chorus). This song is layered like a cake with 4 guitar tracks, a piano, bass, and of course . . . the glass ceiling:)
Where I Fall
"Where I Fall" is a simplistic rock tempo song in Cmaj. What I truly am proud of is how its rock tempo early on turns into something inspirational when the violins crescendo. It's a nice little juxtaposition. It's kind of asking: "Will someone be there when and where I may fall?"
"Passing Hours" is a melody-scape of sorts. Its base element is my guitar tuned in Cmaj with the capo on the 5th fret, creating a brighter melody of sorts. The theme is inspired from when I present to people around the country; many seem to act like life is a sitcom where you'll get a rerun . . . hence just letting the hours pass. When in reality, the only thing that truly matters is RIGHT NOW! Hope you all like it.
While this song sounds nothing like Rush (although I do love their catalog), the title and feel of the song is heavy, but also mysterious. This got me thinking about how the beauty of music is brought to us through technology, etc. And with this immediate transfer of energy comes power: the power of music. Even though we may not see it, we certainly can feel it and hear it!