Howdy!

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Hey everyone! I haven’t blogged in a little bit. I do apologize for that, I’ve been extremely busy performing over the last few months. But now that school’s out, I’ve got a bit of extra time to just relax!

Yesterday, my kind kind uncle gave me a violin. I’ve spent the last several hours learning a bit, and I can play a few notes.

Another thing I have going on pertaining to music is that I’m working on not only a new album – but an entirely new sound. I’m listening to as much as I can so I can pull influences from many different genres.

I haven’t released a single or a demo in a few weeks. Why, you ask? Well, I suppose I’m stuck in the time period where albums were the primary source of music. I still view the album as the ultimate display of an artist’s artistic ability, and I will continue to make albums.

That being said, the fans do deserve a new tune, and so I will release a new one or two in the next few days! Keep your eyes peeled!

Keep groovin along to the rhythms of life, people! :)

Brandon

Life

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Howdy everyone! Just thought if bring you all up to speed on what I’ve been up to.

Music wise, I just released my second album, Alexis Drive. Coincidentally, I also just got my G1 and drove a bit this weekend. Woohoo! :)

I’ve started work on a third album, and this time I’m doing something interesting. I’m planning on using both footage I find on the web and footage I create myself to put together a little video series which will be themed to coincide with the album.

Keep tuning into the blog for updates! I will be posting more frequently now that school is winding down.

Gaining 1000 Fans In 50 Days: UPDATE

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Howdy folks! I’ve been working on connecting with more people via SoundCloud! Check out my last post to see the challenge I set out to complete which will hopefully help me gain 1000 new fans in 50 days, and 17,300 in a year. It can work for you too.

So far I’ve sent out about 70 genuine messages and listened to tons of tracks from great artists on SoundCloud. My goal is to connect with these artists and give them feedback on their music.

So far, the response has been quite good, I’ve increased my followers on SoundCloud by about 30.

I’ve been getting a lot of plays and comments on my SoundCloud page as well, which is really awesome!

Keep checking back to find out more about how this venture is going!

Brandon

Life Is Like A Video Game

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Life is like a video game. Despite what your mother told you as a child, or still tells you, life is a lot like a video game. Here’s why.

1. You know you’re on the right part when they’re shooting at you.

One of the most frustrating parts of any action/shooter game is when you’re trying to find the correct way to go and there’s no enemies in your path.

How does this relate to life? Well, in life you’ll come across the kind of people who want to keep you in the “lost” zone. The zone where you don’t know what to do with your life. However, when you find the right road or path, these people will shoot you down relentlessly. This is just like when you find the right path in a video game and the enemies suddenly pop outta nowhere and start firing.

2. Life is full of useless, mindless drone-like people being controlled by larger “bosses”.

Most video games have those bad guys that don’t really seem to have much of a purpose in the real storyline or plot, besides providing you with target practice for the bigger fish you need to fry.

In life there are many people who are just there to hold you back. They don’t have much of a purpose themselves except living up to others’ dreams and expectations, and so they fail to understand why you should be allowed the right to be an individual, make your own choices and chase your own dreams.

And lastly…

3. The graphics are stunning.

:) Have a good one everybody! Hope I made you all think a bit.

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Originally posted on oneBREATHmeditation:

There was a young man who said, “Though,
It seems that I know that I know,
What I would like to see,
Is the eye that sees me,
When I know that I know that I know.” ~ Alan Watts
 

Thinking about Thinking

One of the most fascinating, yet detrimental abilities human beings possess is the ability to think about our own thoughts. For some, this is proof of man’s intelligence and superiority over the animal kingdom, this self-consciousness. While this can be a great advantage and source of self-inquiry, I also believe most of the ills we face in life are due to our inability to STOP this incessant thinking about thinking. Much like your own eye, the more you can actually see it(cataracts), the less effectively it is really working. This clouding of thoughts interpreting thoughts can lead to confusion and mental blindness.

How often do we…

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Gaining 1000 New Fans In 50 Days

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Howdy all you crazy diamonds! Hope everyone’s doing great. Besides listening to excessive amounts of Pink Floyd, recently I’ve been working on this cool project that will help me grow my fan base as a musician, and it can help you too!

Over the next several blog posts, I’ll be sharing my progress and giving you all helpful tips, so be sure to subscribe to my blog and check back frequently!

I encourage you to join in on this challenge with me, and let me know how you’re doing and if you need any tips.

Here’s the basic run down of what my goals are:

-1000 SoundCloud Followers
(currently 161)

-1000 Twitter Followers
(currently 503)

-At least 500 plays on each of my SoundCloud tracks

I plan to have this all hopefully completed by July 1st 2012.

What I plan to do to achieve this goal:

-Connect with 20 new SoundCloud users each day, listen to one or two of their tracks, post a genuine comment and send them a private message introducing myself.

The key here is that these must be genuine messages and comments, no spamming.

-Follow 10 new twitter users who I believe would be interested in my music each day, and message each one who follows back, introducing myself.

I encourage you to join in on this challenge with me, even if it takes you longer or shorter than July 1st. It’ll be a fun experience as we grow our fan bases and strive to achieve success. Happy dream chasing!

My SoundCloud: SatellitesAndStars On SoundCloud

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

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Howdy there everyone! I haven’t posted a new post in a while! I do apologize to my readers for that, I’ve been incredibly busy for the past few days and weeks.

The weather here in Toronto has been beautiful! It’s been very warm and sunny, and today it looks like we’ll get some much needed rain. The leaves are starting to return, the grass is turning green again, it’s beautiful!

Also, I recently finished recording a brand new album! It’s called Alexis Drive, and will be out on May 3rd 2012. It’s got a great rock feel, and I’m sure people will really enjoy it.

Even though the album doesn’t come out until May, if you want to be one of the lucky tomatoes who gets to hear it first, email me at br9austin@yahoo.ca and I’ll send you a link!

Here’s the title track from the album, it’s called “Drive”:

Drive

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A thousand miles away from shore
I just can’t take this life no more
All I ever wanted was a home
All this pressure can’t be real
I’ll be waiting on my wheels to break away and leave me standing still

But I’ll Drive till I can’t Drive no more
Then I’ll run till my feet miss the floor
I’ll say “man in the moon, you dare to fall?”
You’re wasting time on a planet shooting stars.