Music Video: Aristotle’s Hope “If I Miss the Deadline”

I learned a lot making this video. And I’m happy to report that I feel satisfied with how it came out, considering this is the first video in which I am in front of the camera.  The inspiration for this video was Rich Mullins “Hold Me Jesus” video, which is set …

The Beatles “Nowhere Man”: Let the Song Speak

This is the third and final entry in a series examining a song from four different dimensions: songwriting, arrangement, performance, and production.  This post examines the latter two. So what do you do when you have such great material that don’t require a lot of decoration?  You get out of the …

Art Should Comfort the Disturbed and Disturb the Comfortable

That’s a quote from Cesar A. Cruz.  It really drives home the ability for art to meet us where we are. As a conscious, evolving human being I believe we are to live in the duality of comfort and discomfort, where the two polarities co-exist in the right balance.  To …

Transforming Guns n Roses “Patience” into an Asian folk song

My Minnasia singer Voua ‘Bob’ Yang posted a video of him performing Guns n Roses “Patience” translated entirely in his native Hmong.  He also played a penny whistle in the intro, which provides further folky vibe. I did all the guitars and mixed it.  “Patience” was one of the first rock songs …