Thursday, December 6, 2012

A word in defense of technology!

About a year ago, I sent my brother a song that I had written and recorded. I had written songs before (some that I was very proud of) but songwriting was always a relatively painful process for me. I was finding, ironically, that amongst the increased distraction and stress that my life had become, songwriting was starting to come to me much more naturally and enjoyably. I remember thinking, well that's great, now that I have no vehicle to share this stuff, it starts coming. That's when I sent my first audio file to my brother Dan (living at the time in Moscow, Idaho). Mostly I just wanted his blessing and some kind of feedback. Dan sent a file back shortly thereafter with bass and drums..... Cool.

This was the beginning of our exploration of remote collaboration and our journey to find a venue for our music. Mostly it has just been tremendously fun and rewarding to be working with my brother on something that we both enjoy, and can contribute to. At present we have assembled enough original tunes to produce a full length album under the name "Cedar & Sage." He is now living in Meredith, New Hampshire and I am in Eugene, Oregon making it a "transcontinental collaboration."

With one or two Christmas songs in our repertoire and with the season upon us, we decided to hastily produce a Christmas album. We started a website where you can listen to and/or download the Christmas album for free. Its our gift and celebration of this great new collaboration. The full length album "Rendezvous" will be available in the Spring of 2013(a few tracks from that album are also posted on the website). For all of the potential evils of technology, it sure is nice when you find a way that it truly brings you closer to others and brings you some genuine fulfillment of a talent or aspiration. Please have a listen if you have a moment.  


 

6 comments:

Lauren H. said...

link to the website?

Daniel and Angie Callister said...

Cedar & Sage blog: http://cedarandsagemusic.blogspot.com/

Great Post, Jake! It's been a blast so far.

Von and Maureen said...

I know that I am the mom but I really enjoyed this. Thank you so much for your time, talents and enrgy. It is nice to have a piece of you to enjoy this Christmas season. The songs from the up coming CD are wonderful too!!!! Love it!!! So glad that you enjoy it so much as well. Keep it up, Mom

Annie and Jake Callister said...

Your among a very few people whose opinions I really respect and appreciate MOm.. So A) Thanks, and B) Don't ever under-estimate what your approval means to me (us). Your the one that got all of this "retro" stuff started in the first place :)

Marianne Kearns said...

Sadly, 1-outta-1 perishes. Dats da fak, Jak. Then, where you gonna be after your Final Judgement? Again, dats da fak, Jak. Dont like it? Im only a prophet, dude. Still time. Still a place for your family Upstairs. Lemme fill-you-in withe epiphany of the Great Beyond. Aint nthn to be afraid of, sir. God loves you with a passion; Satan hates you withe same passion. Hmmm... which are you gonna choose??? Pretty easy, yet, we all have our own crosses to bear. Follow me and thou shalt knowest which path to take...

If 'freedom lies in being bold' (Robert Frost), doesn't pushing-the-envelope result in the Elysian Fields? If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ you accept His lead withe orchestra...

Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty?? Yay!

Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2/IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HA! Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl!) or ironclad iconoclasms?

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to [the] wise): As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politixx, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in...

"This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET!! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, low-hanging-fruit of the Celestial Paradise, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (awww! baby kitties, too!!) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires...

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go gitt'm, girly. You're incredible. You're indelible. Cya Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
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