Interstellar Dreams

My son has this rocket ride-on toy that has a bunch of sound effects and looks like it came right from the 1950s. Watching him run through the house with it reminds me of all the dreams I had as a kid of getting into a rocket and exploring the galaxy. If they made an 80s cartoon about them, Interstellar Dreams would be the opening theme.

A Point of Light

In these two tracks – A Point of Light and Summer ’86 – I tried to continue to explore some of the ideas I had for The Far End of Never. That means more synthesizers and guitars. I’ve been trying to write music that looks back as it moves forward. This is a tough line to walk, and I’m not sure if I have succeeded. It sure is a lot of fun trying, though.

I decided to go with “real” hardware on these. All of the guitars were played through my custom built AC-30 and captured by a Shure SM-57, and all of the synth sounds were created with the Yamaha DX-7 I got last Fall. I’ve just scratched the surface of where I want to go with this combination of instruments.


The Far End of Never

The collection of songs in this EP are the result of several months of experimenting in my studio as I work out the sound and direction I want Without Surrender to take. I have lots of ideas, but turning those ideas into music is hard.

With the hopes of making it a little easier, I set a goal for myself to write, record, and release a handful of tracks. They didn’t have to be great, but they had to be complete. Starting something is easy, but finishing is a lot harder. I have dozens and dozens of music projects in various states that I’ve accumulated over the 20 plus years I’ve been making music, but very few of them has ever reached a point where I would share them with others. It would be a big personal victory if I could create an EP of new music and actually release it.

The Far End of Never is the result. These tracks are far from perfect, and they are not necessarily an indication of what my next project will sound like. I’d like to think of the as a first step towards something better.