Why Publish Songs of My Life?
As some of you may know from past blog posts, I have been on a journey to put out a collection of my songs. This mission, if you will, was born the day it occurred to me that if I died, my decades-worth of songs would die with me. That thought helped me overcome my shyness about sharing personal moments in such a public way and insecurities about my musical abilities.
The problem was that, other than writing out the lyrics and the chords in a notebook or on the back of an envelope, along with my own short-hand of musical ideas, no one would ever know my songs because all the melodies were only in my head… except for the one-take recordings I sometimes do after I write a song.
These little one-take recordings are made for my ears only to remind myself of the melody, the arrangement, or the background vocals. It is so much faster than writing out every note and orchestration for every one of my songs.
Nonetheless, these original, simple, acoustic “one-take” recordings that I have done over the years do exist. They document my songs in a very raw and unpolished way, with all the flaws of my singing voice, my occasionally un-tuned guitar, and my lack of knowledge in sound engineering or production.
These original one-take recordings are the songs you will hear in my “Blue Beach Song Collection” series, Songs of My Life. In the last two years, I have put out four albums and I will begin working on albums five through seven soon. When I have documented enough of my songs in this way, I hope to be able to produce more polished versions of my songs, or at least a version at which my overly-critical-self will not cringe.
You can listen for free here or on SoundCloud, where I have posted my songs. (All of the songs, videos, lyrics, CD artwork, and backstories are also posted on my WordPress music blog. The albums are available on Amazon.)
Below are the songs from the first four albums with links to their lyrics, if you are interested.
Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy my songs. ♪♫
-Martie | Blue Beach Song™
[UPDATE: I have now published albums ONE through SEVEN.]
Songs of My Life by Martie Hevia
(Albums ONE – SEVEN)
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