HD and mobile device wallpaper downloads featuring cover art from the new single, Till I Bleed.
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And don’t forget to check out the video for the new single on YouTube:
I’m not sure if it means I’m an alcoholic or if I just need to get out more, but when did I start becoming inspired by liquor ads? In my defense, it features the great Willem Defoe (Platoon, Boondock Saints, and many more) and the story it weaves in little over a minute is powerful and puts to shame most of what Hollywood dishes out.
Either way, it struck me and I just had to share it:
This video (calling it a commercial just doesn’t do it justice) caught me at the right time. When I heard Defoe say these words, it felt like he was speaking directly to me:
“Life boils down to a series of choices.
Before long, the choices you make
And the ones you don’t
Lately life has worn me down and I’ve found myself uninspired. During these days of frustration, of running into wall after wall, of the empty page… the questions begin to creep in. This little novella was just what I needed to gather myself, find my (fourty) second wind and fire up both ends of the candle again.
I admit, it’s an odd place to find inspiration. But I think it’s a great sign when you can find inspiration in the everyday. It means the Muses are not so far; you can still hear them, still feel them. I hope we can all find our fire again.
What is one of your earliest recollections as a child hearing a piece of music?
Music surrounded me as a kid. Whether it was my dad playing Frank Sinatra, Kenny Rogers and traditional mariachi music, or my brother rocking out to some Ozzy, Kiss and ACDC. And they both played acoustic guitar, so I would love to sit and listen to that as well. I don’t remember exactly the first memory or specifically what song it was, but I remember being very very young, yet still enraptured and moved by music. I didn’t understand it, but I couldn’t deny that it was a very powerful force to me, evoking emotional responses from me that I had no real clue why. All I knew is that it spoke to me, and I wanted more!
What compels you to create your music?
It’s been growing in me all my life, a passion of mine for as long as i can remember. From making mix tapes I recorded from the radio as a child, to learning the saxophone, to becoming a DJ, then learning to sing and performing with different groups. This love and passion for music has grown and evolved over time.
After college and having to enter “the real world”, I couldn’t imagine music not being a major part of my life anymore. So to stay as involved as I could in this love affair, I taught myself guitar and tried to start writing lyrics. It was just a hobby at first, making the type of songs that i wanted, regardless of genre or style. I would write whatever the muses would inspire and whatever emotion was driving me at the moment. It was just amazing to me to take this love affair with music to the next level; a more intimate and personal place where I’m sharing more of myself than I am able to as a singer or playing an instrument. But as the songs started to come out, and the vision for Memnoir started to develop, I began to realize it was something very special.
For me it’s not about wanting to be a rock star. Would I love one day to be able to live off music and tour the world? No question! But I’m a realist and I know how such a tiny fraction of all artists ever “make it big.” That doesn’t matter to me, my dreams have already come true. I’ve written, recorded, co-produced and released a CD of songs that I’m proud to share with the world. When I hear from people all over the world telling me how the Memnoir songs speak to and connect with them, well, thats just another dream come true… and all I need to continue this passionate pursuit.
Have you learned anything about yourself whilst writing your music?
I’ve learned alot of things during this process.. like my determination, resolve, how I react when facing adversity, setback after setback, and much more. But if I had to choose one thing – its that music is in me and it will never die. Whether as a listener or an artist, I cannot imagine this life without it. While that may not seem groundbreaking, it plays a large role as you grow older and life continues to change everything around you. The choices you make in life only get more important and more complicated: deciding on a job, where to live, who you can love and live with. Knowing what your passions are, what moves you and makes you happy, what you can live with and what you cant live without… these play key roles for me in the “big” decisions.
How has music influenced you as a person?
I could talk about this for days! But for the sake of brevity, I will say that it plays a role everyday. From helping me deal with and get through dark times to providing a soundtrack for the good times, music serves as an outlet and expression of the emotional roller coaster we call life. It embodies eras of your autobiography and manifests feelings you didn’t even realize you had. A certain song can take you back years and years to a specific moment or event that this song captured in your life. It’s incredibly powerful! That’s what influences me most in my writing; not specifically a style of music, but a feeling, a vibe, an emotion.
It’s the dawn of a new year, a time of introspection and looking ahead. Though it came and went so quickly, 2010 was a crazy, exciting, draining and momentous year from Memnoir. It has been a long road to this point, but hearing the songs finished has made it all worth it. Releasing the debut CD has been a dream come true and 2010 will always be special for me.
It’s a crazy time to be making music. Technology has caused such a major upheaval for music and headlines continue to try to discourage and derail: “Only 2% of albums sell” and “Live shows and touring won’t save artists.”
It is definitely a time of unprecedented challenges for artists, but also one of opportunity. Technology, just as everything else in this crazy world, is a double-edged sword. I understand the challenges for artists and everyone involved in the industry; but I also embrace the opportunities that it brings. The fact that a DIY band like Memnoir, without a label budget for recording and marketing, can create and share its music, attracting fans and friends from all over the world is amazing!
At the end of the day, you have to be in it for the music. If you are driven by dreams of riches and delusions of grandeur, you’re better off heading to Vegas and just betting everything you have there instead. So at times like this, times of self-examination and planning, when i stop and ask myself “is it worth it?” I remember this quote:
“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.” (Abraham Maslow)
Very simple, but incredibly poignant. It cuts right to the heart of the matter and hits so close to home, it feels as if I had said it myself. This passion for music is so engrained in me, so central to who I am, it drives me beyond the sacrifice, the obstacles and the bleak forecast for nearly all those who pursue their love of art.
And for those times when life’s storms have nearly blown out the fire inside, it’s your words that rekindle that flame. Hearing how the songs have touched and moved you is truly invigorating. From “helping me get through the day” and “drowning out my problems at home” to “moved me to stillness,” it means the world to me to know that the music resonates and inspires. Thank you to all of you who took the time to write and share your experience. You help make it all worth it!
So with this in mind, I look back on 2010 and pause at all that was accomplished (the debut songs, new sites online, the first cd) and finally understand “where the year went.” Looking forward, I am excited and confident that as work begins on Canto Vol. II, this year will hold even greater things! So stay in touch, it’s always great to hear from friends, new and old and around the world. Thank you all for your continued support. It truly makes a difference! \m/