Saturday, July 30, 2011

Site Launch!!! + EzloSpirit IV Progress & Current Track List

I launched this blog about five days ago, but I was too lazy to write a post about it! Huzzah! Anyway, I'm known (to some) as EzloSpirit, which is one of my primary Internet aliases, derived from my other one (SightSpirit) using the name of a character from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap for Nintendo's Game Boy Advance handheld gaming system.

I first discovered that there was such a thing as a "good singing voice" (and that not everyone has one) when I was 12 (sad, huh?). I was over at a friend's house, starting up LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy--on a random side note, this was the Nintendo DS version, the glitchiest and most poorly designed video game I have ever played, which is so awful, that it's actually pretty fun (both to play and to laugh at)--on my Nintendo DS Lite (which broke about a year later). The game opens up with an intro (that you can't skip) during which John Williams's classic theme. So, anyway, I started singing along with the Star Wars theme, and from the other room, my friend's mother complimented me on my singing voice. I was grateful for the compliment but also a bit confused as to why it deserved a compliment. When my mom came to pick me up, I told her about it, and she explained that I come from a musical family and that my singing voice comes from her side of the family...and that not everyone in the world has a good singing voice. Surprise, self!

Anyway, I'm in high school now. This site is dedicated to my series of albums that I record using a $20 Logitech microphone from 2004 or so (it's really good for its price and time) on my laptop. These albums contain at least an hour of me singing random songs that I like. Especially in the beginning, this consists heavily of music from the Pokémon movies and TV show (and the obscure, short-lived stage musical), as well as showtunes. As time has passed, I have worked to add in a bit of variety. This is especially evident in EzloSpirit: Threedom! and the upcoming EzloSpirit IV.... I'm a big fan of showtunes, and I took acting lessons for three years, so I love singing stuff from musicals (with emotion!). However, like I just said, there's other stuff, too.

Why did I bother? Because I was bored. No, really. That's exactly. I wasn't originally planning releasing any of it to anyone, but I released the first two albums to a few of my friends back in January (right after starting Threedom!). Then, about a week ago, I finished an almost-full cover of the original broadway soundtrack of RENT and released it to three of my friends. And I just felt like releasing it widely. And I said, "what the heck" and released the others, too, on this new blog. And being a HUGE supporter of Google (I use the vast majority of their products), I decided to use Blogger to do so. That, and I already have a couple blogs on Blogger.

It's really just for fun. Some of the recordings aren't great. A select few are awesome (in by humble opinion). In some (many early on), I go off-key, and that throws me off. In others, I go off-key and catch myself. In no more than five or so, I stay on-key throughout. Early on, my voice was higher. I have never taken voice lessons. The point of this paragraph? To tell you that this is not professional. And sometimes, it's just plain bad. But not often, especially later on. There are also no instrumentals. Early on, I loved to make my own "instrumentals" with my voice. I gave that up for the most part by the end of the first album because it sounded dumb.

Anyway, enjoy! ("Hit the jump" for an update on the fourth album!)