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Just an awkward clown that showed up late to the clown pile. I love to provide goofy-spook music but I'm open to anyone that challenges my comfort zone. Send me details of your lifestory when you get the chance!

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Posted by ZipZipper - 2 weeks ago


So...my retail job's got a hold of almost all of my work ethic and motivation, which helped me get a fake promotion recently. That started with me being vaguely interested in actually being promoted, but the way in which I was suddenly thrown under the proverbial bus as a haphazard solution has turned me supremely off to the idea. Regardless, they are still "training" me as a backup. Now, I know my heart has purposefully allowed all of this so I can avoid sorting through my musical soul being torn to pieces after learning many hard truths from living in Los Angeles. And COVID beginning immediately after returning from that heartbreak just created the perfect storm. It's been almost two years and I'm still not okay. It's no joke that every drop of self-discipline I have goes into not killing myself today. It's been working so far, but I can see myself getting handed the straw that broke the camel's back eventually.


Anyways, that also means there's very little self-discipline with my creative sides. Within these two years, I've kept taking on seemingly easy promises for others that I've failed to keep, and clearly that doesn't feel good either. The only thing I managed to accomplish was for the NG Orchestral Competition, which was very fulfilling and I'm thankful for it:



But...now I'm trying hard to do something in time for the Art-Inspired Music deadline, as well as a bunch of other outside projects that kind of have a similar summer deadline. I dunno if I can do it. And yet...amidst all the stuff I struggle to light the fire under my butt to do, something suddenly clicked, maybe a week ago, that I don't necessarily have a hard time throwing up: improvisational piano miniatures (...)


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It began with this one (that's just the first page of it whoa please don't NFT it) and now I've got a set of "errors" that is already five strong and has a sixth on the way. I think these clicked because it's something for my own purpose, something I'd have full control of performing by myself right now, and something perhaps another pianist could try out some day because it's written down...sigh I can dream I guess.


In conclusion, I mostly wanted an excuse to post some sheet music I did and it'd be nice if people found that interesting or were excited about it. Otherwise I'm fully vaxxed and yeah whatever...der-pression is real and music does nothing and is uselessly around while you're on the phone with the bank begging for fiscal mercy tHAnKs oBaMA!


~ said ZipZipper


Posted by ZipZipper - February 9th, 2021


Some of the rhetoric that came to my attention, with the more-than-expected activity on my casual BLM song that got frontpage'd recently, is disappointing...but living in the States, from quarantine to insurrection, is unfortunately the biggest selling point in proving how passionately impolite people would rather be. And why should internet trolls do better when the internet is for trolling? Because lowering the bar is the perfect advantage for opportunists, like Donald Trump and those that wiped their buttholes on the US Capitol, to make everything worse in real life. Which only makes societal outcries, like BLM, more resistant.


So, if you believe your impact online means nothing in comparison to what you don't do at home, why don't you start believing in yourself? That's kinda why I made the song. And that's why Black lives deserve better. They have a very long and twisted history, but they're still stuck with a current cultural standing that goes against them more often than not. Yet, they have to muster all the belief in themselves to accomplish the things that White folk get tired of thinking about for more than a minute. Stop protecting this agreed aspiration towards Whiteness and tell these people to drop that old attitude off in 2020. Seek PoC and ask them how their week is going. I bet something will surprise you and make you that much more informed. Hell, I bet even if the All-Lives-Matter crew was asking that to as many strangers as possible, they'd be able to learn. Period.


Include people you normally wouldn't into your hemisphere. Derive action from your rhetoric, even if that means an astute Heil! There's enough that's happened within the past 300 days that can validate whatever you've got going on in there. Just remember that your subconscious knew all along that it was morally unsound because you kept hiding it until now. Discover your place in this divided world, not your stance.


I'm posting the song again from my YouTube. The latter half of this vid actually has the instrumentals without my gay voice getting in the way (I guess for those that also hate gays). I don't even wanna get started on homosexuals because at least half of them are part of the problems revolving around BLM too:



If you truly don't know a thing about Black history, you're in luck. Because it's Black History Month. An easy Google search can set you up with basic, relevant information right away!


~~ said ZipZipper


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Posted by ZipZipper - November 9th, 2020


How amazingly unfortunate that the decision to start my life over by moving back to my home-state ended up being at the same time COVID bombshells erupted across the country. Clearly, that situation did not deescalate the depression accumulated from my 2019 Hollywood experience. And yet, the turmoil shaking the nation incidentally gave me a dozen valid distractions to avoid sulking.


I mean...the great civil unrest directed all of our attentions to the true elephants in the room, and luckily it wasn't totally for nothing. I believe a majority of his voters are comforted not by the fact that he's elected, but by the fact that the other guy lost his chance. It's a relief to know that next term we won't have extra-strength divisiveness as the poster boy of the United States. I could very much go on about my political feels, but all I'm gonna say is:


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Stop allowing White people get away with their racist intentions.

They're not cute and they're easy to address.


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Anyways, life did get a bit bumpy aside from all the national drama, but I also got some big takeaways. I'm around much more tolerable coworkers, I bought my first car, and I moved in to my first studio apartment. The latter two of these things I hate because they make me extra-strength poor, but I am feeling better having this amount of independence. I'm still not seriously thinking about music or any next steps in my life. For now, I'm going to keep hobbling along at my retail job until a widespread sense of normalcy comes back. Optimistically, I think that'll happen within a couple years, so I'm just gonna believe that, since there's an overwhelming scarcity of good news.


Here's another random snapshot from My Pet Requiem that I am trying to occasionally noodle with:


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Anyone wanna go on a date with me yet?

~~ said ZipZipper


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Posted by ZipZipper - March 4th, 2020


After about a year of living on my own in Los Angeles...I've decided to return back home to all my friends in Maryland. Unfortunately, the whole of my experience made a gigantic negative impact on my mental stability. And musically, I've been faced with a lot of discouragement, punctuated by the extremely stale buffer to not give up.


I've seen boring white dudes, both young and old, in the positions I'd ideally want as a composer. Their advice was generic and their current work situations always sounded like bigger headaches to manage than what they're worth. Comments from peers and teachers have hurt my artistic soul in ways I didn't think would stick in my subconscious for so long. It's funny because I do read such confused comments on a lot of my more recent work and only feel stung slightly, but to also have the affirmation of someone right in front of you saying "...your music sounds clueless" is more of a lasting pain than what I initially didn't feel when it was said.


Luckily, I have overwhelming support from all my weird music friends back home, but I need some time to heal before I consider seriously pursuing music again. As a tool for healing, I've been getting back into writing arrangements and being involved with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra, integrating my uncharacteristic musical voice in my arranging because I'm selfish and stubborn. I will always make music, if only for myself, which is essentially what ZipZipper is. But, developing my identity in the professional world may never happen. I'm so f-ing tired of being my own biggest cheerleader. Social media is becoming more and more of the ubiquitous necessity to facilitate one's exposure and success, and I get worn out just trying to casually keep that up.


So basically, I'm giving up the dream. I've learned a lot about myself and it sucks. Now I feel like I have to figure out what to do with my life all over again. And that is why I've also begun orchestrating my Requiem...so I can perish and then never hear it performed live. I've got five out of nine movements pretty much completed so far. Here's a snapshot from the Confutatis Maledictis that I hope gives you a migraine:


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Please don't hesitate to message me if you wanna go on a date sometime just to throw up your life trauma on me like I did here. Uncomfortable sharing is one of my favorite activities. See y'all later.


~~ said ZipZipper


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Posted by ZipZipper - October 12th, 2018


Over the course of this year so far, I've been stressing out over regular jobs and serious life goals while being deeply involved with two music-related nonprofit organizations. I've premiered a bunch of work that I've written for both organizations, since I've been focusing on my engraving skills, and I couldn't be more pleased with how much I've learned from playing around with writing and arranging! I feel confident enough to make that move to Los Angeles that I've been a broken record about for the past couple of years, but I'm also really at a point where I'm very fed-up with my own fears; I won't know the results of such an endeavor if I don't try. So, I'll officially be leaving on a cross-country journey in January of next year.

If you haven't seen 'Gosh! What a Sight!' yet, then please check it out on the front page. It's the most intricate scoring project I've done so far and I'm very proud of it. (Thank you, Clockwork Pixel, for giving me the opportunity and having a similar attraction towards horror stuff! You should also check out the other collaborations we've done over the span of many Halloweens.) Instead of fully explaining the loads of music work I've been doing for others, I'm just gonna plug two personal projects.

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1] This is a preview for an album I released of compiled works from old me to new me. Like a normal album, it showcases the indie vocalist in me with the songs where I'm singing my own lyrical nonsense, and it also comes with the joint instrumental tracks. This is my way of getting my fans and cheerleaders to give me money, since I haven't really put out any of my own music for profit...and I have gotten messages from people who wanted to donate to me but couldn't because I'm a stubborn grandma. Well guys, here's your chance to poke me with some pocket change, which will be exceedingly helpful with LA life!

I believe the whole thing is available on most streaming services, but also here are some links to purchase it:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/11-jobs/1436101098

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H9NWMCB

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Zip_Zipper_11_Jobs?id=Bxh3tg5tdq2pwszc7h5z36erol4

Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/album/94980443

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/us/album/73035502

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3479962_153939601721_ScreenShot2018-10-12at9.58.02PM.png2] I am one movement away from completing my Requiem. (This is a screenshot from the 5th movement.) For those that are unfamiliar, a Requiem is a musical setting of liturgical text said during Mass for the dead. A lot of classical composers write one during their lifetime, usually later in life since the subject matter is meant for departed souls, but I decided to write one as my first original multi-movement classical piece. Currently, I'm just trying to vomit it up as an arrangement for full choir and piano accompaniment, but I would definitely not be opposed to expanding it into a full orchestral setting later down the road. Once I finish the last of all 9 movements...I dunno. I'll find a way of sharing it in bite-sized fashionability instead of just sneezing a bajillion pages in your face.

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And that's what's happening with me lately! Send me a message if you wanna know more or if you wanna go on a date some time! I'm in a really great mental state for casually chatting.

- Zip Zipper


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Posted by ZipZipper - September 22nd, 2018


I know I've said this twelve-hundred times, but I swear I am making some sort of big move to Los Angeles at the beginning of next year. Here's a goofy video of me begging you to buy me:

Purchasing links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H9NWMCB
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/11-jobs/1436101098
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Zip_Zipper_11_Jobs?id=Bxh3tg5tdq2pwszc7h5z36erol4


Posted by ZipZipper - January 13th, 2018


For the past few months, I've been continually occupied with cake popping at [https://theredbandanabakery.com] which is who this fine doggo song is dedicated to, and overtone slurping at [https://www.facebook.com/HarmonicIntroductions] where I premiered an original and collaborative piece for our winter concert last weekend. To be honest, it's all been making me miss NG. I think it's such a good resource for finding projects to work on in the general field that I'd like to, and I've not had much of that in my catalog to begin with. Music is also more difficult for me when it's not for specific projects.

 

I need to stop being lazy and start creating for etc!!!! -yells at self-


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Posted by ZipZipper - October 24th, 2017


I've been having a buncha crunch going on lately.

A couple of weeks ago the owner of the small-business cafe I worked at called together a meeting, which we all thought would be another 'okay guys let's get things together' kind of lecture. But instead, to the shock of even the manager who was also purposefully left in the dark, discloses that the cafe had already been sold right under our noses and that we were suddenly jobless...didn't even put in a good word for us to the new owners or give us a little cushion of help in any way. What a butthole, right? Luckily for him, me and my coworkers were such a loving family that our sorrow for being separated and losing such a dreadfully unique shop overshadowed our anger towards him in that moment...not that we could've changed much anyways.

So...this interim of sudden nothingness reminded me of a similar experience I had six years ago and inspired me to get my gears grinding, so that another six years doesn't glide by with only an inch of self-fulfillment to claim. Through my seldom spontaneity, self-frustration, and the vigorous pestering of my best friend (that's been going on for several years) I visited Los Angeles again and inspected UCLA's Extension program in Scoring for Film via a real-life visit and friend-of-friends enrolled in the program currently. I also might try auditioning/applying to Julliard and see if I would even be accepted into such prestige. But, I'm still gonna be wimpy for at least one more year, get another job close to home while I'm still blessed to have it, and save up more money because America is the worst.

Stupid? Yes, I am the most basic millenial. Please listen to/share my basic Halloween song:

 

 


Posted by ZipZipper - June 8th, 2017


And the tumor has been removed without fail, though it wasn't a terribly complex procedure anyways. I also have this cool stitch pattern still healing on my arm that looks like a tattoo. Now, I'm just minding this exceedingly annoying cough I've had for almost two weeks now, so welcome back minor health complications! I'm praying to get more involved here instead of just donating prize money for all the big contests happening, but I'm supposed to write 20+ minutes of music for another Fringe festival show before July starts...and of course cafe work is invasive as is me still unconsciously itching to move forward in life.

But, I finally recorded this Zelda: Breath of the Wild cover I thought I'd do before Cybil the cyst (or rather Tina the tumor) was excavated, but instead you can witness how my hands are still in playable condition.

Thanks for stopping by! *crying*


Posted by ZipZipper - April 17th, 2017


Next week, I'll be undergoing a procedure on my left wrist to remove a benign tumor that I've aesthetically ignored for an embarrassingly long time. It shouldn't be too terrible, but there's always that 3% chance it grew in a way that will disable my left arm forever and/or the small chance it's actually malignant!

At any rate, I'll have a rather long break from work, which has been a painful and fun ride since starting employment last summer. What I'm trying to say is, it will be a good length of rest from the major minor stresses of food service labor, but I'll also be bored half the time because all my friends are either work-related or being famous elsewhere.

Also, this summer I hope to have the first ever performance of a piece I've written. It will be for four-part chorus with piano accompaniment with lots of German spitting, but I'm still uncertain if enough people will be recruited to actually make the song alive and not awkward whisperings underneath a piano solo.

Aside from those two things, there's nothing else of significance to note for myself in the near future. I'm still biting my nails over applying for more schoolage for no reason at all, and I'm unfortunately too comfortable with my job as a minimum wage cook. I need something...different to inspire me to pursue education, and all aspects of adult life for that matter. Is that immature? Certainly.

Here's something I did to practice how to make music:

Have a great day!