Milestones, Turning Points, and Activity Updates – November 2021

Another month comes to an end with another vacation for me, but this one has more family involved. A good change of pace, especially with the extra bit of time to play games, but as I long to go back to my more usual routine now, I wonder again about how much of a workaholic I am now and whether or not I’m going down the path I should be going down, among other things. I mean, one question I’m wondering about thanks to this vacation is “How like my family and unlike my family should I be?”

And then there’s the new liturgical year. As far as I know, the whole gift-giving traditions associated with the season we call Christmas is more of a secular thing, but it’s not like I shouldn’t be a good person during the season, let alone beyond the season, and virtue is something that can and should be applied to gift-giving as well, so yeah…I’d like to say that when it comes to gift-giving, I think I’d rather ask my loved ones straight to their faces and/or be asked by them straight to my face about what they want rather than assume about that. See, as much as I wish that I could give good surprises, I’m often more focused on myself for better or worse, and I’m very meticulous about accomplishing what I consider tasks, especially for my loved ones. Again, among other things, I wonder about how much I myself should rely on initiative and how much on directive…

Still, those are things I’d like to thank God very much for. Even a good life’s gotta have challenges, after all. And speaking of more things to thank Him for, there’s me managing to make and post them new meme vids, and then there are these posts of the month:

As for the next month…well, it’s my birthday month, my birthday’s the 13th, a Monday, and while greetings are obviously welcome, there likely, if not definitely, won’t be a post in this site on that day, whether you like it or not. The weekend before that, though, well, I got some big stuff coming up for that weekend, and of course, I hope they come out well. I also hope that I won’t have a too awkward time working up the stuff I’m planning for the month and year after as well, hahaha…

Now, again, I ask for honest constructive feedback, and may God keep on helping us all!

IRyS – HERE COMES HOPE – TOB English Cover

So, working up my vocals for this song got me having more appreciation for IRyS’s vocal abilities. I mean, if I didn’t know better, I’d have thought her voice wouldn’t work well with a song like this. Her singing is already pretty impressive in the other two songs of the Caesura of Despair EP, but her performance here makes her and the EP stand out even further. So yeah, I’d like to describe her voice as silky steel now! 😀

Still, I’d love to sing this song with a rougher and more aggressive approach sometime instead of the cold booming I settled for here. The former approach is definitely gonna be more taxing on my throat and my mic, but I think it’ll make a more fitting vocal performance from me. Like, to be frank, I’d really love to try making the lyrics (or how I understand the lyrics) further sound as insane as they seem.

Also, it’s the return of Shigeru in my works! I’d like to send big thanks to him and his efficiency once again, alright! Special mention also goes to how he managed to make my cold booming here sound sharp!

And again, with encouragement to outdo me some more, here’s the mp3, here’s the lyrics sheet, please don’t forget to credit and link me if you’re gonna use my stuff, and please give me some honest constructive feedback!

Calliope Mori – Ijimekko Bully – TOB Vocal Cover

Indeed, I’ve been longing to cover a Your Mori. track, and now here’s one after another cover of a Calli song! This song is also one of my two favorites from Calli’s second EP, the other favorite being “Red.” And I consider Your Mori. Calli’s best work so far, especially thanks to how she manages to elevate the character play into something profound with her own personality in it. With that said, what I particularly like about “Ijimekko Bully” is how engagingly serious she expresses being a functional self-loather, and then there’s how the lightness of her voice carrying those dark lyrics makes the song sound wonderfully unsettling as well. Oh, and if you’re wondering about how I got an instrumental for this track, I got help from alfonsomusic, who did it so freaking well and so freaking quickly! Big thanks to that guy, alright!

Now, as for my approach to performing this song, well, I went for the more visceral sort of unsettling, beastly vibes included. I found that harder to express through the double-time raps, while the slow vocals were easier work. I also added harmonies into the raps. And speaking of which, I’ve been starting to further think that I may be better at vocal performance than at writing lyrics.

But even then, I gotta have good sound quality along with my recorded vocals, and I’m not really good at that stuff, so yeah, I’d like to send big thanks to MegaMat for doing audio engineering here. Special mention goes to how he blended spectral vibes into the intoxicated and maniacal vibes. It also seems like he’s quite a Dead Beat, and that may have been a factor in how smoothly this work was done. And speaking of which, maybe I should try joining that one Dead Beat Discord server sometime?

As for the visual aspects of this production, I asked for ringgopan’s help again thanks to how she draws fancy stuff so well, and yeah, I’d like to send big thanks for those really flattering drawings of me. Like, gosh dang, I look so manly along with classy, I can’t believe it. And I put her on crunch time, too! I feel so freaking humbled as well there, alright.

I also aimed to have a color scheme of black, white, and blue to accompany my more visceral take on the song. I especially enjoyed learning more about the blue rose along the way, and now I’m more curious about that one Suisei song. And I figured out how to use Camera Control on AviUtl again. Still mostly feeling my way around all that video effects and editing stuff, though. But I feel particularly confident about my work on the second verse.

Now here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. And again, please give me honest constructive feedback.

Calliope Mori – end of a life – TOB Vocal Cover

Probably the first thing that motivated me to cover this song is the fact that it has an officially released instrumental (this one’s on iTunes, and this one’s on piapro), which is rare for a Calli track. Though if that really were the first thing, I don’t think I’d have tried as much as I did to sound emotional while recording my vocals for this cover.

And speaking of sounding emotional, I start to further think again about how I may really have acting talent, for better or worse. I mean, considering how more personal this song is to Calli than it is to me and my probably more normie ass, I feel like I’d also be scared if my performance here moves you to tears or something close to that. And again, I think about why I’d want to make my life out of stuff like singing and acting, especially considering the volume of horror stories I’ve come across about the scenes there and how I could just work this office-turned-home-based job for stuff like gaming achievement hunting and anime binge-watching. And then I remember how I’d rather live life like it’s one of the pieces of fiction I indulge in, but way better, whatever that’s supposed to be. I feel like I’m already living that life I want more and more, too. Praise and thanks be to God Almighty very much again, then, and may He keep on helping us all.

Also, I’d like to send big thanks to DarkHole for doing audio engineering on this cover. I particularly like the grainy feel put into the mix, and then there’s the wonderful work on my blended vocals.

And yes, I wrote and sang some translyrics based on Calli’s “Live Again.” Maybe it’s also a teaser for a future music upload.

Now, here’s an mp3 copy of this cover. And again, I’d like some honest constructive feedback.

Yeah, I Have Been Getting Scripting Help

Yeah, I Have Been Getting Scripting Help

some commentary on Lisa the Tearer by his manager, The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

Yeah, sexual madness taken down a notch, hopefully.

Previous Part: “Spooky Greetings from a Guy in a Nice Guy Costume(?)”

First Part: “Introducing Lisa the Tearer”

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