On May 12, 2023, I released my debut album as a singer/songwriter Fridge Magnet Symphony. This album was the culmination of 3 years of work, spans multiple genres, and dives into some of my most intimate stories and outlandish thoughts. I highlight a few of the tracks below, but you can stream or buy the FULL album AND find detailed album notes for every song on my Bandcamp, just look for the little blue icon at the top of this page!
Fridge Magnet Symphony
This is the song that set me on course to writing this album, so it only made sense for it to be the title track. This song makes reference to 19 different artists, all of whom inspired this record in some way or another. In the chorus I elaborate on the fridge magnet symphony metaphor, revealing my frustration with being unable to write meaningful lyrics that I didn't hate and feeling like everything I wrote was a copy of something else. In this song, I was able to overcome both those fears by leaning into them.
A song about getting murdered. For almost 8 years, I lived with a roommate (still one of my best friends in the world) who had a black belt in jiu jitsu. And I didn't realize until he left that a big reason I felt so safe in our house was because I knew he was tougher than me so I subconsciously figured he would deal with it if someone were to break into the house or something -- because after he moved away, whenever there was a bump or a creak for at least a couple months after, my brain would go "There's a murderer. You're gonna get murdered." I identified this thought pattern of mine and realized it was silly enough to write a song about, and so "Scream" came about. I wrote this song on the Appalachian dulcimer, which is the twangy instrument you hear at the top of this track!
When We Go
This song holds a very special place in my heart. My partner and I wrote it on our campsite at Bruce Peninsula national park in the summer of 2021, which is when the voice note you hear at the beginning and end is from. The song is essentially about the beauty of all of the wonderful places we travel to together, and that what cushions the blow of leaving such incredible places is that though we unpause our lives and go back to responsibility, we get to go home together. I tried to capture that in the whirlwind of the orchestration -- starting off with a bare voice memo, transforming rapidly into a fantastical orchestral ballad, and then back again to plain old acoustic iPhone recording. My producer Matt Ballagh did a brilliant job putting this one together, with Thomas Beard on cello and Tyler Beckett on violin filling out our home orchestra.
And here's a bunch of stuff NOT off the album, just for fun. The top three on the list are some Pop/EDM tracks featuring the voice/lyrics of yours truly, and the rest are samples of my composition in a variety of styles. Everything sung features my voice, save for "Smile," which features the brilliant Alicia D'Ariano.