A 6 song album. Originally, this album's tracklist has been spurred around a lot from 7 to 10, to 14 and to even a crazy number of 20!
This is a little safer of a number, allowing you to listen to each track individually and I hope you do like each track individually.
Each track is a story on something in my life, which goes into the album name. Which also goes into the name of "SunnyShading."
Stay Happy should really be called, "Stay Strong." Cause that's virtually what this album is about. Throughout all misfortune, to find that optimistic voice inside of your head that says you can make it through everything. That's the lesson I was going through when writing, recording and playing this album throughout everywhere I could on the east coast. Some days were great, some days were not, and other days I was practically in hell.
After going through a car crash, I thought this album would never see the light of day but I remember to "Have Hope." To push forward and understand that all things have purpose.
And that's what SunnyShading is about.
The N's are backwards because it's about moving forward in your life when things are moving backwards. It's about understanding, accepting the negatives but also knowing full well to keep moving forward. For purpose, for love, for peace and all things we move along with.
I'm happy. And it's funny that coming out with this album was more of a journey to reach happiness. To find my "Pursuit of Happyness."
Well I'm fucking happy.
I hope you enjoy these songs. And I hope you can find a way to pursuit your dreams, passions despite all things that come and block your path.
Life will challenge you, and I encourage you to fight back. Only good can come from it.
released July 5, 2013
Credit goes to Soundmine Studios for recording 5/6 of the Album. Including The "Pick-Up" Song, unfortunately the version recorded in the studio couldn't be used. All tracks would've been recorded in studio if not for cost issues. Major props nonetheless to Soundmine for being incredibly cool and working with a small town musician like me! It was an amazing experience.
Props to my amazing friends who stuck by me as I went through the writing process and the ups and downs throughout this year and last year. Coming to my shows whether they be all the way out in Philadelphia or Ohio. And of course listening to the tracks and coming to the studio with me to give critic and listen though. Major credit to Lance Francois, my amazing cousin, for being the one to get my foot into the studio, virtually starting this album up. If not for him, this album may never have existed.
Major credit to my Family for sticking by me and having faith in this album. For my Mom for giving me the idea for the album title because of difficulties we were going through. To Have Hope, to Stay Happy, and not to be struck down in tough times. Staying Strong. To Raymond Smith for quickly converting this little symbol I drew on car windows on my trip to Philly for a show with Plastic Harmonicas, so I could use it as album artwork.
To Ronald Bogart for being the sickest drummer ever. Like seriously, me and my friends joked that we might as well rename SunnyShading to just Ron. I think that's more catchy either way haha. No but seriously, you just with me despite how difficult I've been and how difficult life has been shooting curve balls and coming back to record with me each time. I'm sorry we couldn't get Faker out, and soon we will! I know we will and it'll be badass as fuck once the time comes. You've been an amazing contribution to this album!
For Steven Allen and Brandon Broschart for playing Bass. For Thomas Detrick for coming in to play Bass on one show. Seriously, those experiences were amazing and it later got me into actually picking up a Bass. One of these days soon I'm gonna buy one, now that I can concentrate on myself as a musician and expand my skills on all instruments. I swear, I'm picking up a Violin next haha!
For Jesse Morales for reminding me that as a musician I have full power over my music, not the funds required to make it fully possible, and allowing me to step back and actually fully finish the album after working on it so long. I hope to see how far both of us, along with everyone in the stroudsburg family, can go in this crazy and hard world.
To God for giving me the hands, the voice, and the feet to craft my creativity into one piece. For giving me the experiences, whether good or bad, that I could work upon and create something out of. I am but a Catalyst for these songs to transfer them through, what happens to them next is ultimately up to the Universe and God and I ultimately give myself up to both. A lot of things came in the way of this album and said, "You will not come out." Thank you for all those walls, thank for you giving me the ability to say,
"Yes it will."
Because it did.
Dan Malsch - Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Editing
Mike Villegas - Recording
Jonathan Francis - Recording
Ronald Bogart - Drums, Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Steven Allen - Bass on Sun~Girl, Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Brandon Broschart - Bass on BumbleBoyzz
Anthony Santana - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Dave Orlando Cook - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Pedro Ordonez - Crowd Vocals in Bumbleboyzz
Lance Francois - Helping in Studio Costs
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