Posts Tagged ‘Wes Speight

25
Jun
15

Why is nothing all?

The writing process is fairly inconsistent for me and I like it that way, which leads me to believe why I’m able to write such various songs that rarely sound the same or delve in sonic resonances. Though, it is easy to have a biased opinion. I first came up with the riff for “Nothing is all,” and kept it on the back burner for sometime until I revisited it, came up with the concept in my little brain and then decided to take a chance on the concept and just hit record instead of flesh it out completely. I’m content with the result and it’s possibly the first time I’ve ever been able to press record with only a riff and come out content. Why should you care? You shouldn’t that much, but the point I’m attempting to make is that overtime I’ve become better at songwriting because I’m consistently inconsistent. What does that mean? I’m consistently writing, which only makes you improve and I’m inconsistent with the environment I put myself in and the choices I make in said environment. Environment meaning, in my bedroom, outside, in the living room, on a walk, taking a poo, or taking a big risk on a riff idea and hitting record. As you may already know, I’m going to be releasing a 16 track self titled album next week and I’m having the usual reaction of feeling fully confident to feeling uncertain. There is a lot unknown, that is part of this journey, but what I do know is that this album is the most honest I’ve ever been and I can only hope I continue to feed this honest compulsory and hold steadfast of fear and instead feel resolve and reason. Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your continued support. Lastly, here is the video for “Nothing is all,” which I’m releasing before the album comes out, which is probably not the best marketing idea.

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25
Jun
14

What if Wednesday wasn’t hump day

You may or may not know that I’m currently in a film and creative media master’s program to which I’m almost finished with said degree and hope to pursue a PhD in Autumn of 2015. You may not care, but then why are you reading this if you don’t care? Keep reading. You do. Anyways, I say that to preface this video was made during our Film Production II class as a project for Josh Link and Michael Dove, who are both very talented videographers. We were going to shoot more footage, but got bogged down with other projects so this is the footage of just the performance. I hope you enjoy starring at my face and my beautiful black guitar Jasmine. As always, enjoy yourself.
You’re still reading, good job!
I’m going to be releasing the song “What if” on my newest album TRANSMIGRATION in July. For now you can preview the song “take it or leave it” here take it or leave it

13
May
14

we’re not alright

     Being that we are in some sort of state of post post-modernism otherwise known as metamodernism, it would seem to be quaint to go about describing how I want you to feel and interpret this video for the song “we’re not alright.” What I will do, is give you some history on the moving pictures that is Fort Negley in hopes that you interpret my intentions for the video as being a simple connection of history matched with lyrics of admittedly unacceptable behavior. While my physical being had no ill hand in what happened during the civil war, I still feel ashamed for what happened during that period of our nations history. However, it appears that since then we have slowly evolved into actually holding the “truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” -Declaration of Independence.
     If you love anything about the United States it should at least be those words. While they have been thwarted throughout history and will likely continue to be, there is some comfort and pride within those words being established. Being a longtime songwriter, I sometimes have moments where I literally feel like the words and music are being vomited out as I attempt to catch what spewed out and decipher it’s meaning. As if being a vessel for some ancient nuance. That is how I feel about “we’re not alright,” and it wasn’t until I put the footage of Fort Negley together that I realized it’s significance.
Fort Negley was the largest inland fort built in the United States during the Civil War. The fort was constructed out of 62,500 cubic feet of limestone. Following the surrender to the Union Army on February 25, 1862, it was largely constructed using the labor of local slaves (including women), newly freed slaves who had flocked to Nashville once it was taken by Union forces with the understanding that their status as slaves was to be revoked were they to work for the Union, and by free blacks forcibly conscripted for the work. Records show that 2,768 blacks were officially enrolled in its construction. During construction 600-800 men died and only 310 ever received any pay. The fort was named for Union Army commander General James S. Negley.
 If you are interested in learning more about Fort Negley, my research was taken from these two sources http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Negley and http://www.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Historic-Sites/Fort-Negley/History.aspx

Lastly, lyrics to “we’re not alright”

steer to steal the night, save to seal the right
don’t listen to saviors glisten, don’t let wrong let might
sane won’t set the moon, slug won’t wait too soon
there’s a silver lining of past, that will not let rest.
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
let us free thy will, thine spirit be filled
let us suffer not, let us craft our thoughts
savior simmer down, no one wears a crown
no one here is getting burned, we’ll all just turn to dust
we’re not alright, we can’t get right
we’re not alright, we can’t get right

27
Mar
14

Keep Me High

“Lamp light this touch of fever
sail through the night
signs shown of living proof
news to note and feel
KEEP ME HIGH
KEEP ME HIGH
DON’T LET ME COME DOWN
KEEP ME HIGH
Real made this lie to tell
slaves laid my freedom
soul tell us something now
How to survive, is to kill?
KEEP ME HIGH
KEEP ME HIGH
DON’T LET ME COME DOWN
KEEP ME HIGH”
-WDS

18
Apr
13

DIVE IN DESTINY

Directed by James Andrews
Starring: Lola the dog, Julian Herrera, Peter John Cameron, Henry, & Wes Speight.
LYRICS TO DIVE IN DESTINY
read my feelings
wrong the rights
distant dealings
fear into fright
I want you & you want me
let’s make this happen
drift into the sea…

mystic moon
mountain top
drowsily dripping
drip drip drip drop
upon the slumber
of the sleeping wave
the quiet valley
to the suns soft haze

& I …won’t let destiny get the best of me
& I …won’t let destiny get the best of me
Destiny ain’t got nothing on me
Destiny can take the rest of me

into the fog wraps
the wake to rest
the night air settles
in its deep dark breath
set the bar high
rise & fall
we want nothing, but we take it all

& I …won’t let destiny get the best of me
& I …won’t let destiny get the best of me
Destiny ain’t got nothing on me
Destiny can take the rest of me