A Song for Peculiar PPL – “I’ll Make It”

Peculiar PPL Conquer Obstacles

While I was finalizing the artwork for this “Peculiar PPL Conquer Obstacles” shirt, I grew increasingly frustrated because I wanted to communicate a variety of different encouraging messages, but I did not want to bring clutter to the shirt’s design. As I brainstormed solutions, I decided that it would be a good idea to take the Peculiar PPL art beyond something that you can see— I wanted it to be something that you can also hear and feel. This led me to a conversation with a good friend to whom I presented the idea of doing a Peculiar Music project that takes the visual art and communicate it in the musical form. In just a matter of moments, the Peculiar PPL Music Art project was born!

I dug out some of my audio recording equipment that I collected when I had aspirations of being the next Pharrell (I would’ve called myself Farrell) and we met to record the first single. I was the producer for the project and he was the rapper— a talented first-time recording artist who was able to record final versions of his main vocals, backing vocals and ad-libs in just under two hours. After finishing the studio session, I spent the next two weeks listening to the song over 100 times, arranging new instrumental tracks, tweaking vocals, mixing the audio tracks and trying to get back in the swing of producing again. In the end, we came up with a track called “I’ll Make It,” which, coincidentally, was the same phrase that I kept repeating to myself when doubt entered my mind and tried to convince me that there’s no way that we could finish the song.

I hereby present to you “I’ll Make It,” which is the first song arranged for The Peculiar PPL Music Art Project: Volume 1.

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Please excuse my radio silence over the past few weeks, but I have a couple of new developments to share with you all in the very near future. I’m extremely excited to show what I’ve been working on and what I’ve been up to!

For now, I’ve been thinking about how cool it would be to have my own island, so I created a rendering of what my island would look like!


…one day!

Limping Plane Tour

Two days after suffering my tremendously painful basketball injury, I went to look at a couple of private jets to keep my eyes on the prize. Since I am going to own my own jet by the year 2015, I like to spend as much time as I can in the presence of different types jets so I can become familiar with the in’s and out’s of private jet ownership.

When I arrived at airfield I hobbled from jet to jet and climbed up the seemingly-neverending flight of 5 steps as pain rushed through my body, originating from my injured right foot. As I sat in and admired each jet’s cabin, I was constantly interrupted by the excruciating feeling of utter pain that bounced around in my body. Eventually after seeing six jets and almost melting to a puddle of pain in the 95 degree weather, I dragged my sweltering body and injured foot to my car and left three hours ahead of schedule.

Although my experience was extremely abbreviated, I was able to shoot just enough footage to compile a 30 second video that I will drool over for months and years to come.