[Note: this is an older post that had been sitting around in my drafts. But, it shows one part of what I was thinking while writing my debut EP “Rebirth” before it became what it was.] A lot of my friends have been talking about the Stranger Things soundtrack after season 1 released. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to have this much of an effect on me. But I have been stuck on a piece of music for quite some time, trying to figure out who I am as a musician and song writer. I needed something new. A break from the “authentic and perfected recordings only” mindset. Something to shift me into a more productive workflow. I used to mess around with synthesizers in my parent’s basement for hours, so hearing the Stranger Things Soundtrack brought me back to a place I had not visited in a long time. Back then, I didn’t have a whole lot of friends interested in the style, and I don’t think I fully convinced myself that it was anything more than just “cheesy 80’s music”. But over time, I have come to appreciate those “cheesy” synth sounds. They just tend to fill out the sound spectrum in a way that no other instrument does. Once Stranger Things hit Netflix, I saw a video of some guy playing the theme song. It sparked something inside me that I thought I’d never feel again. It turns out that Synth Wave was regaining it’s popularity a bit, even if just for a moment. I don’t expect it to become the most popular style of music in the world, but that’s not why I do music anyway. I write, sing, and play because I enjoy it. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the music I write for myself. There are just too many opinions and too many different genres out there to worry about the end result. Just start something and go for it. So in summary, I’m not just going with a passing fad because it’s currently cool. The Stranger Things Soundtrack inspired me to do more of something that I was already passionate about. I am learning to carve my path as a musician. I don’t know what type of music is in my future. But the way I see it, this EP will be a part of my long-term repertoire. You can listen to my EP, Rebirth on Spotify or Bandcamp. Also feel free to check out the music section of my website for the latest.