My Next Single - Fosner
Peeps, exciting news - I'm ready to release another single! Next month, on May 8th, 2011, it will be rolling out on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon Mp3, CD Baby, my online store, and most other major digital distributors.
The song is called Fosner and I wrote it awhile back but had been keeping it on the back burner for quite some time. I'll admit right now, it's a silly, silly song. In it I try to express the social frustration of an over stressed youth, set to the backdrop of grunge-ish rock-ish music. You know how sometimes you sit down and realize things in your life haven't been going quite as well as you've wanted, but then you come up with a better plan, which renews and motivates you? This is not one of those songs haha. Imagine you have so much already on your plate, or you're already having so much trouble coping with the stress in your life, that the added pressure of coming up with a new/better plan would be too much to bear... ...so instead of coming up with that new plan, you just go off the deep end and start maniacally yelling to yourself "I'm cool!! I'm a winner!! I'm going to win the lottery and become the mayor!!! hahahahahahaha!!!!" I know many of us haven't actually done that, but I bet most of you would be willing to admit the thought has crossed your mind. I know it's crossed my mind more than once, especially when drunk. To help give you a better idea, here's my description straight from CD Baby:
Do the pressures of life and social acceptance sometimes seem too much to bear? Do you often feel like you're on the edge of cracking? Are you on the cusp of having a mental breakdown, moving all of your belongings into the forest, then shouting "I'm the mayor! I'm the mayor!" over and over again to a semi-circle of stuffed animals arranged in little seats with little tea cups? If so, you'll probably love Mike Peralta's "Fosner"
Set on a backdrop of an emotional breakdown, Fosner tells a simple story. You've had it with everything. You're fed up. So you have a new plan: You will marry Jodi Foster. And you will one day golf with Kevin Costner. It won't matter what anyone says to you. It won't matter what they do. You'll be living inside a rhyme.
I had a rough draft of it floating around on the internet for awhile, then I somewhat recently re-recorded it, had it mastered by my friend David Eriksen at Deriksen Studios (aka FATnSASSYmastering
). The only thing missing at that point was a cover to go along with the particular vibe I was trying to convey. I kept procrastinating and procrastinating, because in the back of my head, I knew this cover had to be special. I couldn't just photoshop a stock photo or some pretty scene, or do one of those "Hey look at me I'm handsome and cool, holding a guitar woo hoo" photo shoots. I had to match the insanity portrayed in the song's lyrics, and it had to be me. So I kept putting it off. Then I came up with a few ideas. Then I kept putting it off again. I knew the cover I had to do, would make me look really, really bad. Eventually within the last couple months, I had a realization. Not-cool, is cool! If I'd like the privilege of calling myself an artist, I have to stop being afraid to look bad. Not everything I do should make people think I'm cool, not everything should make me look attractive, and not everyone will like me. So I set out into the studio with a white backdrop, a tank top, my electric guitar, and had some fun.
I got over 100 shots in, and eventually narrowed down the cover to 5 final photos, which I'll post here. I then talked with about 40 or so fans, asking them for their opinion on which one to use. Overwhelmingly, they chose the one where I have my eyebrow raised with a confused look on my face, almost like a bloated "The Rock" would do when he was a wrestler. As much as I appreciated this, I was slightly disappointed, only in that this was the photo that made me look the least 'bad'. It has personality and is kind of funny as you'll see. But I had my heart set on the worst one of them all haha. Realizing that the email I had sent to all those fans was kind of loaded, meaning I was sort of leading my fan helpers in the direction of the Dwayne Johnson ish photo without realizing it, I contacted some of them again, this time being much more clear about the "i want to look BAD" thing. At about a 70-30 split, everyone suddenly switched their opinions to my favorite! YAY!!! I mean, sure, the 2nd email probably was also loaded hahaha... but still!
So anyway, I'm going to show you the photos here, and let you guess which one I actually ended up choosing. I think I'm also going to do a limited short-run of the "eyebrows/confused" cover after the track releases, so those of you who still prefer it can have your own special physical copy of it.
Again thank you all for your love and support, mark your calendars for May 8th, 2011 - On that day you should be able to find the track by searching for "Mike Peralta Fosner" on iTunes, CDBaby.com, Rhapsody, Amazon Mp3, Napster, and all the others, not to mention my official store
. I'll also keep you posted with more blogs and stuff when things move forward.
Peace out, and buy a T-Shirt