A Story Forever

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Sunday, August 14th, 2011, 5:00pm
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My Friends!

Well it's that time again - I'm releasing another single!

Everybody say it with me - YAYYYYyyy!

Phew okay, now that I got that out of my system, let's continue. My new single is a dreamy acoustic song called "A Story Forever" with very light drums, orchestral strings, subtle synth backup vocals, and my trusty acoustic guitar. The song is one very close to my heart. You see, a long long time ago, I came up with the general idea for what the lyrics would represent, and kept it bouncing around in my head for years. It's been in my heart for quite some time. Eventually I finished the first solid draft of what the song would become today, and started performing it live at gigs and to close friends at backyard parties, slowly learning how to perform it properly, in the way I had originally heard it in my head.

At first, it was intended to be a tribute to some of my past emotional turmoil, and to others who might have felt the same way at one point or another in their lives. But one day, shortly after I had begun playing it, tragedy struck a close friend. Without going too deep into the details, I'll just say that the circumstances surrounding this event closely mirrored the lyrics and idea behind A Story Forever. I was saddened and bewildered by the timing between these two things, yet amazed by the coincidence. I suspect the people in my life didn't realize the connection, and so I began to play down what the song meant to me, and withheld it from an official release.

One day, much much later, I found myself still holding on to the idea of keeping this song a secret, almost as if by doing so, I was suspending the reality of the tragedy it was unintentionally linked to. I realized how much time had passed, and how I was still holding on. I thought of how people keep old songs, poems, letters, pictures, drawings, and more on behalf of the ones they've lost, or are no longer with - almost like naming a special star in the night sky then keeping it a secret just for you and the ones you've loved. I realized then, this song I kept in my back pocket was, in a way, a star named in the sky. That is the day the final adjustment to the song was made - In the final chorus, I added the line "And we're going to name a star for you" and it was complete.

So here I am, sometime later, finally releasing this song into the wild. I'm giving it to all of you, so you may hold it in your heart like I did, like a star in the night for someone you care for, or maybe for an old memory of pain, long gone.

Nasa Photos


As for the actual design, this release was a ton of fun! Following the theme of the last chorus line "And we're going to name a star for you", I decided to utilize images of our galaxy and its many constellations - direct from NASA itself! You might not know this, but if you surf to NasaImages.org, you'll find TONS of images of star constellations, nebulae, galaxies, and so much more. The universe is a truly beautiful place and NASA's website makes it extremely easy to get sucked in for days. For instance, the crab nebula. Check out the link - that thing is real! Anyway, I decided since we're naming stars for people now, the release's artwork should match. NASA is gracious enough to release most of its images in the public domain, which means I had my pick of images to use. Even though this is just a single-release, I went ahead and designed a full jewel case worth of art, like I've been doing for my other singles. Eventually I'm going to offer a physical CD copy of it for sale that you can hold in your hands, but for now I'm going to post the artwork AND lyrics right here for you all to see, enjoy, and hopefully get excited about for the actual release!

Pre-Order NOW!


Anyway, the song is going to be released on iTunes and all the other major digital distributors in about a month - but you can pre-order it right NOW at website called bandcamp. The track is only $0.99 cents, and if you pre-order you'll be sent super-hi-resolution copies of the artwork I mentioned above, in addition to a high quality Mp3 of the song., which you could probablyyyyy use to make your own physical CD at home ;). By pre-ordering you're ensuring you get those extra goodies, and you'll be mailed a direct download link to the song the second it goes public! Here's the link: http://bandcamp.mikeperalta.com/album/a-story-forever-single. Please use it, bookmark it, share it, tweet it, like it, lick it, whatever. Just don't forget to pre-order it!

Thank you for reading my super long blog. I figure I haven't written you all in awhile so you were overdue for a marathon sit-down haha. Here are the lyrics and photos, enjoy!

~Mike Peralta

Mike Peralta - A Story Forever (Jewel Case Cover)
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Mike Peralta - A Story Forever (Jewel Case Inside)
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Mike Peralta - A Story Forever (Disc)
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Mike Peralta - A Story Forever (Jewel Tray)
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What's the sound that you will make forever
Less or more if all would cry for you
Underneath the twilight moon in leather
or in a song with loving eyes on you

If you told them everything tonight
If you found the words for sadness too
Would it make you anything the better
Is there anything that it would do

And we're going to tell your story forever
And we're going to sing this song for you
No one really wants to live forever
The flowers on the counter are for you

So you picked the moment to remember
a thousand eyes and twenty colored lights
You disappeared into the circle too
then you stopped and smiled but no one knew

And we're going to tell your story forever
And we're going to sing your song for you
No one really wants to live forever
The flowers all along the wall are for you

Never stop, never die
Never sleep and never sigh
You should know those you love
never want to see you cry

The flowers on the rooftop are for you

What's the sound that you will make forever
Less or more if I would cry for you
Underneath the twilight moon in leather
or in a song with loving eyes on you

And we're going to tell your story forever
And we're going to name a star for you
No one really wants to live forever
The flowers on the rooftop are for you

The flowers on the rooftop are for you

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Mike Peralta is an independent musician and you should follow him on Twitter (@MikePeralta) and Instagram (@MikePeraltaMusic), then subscribe to his blog just a bit below this text!
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Michelle
Monday, September 5th, 2011, 8:46am
YAY!!! I just preordered A Story Forever!! The lyrics are beautiful and if it's like other Mike Peralta songs it will quickly be a favorite. If you haven't done so already, preorder A Story Forever. Actually if you haven't heard any of Mike's music listen to them now and buy them. He's friggin awesome!!!
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