So here we are less than 10 weeks away from 2018, and let me tell you, this year has been a heck of a ride for many of us (including me). If I told you how many thoughts go in and out of my own head on a day-to-day basis, it would be too much for one person to handle. One thought in particular is that fact that people keep saying that ‘Chivalry is Dead’; that the fact that most men (especially young men) don’t appear to show or mimic the qualities that you would find in a sophisticated gentleman. You rarely hear answers like “yes, ma’am!” or “No ma’am!” from some of the teenage adolescents that are out here nowadays, however it’s not to say that there aren’t any chivalrous people out there in the world. In fact both A. Goldman and I fit that category in a sense because that’s how we both grew up, to respect our parents and elders and to be a gentlemen towards ladies.
‘Where did the love go?’ is the question that’s on my mind sometimes. This may sound a little cliche coming from me, but throughout middle and high school I was a fluffy Afro-American nerd who loved Samurai Jack, Teen Titans, Dragon Ball Z, and Toonami. You can imagine how hard it was to make friends during that time, as I didn’t have a lot of them. I was bullied by boys and teased by girls for various things from my weight to the things that gave me great joy. I’ve gone through two nervous breakdowns and developed a ‘Lone Wolf’ attitude with a malevolent spirit that could erupt at any moment. Needless to say, I never had a girlfriend throughout the whole four years of high school.
Now here I am almost 10 years later with an AA degree from a school that’s no longer valid or even accredited, wondering what the next phase in my life will be. Accomplishment-wise I’m one of the founding members of this awesome anime blog alongside my partner and friend of 15+ years, I’m back in the music producing (beat making) business again after a four year hiatus – with advanced production skills! Now I’m on the road to pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production, so that I can stay current and relevant with what’s going on in the world of music. Chivalry can bring you a long way in life, but sometimes I wish the generation behind me knew that. (Yes, I know I sound old for saying that.)
While we’re on the subject of music production and beat making, the sounds that I like to produce involve elements of EDM and Chiptune music. I find myself creating instrumental tracks as opposed to ones with lyrics because I want people to listen, hear, and feel the groove of the sounds that come from my tracks like they’re reading chapters in a novel or a story. I want to take people on a journey with my music; whether I’m producing Dubstep, Trap, Moombahton, Progressive House, Hip-Hop, or any other genre that people can dance to. Do I see myself as becoming the next Dr. Dre or Skrillex? No. I just want to be myself. I just want to go my own way – the Spinmaster Coins way!
There are some long-term goals that I have for my life. One, to continue with the blog and hopefully have our own anime convention in ten years, or sooner. Two, to eventually find love and move out of my mother’s house, hopefully I find a girl that loves music and anime as much as I do. Three, to make enough money to pay every single bill on time – even my student loans! Even if I did make $150,000+ a year, I will still go to anime conventions (and run the blog) as well as chat with you guys about anime related topics. I don’t really care about being rich and famous that much, because then I would become the one thing that I hate more than slugs, rapping out loud, and soy milk…being a snob!
I know this post may or may not have sounded a tiny bit rant-ish in some areas, but if it did, I want to thank you for taking the time to read it. Our fans are our friends, and we appreciate everything that you’ve done to make this blog the way it is today!
Thank you! 🙂