SAGE SUEDE

New Recordings for DIAMONDBACK

Making Lots of Progress on DIAMONDBACK Demo

I’m starting to get a good track-list going and I expect to get DIAMONDBACK Demo out soon. There was recently a full moon in Leo this past weekend and I couldn’t agree more that I am in a better position to work towards my goals and assert myself, although I tend to be a bit shy. I read about astrology sometimes, although the most useful is probably current astronomical events and I may mention them in the blog, because it’s interesting to me.

Sage Suede is Inclusive of Diversity

I think it’s important that I establish the kind of person I am, because I want Sage Suede to be an inclusive musical act. Even when people have prejudices, I want them to understand that acceptance of diversity is a necessity at my concerts. I want to stand up for what’s right, whenever I see prejudice at my concerts and I hope that my fans will do so as well.

Maybe, Sometimes it’s a bit off-putting

I try to speak out and support progress within society. Usually I talk about this kind of thing on Twitter and honestly, in many ways this has been to my own detriment. I have lost fans while supporting various positive things within society, but I don’t regret that. I am not a politician, so I might not mention everything that it on my mind, but I still want my presence to make the world a better place. Although I try to speak out, I also don’t want to make myself a target, so if you ever see me remove something in retrospect, that’s probably why.

Just a Little Sage Magic

I also believe in magic. I guess that may be weird to a lot of people, but a good way to explain it to non-believers is in terms of that book The Secret. Basically, the book says that what you put out into the world is what you ultimately receive; that is essentially the same thing as pretty much every magical practice and religion (i.e. prayer). I research a lot of different spiritual belief systems and practices, because I find that stuff very interesting. As a result, you will also hear me mentioning magic and magic concepts within my songs. You don’t have to believe in any of it and I’m not starting a cult. I might make more videos about magical practices, but that doesn’t mean that I advocate for it either. Personally, I have seen how much magic impacts my life and I don’t have any doubt in my mind. I don’t really care what other people think about that, it’s just something that I probably won’t stop mentioning in my work.

Happy Valentinesday! I’m spending it alone with myself. #metime #selflove

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Songs Re-visited

So I returned to my alma mater, Northeastern University, recently for this recording session and recorded a few tracks. One of my friends reserved the studio for me, so that I could do so, even though I was an alumni – Thanks Jon! I am attaching these two songs to this post because it’s Valentinesday and I want some of the more romantic songs to be out there while all of us single people eat chocolate and maybe cry. If you have someone to lick your toes (for lack of a more interesting semi-erotic metaphor), then that’s great and I hope you enjoy your day too!

Sexy in That Sweater


You can also find the original here, but this version is better imo. It’s about a friend that used to wear sweaters all the time and we were always thrifting for sweaters. I kept thrifting for sweaters afterwards, because we were really close and she taught me about how great the tactile aspect of sweaters are. We were best friends for a long time and I miss that. You can learn more about this song here.

Lazy Sunday with You


You can find the video version of this song here. I didn’t have an audio version of this before, so I’m releasing one now. I mention auras in the song: supposedly babies, young kids, many animals and gurus can see them easily. It doesn’t come too easily to me, as I’ve always had an easier time feeling than seeing things. I’m not particularly oriented towards psychic vision. There’s even a wikihow article on it, if it interests you.

Anyways, I will try not to cause a hullabaloo by talking about magic too much. It is just a common subject of study for me and an influence that definitely plays a role in my songwriting. I’m trying to finish up DIAMONDBACK Demo soon and I hope that you’ll like it. It’s been a lifetime of hard work and experience that’s finally starting to come to fruition.

BIG Cats Out There Are Loving This

Sage Suede – BIG Cats Out There Are Loving This

I used to have a page on this site for submissions and feedback, but I took it down because it wasn’t too useful. I’ll probably create something else like it for collaborations and to submit fan art, since the email submission is a little more difficult. While I was asking people for song concepts, one of my friends requested “more smoked salmon,” so I incorporated it in the lyrics of this song. I didn’t want to turn down that challenge and I thought that it would be fun.

What is Smoked Salmon in This Song?

Smoked salmon is used as a metaphor for something showy and wealth-related. When you think about this song, you can essentially picture fat cats in suits eating salmon. I don’t even really like the taste of salmon that much, although I admire their upstream resilience.

Additional Meaning Behind This Song

I believe that it helps to put energy out into the world in a way you would like things to be. Whether or not you believe that is effective, it still helps to align your mentality with your personal goals. The lyrics in this song are written so that if you repeat them, they will bring more money into your life.

WARNING: Cats can become addicted to Salmon

When I wrote this song, I’d never looked into the details of how cats can eat salmon and just assumed that since cats eat fish sometimes, that it was totally cool. Turns out that they aren’t supposed to eat it often, because salmon lacks vital nutrients and it’s better not to feed them much raw fish, because it can be poisonous. It is better to cook the salmon first and the reason it shouldn’t be smoked is related to the curing process, as they can’t take much salt.

So I guess smoked salmon would be fine if you don’t use much salt but the conventional method of smoking salmon is not cool for cats. I wasn’t a cat owner when I made this and I really made it flippantly, without much purpose. It’s pretty silly and fun, so there isn’t any reason to take it that seriously – but I had to include this disclosure for any cat owners. Also, they can become addicted to salmon and refuse to eat anything other than salmon, so definitely don’t give them a lot. I have heard cats will do this with a bunch of stuff though. When I wrote these lyrics, I had no idea that cats have such delicate salmon-related sensibilities. lol

Sage Suede – Big Cats Out There Are Loving This Lyrics

And you never gave me credit
Because you never read it
I thrifted half my wardrobe
Other gifts from globe trekkers

meditating on the daily
And making my payments
Working hard, making statements
Looking for cheaper rent

And you never gave me credit
Because you never read it
I thrifted half my wardrobe
Sphinxes have me in the mix

I’m floating freely,
rhyming slant
Being my hottest
Like salmon swimming upstream
Being my baddest

I’m upping my own level
each and every day
I like people that vibe with me…

Been years since smoked salmon
Big cats out there are loving this
Turn your 3rd eye on me,
And make me rich

Thanks for visiting, I am working on tuning up Diamondback and re-recording tracks. You can also find me on my other social media profiles.

O Pirata Digital

I wanted to write a song about pirates

…because I have a costume from Halloween a few years ago. I already came up with a cool video concept for this and am speaking with friends to try and find two cast members and a video person. I still have this concept in my head now, but unfortunately, I can’t materialize it as easily as I would have liked to.

I Don’t Advocate Breaking The Law

This was mostly written for my fans in Angola & Mozambique, who are the majority of my Facebook fans. I am not in any way advocating piracy in this song- it is just an interesting concept within a song, as well as an important historical occurrence. Within the context of a more European or American mindset, it makes more sense to discuss pirates in terms of digital piracy, thus the name.

When I said “bebendo na rua”, I was thinking about when I used to go to street festivals in Brazil. I learned Portuguese at Northeastern University and also took a class in Belo Horizonte. I became fluent during my brief time in Brazil, where I met a lot of great people there and I really miss it. I am more than happy to have followers in other Portuguese-speaking countries as well, because I have heard some bands from there and they have cool stuff.

I Didn’t Write This Song With a Lame Filter

This song isn’t particularly offensive to anyone, but it also wasn’t written with a filter. I didn’t even stick to one language really. It was mostly written in Portuguese and eventually, I created a version that was fully in English. The Digital Pirate (the English version) is on DIAMONDBACK Demo and it is one of my favorite tracks from the piece. It is mostly about having fun and although it is titled digital pirate, it doesn’t have much of anything to do with digital piracy. Now that I think about it, this song is completely random and people must think I’m so weird. That doesn’t bother me, but I would like to make something that communicates better with people in the future. This song is composed of poetic musings in multiple languages.

Sage Suede – O Pirata Digital:

You can also find the English version of this song on soundcloud and the homepage of this site.

O pirata digital
gosta da bixa barbada
bebendo na rua
enloquece pra a lua

Visita a praia
Douradas como os maias
Rebolando com sentido
Tem chique do funky Rio

Witches wanna give me riches
and the Bixas like my pictures
minhas fans entenderam
I have smooth and sultry rock

Gosta de vida verde
Sage Suede canta pra
ideais progressivas,
vida beleza, festival

O pirata digital
gosta da bixa barbada
bebendo na rua
enloquece pra a lua

Visita a praia
Douradas como os maias
Rebolando com sentido
Tem chique do funky Rio

Witches wanna give me riches
and the Bixas like my pictures
minhas fans entenderam
I have smooth and sultry rock

Gosta de vida verde
Sage Suede canta pra
ideais progressivas,
vida beleza, festival

I love your little quirks
I’ll calm the babbling birds
I wanna see you slay
money each and every day

Still haven’t explained
I’ll be on the winning team
want to have me on your side
I’m already on your mind

O pirata digital
gosta da bixa barbada
bebendo na rua
enloquece pra a lua

Visita a praia
Douradas como os maias
Rebolando com sentido
Tem chique do funky Rio

Witches wanna give me riches
and the Bixas like my pictures
minhas fans entenderam
I have smooth and sultry rock

Gosta de vida verde
Sage Suede canta pra
ideais progressivas,
vida beleza, festival

O pirata digital
gosta da bixa barbada
bebendo na rua
enloquece pra a lua

Visita a praia
Douradas como os maias
Rebolando com sentido
Tem chique do funky Rio

Witches wanna give me riches
and the Bixas like my pictures
minhas fans entenderam
I have smooth and sultry rock

Gosta de vida verde
Sage Suede canta pra
ideais progressivas,
vida beleza, festival

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This Blog Post is NOT Art

A Little About Me

I was born during a record low snowstorm in Ohio. I don’t really remember living there, but I’ve seen photos. I was a Cesarean section because there was a risk of brain damage, if I jumped out wrong. I won’t go into all of that, but I had good timing. I was a big baby at 11 lbs 7 oz.
I went to a Catholic pre-school in Florida and there were cockroaches everywhere. I was later baptized and I have learned of many religions since then. I won’t go into the details but I enjoy reading about different belief systems. Later in my childhood, I moved to Texas where there were plagues of crickets. Luckily that ended in the early 2000s, because I was in swimming and it was disgusting. I had to do a few meets, swimming through pools of partially-live crickets.

I was that guy in elementary school that was taller than everyone else, so people always treated me like I was older. I’m like the big puppy dog that was always treated like an adult dog, so it didn’t grow up chihuahua. I also hated being a child, because I viciously prefer independence and still crave more freedom for my art. I did sports in elementary school but started band in middle school and I’ll get into that later…

If you want to know more about me you can always comment on any of my social media profiles, or posts on this site. I support people of all backgrounds and have always had best friends of both genders, from all over the world.

One of my best friends from middle school band striking a pose with me. She’s super successful now and I am so proud.
This is from instagram.com/sage_suede.

Random Life Notes

I have to make music, because otherwise there is no way for people to understand me. I loved languages as a kid. You learn the most about English when you learn a foreign language because you can see commonalities in sentence structure that clarify elements of grammar that generally aren’t explained in native language learning (although, I probably ignored them while learning English).

I devoted years of my life to learning several languages. I was fortunate to be in a public high school with AP classes, but had to work hard to get into college. Much of high school was harder than college for me because I did so much. I had 32 semester hours when I started on a half-tuition scholarship and changed my major 3 times, before graduating in 4 years.

I plan ahead, otherwise I get anxious and I planned ahead to become a musician as a child. I made that decision because I liked foreign music and I wanted a career that would allow me to travel. My first two albums were Deee-Lite’s Greatest Hits and Music by Madonna (side note: I asked Lady Miss Kier to collab and she was too busy, but as a huge fan, I was happy to have a brief chat via email with her).  When I was like 6, I started on drums (don’t play anymore though), then Clarinet in middle school, marched bass clarinet and shredded at classical bass clarinet, followed by guitar, ukulele and piano. For a while, I practiced clarinet for 5 hours a day.

Oh, and in middle school I started learning to make beats but was off-an-on until recently. I have devoted years of my life to this and did several jobs for free to learn to marketing and other skills, such as web design. This website and my music really are the product of blood, sweat and tears – often at my own expense.

No One Else Defines Me

Some people treated me like I was crazy for being different from them, but I primarily grew up in Austin, TX – a place where most people embrace weirdness. I have friends from everywhere and have had trouble fitting in for most of my life, because I am from many places and like foreign things. I don’t always think in one language and I want to make that painfully clear, because I don’t always speak in the same accent. You might find me using a different voice on different songs, but I am always trying to express myself genuinely.

I don’t think that’s weird at all and I don’t feel like I should have to justify it to anyone. I also don’t feel like my music should be limited to one mood, because I’m human and have emotions. I am a multi-dimensional person, as I have expressed in other posts, so I won’t let anyone look down on me on the basis of how different we are. I am a good role model, because I worked so hard to get where I’m at.

I’ve always had friends from diverse cultures and I used to practice Clarinet 5 hours a day, in addition to rehearsals. That number dropped of course, but I wanted to be a Clarinet major through much of high school. I chose to drop clarinet for guitar and piano, which I studied at Clancy’s Guitar School.

NOT Art

This post is not art because it’s just about me. I’m a person and it’s about time people realize that I’m not an object. I don’t want my childhood really to be the body of any of my art, but it still influences me a lot. I live in a pretty quiet apartment complex with a roommate, so with a 40-hour work week, I don’t have many hours to be loud. That’s one of the reasons a lot of my stuff has been electronic lately. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons I was so sad in earlier posts is because living with roommates so greatly limited my capacity for musical expression and some of those roommates were awful enough to attack me for practicing.

A lot of my songs are meant to provoke discussion, but others are just personal and reflective. I like keeping those reflective pieces on here and I don’t feel bad about anything that I’ve ever made, even when it isn’t high quality. I haven’t been performing my original music much and none of these songs are guaranteed to be final versions.Unfortunately, I am limited by financial resources and my student debt is spiraling out of control, so things are still up in the air, until I can make ends meet.

I’ve been living my life to become a musician and I made all of these plans and took these steps myself, one at a time down a very long path. I also took all of the steps towards a professional career and have to dedicate my time to making money, before working on this blog. Sage Suede would not exist right now, if I hadn’t worked for it and taken on a lot of roles to get here.


My Facebook page mostly has followers in Lusophone countries, so I am going to keep making Portuguese songs too.
I am very thankful for the love I receive in regards to my music. I want my fans to know how to handle tough situations, so I try to be edgy but it’s also just been my entire life adapting to new friendships and situations. I am enjoying the experience and progressing outside of music as well. 😉

Lazy Sunday with You

About The Song Lazy Sunday with You by Sage Suede

This song is about a romantic encounter with someone that you don’t know very well. I didn’t write it about one person and it’s mostly about that moment when you meet someone that you really like, but you aren’t sure if they like you back. It starts at that point and then progresses to a later part in a loving, comfortable relationship where two people can do nothing at all and be happy with each other’s love.

Sage Suede – Lazy Sunday with You


Lyrics Lazy Sunday with You:

Shaky Lips
Changing grips
Do you really like me?

Little said your compliments
make me feel in tune
fire read your aura said
let us unite tonight
hold me close and I’ll satiate your appetite

Never been a feel I wanna
read it back and say it louder
shut the door and light patchouli
your hands, you really knew me

You’re something that feels complete
The frothy waves
no editing

Shaky Lips
Changing grips
Do you really like me?

Little said your compliments
make me feel in tune
fire read your aura said
let us unite tonight
hold me close and I’ll satiate your appetite

Shaky Lips
Changing grips
Do you really like me?

Little said your compliments
make me feel in tune
fire read your aura said
let us unite tonight
hold me close and I’ll satiate your appetite

and if you feel discredited
know that you’re my everything
there’s always space for us to kiss
and do nothing at all


The birds liked it. Let me know if you did too in the comments! 

Sexy Scorpião

Sexy Scorpião by Sage Suede

This song is written for scorpios, because the sign does not have the best reputation (in some parts of the world), so I made this song to improve that. I’ve also had several relationships with scorpios and it’s generally agreed to be the sexiest zodiac sign by many. My tattoo has no relation to this song or the people I have dated and I got it before ever dating a scorpio. I got this tattoo, because as a kid I was stung by a scorpion on my foot. It is symbolic and represents both home and having overcome something that used to seem insurmountable to me. Scorpions are also seen as symbols of protection in many cultures and that is another reason I got this tattoo.

Sloppy translation of the above:
Ta canção é pra todo scorpião do mundo. Entendo que a reputação do o signo astrologico de scorpio nê muito bem, então criei deste pra a melhorar disso. Tb tenia mulitplas relacionamentos com scorpiões e na minha opinião ta um signo muito mais sexy do zodiaco.

Song Quality & Composition

I wrote this song quickly and I didn’t spend a lot of time on it. I recorded it on my iPhone one day while sitting in my bedroom. It isn’t the best song I have ever made and the quality of the guitar embarrasses me, but it expresses a lot of emotion that I felt personally at the time. I would consider re-making it, but maybe with all of the lyrics in Portuguese. It was just a fun side-project for me and it isn’t on any kind of album, or even my demo.

Why Do You Speak Portuguese?

I speak Portuguese, because I started college as an international business major. I chose Portuguese as my focus and eventually spent 1 month in Brazil for a language immersion. I still have a lot of friends there and a lot of them coincidentally work in concert promotion. Anyways, in a nutshell I took about 4 Portuguese classes. When I went to Brazil, I had only taken 2 and I took a 3rd while I was there. I was surprised to find that I was mostly fluent when I got there. I guess part of why my brain processed the language so well is because it is very close to Spanish (often only a letter or two off) and my mom was one of the volunteer Spanish teachers at my elementary school. My grandfather was stationed on a military base in Panama, so my mom learned Spanish while she was a kid. Anyways, I also speak a few other languages and I am a polyglot. It’s something that I want to incorporate in my music, because I have always been passionate about learning other languages, often through self-study.

Letras de Sexy Scorpião por Sage Suede

You’re my sexy scorpião
tudo cê fiz é gostosão
não vale a pena que
a gente fala sobre mim

You’re my sexy scorpião
bixas festejando loud
caipirinha ou vodka no mão
a vida beleza no festival

muitas saudades this
was my longest shtick
I hope that we get rich
quero tocar vc again

vc não bebe wine
I know we’ll be just fine
mozi não teve frio
quero de dar novo beijinho

You’re my sexy scorpião
tudo cê fiz é gostosão
não vale a pena que
a gente fala sobre mim

You’re my sexy scorpião
bixas festejando loud
caipirinha ou vodka no mão
a vida beleza no festival

I’m wishing you the best
ainda tem sua cuecas
fica pertinho
life’s too short to waste time

in scorpion eyes
you see a deeper side
espero que vc é
com paz, tudo cê quer

You’re my sexy scorpião
tudo cê fiz é gostosão
não vale a pena que
a gente fala sobre mim

You’re my sexy scorpião
bixas festejando loud
caipirinha ou vodka no mão
a vida beleza no festival

Este cancão fui um projeito muy divertido para me. Espero que vocês gostam dela engracada criacão.
This song was a very fun project for me. I hope that y’all enjoy this funny creation.

Gonna Miss These Kids

About The Song – Gonna Miss These Kids by Sage Suede

This song is about my childhood, specifically what high school parties were like. I don’t go into much detail, but I had a lot of cool friends and this song is me reminiscing. At the end of the song I talk about history. The first party my friends and I organized, we were writing hundreds of flashcards for AP U.S. History, then we decided to throw a party. I still have a lot of love for the people I know back home (including other friends outside of this group of friends) and I still keep in contact with many of them. We have the kind of friendships where if we don’t talk, then things are still pretty much the same the next time we hangout.

Basically, We Were Cool Nerds

It’s funny because the group of friends I partied with the most were all really smart. We all worked really hard, were in advanced, college-level classes and participated in after school activities. None of us really cared about popular kids; Like they were okay, we weren’t mean to them or anything, but they were just shallow and not very interesting. We never cared about being popular because we were already cool on our own time. You could maybe say that we were living double lives, working hard and staying on top of things during the day, but at night, we’d have these awesome house parties that no one ever knew about. So I wrote this song to commemorate our great times.

I can’t speak for all my friends but overall we were just happy to spend time with each other and it had nothing to do with what other people thought about us. I guess that’s why we had so much fun and became so close in the process. We still hangout sometimes, just not as often as we used to. I’ve moved a few times, so I have actually been the most distant.

I Grew Up In Austin, Texas and It Is Pretty Cool

I just wanted to share a little bit about this one hidden aspect of what high school was like for me. I was always busy and worked really hard, but I played hard with my friends and that’s what this song is about. A lot of people party hard in Texas and honestly, it’s one of the coolest states regardless of all the pathetic stereotypes that make us sound like were in the 1800s riding horses to class, lol. I am thinking about making a video with them next time we are able to get together again, but who knows. I tried to direct a movie with a script I wrote once, but no one felt like putting in effort.

Lessons Learned From Partying Too Hard

Sometimes we did drink way too much. We were always there for each other though and did our best to keep everyone safe. When you invite new people over to parties, they are wild cards so you have to be sure they won’t do something crazy or reckless too.

I had a high GPA but I was wait-listed at Princeton. I think it’s mostly because I knew next to nothing about the school and the only thing I asked about during the interview was eating clubs, but it could have also been related to small moments that I didn’t work hard, because I was out drinking. I don’t actually care at all, but sometimes I wonder if I would have had more opportunities, if I had studied just a little bit harder. I was at the top of my class, so it wouldn’t have been that much more effort.

I Didn’t Want This To Be A Pop Song

My music is personal, although I share it with others and I am more introspective than this song about partying would have you believe. I have a lot more to offer than just a party anthem and that’s why this is not written in a conventional pop style. I want to make my fans more successful by discussing things of substance, because in turn they can help me out. That’s probably why I started a magic series on YouTube a few years later, but I’m re-evaluating if that is actually helping me to reach my goals.

Sage Suede – Gonna Miss These Kids


Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still have our tricks
And fancy hits
Still looking fly
Still talking shit
But we’re alright
And there’s no catch

Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still looking fit
And taking tips
Still staying late
On Saturdays
But we need mint
And that’s the clinch

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We’ll keep on living
Until there’s a sequel
I like to blend heartache
With vodka and jello
But we’re all still mellow
Barely time for a hello

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We have great stories
Of parties, chill people
You helped to save me
From the hard work daily
So many great nights
Barely had enough time

Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still have our tricks
And fancy hits
Still looking fly
Still talking shit
But we’re alright
And there’s no catch

Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still looking fit
And taking tips
Still staying late
On Saturdays
But we need mint
And that’s the clinch

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We’ll keep on living
Until there’s a sequel
I like to blend heartache
With vodka and jello
But we’re all still mellow
Barely time for a hello

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We have great stories
Of parties, chill people
You helped to save me
From the hard work daily
So many great nights
Barely had enough time
——
If we ever wrote a book
It would be off the hook
It would sell off the shelves
Cause we partied next level

Skinny dipping
Bar tending
Smoke building
Texas shit
Not those other states
wishing that they could handle it

High school
The Party nights
I’m just being forthright
We were nerds, we did fine
Yet we went hard
double lives

Never turned down
Another round
Girls were going
Pound for pound
Chillin with my favorite crew
We didn’t need to prove our cool
——
Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still have our tricks
And fancy hits
Still looking fly
Still talking shit
But we’re alright
And there’s no catch

Gonna miss these kids
Gonna miss our kicks
Still looking fit
And taking tips
Still staying late
On Saturdays
But we need mint
And that’s the clinch

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We’ll keep on living
Until there’s a sequel
I like to blend heartache
With vodka and jello
But we’re all still mellow
Barely time for a hello

Life is like a movie
And we had a sweet prequel
We have great stories
Of parties, chill people
You helped to save me
From the hard work daily
So many great nights
Barely had enough time

New Years was always huge
Always had a big crew
House parties ’til numb
Pool and a hot tub

Started with history
We wrote flash cards all day
Had a house to get drunk
dedicate then go hard

I still reminisce
no regrets

————————————-
I had really low self esteem until the end of high school and was really nerdy in middle school. People liked me for being genuine and for treating them respectfully. It was never about being the prettiest, or a jock, or whatever, although, it’s cool to have fun past times like that too, if that’s your thing. You don’t need to party either, that’s just what we did. In the end, what was most valuable was what we learned and the memories we still share.

idc

This song helps release negativity

When I first write things, it is generally about me and my feelings, so this is the same way, but edited to make more sense for a general audience. Repeating the words in this song is intended to release negativity. By the end of the song, you’ll be really apathetic and over the stress.

idc Music Video

For the music video, I met with Cal and he acted as my camera guy. He was really easy to work with and tells me he also does house music, so we plan to collaborate more in the future.

I made a wand for the video. I accidentally cut myself in the process, so I had a band aid on for a while. I saw this style of wand in an old magic book originally.
I chose the locations for the video the night before. I was holding a red skull shaker in the opening scene, but I don’t think you can see it in the shot. Oh well, whatever.

So we filmed at the Commons. It was a bit cold, but we managed to do it. The pidgeons made the shot more interesting since my movement was minimal and I tried to be as apathetic and half-there as possible. My dancing is really apathetic, especially at that one point I have my coat in my arms and I put my hands up, before just losing the will to dance. I made sure that my apathy came through in all aspects of the video. I modeled apathetically and didn’t even think of the video concept until 3am the day before.

Sage Suede – idc

I don’t care and
I don’t care and
I don’t care about you
I i idc
dc a u X4

Over all the harrowing
I’m the one they’re following
Looking mighty puritan
like to see you happy again

Lose the baggage
don’t need your stress
Not on my roster
stay off my list

keep talking sh*t
I’ll see you
another day, still looking it
keep being mad
Just wasted another day on feeling bad

I’m creating culture
You’re acting like a vulture
Ooh, does it sting
that I’m interesting?

I don’t care and
I don’t care and
I don’t care about you
I i idc
dc a u X4

(Clap)
Little finches want attention
Losers looking for a scapegoat
Dark witches use deception
Don’t waste my time
on trepidation X2

I don’t care and
I don’t care and
I don’t care about you
I i idc
dc a u X4

Over all the harrowing
I’m the one they’re following
It takes a lot of work but
I know that I’ll be heard

Little finches want attention
Losers looking for a scapegoat
Dark witches use deception
Don’t waste my time
to throw a fit
—-
Get out of my space
& find your desperate place
Get out of my space
& get your head on straight

Not your turn to shag it
Have some self respect

If you have a personal problem
Then you should try to fix it
idc
—–.
I said idc 60 times in this song.
If you repeat the lyrics, it can help release unwanted emotion.

Fort Point Open Mic Night

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Fort Point Open Mic Night

I finished editing an acoustic performance from Fort Point Open Mic Night at Internal Matter. The editing isn’t particularly good, because well, there isn’t much you can do about low quality video. I was having issues with the MTS file format but I found a workaround.

Performance at Internal Matter

I enjoyed playing at Internal Matter and would love to play there again. Unfortunately, this bar isn’t around anymore. I had to leave after performing and eating, because I had a final exam the next day and I needed to study. I wish I’d had more time to talk with the cool artists and locals in attendance. People seemed genuinely interested in meeting me and I should have stuck around. Nonetheless, I enjoyed playing at Internal Matter and am hoping to play more open mics in Boston when I finish DIAMONDBACK Demo.

I Used To Work in Fort Point

I was particularly happy about being a part of Fort Point Open Mic Night, because I used to work for a small business in the area and was personally involved in helping to market and grow the community. It’s a little too expensive for me to move there, but I really liked the environment. I have met more than a few of the business owners in the area and they were all very kind. I even went to business meetings at the Boston Tea Party Museum and Menton, which were both really cool. I miss that internship a lot, actually. I learned a lot about building websites and many of the skills that aided me in creating this blog.

Lindsay was especially helpful as hostess and an organizer for the event. You can find more about her work on her website baernaeked.com (I am not sure if this site exists anymore, because I’m getting a DNS error). I was also excited to see the video was re-posted by The Fort Pointer. Kind of a random thing if you don’t know who that is, but they are probably the most famous person in Fort Point.

Changes to the Songs in this Performance

Mob Mentality

I made improvements to the first song, which I was going to call Mob Mentality so it will sound different in newer versions. This is just because of some of the unintended connotations of a few metaphors and other improvements, based on further revision. I don’t think I have another recording of that song yet.

Just Got Tipsy

I partially wrote Just Got Tipsy, because I knew I would be singing while people were drinking, although it also vaguely describes my life in Boston and materialism. I only changed the final phrase in this song. Just Got Tipsy is also a track on 2018 Freebies & Bangers.

Sexy in that Sweater

I recorded Sexy in that Sweater as it is performed here. Didn’t actually make many changes to this, except for the vocal effects I used on some versions of the song.

Lazy Sunday with You (Shaky Lips)

The last song I performed was Lazy Sunday with You, although the recording was cut short so you won’t hear it in this video. A little weird without the finality of this set, but you can find that song elsewhere on the site now. Disappointing, because that was also the most well-received song in the set and it got a lot of applause.

Quality Doesn’t Phase Me

I recorded this performance and wish the audio could have been a little better, but I still enjoyed it a lot. The quality doesn’t stop it from being enjoyable and I hope that my real fans will still take some time to give it a listen. I know it’s hard to hear me, since this was recorded with a camcorder, and an iphone when the camcorder died on the last track. In the future, I want to pick up audio near the stage. This was my first live performance of my original material, so it was important to me.

As a random tidbit, I got a skateboard shortly after this show from a cool brand called One Gig and carried that around town. They were really nice and I like their design, so I definitely recommend them. At the time, I had still only played one gig and I think it’s cool that it says that on my board.

Update: I also modeled for One Gig soon after. Find it on my modeling portfolio.

Meet Sage and Musical Challenges

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Never Give Up on a Challenge.

So many of us have grown accustomed to being catered to by businesses and expect to get things handed to us by a consumerist society (especially in the USA).

Personally, I have had problems in the past with giving up on difficult projects due to their complexity and my level of inexperience. This applies to Sage Suede, as well as a lot of other things, like when I took pre-AP physics in high school. Just because something is hard and you don’t know how to do it, doesn’t mean that it is unattainable. You will achieve so much more by working towards that goal, even if you never get there.

If you really want something and you want it badly enough, you’ll find a way to make it happen.

We are forced to do difficult tasks at school and during work, but most of us don’t want to get off the couch as soon as we get home. This is due to exhaustion as much as laziness, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make small steps on a long journey. Most of the things that are worth doing in life are hard to do.

There’s no reason that we can’t achieve the big things we want to do, in addition to the ones we’re forced to do. You’ve already proven yourself throughout your life with all the tasks you had to do, so why not apply yourself to a challenge that you really love?

I Started This Blog in May 2015

I created this blog to work towards a lifelong passion of mine. I started learning to read music and play instruments as a child and have wanted to be a musician for most of my life. Now, I am content as a Digital Marketing Associate but still feel that music is an important part of my life and continue to pursue it as a way to express myself. I have learned marketing, social media management, basic web design, audio editing, and even some video editing in pursuit of this goal. I’m still working all the time towards making my dreams a reality.

Little Baby Steps

Sage Suede, just like any large goal consists of a series of small steps, spaced out over time and still requires me to work through challenges in order to make my increasingly larger vision into a reality. Below is an interview conducted by my friend and former co-worker, Nam Namm. He is a professional in marketing and enjoys doing video production in his spare time. You can find more of his work on his YouTube channel. I am really awkward, but I feel like it is an accurate depiction of me and many of my friends will recognize my demeanor. This is one of the first interviews I’ve ever done for my music and I’m glad to be moving in a positive direction.

I’m still working on tracks and the live recording from Fort Point Open Mic Night will be up next week. Thanks for visiting!

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  1. Soft Serve Chillin SAGE SUEDE 4:36
  2. On Your Lips SAGE SUEDE 3:59
  3. Short Skirt SAGE SUEDE 3:06
  4. ElectroPapi SAGE SUEDE 4:36
  5. Be my Boo SAGE SUEDE 3:02
  6. Un Photo De Toi Nu SAGE SUEDE 3:02
  7. Lazy Sunday with You (Shaky Lips) SAGE SUEDE 2:03
  8. How Can I SAGE SUEDE 2:23