...... Hello. My name is Michael Augustus Jaster. I hate my music. I hope you enjoy .... .. .. .. Please allow me to ramble. .... .. .. .. If you know much about music, you may have noticed I'm very out of tune. Both my guitar, and my voice. I am fully capable of making everything crystal clear and tuned-up. But where the hell is the fun in that? Music is about speaking from yourself, and I'm not in-tune. I guess it just gives my music a little more interest. I have noticed that I never tell a story in my music which I would like to accomplish. Most of my songs are just rhetoric. All fucking trash, in my opinion. But I still like it. I use too many cliches in my song writing. While this bothers me deeply, I still continue to do it. I guess I just enjoy expressing myself, and I'm just a cliche'd troubadour. I have noticed lately that I inclue a lot of references in my songs to emptiness, while still having substance. This may simply be my portrayal of it, but I think it is interesting. I am a very half-assed follower of Taoist philosophy. I am decently read on the philosophy, and I try to incorporate it into my life as much as possible. I think that may be my influence of the emptiness references. Or maybe subconciously I, myself, am feeling empty inside. Who the fuck cares? I have found that analyzing things muddles their integrity, and beauty. I am an extremely large fan of the visual arts (paintings, sculptures, and shit)and I normally don't attempt to find their intended meaning. .. I try to let the meaning find me. .. I feel one can find the meaning, without the necessity to have the meaning verbalized. I understand that I am starting to aire on the side of hypocrisy, but that is how I am. I don't always follow-through, nor do I always commit. Call it laziness, maybe even disease, but that's just how I carry myself. This trait, however, really screws me in my rear-end when it comes to school. I fully respect learning, and how to go about being a successful student, yet at the end of the day, I really don't give a shit. I try not to let things bother me. Forgive and forget? I am extremely rarely stressed, except on the golf course. Golf is the one thing that can soothe me in every way possible, then two minutes later, turn me into a baby-hating, red-hot, murderous, son of a bitch. This is because I know I'm very capable of playing well, but I don't. This may be from poor mental stability (getting psyked-out), but this isn't a damn golfing myspace page, this is about me and my connection to music. I feel all of my music and lyrics have been stolen from other people. I listen to many great indie artists whose lyrics are completely new to me. I hear my music, and all I hear is the same old shit. I really hope that is just an artist being critical to himself. And let me address my inappropriate language that has thus far been peppered throughout my rant: swear words are just that; words. I am a firm believer in the archaic "sticks and stones" principle. Swear words should not be considered crude, I think they should be considered passionate. Although I may say "fucking-a" or "suck my balls" a little too much, they should not be shunned, but embraced. Another thing I want to touch on. As of late, I do not listen to music in the same genre as mine very much at all. If you were to put my iPod on random, you would hear ten rap tracks, then some indie pseudo-country music, then another ten rap tracks. I enjoy all types of rap, whether it be Soulja Boy going off on a random tangent, to Talib Kweli trying to fix society's problems, or Spank Rock spitting about wild sex. They're all amazing expressions of their own. And that's one reason why I enjoy music. I normally feel that I write my music just for the sake of making songs. I try to give them meaning, but to me, they always come out very bland. I hate my song titles. I hate song titles in general. Meh, that's it for now. Maybe I should start-up my own blog? I sure do have a lot of shit to say. .. Here's my old bio, which I feel still has some subjective value. Enjoy. .. I go to a public high school in Colorado. I started playing guitar when I was about 9 years old. I did not start writing songs until the beginning of 2007, although I have many scratched-out attempts from previous years. I am self-taught, and have only had a handful of formal lessons, but they don't seem to have translated to how I currently play the guitar. As well as guitar, I play ukelele, harmonica, piano and my vocal chords. My microphone will not reach my piano, so sadly, my songs on piano are yet to be recorded. My musical influences range from Willie Nelson to Dialated Peoples, The White Stripes to Earth, Wind & Fire. I listen to almost all kinds of music. My lyrical influences come from pretty much anywhere; I try to see the beauty in all things, although that doesn't always work out. I wish I could write "deeper" songs, but I guess those take a little more life experiences. That's about it for now. .... .. .. .. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you. Or you could just drop me a comment. .. .. .. ..