I am moving TaurusJames.com to a new home. So, you may see some issues with the website for a little while.
Please email me at email@example.com, if you have music questions or to notify me of any problems you experience with the website.
I am too quiet.
I think about this often.
While it is a good thing to listen and quietly observe, there is a time for yelling. Problem is, I have not used yelling in the right way. I have directed yelling at the wrong people, at the wrong times, for the wrong reasons. This is the wrong yell!
I did a video talking about my life-changing experience at Camp Classen with my daughter this past weekend. The video features one of my new songs "Quest" from my upcoming "Moody Grooves" collection of Moody instruMental Music.
As a civilian male military spouse and stay at home dad, it can be hard to navigate the holidays and avoid depression. Early on in my journey as a male military spouse and SAHD, I was a Sad At Holidays Dad. The worse part was that I didn't know why.
A message to civilian male military spouses and stay at home dads about the holiday blues.
The YMCA Adventure Guides Father-Daughter Sweetheart Ball was not on my radar until a good friend of mine told me how he takes his daughters each year. I thought, "Cool! You and your girls are really excited about this thing, huh?" When my wife started getting emails about the event, there was no controlling her excitement. She was even talking about renting a car for the night!
In case you didn't know (like me), a dadddy-daughter dance allows dad an opportunity to set an example and standard for how his daughter should be treated on a date. It is also an opportunity for dad to build that special bond with his daughter and make special memories.
Okay, based on the description above, I tossed the whole daddy-daughter dance thing out the window because my daughter and dating don't even go together in a sentence. And I can build that special bond with my daughter at the creek - FISHING!
But I thought about the whole thing (I do a lot of thinking) and with my "try-almost-anything-once" attitude, I went all in.
That's right! I went to my first daddy-daughter dance AND I LOVED IT!
Judging from a lot of online discussions that I have read, it appears that there is still a novelty effect when it comes to dads staying home and being the primary caregiver for the kid(s). At the same time, I am seeing more SAHDs (like myself) becoming more of a presence online.
I've been a SAHD for just over a year now and I have learned a lot about the role and myself. Before choosing to be a SAHD last year, I never really gave the topic any thought. Since then, I think about being a SAHD everyday. The greatest challenges I encountered were internal. I'm talking about things like unexpected feelings and thoughts that popped up in certain situations. It's learning that I'm not exactly who I thought I was that has given me the biggest "WOW" moments.
Overall, this opportunity to be so actively involved in my daughter's life has been great! I think about the fact that I get to actively, intentionally, purposefully guide my daughter on a day-to-day basis and I'm grateful. At the same time, I pray that I am demonstrating some qualities that positively impact her character development.
Now, I find myself thinking about my childhood often, especially the interaction I had with my SAHD. My opinions regarding SAHDs is heavily influenced by my experiences with my dad. My choice to stay at home was pretty easy because my dad was a model for me in this role.
When I was a boy, I loved the holidays. I had great anticipation and excitement during Christmas. I loved being with family and friends during Thanksgiving. Food, football (Washington Redskins forever!) and fellowship are what I looked forward to the most.
But then something happened. I didn't know exactly when, but I was definitely a grown-up at the time when I started dreading the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas became the worst times of the year for me. The things I loved about these holidays and anticipated as a boy, I hated as a man and a father.
At first, I didn't think anything was wrong. I just thought that I outgrew the hype and hooplah of the holidays. But I was wrong. I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Each year, the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, triggered my anxiety, depression and loneliness.
The worst part for me was not recognizing the negative impact all of this was having on my family. I was a "Sad-At-Holidays-Dad" for the first five years of my daughter's life.
Making Moody Instrumental Music is fun and relaxing for me - it is my therapy at times when I have high stress from other areas of my life. After more than 12 years of making Hip-Hop beats and instrumental music using Propellerhead Reason Software, I have seen and used a few tools that helped make the process easier and more fun. The USB/MIDI controllers are great tools to enhance the music-making process allowing you to have more fun while making bangin' Hip-Hop beats and moody music. Here are three reasons why you should buy a controller with both, MIDI AND USB capabilities.
3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio
These are 5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better.
Even though I have been making Moody Instrumental Music and Hip-Hop Beats for more than a decade, I am always looking for ways to make my music and beats better. I am my worst critic when it comes to my music. So, no matter how good my music sounds I always think to myself, "How can I make this music better?" Over the years, I have come up with a few things that have really worked at helping me make my music and beats better. Here are Five Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats...Better.
5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better by TaurusBeats
Here are videos showing how I was inspired to create Moody Instrumental Music from a simple bass progression played on a MIDI keyboard.
I get inspiration for my Moody Instrumental Music from many places. Sometimes, the most basic thing triggers the creativity in me. This video series shows an example.
Building Moody Instrumental Music from Basic Parts Video Tutorial Series by TaurusBeats
I love to make beats with Propellerhead Reason 6. I also enjoy making videos that show how I make beats and Moody instruMental Music. The videos are my way of sharing my experiences and discoveries in my music-making journey.
Country Music Guitar Sample Flip Remix Video by TaurusBeats
Days End - Original Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James (TauurusBeats) Piano Freestyle
Slideshow/Video of our vacation trip to Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah (just before we moved to Alexandria, VA). Featuring "Days End" - Moody instruMental Music created with Propellerhead's Reason 4 software, Akai MPD32 and M-Audio Oxygen8 v2.
Days End Music Download Available
Piano Freestyle - Moody InstruMental Music bt TaurusBeats aka Taurus M. James
Back from a much needed vacation, I was inspired to do a few new songs. This is one of them.
In this video, I'm recording some "freestyle" (impromptu) piano parts for the song and listening to how I want to arrange the song later.
Flo - Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats (Taurus M. James) Made Using Propellerhead Reason
When I make Hip-Hop beats using Propellerhead Reason, I use Propellerhead ReCycle to "chop" the samples. Here is a question I got from one of my YouTube subscribers about chopping samples in ReCycle and creating bass sounds in Reason.
How To Chop Samples with ReCycle and get Clean Sample Chops Video Tutorial by TaurusBeats
hello i come from Poland and a would like to know how you play on your akai mpd32. please help me. i don't now how put the panel transport to my reason transport don't play. i have reason 2.0. maybe this is problem. sorry to my write my English is little. peace
"hey man, great vids and tight beat. im lookin for some help! when sampling beats how do you get each different chop to play on your keyboard? havin really trouble tryin to figure it out. would really appreciate some help! thanks"
I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.
Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.
In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.
The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.
Music Video on How to Make Beats: Laying Down Basic Music Ideas by TaurusBeats
When I make Moody Instrumental Music, sometimes I "sample" or use parts from an existing song or musical piece. My goal in sampling is to take parts from a piece that I love and build a completely different musical piece that leaves the listener saying, "WOW, you got that result from those sampled pieces?!"
The way I do this is by "wrapping" (not rapping) the sample with my own instrumentation. I create different musical patterns with the sampled pieces (called "flipping the sample"). While I flip the samples, I can hear (in my head) all of the instrumentation that I want to wrap the sample pieces in. When i finish the sample flip patterns, I go back and create the instrumentation that I heard (in my head).
In this video, watch how I make a sample flip beat and instrumental music using Propellerhead's Reason software, the Akai MPD32 and the Yamaha DJX MIDI keyboard. This video takes you into my thought process about sampling, "chopping and flipping" samples, and I give you tips on how to make music.
This video catches me on one of my "happier" days, in which my overall "moody-ness" level was low. Plus, I had just finished downing a can of Mountain Dew. So, I'm a bit more animated in this video.
Part of my praise and worship.
Overcomer is a track from the Vision Collection.
This is one of my piano freestyle videos. This is what I do to train my ear and develop keyboarding skills.
One of the most rewarding things for me when I make Moody Instrumental Music is what I call the "learning journey." I didn't start out knowing how to make beats, produce music, play piano or keyboard, use Propellerhead Reasonn, use the Akai MPD32, record videos, or create beautiful music from the rough ideas in my head. My "learning journey" is what has allowed me to do all of what I do musically. The journey has been long - more than a decade now - but my music clearly prooves that the journey is worth it.
Taurus Makes a Beat Midday Vibe Piano Freestyle Video Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats
"Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory and brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can." - Neurologist Oliver Sacks
The documentary is called "Alive Inside" and I'll be glad when this project is complete.
This is part of the reason why I make Moody Instrumental Music.
I just finished posting the first Propellerhead Reason video tutorial session - "VIP Session 1: Chop and Flip Samples" - on TAURUSBEATS.COM! This is my first attempt at providing detailed video tutorials about how to produce music using Propellerhead's Reason software and hardware control devices like the Akai MPD32 and M-Audio Oxygen25.
Propellerhead Reason Video Tutorial Session 2 Available at TaurusBeats.com!
I just finished posting the second video tutorial session - "VIP Session 2: Sample Flip w/ Reason NN-XT + MPD32" - on TAURUSBEATS.COM! This VIP Session features the making of my Moody instruMental Music track, "Grace To You".
I started doing piano freestyles over popular music a few years ago as a way to train my ears and improve my ability to play by ear. This time, I'm playing along with Mobb Deep - Shook Ones Part II.
This is just something I do to have fun and work on my ear training. I am not a pianist at all and I don't know how to play piano like a pianist. I just try to make the keys play what I hear in my head.
This is a Video Introduction to TaurusBeats, Moody Instrumental Musician. I make moody instrumental music and I help music producers make more music in less time with better results.
Video Make Beats with Reason Pat Benatar Sample Flip Remix by TaurusBeats
I use Propellerhead Reason, Propellerhead ReCycle, Sony Soundforge and many other music production tools.
In this video, I show a little about how I take samples from an existing song and then rearrange ("flip") the samples into different patterns before "wrapping" the flipped sample patterns with various instrumentation I perform.
Worship Him by TaurusBeats - Music I Made Using Propellerhead Reason, Oxygen25, Akai MPD32
Here's my interpretation of a well-known Christmas song that I made a few years ago. This is one of my original Moody instruMental Music creations done using Propellerhead's Reason 4.01 music software, the Akai MPD32 and the M-Audio Oxygen25 USB keyboard controller.
I use JW Player 5 as the media player for websites I build.
Finally got to visit Chicago with Trauna and Tamilyn. Great trip with a lot of sight-seeing and a really cool July 4th fireworks display.