Hey everyone. Happy New Year from Chad! Here is wishing you the best in everything you do in 2016!

Well, 2015 has certainly been an interesting year in my journey towards my Xtraordinary Life – – to say the least. There have been some really good times . . . and unfortunately, some not so good times. But that probably describes everyone’s life, right?

 A RECAP OF SOME OF 2015’s BEST TIMES

i wrote many new songs this year. I believe that some of them will turn out to be some of my best songs. But only time will tell, as I have not had the time to record them yet. I have spent most of my time re-doing, re-recording, and re-mixing some of my older songs. Why?

Well, mainly because I have learned many new skills and techniques – – both in the recording side and in the mixing/producing side. I’ve been blessed to have online mentors to teach me things that I didn’t know, or that I didn’t have the skill to do. I talked about the importance of having a mentor to lean on in a previous post.Continue reading

What’s goin on yall?  Chad here again.

So, I’ve been pursuing the Xtraordinary Life that I believe I’ve found in playing music, recording music, and in publishing music, right?  Well, I ‘m still on that journey, and probably will be for the rest of my life. I believe that’s what I’ve been called to do, Bro. Guess that’s why I named this blog Chad’s Xtraordinary Site

Anyway . . . let’s fast forward. So after all of these years spent in perfecting my craft ( or my art), things have finally started to come together for me. I’m in my late 20’s now, and the song writing and song recording seeds that I planted way back in high school have started to produce results.

I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a couple of successful bands. And yes . . . we’ve made some records. The song writing has gotten progressively easier and better, if I do say so myself! But in addition to hard work and practice (like I talked about in a previous post), one of the the main reasons for my personal musical growth has been mentor-ship, Finding someone who has been there and done that.Continue reading

Hello World – – Chad back again.

THE ONLY PLACE THAT YOU FIND SUCCESS BEFORE WORK IS IN THE DICTIONARY!

I don’t know who came up with that quote, but it is so true, isn’t it? Well, let me add one of my own . . . let’s call it a Chadism (Lol), OK?

“the only place you will find success is after PRACTICE“. And that applies to anything in life. Even when you are creating an Xtraordinary Life!

So, I was in high school by now and was doing pretty well with the band Bobby and I had formed. We were getting paid gigs, having fun, making some money, AND . . .attracting the popular girls (see my previous post about that). Life was getting good for this 16 year old rock star wannabe.Continue reading

 

fostex_mr8_xtraordinarysiteHey Guys. Chad here with a shout out to you all. What’s going on in your world today?

Well, I’m about creating my Xtraordinary Life – – having fun and being full of joy. So, this is my story . . .

I believe that I have discovered my true passion, which is writing and recording music. As I was sharing in previous posts, I started playing drums as a teenager, which came very naturally, and was teaching myself to play guitar — which did not come naturally, but was quite difficult. My love for music had been there all of my life, but it really started to come to the fore front in my early teens.

Not only did I love to play music, and perform live for an audience . . . but I was starting to get an itch to write my own music. Didn’t have a clue how to do that, but I was willing to learn. I was encouraged to pursue song writing by my best friend, Bobby.

We had started a band with a couple of other guys. Me on drums and Bobby on keyboards. Bobby was an excellent musician. I guess it runs in his family . . . as his dad is also a keyboard player and actually owns CarrolltonPianoTuner.com today.

Anyway, it was Bobby who ran across a home recording device called an MR8. It was a small digital recorder that we could actually use to record up to 8 tracks. We pooled our money and bought one . . . and man, did my life change and start to become Xtraordinary! We started to lay down tracks and record our songs in Bobby’s garage. Continue reading

Chad here . . . but you should know that by now, right? Hey, if you are still reading this every day – and don’t have anything better to do with your life —  then I’ll be happy to share with you my Xtraordinary Life. Just kidding about the your life part as I am sure that it is awesome as well!

Anywho,

So, where were we? Oh yeah. My teenage dilemma . . . how was I going to attract popular girls? So obviously, it wasn’t gonna be with my super sharp, ninja gaming skills.

But over the previous two years I had developed another passion – – MUSIC, and the making of it. My parents had bought a me set of used drums from a local pawn shop. I really didn’t have to “learn how” to play them. It just came naturally. I didn’t realize it then, but later did – – that the gifting to be able to play music was God-sent.Continue reading

What’s up? Chad checking in . . .

So, now I’m getting a little older, right? And although I was still into playing video games big time, things were starting to change. Ah, those awkward “hormonal years” – – those early teenage years . That’s when I started to to pay attention to different things . . . and considered different ways of pursuing my Xtraordinary life. I mean a guy just wants to  have fun you know. After all , this was the late 90’s now.

That’s when it happened. I slowly found my interests changing from MS PACMAN to Miss 9th grade Prom Queen!  What? How’d that happen? HORMONES BUDDY, HORMONES !!! I began day dreaming about how I could meet girls . . . about what I might say to them . . . about how I was going to impress them . . .about how I was going to get away from them if it turned out that I didn’t like them after all . . . about how I was going to keep them around, if it turned out I did.

You know, the usual stuff a 14 year old geeky guy might ponder. Remember, I had already made up my mind that my life’s goal was the pursuit of happiness and having fun with an Xtraordinary life.

And I knew that there had to be some ways to have fun with teenage girls – – but I just didn’t know what to do. And I meant have fun with them in a clean and wholesome kind of way. So, settle down there, Sparky. This story ain’t about a Horn Dog like you!

So, it seemed logical to just muster up the courage, and sachet on over to the most popular and prettiest girls in school . . . AND . .  invite them to come over to my house to play some of my games on Nintendo or Play Station, right?    WRONG NUMBNUTS!    It seems the teenage girls of my generation were NOT into playing video games with some pimple faced nerd boy, down in his father’s basement. At least not the popular and pretty ones anyway.  Teenage girls . . .go figure, right?

So, hmmmm, what was a lad to do next?    TO BE CONTINUED . . .

So, hit me up if you got sumpin to say to me, Chief.

Hey Guys. . . Chad here.

How does an ordinary guy growing up in Texas transform his life events into something Xtraordinary? Well, my life philosophy is to just have fun and enjoy life. I know that might sound simple and shallow — and so what if it is? Its my life and my blog, so I guess I can approach it anyway that I like, right? If you can’t relate to this lifestyle, that’s cool . . . start your own blog about your outlook on life, dude!

My pursuit of “having fun” started at a real early age for me. My first memories of having fun (that I can remember) involved playing video games with my dad. All types of video games. You see, my dad was a video game nut! He loved playing video games of all  types–it was his passion. He had all the games of the 80’s from Atari, Nintendo, Play Station,  . . . and it continued right up until recently including XBox. He has now passed away, but  he taught me to love playing these games as well. I guess I “inherited” his passion, so to speak.

Mom, on the other hand, wasn’t much into the video game thing. She just kinda tolerated it, if you know what I mean. I’m sure dad talked her into playing with him every now and then. But if for no other  reason than that, both mom and dad were glad when I was born into this world — now dad would have someone to teach about and play with his vast collection of video games. HAHAHA!

So, I literally grew up in my early years immersed in the gaming world thanks to dad. There is a family rumor going around that instead of giving me a rattler or ball to play with as an infant, dad gave me an Atari joystick to get familiar with! I can’t confirm or deny that rumor because I really don’t remember . . . but I do know this: it seems like the first game I learned to play was Atari’s Pong game. And also, the Combat Tank game from Atari.

And later, we moved on to Nintendo — and a whole new world of fun and joy opened up for me.I can’t count the number of hours that dad and I played Zelda together. We explored the different levels and learned all the tips and tricks to beat those levels. And although it took some time (even though dad seemed like a genius at finding and figuring out hidden shortcuts) I was finally able to master it.Continue reading