From Saint Maarten to Chicago to Miami, it’s been such a wild ride. Ive been working two jobs for a year and a half just to save for wheels and pay rent. Didn’t really have a social life nor did I have the time to work on my creativity. Just work, work, and work. What has it done for me? Get me through the month? That routine was killing me spiritually. I was creatively dead.

So I am grateful to have finally landed a solid full time job and I now have all the free time I need. I have no family, no kids…. so I won’t be a burden on anyone’s life for living my selfish dreams if I dive into it head first. That said, here’s where it all finally begins on the creative front. Looking forward to finally doing what I love again and sharing it with you. That’s all I want from this life. Fuck everything else.

Good morning to you, good night to me. Another graveyard shift in the books… Bed please.

Just finished tweaking the layout for rolyoart.com to make it easier to browse and shop for my artwork. I also created an art blog on tumblr - go follow! http://rolyoart.tumblr.com. #tumblr #rolyoart #posters #illustrations #drawings #canvas #paintings #miami #artist #design

Just finished tweaking the layout for rolyoart.com to make it easier to browse and shop for my artwork. I also created an art blog on tumblr - go follow! http://rolyoart.tumblr.com. #tumblr #rolyoart #posters #illustrations #drawings #canvas #paintings #miami #artist #design

Took a walk, stopped at Barnes & Noble to kill some time before work. I could get lost in this place for hours. Lol #miraclemile #gables #books #coffee

Took a walk, stopped at Barnes & Noble to kill some time before work. I could get lost in this place for hours. Lol #miraclemile #gables #books #coffee

Wow! I’ve been gone for so long. Thanks to the much needed break from many distractions, I now feel like new. So let’s do this.

We are all human satellites, trying to establish connection with ourselves, each other and something bigger than us. Every time we see a spark in someone, we reach out with all we’ve got in hopes of continuing to get hope and give it in return.

Growth; I’ve done more of it last year than any other year and I’m very grateful for those who were around me when I needed a signal of hope, but I was even more blessed to be able to give hope in return. That’s when the cycle is completed, that’s when the connection is made.

There’s a revolution taking place in my mind, my heart and my body. I can’t put my finger on it, but I feel more alive than ever.

Finding your strength and purpose becomes easy once it’s the only option you’re left with. That’s when magic is made. Amaze and be amazed. Here’s to a wonderful year.

- R

2013 - New Recording in Progress.

Greetings!  Hope everyone’s had a wonderful entrance to the new year.

I am starting on a clean slate with the creativity, but this time it’s with the music. It’s been a few years since I’ve released any music at all and it’s about damn time, so the art will have to be put on hold for a while (at least until I am finished recording my new material and playing out on a regularly basis).

I’ve already rearranged my home studio to cater o the music and have begun tracking some very basic ideas. I have been listening to tons of new artists/bands suggested by friends and I really wish that I can put all of my inspirations in a blender and let the music spill through the speakers, but there is much work involved in the process, especially when you go it alone.

It truly pays to have a second opinion so you’re not driving yourself nuts staying stuck on an idea or a specific part of a song. Since I won’t have any band members to provide it, maybe all of you can help me out with it :)

When I was on the island of St. Maarten a few years ago, I had a few followers from Twitter and Facebook join in on a songwriting collaboration with me. I wrote the music, and they “tweeted” their lines of lyrics. After I mixed the song to Mp3 and arranged the lyrics, I sent all the participants a free download for their contributions. I always make a point to find new and exciting ways to involve those who follow and support my music, so I will be posting the process and the progress behind the scenes and would like to share the journey with you.

I’ll be playing all of the instruments, writing, arranging and producing this album myself, but although most of the heavier songs will have a full band sound, I really want to focus on voice, guitar and percussive loops as I will most likely be performing these tracks on my own once they hit the stage. I do plan on using subtle background loops and sound effects during the performances, but mainly just a voice, a guitar and a loop pedal.

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All ideas and sketches of the songs can be found on my soundcloud profile.

Once they’re ready for finalizing and mastering, I’ll post the polished versions on my reverbnation profile.

Don’t forget to “like” my facebook page as it will all be integrated there.

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I guess that’s it for now. I’m going to put my imagination to work and get back to the tunes now. Cheers :)

P.S.. Since most of the songs usually stem off of random jam sessions, I’ll be posting a couple of random videos as well.

A wonderful year of challenge and change is coming to a close…

A wonderful year of challenge and change is coming to a close…

I’ve learned a lot this year about myself and personal struggle. I’ve learned how important it is to remain humble and strong when faced with adversity. I’ve learned what it feels like to be betrayed. I’ve learned what it feels like to be loved and to love again. Earlier this year, I was at a very dark place in my life and was overwhelmed by everything hitting me all at once and can only remember wanting something to go right in my life. I remember feeling lost, lonely and felt as though no one really knew me, not even myself.

A lot has happened since the beginning of the year.  I went from having no job, no car and living with my grandmother after my divorce to living on my own, owning a car and working two jobs to support myself. It wasn’t until recently, that I realized that it wasn’t about how big or small my place was, or what car I was driving, or where I was working at the time… it was just about having my independence back as I now know how crucial it is to me.

Material items never really mattered to me. Where I lived, what I drove, how much money I made, blah, blah, blah…. All that shit comes and goes, but what mattered was being happy and love was the glue that held me together and kept me happy. I’ve learned that we must never run from love. In fact, we should always run to it and run for our damn lives because it’s the only thing that will save us. It’s the only thing we need.

A bigger place, a better job…. those things will always come and go, but my love for the arts will never be taken away. Now I know why they call it a gift. Because it’s mine to keep and no one can change that. But I’d be more than happy to share with you :)

So now that 2013 is approaching and the fundamentals of maintaining an independent lifestyle are in place for me, I am going to really focus on the music and art again. I really want to perform at open mics around Miami and record a five song EP to pass out for free, as well as continue building art material for upcoming galleries and festivals. I really want to punch the new year in the face with a glittered fistful of truth comprised of both, the bullshit I’ve been through as well as the wonderful moments of absolute joy that I will never ever forget.

It’s been a long rough climb out of a hole and I thank those of you who caught me before I fell, but I give special thanks those of you who stood back and watched me fall and kicked me while I was down. You’re gonna make the “getting back up” part so much sweeter. And I love sweets.

So… Here’s to another year of resilience and triumph.

This time I’ll make sure you’ll remember my name.

I’m not a dreamer, I’m a realist. Dreaming is for sleeping and I haven’t had any rest in a while.

I was staring at a pretty white pelican standing on my jeep from a distance. As I got closer I realized the pretty white pelican turd it’s left behind. Moral of the story: things look pretty from a distance. I know. Genius. #jeep #shit #pelicans #poetry

I was staring at a pretty white pelican standing on my jeep from a distance. As I got closer I realized the pretty white pelican turd it’s left behind. Moral of the story: things look pretty from a distance. I know. Genius. #jeep #shit #pelicans #poetry

Getting my fat on at Miami Lakes Alehouse #onionrings #booze #baconcheddarburger

Getting my fat on at Miami Lakes Alehouse #onionrings #booze #baconcheddarburger

"Pins and Needles" - Mutemath (Cover with Loop Pedal) by Roly O

Lyrics:

Paper thin conviction,
Turning another page,
Plotting how to build myself to be
Everything that I am not at all.

Sometimes I get tired of pins and needles,
Facades are a fire on the skin.
And I’m growing fond of broken people,
As I see that I am one of them.

Oh, why must I work so hard,
Just so I can feel like the nobles ones?
Obligations to my heart are gone,
Superficial lines explain it all.

Sometimes I get tired of pins and needles,
Facades are a fire on the skin.
Oh, I’m growing fond of broken people,
As I see that I am one of them.

Sometimes I get tired of pins and needles,
Facades are a fire on the skin.
Oh, and I’m growing fond of broken people,
As I see that I am one of them.

Balance.

Balance.

Some people have a BMW or a Porsche for a dream car. I can officially say that my dream car is my 1995 Jeep Wrangler. #jeep #wrangler #offroad #4x4

Some people have a BMW or a Porsche for a dream car. I can officially say that my dream car is my 1995 Jeep Wrangler. #jeep #wrangler #offroad #4x4

Gonna fade away for a bit. Too much noise on here and I’ve grown allergic to the static… see ya on the flipside.