There is no absolute right. There is no absolute wrong. There is simply existence & perspective.
At the beginning of 2015, I promised myself I would put out a collection of original music on my own, for the sole intent of growing as an artist relative to my own personal definitions of what it means to be one. For me, to be an artist is to pursue your passion for you, regardless of any external forces. Art is pure sincerity. I am an artist, you are an artist, we are all artists. There is no magical threshold of popularity to break or a particular lifestyle you need to live in order to "be a true artist." If you're being honest with yourself, then you're already doing it. The journey & experience is the art. Life is art.
"Will I Remember Today" is an intimate look inside my head in the form of five acoustic songs. I created it as an exercise in discipline (I find I am more productive when I set personal goals), as well as to cope with & document this past period of my life. I write a lot of music, but no one outside of extremely close individuals ever hears it, for the same reason I am a social hermit: I get completely overwhelmed by existence & people's opinions in the world that I tend to keep my mouth shut because I don't feel I have anything interesting or meaningful to add.
Which brings me to my moniker Heart Fortress. We all respond to heartache & sadness in varied manners. For me, with every painful experience that happens, a new invisible wall gets built around my heart & I seep further into my protective isolation. Before I knew it, I had a full fortress that no one could penetrate unless they somehow found the key that I misplaced. The beauty of it is I created my own little world where no one could affect me, I couldn't affect anyone else, and I could create my art in peace. However, along with that introspection, I forgot how to interact with humans & sustain meaningful relationships outside of my comfort zone.
This is my first step in attempting to find a balance between my world & everyone else's. I want to be honest with myself & others, to be more open-minded, and to be able to express myself without driving myself completely mad.
Everyone is beautiful. Everyone is ugly.
You are perfect. We are one.
Thank you for taking the time to be a part of this life.
released November 27, 2015
All songs written, performed, and recorded by Hsiang-Ming Wen
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