I wouldn’t say I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, but ability scores and character classes provided a framework for how I thought about myself and others.

Was I a powerful fighter? No way. A dextrous rogue? Nope, stealing bad. A charismatic bard? Never was, never will be.

Instead, I’ve always thought of myself as an intelligence based magic user. Because… magic!

In my decades of playing RPGs, including literally years of an early MMORPG called Everquest, I’ve always been a mage, or whatever class is closest.

In fact, in Everquest, I played a female, which at the time was positively scandalous!

Back then, players assumed that your avatar reflected real life. I was hit on, given gifts, and even proposed to on a regular basis. In-game marriages were commonplace, and guild relations bled over to the real world. One guildmate flew across the country to bed another when her husband, also in the guild, was out of town.

I never lied about my sex, but never confessed to being a man.

I didn’t set out to trick anyone. I just figured if I was going to stare at a character for hundreds of hours, it might as well be one I enjoy looking at.

This song is a journey back to the worlds of my youth. Escapism, pure and simple.

I drew my sonic, but not lyrical, inspiration from this track about sex. D.F.T. (“down for that”) is a play on D.T.F. (“down to f*ck”).

Two aspects in particular —

  1. The feel. That Latin pop beat is definitely not 80s!
  2. The hard panned synth line.

I shared an a capella prechorus on Twitter:

Singing in octaves was tough! Especially the low notes, which required several rounds of first-thing-in-the-morning takes.

The rest of the production was a breeze comparatively.

Here’s a taste of the final product. I don’t have an official release date for you yet, but I’m sure it’ll happen eventually!

If you’d rather not wait, you can get “Mages” right now, along with several other exclusive tracks, on Patreon for as little as $3.

Brian.

Almost forgot…

reading // Will Wiesenfeld of Baths recommended The Earthsea Cycle Series by Ursula LeGuin. Gotta get through my Instapaper backlog first.

listening // Pop Music / False B-Sides II by Baths

watching // Sing “Yesterday” For Me

playing // Gwent