Taurus M. James, Moody Instrumental Musician
Hi! I'm Taurus M. James. (That's me at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.)
Overcoming Depression with Moody Instrumental Music
Over the years, many people around the world have gotten to know me as TaurusBeats.
When I started making moody instrumental music in 2000, I was battling chronic depression. All I wanted to do was express what I was feeling and what I was thinking. I didn't know much about music production, composing music, or beat making at all. I found a way to make music using my computer and started making little pieces of music every day. The music became my journal, my diary.
A few years later, I built the TaurusBeats.com website and started posting the music I made as collections As the years passed, I continued to capture my thoughts and feelings in the music. I started noticing that as I listened to music from the older collections, my mood changed from bad to good, or from good to better. Early on, I was so focused on making music that I really didn't spend much time listening to what I made. But the more time I spent listening to this moody instrumental music - really listening - the more I realized how instrumental this music is in improving my mood.
My hope is that this moody instrumental music, along with the stories and videos I share, will be instrumental in helping someone overcoe depression, like it has been for me.
Trash to Treasure
I started developing my moody instrumental music skills as a kid playing with other people's trash - bottles, buckets and cans I found on the side of the streets of Washington, DC. I played clarinet for a year in middle school and played my first drum kit to earn a spot as the drummer for the US Air Force Academy Cadet Gospel Choir. Even though I had never played on a drum kit before, I kept working hard at it to get better. I started composing and songwriting as the drummer for the Ogden, Utah Gospel-Jazz band, The Upper Room. I played drums professionally for a few years as the band toured and recorded an album.
This website showcases my blended styles of Downtempo, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronica and other music genres into my Moody Instrumental Music, or mood music.
I am interested in meeting people who share this passion for music and self improvement that I have. A few years ago, I set out to use my skill and imagination to create an aesthetic environment as the home of my Moody instrumental Music so I could make it available for other people to experience. You're looking at the result - TaurusBeats.com.
In a way, you could say that I found my musical Treasure through other people's Trash!
Moody Instrumental Music is The Soundtrack of My Life
My music has changed over the years, reflecting the many changes that have taken place in my life. You can hear what I'm talking about if you listen to my earliest collections (My Soundtrack and Final Hour Music) compared to what I am making now (Common Grace, Westward, CMA Beats, Vision).
Likewise, TaurusBeats.com has evolved over the years, from a small, private area showcasing a handful of music tracks, to a growing network of aspiring musicians and producers.
I started out making beats with Propellerhead Reason back in the year 2000. I'm still making beats with Reason and I'm moving more into making music with full orchestration, solos, improvisations and all that wonderful stuff. (I'm no pianist - I stumbled into playing piano/keys while trying to figure out creative ways to tag the music I make.)
I'm blessed to be able to capture my progress through this life journey in music and share it with people all over the world. What I originally intended for private reflection, God has redirected to people and places I never imagined. Through this moody instrumental music I hear, feel and see my life. I'm learning that other people are having the same experience. I am blessed even more so because of the listeners, subscribers and friends that this music has introduced me to.
When I'm Gone...
If I die today, God is Good!
God made me and put this passion for music in me. God introduced me to Himself through Jesus, The Christ. God allows me to make moody instrumental music...for such a time as this.
I can be a Moody dude when I haven't eaten in awhile. I forget to eat when I'm creating music and making beats.
When I'm Gone, just remember this...God tried to reach you and introduce you to Jesus, The Christ, through Moody Instrumental Music and a moody dude named Taurus.
"Grace and Peace!"
Grace is extended to all, but Peace is only found in Christ Jesus. I hope you get it.
Grace and Peace!