Jordan Steven Testimony May 14, 2012
I am Jordan Steven, also known as Jordan "bLiNd" Aguirre. I decided to use "Jordan Steven" as my professional name since most have a hard time pronouncing my last name. When I was a kindergartner, the grown ups would ask me "What do you want to do when you grow up young man?" I would say "I want to make video games" and they would chuckle. Eventually, after drawing maps and characters and realizing I wasn't very good, I sort of got lost about my goals and dreams. I did notice that I really enjoyed video game music though. I would turn on Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros 3 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles just to hear the music. My grandfather, Joseph Steven Aguirre, noticed when I was young that I had a gift that I hadn't found yet. He was a very good trumpet player. He told my parents often "He has something, he just has to find it." One day he asked me again around the age of 12 "Jordan, what do you want to do?" I told him I didn't know, I was really lost about it. I never knew until recently what happened after he asked me. He passed away when I was 18, and he is dearly missed.
Recently the Lord gave me a dream. It had my grandpa Steve in bean sprout fields in China. He owned them all and was teaching the men and women how to pick them and wash them. I went up to him near the end of the dream and he gave me a million dollars. When I woke up God spoke to me and said "You desire an inheritance from your fathers, to take care of you, but I have an inheritance worthwhile." I told my mother about this dream and she told me after that day when he asked me at age 12 and I didn't know what I wanted to do, he went and lit a candle at his catholic mass and prayed that I would find what it was I wanted to do with my life.
When I was 14 I finally discovered what it was. I had been playing an emulated video game and had the crazy idea to export the music and put a drum beat on top of it. It wasn't a big deal but after I made the track, something lit up inside of me. From there I would go on to learn more about production, mixing, and remixing and 4 years later got heavily involved in OCReMix with a wonderful community of people where I met many friends. When I was in college I got lost again, doing what the world does, trying to get a degree to "make a living." I dropped out realizing that I did not want to work a job for the rest of my life that I would despise. I also never did anything but remix and produce good sounding covers. I never thought I could write music. I got involved with a mixing engineer who eventually left town and didn't finish training me and I lost it. I prayed "God I am willing to do anything now, I will give up the music dream. I will go back to school and work a normal job, I will go into ministry, or whatever you want but you know my desire is music." Someone I knew, who I hadn't talked to for over a year, felt lead to call me and invited me to a college bible group less than an hour after praying. I met someone who sang and he had a great voice so I commented on it. I told him I make music as we talked. He told me "Somebody prayed over me and said that a guy into music would come into my life this week, and that must be you. Let me take you to the him."
When I met the man that prayed over him he prayed over me saying "God wants to join your passion of music and your work life but you have to prepare for the opportunities coming." The next day a man emails me and asks me to compose an rpg demo for a game he had been working on. I knew it was from God because of the impeccable timing. I was scared because I did NOT know how to compose music. He had found me through OCReMix and Project Majestic Mix and after listening to my music and doodles on my website he felt compelled to contact me. I gave it a shot and sent him the tracks and he was very impressed. I relied heavily on references from old games though, instead of letting inspiration come. He then asked me to compose a title screen melody or a main theme and that's when I cried out "I can't do this God." At that moment the entire melody came to my mind, even more vivid then when a pop song gets stuck in your head. The entire melody was there! I played it into the computer on my keys and developed it. After I showed him, he knew he had found the composer he had wanted for his games.
I composed a 15 track demo for his title and he pitched the game to very big names in Japan but because of budget reasons and a bad economy it has been put on hold. In the meantime he had been seeking out licensing jobs for both of us, him translating and me composing. I had spent lots of time preparing by studying basic theory orchestration and the like but the more I read the more I realize deep down I knew these things and the books were just putting names to them. I had someone else pray over me saying that "You will compose for games and God will touch people through the music. They will want to know where the melodies came from and they will want to seek out God because of how much the music inspires them"
One day that man prayed over me again and said "God is going to give you melodies from heaven that he wrote for angels to sing to him, but he will give them to you to compose here on earth. The only condition is YOU CANNOT TAKE CREDIT FOR THEM!" It has happened. He gives me waves of music during my quiet times. I will record up to 5 or 6 complete songs into my voice recorder. Melodies, bass, harmonies, arpeggios and the like ready to go on the computer. I don't compose traditionally because I am not the composer, God is. I sit down and hear these melodies and then just put them into the sequencer and slowly orchestrate and produce pieces that are used in modern games.
I believe God wants me to use the name Jordan Steven as a memento to my grandfather. He said I desired a physical monetary inheritance but my grandpa did leave me inheritance by praying that the God of the universe would help me find that one thing. The inheritance of God is very good and I have been extremely blessed and I want to share that with all of you. I don't deserve it. I am very humbled by it. I am not ashamed to speak of the God I know and love and he loves me back. He loved me first. He loves everyone else just the same, and he wants to fulfill their desires too because he's the one who planted them in their hearts and that's just who he is. It starts and ends with Jesus Christ. Seek him out. He is real and he cares about everything in our lives, even the video games we play and their music. I just want to say to all of you, how cool of a God is the God of creation, to give me the destiny in life to compose video game music? He cares about video games, and everyone that plays them! He cares about music... He created music!
Dragons' Odyssey was the soundtrack I wrote after having melodies come to me (so those melodies made it into this OST)