been writing my own songs for a while now, since at least the late 1970's.
do it because, I like writing pop tunes. Even while playing to mosh pits,
I wanted to make music that was catchy enough to maybe whistle after you
left the show.
I purchased a battery-powered Fostex X-15 portable 4-track recorder in
'85 and have enjoyed writing tunes ever since. It freed me up to write
the kind of guitar parts I was capable of (read: not complex), and liked
Around 1986, I once told a woman I worked with at an advertising firm
that I played guitar, and she asked to hear a tape - I guess she expected
Andre Segovia or something, but I put on Rockabilly
Roadtrip and she just started laughing - I guess she didn't
expect something as twangy and in your face.
Anyway, on the sketches I've always played mostly all the instruments,
except in a few instances.
Lately I've been playing with Propellerheads Reason, which
is an exceptionally cool virtual studio. The Reason pieces are
played, but written and then processed... my objective is to continue
creating pop tunes that could be played live by a band.
Recorded home studio, 1985-1996
is sort of a "best of" the 50-odd songs I recorded over that
period, remixed for Compact Disc.
John Manhardt plays bass on lovebaby, and Susan Laracy
sings on longlegged-guitarpickinman.
Other instruments include, electric and acoustic guitar, bass, Mattel
Synsonics drum pad, Roland TR-909 Drum machine, Yamaha VSS-100 keyboard,
kalimba, mandolin, paint cans, etc.
Recorded home studio, 1985-1989
are songs I like that didn't make
the cut for the above CD, so they are not remixed or cleaned-up in any
John Manhardt plays bass on neighborhood, which later
became a TAD song.
Interestingly enough, of the above 22 songs, only a certain way,
neighborhood, and cute little dogs ever made
it into the TAD set list.
Recorded home studio, 2003-04
- so as you've figured out by now, I give my songs some dumb-ass names...
that's alright: it entertains me!
These songs are really experiments with Reason, but I like them enough
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