about my album "Commitment"
I had always wanted to record an album of instrumental works
and that is what this album "Commitment" turned out
to be. The time was 1990 and I was in a strange place professionally.
I had let go of my dream of being a recording artist and had
recently settled in Minneapolis, MN. The bills and expenses
of life were still coming in and I had not yet latched onto
the computer world, so I found myself doing odd jobs to support
myself. I wasn't in the greatest frame of mind and my self-esteem
an attempt to bolster my spirits, I did what I had always done
in the past; I made plans to record a new album. However, in the
process of writing some new songs, I realized that I didn't have
much to say! Then, I thought, well, let's just do some instrumental
I had recently
purchased a new synthesizer, a Korg M-1, and was thrilled at
working with composing new songs on it. The sound palette of
the Korg was much broader than my old Yamaha DX-7, plus it had
onboard effects like reverb, etc. I found it a joy to work with.
As I was putting together ideas for the cover, a friend of mine
suggested that I try to do it on the computer. This was new
to me but very exciting, and with his help I fashioned the cover
and layout that you see before you. Soon I got hooked on computer
graphics and started to explore my creativity with visuals,
but that is another story!
I hope you enjoy my "Commitment!"