about my album "Melody"
looked back on this album with fondness, mostly because of the
circumstances under which it was recorded. In the fall of 1984,
I was living at home in Madison, WI. I had set up an 8-track
recording studio there in the pleasant atmosphere of my parent's
house. I still had dreams of becoming a recording artist and
decided to give it one more shot with all that I had. The plan
was simple enough: record an album's worth of new songs, move
to California, and then..."make it."
sure enough, the songs got recorded, and I did move to California,
but...I didn't "make it" like I had envisioned. I realize
why now and have no regrets, and I still have this wonderful album
to show for my efforts. It is certainly my best recorded work
in my opinion.
As I listen
to the album, these many years down the road, many memories
flash back of its production: waiting for the lawn mower next
door to stop so I could finish recording my vocals, lost in
heaven as I mixed the title song, "Melody" and then,
asking myself a familiar question, "Was that mix good enough?"
Well, in the end I learned to mix a song until that question
I learned never to settle for second best when my passion was
"Melody," all my other recordings seemed to fall a
little short -- not enough time or good equipment or focus --
just something always seemed to be missing. Finally, with "Melody"
all the right circumstances seemed to line up and there I was,
right where I wanted to be, doing what I loved with all my heart
-- making my own music. I had a glorious whole year to complete
it, and this gave me all the extra time I needed to "polish
the statue" to the point I had always dreamed of.
about "making it." My Mom & Dad showed me that
the greatest joy is in the journey, not whether you "make
it" or not. Many thanks go to them for making it possible.
Also, to Ken Arlen and Scot Streeter for their friendship and
support, and lastly, to God, for making this divine essence
called Sound; these notes that humans shape and arrange to form
music...which, in my opinion, is humankind's greatest creation.
all, and I hope you enjoy your journey through "Melody!"