Yes! Yes! Yes… I have started to record another EP! This time I am recording at D&D Studios (Rapid City, SD) with Daniel Earwood and I producing!
“Let It Fly” was an experiment of sorts. I wanted the overall sound to have a LIVE, RAW & LOOSE feel… so I recorded my parts LIVE… vocals, guitar, etc. Now I have recorded that way in the past… but that was another time, technology, etc. I am super happy with results on “Let It Fly”… but I will never recorded that way again, at least I am pretty sure I won’t! The post production was a HUGE challenge to complete and I am ready to record with another approach.
“Through the veil of tears” is the working title I have chosen for this next EP release. It will continue in the veil of “Let It Fly” but this time… it will be a little more polished. When I say “polished” I mean production-wise… the sound will still be an americana, roots, folk singer-songwriter sound. Judging from what we accomplished today… I have no doubts, it is going to a great release!
Greetings from windy, chilly western South Dakota!!!
I am presently in the studio! I am recording a 5 song EP called “Let It Fly.” As of this writing I am approx. 60% done… and I’ve even been recording today. Sadly today it’s slow going… but, as John Denver once sang… “some days are diamonds, some days are stone.” So even though things may not be all that smooth, it’s at least moving! I hope to be done sometime next week!
But… I do have a preview for you!
It’s a video for my song “It’s Been Awhile.” It’s a song of longing… and that feeling we all have when we’re missing a loved one. It’s the first song on the ep! Hope you enjoy it!
What is funny… is, I cannot remember when I started this project. My good friend and fellow Guitarist Damon Buxton might remember? I say that because at the time I was working to complete a seasonal series… Summer Reflections, Autumn Reflections, Winter Reflections… all of which were submitted to Many Miles Music, Damon’s Seattle based instrumental label. Anyway… I completed Summer, Autumn and Winter Reflections… and then started working on Spring Reflections… then I went dry!
I think the reason I went dry is that I LOVED the first three songs so much, that I was terrified that I couldn’t live up to those songs? A year later… I wrote and recorded “The Opening Of Windows” and again got scared I couldn’t reach that level again. To be honest… I have no idea why I felt that way… I just did and the project went on hold!
In midst of all this, I started recorded with Will Ackerman… and talk about feeling alive again! I LOVED that whole experience… Will is a precious man who knows how to get the best out of an artist! I love the gift he has been in my life! Anyway… due to some unforeseen financial mishaps… I am not able to complete that effort and it remains one of my saddest efforts. Only because it seems soooooo far out of my reach to get this project done financially. I have obligations in regard to that effort… and I hoping and praying that one those will be met and I can proceed with this recording with Will!
So… another year passes and I have not released any projects in a while and I finally resolved myself that it might be a long time before I am able to complete the project with Will Ackerman. Letting go of a dream is painful… but, I still harbor a hope within me!
I gathered my courage… sat down, rolled up my sleeves and decided it is time to FINISH Spring Reflections.
I cleaned up my studio… made a space for working and went about the business of writing and recording… and it has been a blessing on so many levels. It feels really good to have this project done!
It with great excitement that I FINALLY offer you… my wonderful listeners, SPRING REFLECTIONS!!!
Presently this is available on my Bandcamp site for a $7.99 Download! Within the next couple of weeks… Spring Reflections will be available on iTunes, AmazonMP3, eMusic, Spotify, etc. Stay tuned for info in regard to that!
I would like to thank Damon Buxton, Will Ackerman, Masako, Alejandro Clavijo, Ashley Behlings, and countless others for the endless amounts of encouragement… I am a blessed man to have friends like you!
I am thrilled to announce that “The Gathering” was voted as the BEST ALBUM of The YEAR at the 9th Annual ZMR Music Awards!
I have been a musician/guitarist since 1978… and I bought my first Will Ackerman/Windham Hill record in 1982. The name of the record was “Passage” and to this very day… remains my most favorite Will Ackerman release.
I’ll never forget the first time I place the needle on the grooves of this record… the sound of wonder and beauty filled the basement apartment I was living in at the time. My imagination ran wild with creativity and I started right then and there… dreaming of recording an album of instrumental guitar music… as beautiful as “Passage.”
Years have passed… many road miles later… endless packs of guitar strings have come and gone… and now I am in my 50′s… still dreaming and striving to record elegant, beautiful music!
I know one day… one day I will be able to complete my project with Will Ackerman… but now for now, I have the most amazing blessing of being included on “The Gathering!” Not only was my photo featured on the cover (a tree a few miles down the road from where I live here in South Dakota), but my song “Forever” was included as well!
What an amazing blessing to be apart of a wonderful, world class cast of artists! Album of the Year… what an amazing blessing!
This is something I will cherish for many, many… many years to come!
When composing a guitar piece… I sometimes imagine nature and various sounds created in the world we live in. As I sat and imagined (composing) this piece… in my heart and mind, I could almost hear the sound of light rain falling… I hope you’re able to hear that as well. Here’s what I completed this morning in the studio… “Renewal (Gentle Spring Rain)”