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Its 3:30am on Tuesday December 23rd, I listen to the entire harvest for the first time. It’s a collection of my musical experiments that lead me to realize a dream, to release my music into the world. I had some of the songs completed as but by early 2008 I had stopped recording due to an ever expanding travel schedule. I had lost interest in continuing on with it. After a very long stretch of travel I had a rare week at home and hoped a couple days to mess around with some unopened studio equipment that I had purchased months earlier. With my classical guitar and a new shinny new microphone I pressed the record button and started strumming out a few chords to get some test levels. Then it happened! BOOM! The spontaneous joy of song creation! Twenty-four hours later I had a personal first; writing and recording a complete song in under a day from scratch! I feel lucky to have this special moment, and realize it’s not to be taken for granted as it comes around only once in a great while.
“The Truth” my twenty-four hour song ended up the first track on my new release “Homegrown” as it embodies a feeling of just letting the song flow from the inside. “Maybe Next Time” was an instrumental until I finally had a breakthrough and the lyrics flowed out of me like a keg of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s based on not making very good life decisions. “Don’t Fight It” is one of my favorites, I sweated this song out as I was recovering from a battle with a nasty illness. Basically I dragged myself into the studio and recorded the demo for this song as I was very sick but I obeyed the title and after an extended recovery I recorded it again, minus the hacking cough! “Crazy Tonight” was recorded on a slightly out of tune baby grand piano and by the time it was complete had some great electric violin work courtesy of Tory Edwards. “Tribute” the last song recorded for this release is dedicated to my three favorite ladies in the world! Mom, Valerie and my Haley Monster! There is also a nod to the late great Randy Rhoads in this guitar piece.
“Must Be a Reason” was also born out of my feverish brain as I was recovering from the awful pneumonia virus. Lying on the couch strumming my guitar that felt more like fifty pounds instead of five, all I could think is “There must be a reason for this song” and once again I recorded a quick demo before collapsing in bed not to wake up until a dark and groggy fourteen hours later. “In Your Eyes” was written for my lovely wife, a reminder that we can all lose focus in life at one time or another; you just have to remember who your anchor is! She is mine! “Summer Skies” is a feeling song; I hope as you listen it takes you to a special place on a four minute vacation. “Falling” was the first song I recorded all of the music by myself, the launch pad for the idea of putting together a future musical release where I would write, perform and produce on my own.
After the whirlwind recording of “The Truth” I was rejuvenated and pushed forward with a self imposed finish date for completion of my as yet untitled release. At thirty thousand feet and with the deadline looming I had an epiphany and the title and cover concept came to me as if I had it planned all along. The songs were grown right at home and I’m the gardener, so the title “Homegrown” just made sense. With a comical rough sketch of my idea for the cover art and the photo talents of Robert Panzer, we created a musical garden and took a few interesting photos. I had a strange feeling in my stomach burying my guitars in dirt that I could pull off this crazy idea that started many years ago, as a kid listening to Beatles records in my room, strumming a six-string and wishing that I could do that!
Nothing much has changed!
I have created something very special to me; my hope is that it becomes special to you.