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After a recent diagnosis of stage 3 colon cancer and a full year of treatments, operations, and recovery to reflect on virtually everything in my life I thought I'd try to do something good. Cancer sucks and it sucks even more for a little kid. I Hope you musicians and supporters out there can read the following and take up this 80's recording challenge:
Late in the 1980's I called my friend TK and asked to borrow his 4 track cassette recorder and his prized 1963 Rickenbacker guitar for 3 weeks in order to create a concept demo in my basement laundry room. At the time the hope was to use it to find/create members for another band to play drums with. A number of songs were recorded; sometimes even screaming into the dryer to get that "just right" reverb sound.
Well life, family, and work happened and no band was ever created and the songs were never developed. The equipment was returned, the drums were sold, and the kids grew. The recordings were soon forgotten about as well.
Recently I remembered them and decided to take a listen. The production might be considered low but the intent was for concept and I think that comes through.
So here is the challenge:
I thought I'd offer these songs to see what you could do with them. I'm hoping that one or all might actually be covered, changed to suit your genre, recorded and/or even performed live someday with the hope that you put a price on them and donate the proceeds to St Jude's Children's Hospital through their site at: http://events.stjude.org/joesneekers
I call this collection Live in the Laundry Room (LLR) (Sorry Foo Fighters, no disrespect intended :) ) You can find the songs marked with "LLR".
You can also find some recently posted classical recordings there to veg out and relax to as well if life is just getting too crazy.
In return for your donations I will list all links to the recorded songs on my Facebook page weekly depending on quality, availability and volume of responses. This is in addition to my heart felt gratitude to you.
Cancer sucks and it sucks even more for a little kid. Hope you can take up this challenge beginning October 15th and continuing through the year. I think it may be a fun way for musicians to do something good and take a sad song and make it better for some kids who are hurting.
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