I was highly active in local and regional music for years, as a songwriter, Folk singer, Rock sax player, Worship Leader, CCM songwriter/singer, and more. Included in that was maintaining a reel-to-reel-based home studio I could use to record my own music and the music of my friends.
Then parenting teens and working some crazy jobs got in the way for a while. You get out of the habit.
Some parts, like playing banjo licks you learned when you were 16, are a lot like riding a bicycle.
Other parts, like getting gigs, performing, and recording are not.
After the last daughter left for college I started easing my way back into it. Starting music web pages, playing local gigs and festivals, etc. But I never really picked up a lot of momentum or recorded enough of my new material. My bad. Like every other musician, 2020 slowed what little momentum I had, though I’ve still been writing songs. But not recording them. When I started trying to set up my “home studio” gear in the new house, I realized that some was just plain worn out, some pieces depended on software that my computers no longer supported, and so on.
Now that things are opening up again, I hope to start making progress, at least on the recording part of it. I’m really a songwriter/singer, not the other way around, and if folks are just looking for good looks and a lovely voice, they will be missing what I do best.
So here’s hoping that I have much, much more content to put here in the coming months.
Starting with a Dayton, Ohio performance that was lined up a year ago and subsequently put off until this year. It’s not a major performance, its part of a big “front porch” festival on August 21, more-or-less on the street. But it will be my first time in front of folks for a while, and I’ll count it a “win” if folks stay and listen all the way through. 🙂
Here’s an example of me performing at the same gig a couple years back.
More to come! Have a great summer, all!