Warm Smooth & Phonky
If you took Brook Benton, Isaac Hayes, and Barry White's voices and mixed them together with Curtis Mayfield and Motown inspired music, you'd come up with Ron's muscial style. Ron was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. Ron has always been a passionate music fan. Listening over and over to the songs of the Temptations, Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions, Jerry Butler and the old doowop groups such as the Spaniels and Moonglows. The mellow jazz of saxophonists such Gene Ammons, Stanley Turentine and Grover Washington Jr. where also some of his favorites. After years in the high tech world, Ron decided to take up songwriting as a relaxing diversion from the high stress and hectic pace of software engineering; this CD is his debut release. Although he had only originally intended to write the songs, after hearing his demos, many of those 'in the business' encouraged him to release the CD singing it himself. He says he wrote these songs to hear them more than to perform them; 'It's like writing your own favorite songs'. You fellows will enjoy Ron's head bobbing music and meaningful lyrics; which are sometimes rather humorous. You ladies will enjoy those things as well, plus you will find yourself cozily wrapped in Ron's warm, smooth baritone vocals. And for you Steppers out there, and you know who you are, this CD is a Stepper's delight. 'Failing to try to succeed is infinitely worse than failing to succeed at what you try.' - Ron Parks All songs co-produced by Ron Parks and Thomas 'Tasche' Cryer.