All I Wanna Do
Not long ago while at a close friend's house for dinner he said, "I've got something that I want you to have". It was an acoustic guitar that once belonged to his Dad. Of course I refused, though he insisted I take it and play it because he didn't know how and the guitar had just been collecting dust. I took the guitar home that night. I filed down the bridge, put on some new strings and cleaned it up a bit. After tuning it and only playing it for a few minutes a song just seemed to come out without any effort. It became the song called "Big Joe's Dad's Guitar". I hadn't done that for along time, write a song that is. The words, music and melody just flowed and when I played it for Joe he loved it and said it was pretty damn good. I began to think of the stage, writing music and recording. I decided then to set a goal for myself, to write twelve original songs. I would play my songs and share ideas with a friend of mine Tom Fuhr. We would tweak in some lyrics together, have some good laughs and I began to gain confidence. One day while working on a song, I looked over at my electric guitar and thought "after all these years I'm so glad you stayed" which became an idea for another song. I decided to write all the songs with just my acoustic guitar as a way to help me come up with something a little different. I also decided to record the songs in that same way. I contacted a few recording studios and selected Audio Cafe' Studio and a few months later, Bet My Dad's a Cowboy CD was done. I passed the CD out to family, friends and a company called Taxi which is a group of A&R people who critique music and offer an avenue for your material to be heard. I received some pretty good reviews. While at work one day I received a phone call from guy I used to play in a band with. I hadn't heard from or seen him in ages. After some bad news about a friend we used to hang out with who wasn't with us anymore, we talked about music and the good old days of my old band, Toby Redd. Before I knew it we set up a day to get together. His name is Jim Konen and what a great guitar player he use to be. Wow, it was a treat to meet with him at his home and find out he still played guitar and was better than ever. I went home that night and visited his web site Whiterobot.com and listened to his music. He creates some really great stuff. I told Jim he could hear my tunes on Taxi.com and shortly after he called telling me how much he liked them. He suggested that we should record some of my tunes in full production. Before I knew it we were at his home studio recording. We got together several times, working on one song taking it from acoustic to full band sound. As we worked, he told me about all the new technology in digital recording and promoting your own music through the Internet. I must say Jim was a huge inspiration to me and instrumental in my decision to go back into the studio and take my tunes to the next level, full band sound. Another person I must tell you about is Tom Rice who owns Audio Cafe' Studio. This guy made me feel like a rock star every time I walked into his studio to record. He's truly a wizard with digital recording technology and a master of the controls and a great drummer too. Thanks Tom for playing the drums and the other percussion stuff. You can hear him on my CD All I Wanna Do. So now that this project is done I'm putting it out here so anyone who wants to can hear it. Just let me say that I hope all the Toby Redd Fans are healthy, wealthy and wise and if you don't know who Toby Redd was that's a whole other story.