here is some of the music i’ve worked on over the past couple years. obviously some songs are a lot better than others, some are much more serious than others, some were written by me and some were not but i had a hand in them all and these are my favorites of the bunch. so i’ll just go through the playlist here and give a little info on each song.
1. changes, by tony j. hartman. tony was a friend and classmate of mine from when i lived in phoenix. he was an older gentleman who had carved out a living as a songwriter. he was an amazing person and very talented. i learned a lot from him through our time together. tony had written this song and never had a chance to record it. he asked me if i would be willing to record it for him, and i was thankful for the chance to do so. he hired a group of musicians from phoenix (again, i can’t recall the names) to play the song. i engineered the session so he could act as the producer. we actually did two versions of the song, one featuring and electric piano sound that was much more lounge-ish, and this version featuring a piano. this is only the rough mix from the tracking session as i was never able to schedule a proper mix session for the song.
2. heaven is, by will rambeuax and steven bliss. i met these guys when i was working with jaime. i was fortunate enough to get to engineer this demo for them. steven and will played the guitar and bass on the track and i sequenced the drums. the slide guitarist and vocalist were hired musicians and i cannot recall their names. this is my newest work.
3. molly’s song, by me. this song is much older than the others, and different in that it features yours truly. i wrote this song for my girlfriend (at the time) while she was away visiting family. i played the guitar, bass and piano and sang. i sequenced the drums using my top secret drum sequencing method. this was the first song i recorded with my current recording rig, and it’s been almost 3 years ago at this point. this could quite possibly be the only time you ever get to hear me sing, so i hope you enjoy it.
4. playground, by jake austin and myself. this is a worship song that jake and i wrote while we were at a youth leader’s conference at willow creek in chicago. just a fun song. jake is singing lead, i’m playing guitar, bass and singing some harmony.
5. heart of stone, by jimmie kirkland. jimmie was a friend and classmate of mine when i lived in phoenix. he had recorded an album, but had written a new song that he was very proud of and wanted to offer as an internet extra on his website. he asked me if i would be interested in engineering, and i was very happy to take his offer. i’m very proud of how this track turned out; jimmie is a very talented writer and performer and his skills as a producer shine through on this track. i engineered and mixed this under the artistic direction of jimmie at our school. i can’t recall who mastered it.
6. money, by jake austin. another fun little song that jake wrote to perform at church camp when he was working as a counselor. the kids loved it and we decided to record it so you all could enjoy it too.
7. white christmas, as performed by me. a couple years ago one of my guitar students wanted to record a song to give his mom for christmas, so we did this one. this is the track i made for him to play along with. not anything particularly remarkable, but my mom likes it.
8. maybe someday, by jake and i. actually jake wrote this song. i just did some rearranging and a little bit of rewriting. again, he sang and i played the guitars. oh, and the train at the end was just perfectly timed… we had the windows and doors open because we loved the sound of the rain in the recording, and the train went by just as he finished one of his vocal tracks.
9. trogdor, me and jake again. don’t know really what to say about this, go here and maybe it’ll make a little more sense.