My first career B.C. (before computers) was playing in a rock and roll band. For several years, I actually made a living at it, although it’s a hard life even for those more successful at it than I ever was.
Artistically, it was very satisfying to be able create this work and also support myself with it. There’s something fine about watching people dance to the beat of a tune that didn’t exist before you decided it should. On the best nights, a few voices in the audience might even join in on on a hook or a chorus. Nothing quite like it.
I could do this, and get paid, and I felt like I was getting away with something. Never mind that the gig was basically in the marketing arm of the alcohol industry. In a bar, many truths about human behavior come to light. It was a place your stuff could be heard, and people would talk to you about it.
However, it’s basically a young man’s game, notable exceptions aside. I went back to school, studied computers and got a Real Job writing assembly language software for data-communications networks. Later, I found myself producing television programs and helping run a start-up cable network. Still later — well, you hang around long enough, and it gets a whole lot later.
I didn’t quit writing songs, though. At some point A.C., I picked up a MIDI keyboard and some sequencing software, a decent mike and mixer, and committed a few tunes to the digits. Here was something truly revolutionary about the digital revolution. For a few hundred bucks, anybody could now make their own album — to heck with Columbia, Capitol and Atlantic!
Whether the results are worthy of a major label is highly questionable, but I offer them here for your curiosity, perhaps even interest, and hopefully, your listening pleasure.
And if you’re a working musician who might want to do one or two of them, I’d be delighted — just let me know, and be sure to tell ‘em who wrote it!
In Case It’s Too Simple [Lyrics]
A medium-tempo lover’s plea with a little bit of Tex-Mex flavor. Includes a couple of unusual rhythmic turns and a full chord palette. It’s a new relationship complicated by doubt, hope, and mixed messages.