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!

The tunes:

Blue Norther [Lyrics]
A straight-ahead country rocker with some regional color. Themes of a loved one missed and changes in the air. A great set-opener.

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.

She Keeps the Flowers [Lyrics]
An uptempo rocker with a rolling piano beat. If you hang on long enough, things are bound to look up!

Debes Decir a Mamá [Lyrics]
Some Tejano sounds from this San Antonio gavacho. Little sister is getting serious about somebody, but we don’t know who yet.

Who Knows, Baby [Lyrics]
Moody piece in a minor key. Somebody you can’t have, but can’t leave alone, either.

Jewel in the Sun [Lyrics]
Some “latitude” music. Shady doings in Paradise, and not just under the palm trees.

Where Did Everybody Go? [Lyrics]
Almost titled “Boomer’s Lament,” this ballad could be an anthem for anyone inspired by THE decade, but willing to sort out the hype from the hope.

One Response to Music

  • Hey Terry,

    I checked out your music here on your .com and wanted to say thanks for sharing your music and story, keep on makin’ tunes and we’ll see you out rockin on the road again some day soon!

    Yours, Johnny Austin of The Staylyns!

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