If you ask me what I do for a living, the answer is easy. I'm a computer programmer. I've had all sorts of titles and responsibilities, and as I get older I'm doing more design and architecture. But at my core, I'm a computer programmer. I have been since I was 9 years old.
However, if you were to ask me what I'd rather do for a living, it would be to record music. I've always loved music - and in a way that's hard to explain. Anyone can love music, but there's something that music does to my core being that's beyond visceral. As an intellectual, I struggle with the spiritual. However, through music I feel I can reach my spirit.
Growing up, I took piano lessons. I can't say I cared for it. It was too rigid and didn't teach me what I wanted to know. The stress of practice and recitals took the joy out of music and really turned me off from playing any instrument. However, I devoured recorded albums. I studied them. I would listen for hours on end to the same tape - wearing it thin to the point that it ran an octave lower. I heard parts in recordings that most people would ignore - and I attached myself to those parts. In a way, they became a part of me.
Then in college, I had the opportunity to meet some guys that were interested in recording an album. Classic "me" offered to do it without any prior experience or knowledge. It was messy. It didn't turn out great. But it was real - and I had a part in creating it. It started a land slide that has continued to this day.
For about 10 years, I ran Shadow Closet Studios. The name came from the first apartment my friends and I used to record that album. We used a walk-in closet as a vocal booth. Did it really help? Nope. But we didn't know that at the time, and it was fun. My studio grew - I recorded more artists, but then life crept in.
I have no regrets of moving forward with life. To record music full time was an endeavor that required so much of me, I would have had nothing left for my loved ones. Over time the contracts shrank up, the equipment went unused. Our family moved and the studio didn't come with us. I still have the gear and I have a small niche to play around in. But recording isn't on the horizon until we launch our children out into the world.
Posted here are a few of my own personal tracks that I recorded. They're not the best recordings in the world - and certainly not the best songs known to man. But they are a part of who I am - or at least who I was. When the time comes that I record again - it will be fun to hear how things have changed.
Many people have contributed to this music. But I have to recognize two guys in particular. Steve Hampton was my best friend in college and a spiritual partner. He plays the guitar in many of these tracks and was the guy that really helped me capture what was in my brain - and recorded on disk. Chad Lemons was the guy that started this stuff. It was his album that got the ball rolling. His encouragement and guitar playing are seen here as well.
And there are many more - I'll try to remember who all was involved. If I missed you - please accept my apologies. You have permission to write me a nasty letter. At least then I'll know where I need to update my website.