rm_roofpig2004 44M
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3/22/2006 6:51 pm

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I wasn't planning it... I didn't want to do it... but I'm back. A little history about myself.

I wasn't always a photographer. Originally I started my out artistic journey as a musician. I start playing guitar when I was 14. I studied everything I could get my hands on and practiced pretty much all day every day. I gave up a lot of those precious teenage years to music. I didn't go to parties, I didn't hang out with other my age, didn't get a crappy part-time job, didn't buy a car. None of it.

I don't regret any of that but it never got me anywhere. Not that I was demanding to be a rock star, but having a band with the occasional show would've been nice. Never happened. I tried but everything I could find just wasn't good enough or motivated enough. Nothing ever solidified.

For a while I started doing solo acoustic shows. Those I did enjoy. Going around to coffee shops and pubs and small bars and sitting on stage by myself with just an acoustic guitar and harmonica. But my overall ambitions weren't being meet and I walked away.

Then and now it didn't matter too much. I realized a long time ago that it wasn't any specific art I was wanting. I wasn't simply searching for self expression. Moving from music to photography wasn't that big of a deal because I still had the creative outlet.

But my strength in music wasn't in performance, it was in the studio. The recording studio has always felt like a place of magic to me. If you've never been, a recording studio is very, very quite. All the sound is isolated so that no sound gets out and none gets in. So you sit in the silence and work sounds together until you get something complete. And THAT feels like magic. You're not sure where it came from or how but there it is.

I used to do a bit of studio work. I never got a lot of work but than again most people can't afford the studio rates. But I did spend time working as a studio musician and the occasional production job. I especially liked producing.

Most of what I previously produced I now refuse to acknowledge any connection with. There was one artist in particular that I worked with that I'm still proud of. She was and still is in a band. For whatever reason her band refuses to play most of what she writes. So one day, about 6 years ago, I sat her down and had to play some of those rejected songs. I later listened to them, picked out what I liked, what I thought were good enough, and started work on them. I recorded all the instruments for them and then had her come in and record her vocals.

In the years since I'd tried to get another batch of songs out of her. I know she's been writing this whole time but her enthusiasm wasn't there so I never got anything going. Now all of a sudden she's back. She's recording demos and damn it, whether I like it or not, they new material is really good. And when I listen to it I hear all kinds of ways I can take the rough ideas and turn them into complete songs.

So the gravity of music has pulled me back in. I'm working on this new project that I hope will be finished by summer.

And FYI... photography is still going nowhere.

Stay well!

2TimesFirst 59M
117 posts
3/22/2006 7:44 pm

You know I'm kind of in the same boat. I have been playing since I was about nine. I didn't practice near as much as you, but allways tried to get up a good band and nothing ever happend. I also paint and write poetry. I'm pretty good at both. ( I try to write songs but poetry comes out) Anyway I am 48 now and I still think I'm going to grow up to be a rock star. I did want that, and will never give up that dream, or, the dream of making money with any of my artitic talents, which is what I dearly want to do. So Drive on man, sounds like you got a good thing going.


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