Transform Your Rough Recordings Into Released Records, Even If You Only Have a Home Studio

It Takes an Old Pueblo to Put a Band Together

A few months ago I told you a sad story about an even sadder song of mine.

Trigger Warning: Read the email here, but you’ve been warned about its contents.

Since writing that email,  I put a rhythm section together and went into the studio.

Drummer Gary Mackender and bassist Karl Hoffman have been played together for decades. It was like playing with one person.

With the help of Steven Tracy of Saint Cecilia Studios, I walked out of that studio with a foundation I could build my singer-songwriter song upon.

Then, I hired Ben Nisbet, one of my favorite Tucson guitar players. I needed him to make his guitar cry into the arrangement. He didn’t disappoint. His guitar really did gently weep.

Then I asked Liz Cerepanya, the vocalist from our old band The Long Wait, to sing it with me just like we used to.

But…something was missing.

To add an extra dimension of melancholy, the song needed an intro.

Inspired by the intro to “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” by Jeff Buckley, I asked my friend Ed Elefterion to lend his talents to the intro arrangement.

He records under the name Ed Charles  and releases some amazing music on his own. He’s also written numerous articles songwriting, arrangement, and production on the blog

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I don’t know anything about that because I’m basically a SuperDad…

But….it takes a band to make a record.

I couldn’t have done it without any of them.

So if you’re working on your own songs by yourself, alone in the studio, please go find a collaborator.

It will drastically improve your productions.

In the meantime, my song “Sympathy” is coming out on March 22nd. 

It’s a song for everyone walking around with a hole in their heart where a loved one used to live.

PLEASE do me a favor and pre-save it to your Spotify right now.

I can’t wait to share it with you.



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