Career wise, I don't really have a bio, so I want to tell you a story of why this old recording is being released now, after all these years.
1962 was the year I was born, in a suburb of Detroit. Now with that, music then was bold and creative in a way that influenced so many of the great rock and roll artists that I was influenced by. So naturally I also wanted to express my existence through music and recording. I started writing a few songs, played live only twice that I can remember, and I was a solo act as well (always have been), which makes it tough to hold any audience for any length of time. Never played covers, still don't. So it always was just me, my guitar and my songs. I moved to the Los Angeles area in 1984 to try to play, write and work my way into the Record Industry. Like so many others, you do what you do to play gigs, but as a solo acoustic act, singing all originals, it was tough to get an audience or a venue that allowed for that., at least in my circle, which wasn't really a circle at all, I was just spinning.
I met Rich Wenzel and recorded a demo of two songs of mine. One was Love and Life and the other was Harry's Dream. And for the first time I was able to have someone take these song and expand them, giving them an atmosphere that was well beyond my abilities. After listening to the demo, I went back to Rich and had him choose other songs that would become the line up for the album that I titled "Harry, The Story of a Wayard Stranger". Simple as that. it took nine months, we mixed it and I sent out for duplication to be made into......cassettes, I never had a CD quality of this recording, albeit, the master was a digital vhs that I sent to Diskmakers, and like instructed, they made me the cassettes I requested, that I ordered.
So years later when getting into the music industry was becoming less and less of a reality for me, my album slowly faded into my past. And in a dark corner of a shelf deep within a closet, this recording became a relic of outdated technology. The master is basically unsalvageable. I've had to live with the decisions of my past. As one gets older, thoughts fester and regrets and remorse eats away at who we are. For the last few years I've been eaten up with these feeling about this recording that even now I could not play on cassette format. I couldn't live with it any longer. The only way to live with it is by starting fresh. I tracked Rich down and discussed the options regarding the old tapes. Our only option was to play a cassette copy onto the ProTools board and punch it up. And that's what we did.
There are glitches and dropouts, there is no auto tune, yeah, it sounds very 80's. My friends told me it sounds like the Beverly Hill Cop soundtrack. But it's alive again and it is mine and I love it. I was and always will be very proud for our work on that album, and I'll defend it to the day I die.
So now it's behind me and I can move on.
Rich and I are currently recording as many of my songs as we can put out. My life goal is to have my songs on albums that I can play and be proud of.
No more trying to be famous, no more record industry, no more hearing that I need to sound like....(_______)., or my voice isn't good enough, or my songs are too simple. I'm doing it for me.
So that's my story. If you're interested or can relate to my story, maybe you can relate to my music. What were you doing when you were 25?
As well, trying to pick an artist that this album sounds like is impossible, so I picked the wierdest groups I could think of. It just sounds like me and Rich.
The new recordings so far are more accoustic, as I requested from Rich, more...organic.
None of this would be possible without Rich Wenzel. From the bottom of my heart, Rich, saying Thank You can never be enough.