As I sit here thinking about what to write for my album description I have an overwhelming urge to write something big and profound, a chance to win you over, create some kind of anticipation that makes it possible to sell enough records to make some money, or get some money back. But I know I have to squash that thought, release it from my mind and just type.
The most difficult part of music making for me is lyric writing. As I try and describe my music in words I’m reminded again of how hard writing words really is. I hated English class in high school and failed miserably at it, I was always told that it was my poorest subject, that I was a “math and science” guy. These previous boundaries have blocked my creativity. I have had to make a valiant effort to drive myself beyond them, not accept them; I am now finding a way to create something I have always wanted through them. I am truly happy for what has evolved from these songs.
I have felt the so-called difficulties of a struggling artist. As a saxophone player I could not have picked a tougher instrument to try and break in on as a professional performer. Levels and standards of playing are incredibly high, the instrument itself is really more like the “icing on a musical cake,” and when bands are put together it becomes an extra entity that most people won’t spend money on, coupled with the growing use of DJ’s, Midi Music, stereotypes towards the instrument, the need to double on every other woodwind to get paying work, and girls in short skirts (had to go there), it has been extremely difficult to survive. I wish I could say that I took it all in the face and came out strong and successful but that would be a lie.
I found myself moving home to my father’s house in 2009, riddled with debt and struggling to stay mentally and physically healthy. Life had provided a gauntlet of emotional highs and lows. From death of loved ones to falling in lust masquerading as love, drinking myself into a coma, and finding sobriety.
All I can say at this point in my life is music still means everything to me. A way to get rid of all those disappointments, a place to lay down my repressed emotions, and find joy in life again. Picking up guitar, transcribing songs, playing along to my favorite albums, singing, strumming, jamming, whatever you want to call it has completely revitalized my life. I no longer dwell on my past, or the high demands and expectations of the music industry, I still suffer from the need to be successful, but I know I have everything I need within my songwriting to really succeed. If I fail financially or professionally and find myself at the end of a long hard workday away from music, I will always have something to write a song about, somewhere to go that will not destroy me.
So here is my first 6 song EP recorded live with overdubbing at Goerge Quirin’s home studio in Santa Barbara. Taking elements from folk music, country, R&B, and Jazz, I have tried to find my own original voice through these songs. I hope to continue along my newfound path and meet you along the way, to reach out to you emotionally, to share some part of my life and myself.
Much love and thanks,
Peter Slocombe- Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
George Quirin- Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
I'm Dreaming of Another Time recorded live with overdubbing: July- September 2012
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by George Quirin
Produced by Peter Slocombe and George Quirin
I would also like to thank: Paul Novros for his amazing support and help during this writing period. George Quirin for believing in me and providing me a place and time to document my ideas. Schuyler Robertson for his artwork, Courtney Earlywine for my promo video. My father Paul Slocombe and brother Andrew Slocombe. Chris Fossek, Lacy Rostyak, Carol Hackett, Briana Daley, The Novros family, the rest of my family.
To learn more about Peter Slocombe and his other recordings, visit his personal website at www.PeterSlocombe.com. You may also visit his Facebook Page at www.Facebook.com/peterslocombemusic.