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Back in 1991, I purchased a Tascam Porta Studio. It was the entry level four track cassette version but I pushed it to its limits. It unlocked a creative stream that saw me writing and recording the equivalent of nine albums over then next two years.

I started to record and took the name Rough Spots as my fictional band. It summed up the sound of the music I was recording. Solid but with rough spots. The band had three fictional members, each with one of first, middle or last names.

At first, I had no drums so the songs were mostly acoustic guitar/folky sounding. Then I picked up a used Dr. Rhythm that I programmed to create a virtual Keith Moon, John Bonham or Ringo. Unfortunately, all the music store had was the Electronica version so all the songs have the sound like the 80s New Wave never went away. A few songs were covers but 98% were songs I wrote, usually in one sitting.

As time went on, I added more instruments. A Chicken Shaker (a plastic egg filled with BBs), a children's harmonium and others. The flood gates opened when I got a Casio synthesizer. Suddenly, I was able to add strings, brass and piano.

So why nothing new in 15 years? Unfortunately, life got in the way, I grew up, had kids and my recording studio became a nursery. It was some time ago and the trade off was well worth it, but those couple years were an incredible learning experience. With the Tascam being an entry level four track, I really had to learn basic ways of creating additional tracks much like the early pioneers. To add tracks, I would bounce the four tracks to two. I then had two new tracks for additional tracks and vocals. Sometimes, I would bounce it again, so I ended up with 8 tracks. It was very low-fi as there was no equalization.

Click on the playbuttons to start the Yahoo! Media Player. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording them.
 
Track Album Recorded
The Fish Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before 08/93 - 01/94
I've always loved Chris Squire. This is his song. I just had to record a version of it. It was a hoot.
The Kids Are Alright Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before 08/93 - 01/94
Recorded this when I was putting together a album of covers. Dr. Rhythm does his best Keith Moon imitation. I added a guitar solo and am quite happy with this version.
My Airship Year 12/09 - 12/10
A slow tempo track from the Year project. Features mandolin for the first time on any of my recordings. Inspired by a picture I was of a city with a zeppelin flying overhead. Written from the perspective of the pilot looking a picture from a trip long ago with the love of his life.
On The Moon Year 12/09 - 12/10
This is the first song Mary and I have collaborated on. We had a wonderful time working it out. There were a lot of nerves when it came time to record it but we are pleased with the results. Hopefully the first of many.
The Fish The Fish
The Kids Are Alright The Kids Are Alright
My Airship My Airship
On The Moon On The Moon

Hear the Year album. Year

Toast Discover the Legend

RockFest08 Re-Discover the Legend

Cover Me Cover Me
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