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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
Remember (He vs She) Alewives in the Basement 03/92 - 05/92
Inspired by the song I Remember It Well from the musical Gigi. For the uninitiated it is a song where Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold sing to each other and each remembers the same events slightly differently. All married couples should relate.
When We Are Apart Just Wait 'Til You See The Movie 05/92 - 06/92
Mid-tempo love song that has an interesting combination of Dr. Rhythm percussion, if such a thing exists.
The Rover Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before 08/93 - 01/94
One of my favorite Zep songs. I decided to go down an octave when I realized I'd recorded in too high a key. Oh well.
Feels Right Year 12/09 - 12/10
The final track completed for the Year album. Starts with the Chorus. I tried do do a lower Lennon like harmony and I liked way it came out. The hardest song to complete likely because it was the last and there was pressure that didn't exist with the others.
Remember (He vs She) Remember (He vs She)
When We Are Apart When We Are Apart
The Rover The Rover
Feels Right Feels Right

Hear the Year album. Year

Toast Discover the Legend

RockFest08 Re-Discover the Legend

Cover Me Cover Me
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