If I told you, would you believe, that I recorded my last two music projects (Long Way from Home and No Where Fast) at my home in a little room that I have set aside as a project studio? Would you be further surprised if I told you that I sang all of the background vocals, played all of the guitars, keyboards, bass tracks, and some harmonica? Would you shake your head if I told you that I mixed and mastered the tracks painstakingly myself? Would you say to yourself that explains a lot?
By knowing this does it make you think less of my music, or does it make you appreciate it more? A musician honestly wants to know these things. An artist type wants to be liked and his work loved. A songwriter want’s people to play his music!
I could tell you that I don’t have a budget for studio recording time, nor for mixing / mastering work. I could tell you that I don’t have an strategic step by step game plan for marketing. I could give you the excuses for why I did it myself. I won’t! (Now you are reading this and saying, but you just did!!! #LOL)
Simply I ask you to hit the online venue where you get music, put on your headphones, and to give me a listen! Tell me what you like, and what you don’t! (Be gentle if you don’t like it! I put my heart into this stuff!)
Recently someone asked me what do I do for a living? I laughed and responded whatever they tell me to do! The questioner didn’t seem to get my sense of humor immediately, so she asked again!
By day I am a software developer working for a medium sized office products company in Nashville, Tennessee. After hours, I write music, sing, play guitar, and attempt to play piano, bass guitar, and harmonica, but not all at the same time! (Just kidding on that last part!) I also sketch, draw caricatures of friends, and paint using watercolor. I am also an avid photographer still using my old trusty Nikon D-70, and nowadays my iphone 7 plus!
In the past I have had some people from other cultural viewpoints all but say I am crazy. They think an individual should focus entirely on one thing for the lifetime! While I understand that premise, and I think that many of the world’s exceptional standouts in a given field testify to the principle, I cannot imagine my life any other way.
Is it that I get bored easily and therefore have to change my attention? Is it that I have ADHD? or could it simply be that I love life and I love creating in an array of ways and means and have a need to express myself through those means? I believe it is the latter!
Would I give up some of the varied focus points to sharpen and exists larger in others? Yes, I would love to be mostly known for my art work or my music. While I love creating software, it has been a means to an end. I have fed my family and myself using this path, but music and art have long kept me sane in our crazy world.
I don’t post this kind of stuff all that much like I once did. When I am not songwriting, I really enjoy sketching and painting with watercolors. Below is a small postcard sized piece that I did a couple of days back after a long day. If you like it you can follow me for more art work on Instagram — http://instagram.com/bwcater.
Here’s a little idea that I started working on at home using Logic Pro X and an old Korg X3 keyboard; It’s different than my usual style, but I love the sounds of the cellos and violins from Logic Pro X.
This is a new song I wrote this week. I think we all need to hear this and be reminded of it from time to time. I recorded this using my phone so it’s not perfectly mixed, but I wanted to share it anyway. 🙂 Let me know what you think…
It’s no secret that Nashville is a ProTools town. I’ve been working to learn, and get more familar with, ProTools using ProTools First. Here’s a short instrumental piece I recorded using ProTools! Let me know what you think…
It has been warmer than normal around here in Nashville. I love going to the river and being outdoors. Here’s one of my songs from the No Where Fast CD — Goin’ Down to the River! Get out there and have some fun…
Every relationship will face challenges at some point. From the Long Way from Home CD, I Still Love You is for those who have faced some tough times, and still want to reaffirm that love and commitment.