Being Honest

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!)

Being honest.

–Wayne

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What Do You Do?

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.

So what do you do?   🙂