What’s that song?
The first instrument I ever played was a broken old upright piano that we had in the basement when I was a kid. It had once been a player piano but when my Grandmother refinished it they scrapped the gears and motor leaving it only somewhat playable. My Mom learned to play on it in the 1950’s. By the time I got my hands on it in the mid 1970’s the keys were water damaged and very hard to press down properly. I had to bang on it to get much sound out of it. I don’t remember that I wrote anything with it, but I definitely got some ideas from playing around with it.
A few years later after acquiring a cheap classical guitar, a Casiotone, and a tape recorder I was on the way to building a library of songs and incidental music. Fast forward further to 1990 or thereabouts when I began releasing limited edition cassette tapes filled with the lo-fi renditions I was recording of my compositions and those of some film-student friends. The label which I called Tape Hiss Recordings had a nice run through the early 2010’s but failed to generate a profit or reach a large listener base.*
In 2015 I began cataloging my unreleased songs and instrumental pieces so that they might be licensed by other artists and / or reworked for future release.** Also in 2015 I took an online course in songwriting from Berklee College Of Music and studied as many books, podcasts, videos, etc on the subject as I could digest. Since then I have been writing up a storm and slowly poring over nearly thirty years of old notes and demos, starting to relearn to read music and working through a lot of songs.
*A number of the old Tape Hiss Recordings releases can be streamed for free or purchased on CD through the links here.