A Musical Rip Van Winkle

As many of you already know, for some personal/emotional reasons, but mostly for medical reasons, I left the world of music almost completely for a period of more than 25 years. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would revisit that world which had so defined the entire first half of my life. Then, in February of this year almost literally overnight, those reasons simply went away. This, for lack of a better word, miracle, while absolutely awesome, has left me in an “interesting” position. It’s like I’m a musical Rip Van Winkle.

When I walked away (went to sleep in this metaphor) from the music industry it looked like this: The major record labels jealously guarded the gates of success like some black knights of old, studio time was massively expensive and pretty much limited to 24 tracks, and if you didn’t have several million dollars to invest in a marketing campaign you might as well not bother.

Now, it’s like I’ve awakened into a brave new world. The major labels have almost “gone the way of the dodo,” millions of dollars of studio electronics have been replaced by hundreds of dollars of software and anyone with a laptop or a smartphone can literally have a global reach.

This has left me with a very steep learning curve. This is especially true in my case since my musical style has always been “production heavy.” Even with all the technical advances, I’ll probably never be the type to just knock out an album from my bedroom. It feels as if I went to sleep the pilot of a 747 and I woke up to find I’m flying the Starship Enterprise. Thank God, which I literally do, for my navigator and helmsman Magic Moreno, without whose help I most likely would have crashed and burned already.

All I can say in conclusion is that this Rip Van Winkle is extraordinarily grateful that he woke up.

http://www.wesgraham.com

 

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Sand Castles, The Second Single?

Sand Castles started life as a simple parable about “Not building upon the shifting sand” but during the production process it grew in meaning. I now see it as a story about a great personal loss I experienced and it was an emotional experience to record it. The song is not mastered yet but this is a small sample.

And on the Bass……….

Bob Fazio

Bob first began playing music at the age of eight when he began keyboard lessons. It wasn’t until years later that Bob made the decision to switch to bass, but his keyboard lessons proved fortuitous as it gave Bob a background in musical theory, harmony and composition that has shaped Bob’s musical style which incorporates not only traditional bass grooves but extended solos and chords.

Bob still owns and plays his first bass, a ’75 Music Man Stingray, but he is most at home on his sevening Conklin. Although Bob first bought a sixing, he eventually migrated to the sevening as it gave him more range to solo—and he uses every note. Bob also still extremely proficient at keyboards as well.

Bob has backed such national acts as Frankie Avalon, Steve Gatlin and Crystal Waters. He has toured the States continuously from 1982 to 1993 and has performed in several production shows such as “From Nashville to Broadway” and “Always….Patsy Cline”. Bob has also toured internationally with the award-winning instrumental group Robert Anthony Aviles & Insight.

Bob’s incredible playing has been featured with such talents as Bo Diddley, Charlie Brown and the Coasters, the Platters, Danny and the Juniors, the New Journey Ministries Church and many others. In addition he is one of the top call musicians for Wayne Foster Entertainment & the Skye Michaels Orchestras.

 

 

Such a Tease

Things are moving forward. Sorry to be such a “tease” but I’m finding the process of Mixing and Mastering is more time consuming than I remember. In the meantime, all the numerous other things that need doing are moving forward. My “fer-reals” website is under construction and I’ve started the search for TX based musicians to be able to do local performances here in Dallas.

I’ve uploaded a new longer sample of my first single What Would I Have to Do and I’m including a link to my new Facebook “Artist page.” Please like it and share it far and wide.

Thanks, Wes Graham

Wes Graham Facebook

Riding the Whirlwind

Life has sent me a continual string of surprises, mostly great ones, thank God. I’ve been commuting from Dallas to LA for the recording sessions and getting VERY familiar with the big blue bus in the sky (Southwest Airlines). The commuting is making the recording take a while but we’re moving right along with the first two songs, What Would I Have to Do, a bluesy, R&B, (and real fun to play) “Heart break” song and Sand Castles, a soulful ballad. Our plan is to release these as singles. At the current pace we will look to be finishing them by mid-summer. I’m so excited by how well the tracks are coming along and it’s driving me nuts to stick with our plan to not put any “samples” out until they are ready for release. I’m so happy with them (The rough mixes and scratch tracks) that I want to play them from a giant loudspeaker mounted on the roof of my house, but I’ll resist.

Change of Venue, Change of Fate

This project has really taken on a life of its own. The original studio tracking day was actually canceled but for the best of reasons. I was in CA. helping my Step-Daughter with a project. While on the trip I took the opportunity to visit an old friend. His name is Magic and he also happens to be the man who was the Producer/Engineer for us when I was recording at A&M Records with Nightwatch.

I had no expectations or intentions for the visit other than personal friendship, but as we talked and I played a little for him (out of excitement for the session scheduled for the next week), it became abundantly clear that Magic was supposed to be a part of this and when he made it clear he was interested it was like in the Godfather: It was an offer I couldn’t refuse (or at least would have been a fool to refuse).

So now the first tracking date has been moved back until the end of this month when I will start a series of trips, commuting to LA to record. To be back behind a microphone with Magic running the session is good fortune beyond my wildest hopes.

So, I guess my music venture will now be split between Dallas and LA. My current intention (stipulating that things have been changing and improving on an almost hourly basis) is to develop a live show capability in both Dallas and LA. The logistics are daunting but at least at this time it feels like the right way to go.

More will be revealed

Wes Graham

 

I’m Not Afraid

I’m Not Afraid is a song I wrote about ultimate love and ultimate loss. With the clarity of hindsight I realize that, at the time, I had no idea what love and loss really were. Now after many years and much damage, older, and hopefully wiser, I can truly comprehend the words of my younger self.

To download click on the link below and “Save As”

I’m Not Afraid MP3