It has been a long time in the making, and like many artists in my situation, I almost wish that it had been done sooner!
As a lifelong musician, I have worked in many areas of the music business throughout my career as a musician. I’ve taught thousands of private guitar lessons, performed countless gigs, recorded with many pros, worked in retail selling CD’s & tapes, sold instruments & musical accessories in music stores, done repairs on guitars, worked as a session musician, run live sound, produced, engineered, and much more. I had at times dreamed of putting out my own album of original music.
So, why had I not done so sooner? As they say, life gets in the way. Raising a family and paying bills left me little time and resources for such an ambitious task. During those times, a man has to do what a man has to do in order to pay the bills and support a family. Still, that dream stayed with me.
So, what was the catalyst for getting this album started? A friend had asked me to record myself playing acoustic guitar, just me improvising for her to listen to. I hadn’t really gotten around to doing that, because if I were going to do that, I wanted to be able to give her some quality compositions of my own. As they say, life gets in the way, and I shelved the ideas. Thankfully, she was persistent with her requests.
At one point, I began to compile some of the ideas that I had written on paper and recorded on tape over the years. I liked a couple of ideas so well that I thought them worth developing and recording. Once I began the processes, got out of my own way and allowed the inspiration to flow through me, the music moved easily.
Little by little, the dream started taking root. As if by magical design, the extra money I needed for some simple extra recording equipment came in. I also found the time to write and record these musical ideas. In time, these ideas became completed songs. Truthfully, I felt quite compelled to continue putting out more music. One song idea after another just flowed.
I know that this might sound a bit far out for some, while some others will understand. I’m not sure how to precisely explain this, but I stopped crafting songs by my own design, and simply allowed the music to flow though me. It was as though for those moments that I allowed myself to become the instrument and allowed the guitars to be the tools. All I can really say is that the music just flowed through me and not so much from me. One song came after another until I had an album ready. It was written down on paper and recorded as a demo using my own equipment.
I wanted a professional sounding album. Not having the skills or equipment at that time to bring this project up to those standards on my own, I then reached out to an audio engineer friend who ended up recording, co-producing and engineering the entire project with me.
Many tales I could tell you and details of the recording of the album, but I’ll spare that for a later time. Suffice it to say, the process worked fairly easily overall. I learned a lot. It was a joy to make. We are quite delighted with the result, as are many others. In many ways, this is a dream come true! I am happy to share it with you.
For a listen or to purchase your copy, simply clink this link; http://russellnollen.com/album
Thank you for your support. It really does mean a lot to me.
- Russell Nollen
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