From The Archives…The Creative Workshop

Michael Snow with his Gibson-ES-175
Michael Snow with his Gibson-ES-175 (photo courtesy of Travis Turk)

 

Recently sent to me by my old pal  Travis Turk, this is probably the first picture of me in a Nashville studio situation, taken at Creative Workshop in 1972, soon after arriving from England. Travis was the engineer at CW at that time, and I still have that lovely old Gibson ES 175 D. Thanks, T.T.

On The Fly…Twilight Joys

Waltz Across This Cake With Me by JOtwell Perspectives (click for more)
Waltz Across This Cake With Me by JOtwell Perspectives (click for more)

One of the pleasures and perks of being a studio-owning muso in the relative twilight of one’s career is the ability to take on little projects for the sheer fun of it. One such for me has been a string of wedding songs written and recorded specifically for the nuptials of the members of our extended family.

I started this  tradition after my son, who was first out of the chute in the marriage stakes, got hitched, so he and his spouse  don’t have one, but from my daughter onward, and including all the cousins, there’s been a song for the occasion.

These are full-blown studio productions complete with packaging, and we usually make up 100 as keepsakes for the wedding guests. I like the fact that stylistically I can tailor the piece , in some fashion , to the couple in question , either suggested by their professions, or interests. I can stretch out musically – who’s gonna stop me ?-and it’s a one of a kind personal giftie.

There have been some suggestions that it could be a profitable sideline, but doing it for hire would take the joy out of it for me, so that isn’t an option, although I did branch out and do one for a dear friend of ours.

The Bells Are Ringin’…