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That's the way, Eric! Glad it's moving along. I was in West Hollywood, yesterday, at a computer/music store. They have The Mackie's soundboards- 12, 14 soundtracks and so on. One of the people working there said that, today, it only takes about $2,000 to buy, record and edit new songs with the sound equipment needed. One of my musician friends has used Mackie's at live concerts and recommends Akai, which he has used in the past in recordings. Michael Jackson's touring drummer, Ndugu Chanclar has played on two of his albums/CD's, and I met him once. He was playing for Rob Mullins, a Jazz musician. And, WHOA- to hear him play live, or on an album..!! I think Akai has copper wiring which makes for crisp recordings with live instruments, like guitar. And, the knobs don't crackle and pop when they are turned-up during playback. But, that's alot more than $2,000. He's told me to get one already used, on the web. I think he said The Akai 5,000, something, series number is a great one.

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I smell a hook/harmony laden chorus like Make me Lose Control or Top Down Summer.

BTW.. how many summers are going to go by without TDS being released? Works good as is solo, or would fit right in re-recorded as a 'berries release, right in the middle of a Driving Around/Crusing Music medley with a bit of oomph from Jim's drums and a couple signaure Wally riffs.

Can't wait for the new stuff. Eric's back! Actually probably not back but finally has the time to write down the stuff that's been floating in his head for years.

It's all good.

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Eric, I LOVE your recipe!!! Your post just made my entire summer!!! The sumptuous feast is underway! Thanks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!

To paraphrase an old Betty Crocker ad, "Nothin's worth lovin' like somethin' from the oven," and NOTHIN' is gonna be as great as something from the oven at "Chez Eric"! Great creations need time to "simmer," but they're way more than worth waiting for...

:) --Darlene

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I just caught up with this thread today - sorry for the tardiness of my input (like you were sitting at the piano bench waiting for it... :) )

on vacation, I thought about you and songwriting a few times, Mr. C. I took a picture of Dvorak's grave (i was gently corrected by a few Czech natives when I said "devorak" instead of "Vorjock") and had the absolute pleasure of attending a concert in Vienna that was half Mozart and half Strauss, in a beautiful huge room that Strauss had performed in a few years back. I could picture you at the piano playing with this orchestra...

I had the same thought then that someone else posted earlier...that inspiration might come from your classical roots.

BUT - I will wait for you to serve with my fellow hungry diners. :lol:

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Eric,

After reading all of the previous posts in regard to songwriting I have a question about the actual writing of the music. When you are writing the music, do you write it for one instrument at first and split the music in parts for the different instruments or do you write the music for the instruments separately from the beginning? This probably seems trivial but I am interested in how the process starts and evolves(however not interested in songwriting as a career - I already have one.)

Thank you,

HT from Mo(newbie on the board)

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You know, it's not that I love the "family duties" all that much. It's the family I love! And being a Mom or a Dad in today's world is a lot busier than it was when I was growing up. We drive 'em to school, pick 'em up, drive 'em to piano and tennis and ballet and play dates, and at the school my children attend, the parents are actively involved in homework assignments, fundraising, school functions and a myriad of other things on an almost daily basis. On the weekends there are birthday parties, more homework, piano practice.....it never ends! Sometimes my wife and i look at each other and say "WE NEED A DAY OFF!" The payoff is having wonderful close relationships with your children and THAT'S the part I love most. ec

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Eric Carmen said:

You know, it's not that I love the "family duties" all that much. It's the family I love! And being a Mom or a Dad in today's world is a lot busier than it was when I was growing up. We drive 'em to school, pick 'em up, drive 'em to piano and tennis and ballet and play dates, and at the school my children attend, the parents are actively involved in homework assignments, fundraising, school functions and a myriad of other things on an almost daily basis. On the weekends there are birthday parties, more homework, piano practice.....it never ends! Sometimes my wife and i look at each other and say "WE NEED A DAY OFF!" The payoff is having wonderful close relationships with your children and THAT'S the part I love most. ec

What no baseball or softball? That's sacrilegious! Hey Paulie! Check this out.

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SusanSAM,

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it. I have loved music ever since I can remember. I unfortunately was never blessed with the ability to create it nor read it. I can keep time just fine and sing along but that is far as it goes. I think that I will be learning alot about the music business on this board and lots of other things along the way!

Thanks again,

HT from Mo  :cool::cool:

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eric

i just went to see aerosmith at jones beach on sep 19. Take a lesson from them, there were more people my age (40's and up) at the concert than probably any other age group. I've seen them over 5 times because they still produce great music. So do you. I don't consider you a has been, and i hope you don't either. Don't get stuck in that "Reunion" or "Oldies" rut. You don't have to play the big arenas (aerosmith are probably the only artists left that can still do it, but who knows when they will pull the plug). I think medium sized venues is the way to go for you and the raspberries. We all listen to the same music as years ago because NO ONE IS CAPABLE OF WRITING GOOD SONGS anymore.

Keep at it, i think you and the raspberries have a larger backing than you think

GOD SPEED AND ROCK AND ROLL AHEAD

tim from long island

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