Momentum

Momentum seems to be something that is very hard to explain, even harder to see from the outside.  It is something that you feel, specifically when you are connected to it.  That connection comes not from a super clearly defined goal, though that may help, but rather from the pursuit of something that has meaning.

The journey starts with planning and such, but at some point you have to start driving.  Once the driving begins there are obstacles, there are plateaus, there are down and up hills, none of which can be planned for perfectly.  And interestingly the first 900 miles seem to be driven in a tube by ones self.  The tube has pinpricks through people can see that something is moving inside.  People peer in, some say “oh, look at that.  Very interesting.” others say “Hmmm, that’s a nice hobby.” Once in a while it’s “I remember when I to had dreams, good luck,” and then on occasion “Hey, I’d be interested in be involved in that!”  sometimes followed by “pay?” and in the rarest occasion “I’m in! What can I do?”

The last 100 miles are where people will say “Oh, I knew that would be successful,” or “What luck!” and often mean this in all sincerity.  The holes in the tube grow and it is easier to see inside.  Eventually they grow larger so that there is more visibility then shade, and melt, leaving the a trailing coattail upon which some may try to jump.  We’ll see if we get there, knowing that this will happen is assuring that it will not.  The journey is the goal.

Those who are on the journey understand what is happening; can feel the ball rolling, and while understanding is not fully under control or explainable, know that the trip is in progress, and are probably having fun doing it.  This journey has begun for REB and those working with it.  This is what life is about.  This is passion mixed with action.  I hope this feeling will continue to last and will grow.

– Ryan

Theft to the Gallows

Theft to the Gallows has been working hard on putting together some acoustic versions of their tracks in production.  The idea being to go out and perform them live at small venues, open mics, and songwriters showcases to work on their chops as a group.  Today they recorded some of these, just one take through live.  Check em out!

The hackers

If you’ve looked around this web site lately it has been changing significantly; daily.  One day you may find that it went to a “Penis Enlargement can be yours for only $.22 a day!” site.  Other times it was blank, or a WordPress default page, or “This page cannot be found, how embarrassing” message.  Basically a team (yes really, they have call names and a facebook page, and put their “trophies” – sites that they’ve hacked – up on display) decided that our fledgling site was one to fuck with.  Thanks guys.

How do grown ass people think this is fun?  Or useful, or in any way beneficial?  Here we are, a self-funded record label working to really help artists, trying to talk to investors, and now we have two months of fixing and updating,  learning HTML, talking to professional web developers, and tech support.  I understand that this security concept is important, but it’s kind of like poisoning someone’s food to get them to buy/use health care… I get the idea that people need to be aware of the failures in their web design so that “bad” things don’t happen – But then you are the bad thing.  Like a real life video game, but playing with people’s lively hoods and pursuits, and career’s – and to what end?

Anyway, I think that things are in fact back to being secure.  Passwords are way more difficult, updates have been made, the entire code was deleted and rebuilt.  All plug-ins reinstalled.  The posts have been re-uploaded, mainly because it’s beneficial to feel that all of the work in the past has meaning.  Those post represent thousands of hours of creative time and hundreds of hours of business time.

So REB is moving forward again in the digital domain.  We should have all the albums back up  (they’re still hanging on bandcamp.com which we’re using as a host for this site,) by the end of the weekend.  Art work is uploaded to the databases, and needs to be implemented back on to the web site.

And I will say I have learned a lot.

Web Updates

Posted on September 12, 2013
As REB Records works to move forward, lately it’s been fighting Hackers who think it’s funny to play with peoples time, pursuits, and money, but also doing some research on how to improve the web site as a whole.

The basic idea is it needs to be simple. When someone goes to the site it should be two to three clicks and you’re listening, reading or watching what you want. It’s not about six columns, having large comment threads (go to REBrecords1 on youtube.com for that,) or one hundred links to everything. There are two concepts that we’re thinking about, discussing implementing.

The first is pretty prevalent (and easier now with HTML 5) and that is embedded videos. Not links, but videos that actually play right there on the page with source files hosted on youtube or vimeo. Yes this is common, but in our case the question is does it support the music and artists, or does it detract and distract?

Something like, “check out this very neat interview with Mick Guzauski, the engineer who mixed Daft Punks latest album “Random Access Memories, on Pensado’s Place!” He talks about the process of recording to both analog tape and digital Pro Tools especially for drums, and also how the mixing process was done in a several month time frame. Guzauski also makes some of the most advanced monitor speakers on the market, cool stuff, worth watching for those interested in how the industry works behind the scenes as opposed to how the marketing teams and media portrays it.

 

The second is the idea of having the ability to interact without any information collected. Possibly a like/dislike button where the results are not public. This information would allow REB and it’s artists to see what people are interested in. It would allow an interaction, and while not personal would be directly useful to bring art back that is in line with both fans and artists goals. By having it not public, it is not influenced by other fans; it is your opinion.

Nothing too final on these, just thoughts we’re playing as we work on videos for Theft to the Gallows and TEE.

– REB Records

Theft to the Gallows is moving forward

Posted on September 9, 2013
The Theft to the Gallows project is moving forward, and is beginning the design of a fun live show. There will be guitar, vocals, nooses, lollipops, it’s all coming together, and it will be fun.

It won’t have to be super-good, it will be super-fun.

That’s the direction we’re heading.

Money, it matters

Posted on August 10, 2013
Maybe this experience will help some other artist looking to start their own businesses or interested in the process.

Recently REB Records had a meeting with an awesome person who works as an institutional investor for one of the large banks (BoA, Chase…) Someone who is very good at analyzing companies and their assets, business plans, personnel, history, reports etc. She was nice enough to meet with us, and it’s not like we’re uneducated, or lack a business plan that has been modified many times over the last two years, or experience working for and managing companies, but she has the clarity to see us as just “another business.”

Her main question was “What is your primary source of revenue?” That’s it. What ever that is, it is your business, no matter what else you are doing, your business is selling _______ to happy consumers. And here we were back to the discussion – “well, what if the product you’re selling is not something people buy?” And REB has embraced that people want and expect free access to music. So what is it that music fans will buy?

What would you buy? t-shirts, food, memorabilia, special edition stuff, live shows, private access to see the process, tolerate ads …

At some point there has to be an exchange, and this exchange allows artists to continue making art. Art is expensive to create, whether measured in money or time, great art takes a lot of it. We haven’t come to a concrete change in how this effects us, and we’re continuing to move forward on the Theft to the Gallows album, but it has given us pause to think.

Hmmmm….

: )

The Winding Road

Posted on July 26, 2013 by
So REB is working to finish the Theft to the Gallows album. In need of some different and more aggressive electric guitar sounds REB has purchased some fun stuff.

A Fender Stratocaster, a Fender Super Champ X2, and a Boss multi-effects pedal, as well as a stand, picks, tuners, etc…

Then this was set up in an isolation cabinet which we will begin recording tomorrow.

Everything was bought at Guitar Works in Evanston. It was pretty awesome and Larry was great. With a sweet discount and a couple hours of testing REB is excited to have this setup to it’s tool set.

– REB Records
Posted on July 20, 2013
Moving forward happens in small steps, everyday steps. Yesterday it was a meeting with a possible new member to the REB team, some discussion of the contracts, four hours of mixing Theft to the Gallows (singles up soon,) and checks mailed out for some video work for the TEE album.

REB has gotten pre-approval for loans and is continuing to look for locations, but as one might predict some personal issues as well as a stark realization of all the fees that go into purchasing property. (filing application $455, underwriting $595, tax certification $84, set up escrow at closing $??, title insurance up front $??, attorney fees $800… and I’m sure there are some other things I don’t know about.

– REB Records

Been a while

Posted on July 8, 2013
Hey!

REB Records has been working on our next step… Expansion! (sort of)

We’ve been looking at what would be next for artists who come and work with us, and after much discussion it seems like physical restrictions are one of the key places where we could improve. Of course there are other things; marketing, publicity, equipment, web site redesign, among others. Product is important, and REB is about helping artists develop and complete (one of the hardest parts) their work. Then distribute and market.

 

Steps to create a record: (partial credit to Collin Jordan over at the Boiler Room Mastering)

1) Pre-production – writing songs, arranging, practicing, lyrics, chords, instrumentation, contracts, demo tracks, metronome tracks, harmonies, guitar tones…

2) Tracking – recording all potential parts, possibly basic editing, microphone placement, preamp choices, guitar amps, tuning drums, dealing with phase, finding a good room…

3) Mixing – The art of the recording process, where the parts are all put in place and polished, fine tune edits, delay lines, perfecting phase, EQ, compression, gate, other processors, this is painting the picture, bring it to life and enhancing the underlying production and song…

4) Mastering – taking all of the individual tracks and creating a final album, levels, 2-track EQ, clarity in extreme highs and lows, perfecting the sphere, black-magic…

5) Duplication and Distribution – Getting the work out to the world, internet presence, social media, downloads, streaming, videos, CD, vinyl, marketing…

 

REB has a good start on the following

 

(1) Pre Production – The Cleft Way, and several artists who are starting to self produce, though having a space for rehearsal and creative interaction would be helpful.

(2) Mixing – REB has a decent mixing space, a treated room with several sets of good monitors, relatively quiet environment, master control, Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, CS6; standard stuff and some pretty cool outboard equipment.

(3) Mastering – We’ve been very happy with Boiler Room Mastering here on the north-side of Chicago. Collin does a great job and has A+ equipment and ears.

(4) Duplication and Distribution – This is something that REB is pretty devoted to utilizing primarily the internet. As smart technologies continue to transform the public’s interaction with media, REB will continue to research the best ways to bring artists and fans together. This is the place where REB needs the most human resources and knowledge, and we feel that having a larger product base would be helpful.

 

Obviously missing hear is step “2″ from above – Tracking. A space would also allow artists to have a real place to do pre-production.

Anyway on to prep work!

Things one learns

Posted on June 13, 2013
Some things I’ve learned over the last couple weeks.

Everyone says “I’m not doing it for the money” until there’s money. Then it’s “where’s my money?” or “why are you screwing me/us?”
Every artist has a unique perspective, and few of them are based in a reality that works well with others (often part of the reason one can make great/poignant art.)
Lawyers are your (expensive) friends.

If someone needs to tell you they’re “a business woman/man” they probably have no idea what that means.

Some very smart people hear exactly what they want to hear. It’s confirmation bias, but with rationalization.

Some not-as-with-it people hear exactly what they want to hear. It’s irrational confirmation bias, with no rationalization.

Talent is 50% (maybe less) of being successful. The rest is some other stuff (being nice to people, working hard, networking well, little luck, help from others… and some other things that I’ve not yet found out.)

Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” is an amazing song, that gains reality as I live more and see more.

Mentors are people too. Not gods. One should be open to coming back to them and saying “hi! would you like to meet up for a coffee/beer/watch Jaws sometime?”

Sometimes your words can be flipped back on you and it’s hilarious; other times it’s scathing.

Medical Insurance companies are in the business of making money, not paying for one’s health care. (always fun phone calls)

A little venting on a Thursday morning.

Friday morning, REB Business meeting at 6:40 AM (no I’m not kidding.)

– Ryan

What needs to be done

Posted on June 6, 2013
A question that I’ve been asked many times over the last couple months is “why are you starting a record label?” (sometimes followed by “aren’t you with another label?”)

This is a valid question, and one that often starts with a description of how the industry is supposed to works, followed by the way that it does work, followed by the way that commerce works, and then followed by what REB Records is about (how it’s different) and why I, along with BB Mayes, would be crazy enough to go on this path.

So today as I was going through the many things that need to get done this weekend for REB it struck me that it really is a lot of work; and I have no issue doing the work. Yes it takes time, maybe a couple beers, and go through the list. Here it is.

Set up new REB PayPal account
Uploads to Tunecore for new albums (mainly for internet radio stuff)
Pull albums from iTunes (we don’t want people paying $10 for .mp3 on iTunes and then finding it in .WAV quality for ‘pay what you want’ on rebrec.com)
Make cover art for remaining albums (5 albums)
Print all receipts / payments and notate, scan and send to Tony (accountant)
Create Excel sheet for Initial investment receipts
Re-Do Google drive hirearchy
Order video editing hard drive (probably firewire 800 or USB 3.0 – right now running off of internal drive)
Order back up hard drive for video editing
Call credit card company to get the 2nd card up and running
Email Amy L. with thoughts on the artwork for Theft to the Gallows
Mix Murder Book again (Version 23)
That’s about it, as well as grading final papers (I teach in an Audio Production at an arts college) and practice trumpet, and go out of town to run a 5k beer run in Milwaukee.

It’s going to be a sweet weekend.

– Ryan

Media, Media, Everywhere

Posted on June 2, 2013
This is a challenge (and major expense in time or money) to any artist out there right now. Consumers look to go to the most convenient location and expect to find their media there. This means that an artist now has to worry about YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, MySpace, Google+, Pitchfork, iTunes, Amazon, bandcamp, Pandora, Grooveshark, LastFM, Jango, EMusic, Rhapsody, Spotify, and I’m only getting started. Now you have to figure out which of these stretch internationally, which appeal to what demographic, and whether you are selling or streaming or giving music away; no one wants to pay $10 for an album on iTunes and then find it for “pay what you’d like” on bandcamp! (Also are any of these going to make an income that pays for the year and a half of production that went into the album in the first place?)

Now of course there are resources that make this more stream lined, tunecore for example, but still it takes dozens of hours to figure this stuff out… AND THEN consumers change their loyalties or another site comes on as the big player, and any artist or record label has to take significant amounts of time to keep up with this.

Now with everyone doing this (and no one really knowing the “correct” way) artists are throwing ingredients into the pot with out knowing who the soup is for, and consumers are grabbing into the pot looking for something they might like – and pulling up lots of bones and crap they don’t want. Where’s the filter? Once a consumer finds something yummy, hopefully they follow that thread, maybe even tell a friend about the awesome morsel they discovered (by “liking” or “+ing” or “tagging” or “linking” or “posting” or “thumbs upping” or whatever) and then a bunch of people jump on the thread like capillary action are pulled to listening/watching that artist. Right?

But with the thousands of hours of material being uploaded to the machine daily without any filter at the front saying this sucks or this is worth checking out, great art is getting lost as any given consumer has a 2″ x 2″ frame through which they are forced to look at “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island” and any artists is just one point. The whole concept becomes one of chance, (and on a cynical note the House are the internet providers who can charge $100 a month for access to all the material, which they don’t pay for and then are free.) We now live in a world where the internet really is the land of the free.

Now add on to the fact that once a fan does find that awesome speck in their 2″ x 2″ viewing field they will most likely do one of the things above (like, +ing, tag, ect…) to show their support, and the concept of creating art (a very expensive – time or money – pursuit) becomes something daunting. How do you create income in an industry where the consumer won’t pay for a product??? Pose this to a business major, as every major label is doing, and it becomes clear there must be a different interaction and model than what many artists are doing now – throwing everything in the pot with prayer.

If one looks around this site a little bit they’ll see several mentions of Amanda Palmer. Her TED talk has some really interesting ideas – and an approach that seems to work for her evangelical (not religious) fan base. There is significant issues with it (here, here, here, just for starters.) But even with all of these criticisms it comes back to the same dilemma; if fans expect to actually pay by clicking “like,” how will anyone be able to continue to create? What does it cost to create an album? I mean really create. For example if I’m an artist/performer I can go tour, until I have a kid. But what if I’m the studio owner, the back up singer with a family, the arranger of the string parts, the conductor, the technician, the string players, … the song writer, the lyricist…; the things that make great albums great. These people can’t go tour, and artists don’t have the money to pay all of them – well at least not if the only income is from touring.

Touring is a short term solution. For example, if I build an awesome fridge, and the only time one pays for the fridge is when I hall the fridge and sell it on location, but the fridges that are in stores all across the world are free, will this generate enough income to make the next fridge? No. Even if everyone in the world loves my fridge and has it, if there is no exchange where is the innovation and evolution of the fridge?

This may sound like a rant, but really it’s the components of the equation that artists, producers (those who are not at the front line) and fans of music must solve. And REB Records believes there is an answer, probably several answers. We’re working (as artists and sort-of business people) on a path that may lead to something that works, one that both consumers and artists and producers can accept. One that allows artists to create with a “___” centric concept for ART, not one that is based on “selling” or capturing a fan base. The fans, the supporters come because art pushes boundaries and it is exciting to be a part of new art and entertainment.

Ok, I’m done … for now. 🙂

Ryan

Keeping Busy

Posted on May 28, 2013
REB has been working hard these last couple weeks behind the scenes. Getting the whole YouTube thing going, as well as revisiting contracts and business structures. Also Black’s Backbone has its first single coming soon, and instrumental versions of all the TEE tracks are on their way.

Going back and listening to the Naz and The Cleft Way album (as it was being put up on the YouTube page) was great. She has an outstanding voice, and is playing gigs around the Chicago-land area with her band The Slowbots.

REB Records is working on its next step, and should have new music coming soon from Black’s Backbone, Audio Synthese and Theft to the Gallows.

– REB Records

Euro-American TEE album is now up!

Posted on May 12, 2013
We just got up the second TEE album, Euro-American Electrick Glowstick Dance Bunny up on REB!

– Thanks for listening and please enjoy! Download, stream, leave a comment if you’d like…

What we’re doing Today

Posted on May 9, 2013
I’m currently uploading the first TEE album! (Literally I’m waiting for track 7 to upload as I write this.) We’re very excited to bring this album out after two years of production with TEE and the Black’s Backbone production team.

The first album, Groovalicious Smart Hip Chick Dance Music should be up this morning. You can stream it, or download it for free. Steal it send it to your friend if you like it. We’d love to make a nillion-billion dollars, but we’d much rather get the music that REB Records is involved with out to fans and friends. Really.

(Uploading track 8)

Maybe from looking around you can see that we are doing something different, and at some point we’ll go through and discuss the contracts that REB signs with artists. As artists ourselves, we think this is the way the industry is moving, (no crazy royalties, advances, artists’ debt, and music being based on the market which is manipulated through massive marketing campaigns.) We will do a 90/10 split of revenue after costs (which are spelled out not bullshitted up and up.)

For example you want to support TEE and decide that the t-shirt with design by Amy L. is cool and pay $15 bucks for it. If that t-shirt cost REB $5 to print (and we’ve paid Amy L.) the artist will receive $9, and the label will get $1. Same thing with “support” moneys from any other source. Go check out a Major label contract and you’ll see that this is often close to reversed or worse. (A really good book that explores this in an understandable way is Donald Passman’s “All You Need to Know about the Music Industry“)

(Uploading track 9 – Your World)

If artists and producers are willing (or are already) putting in the work, we want to work to bring this to an appreciative audience/fan base. And then let that artist go sign with Universal or Sony for 3 million bucks; sweet.

I digress, and we’re still working out the details, you know with the accountant and lawyers, and so forth.

The point is we’re excited to have two new albums going up. We want artists to have the ability to create and collaborate, and we (as artists ourselves) think that this (as opposed to when we were signed with a pretty significant indy label in Europe) is a step in the right direction.

(and track 9 just finished!)

– Ryan

Mastering completed on TEE!

Posted on May 4, 2013
Yesterday we spent 9 hours at The Boiler Room with Collin. He did a great job putting the final touches on the TEE albums. They will be up and available this week (The instrumental versions will be available in the next two weeks, if interested send us a note.) REB Records is excited to bring these albums to you!

Things to come on REB

Posted on May 1, 2013
Right now REB is working towards some new things; “things” because they come from many different angles.

We have begun production of Audio Synthese, and exciting socio-electronic artist based out of Chicago. Tracks will be placed on the AS page once they become available.

REB is putting together YoueTube videos for all of its current artist and the many albums, which includes:

Satya Graha, The Cleft Way, Naz, Kym Franklin, and TEE.
These are going to be cover art vids, and will be made available soon.

We are finishing up an actual music video for the new TEE release. Mastering is Friday.

REB is starting work on the “Theft to the Gallows” project

and

Black’s Backbone single is being mixed for that artist.

and there’s more…

We’re excited about going through this process to bring art to a greater audience and also beginning to build a catalog from the many different artists that move us, and that will hopefully move you.

Thanks

– REB Records

Art Work for most Artists

Posted on April 25, 2013

Around rebrec.com one can now find artwork from your various albums and artist.  It is very exciting to have these up and available, finding those from the older albums and getting the newest art work for TEE back from our graphic designer (Amy) in New York!

Finishing up the TEE albums!

Posted on April 24, 2013

It’s been a long project, but REB Records is going to mastering next week with the TEE album. Final mix notes were implemented this last weekend with a 12 hour and a 6 hour working weekend… and it was worth it. After two years of production these albums bring some new sounds to REB, and cover a variety of topics.

Updates will be coming soon, as we start working towards a summer show and the next musical recording project.

Pre Production Begins – The Cleft Way “Love Junkies” Album

Posted on April 15, 2013

REB Records is starting prep on the next production, well sort of. Prep started about 3 years ago, but the basic songs are being geared up for the production stage! Below is a draft of the working lyrics (which may or may not be change). Frank Libbe, Satya Graha’s original bass player who wrote “Oliver & The Dutchess” with B.B. Mayes contributes the music for this ethereal love gone wrong song. Those from Chicago (or into supernatural phenomenon) should be able to find some history mixed into the [true] story. Possibly a rough draft coming in the next couple weeks, as the final steps of the TEE albums come to a close.

“The Brimstone Ballet”

My marriage turned into a horror show
I ended up in Bachelor’s Grove
When Mary, a thumbing ghost of a chance
Asked if I knew how to ballroom dance

Dark and dismal a crooked plie’
This wasn’t a dance but The Brimstone Ballet
Sensually sinister & hard to resist
Her Grand Jete and its splits

She brought me to life when I needed it most
Showed me another side to my ghosts
Music and drink at an Abbey Pub
What I called friends well she called it love

Dark and dismal a crooked plie’
This wasn’t a dance but The Brimstone Ballet
Sensually sinister & hard to resist
Her Grand Jete and its splits

I wanted her youth and a little pleasure
She wanted love with no bounds or measure
So much for our dance light and airy
When she began to lead it all turned scary

She wouldn’t take no for answer
She said I was much more than a dancer
She said we were connected souls
That’s why I’m hitchin’ back to the grove
Thanks for stopping and dropping me home
If you see Mary walking keep driving alone

Art Work up for Under the Skin Vol. 1

Posted on April 1, 2013

Had to scan in CD covers, but now the album, Under the Skin: Vol. 1, has art work!

This got me thinking, why can we not find the original art work? Thought it was here, or there, looked, searched, and came up empty.

File management, archiving and backup are crucial, but annoying parts of what artists must do to keep moving forward. With everything being removed from the tangible form to one that is digital, the ability to lose files or even worse entire hard drives looms over the artists’ head. Every time a HD spins up, it rotates hundreds of times per second and the platters wear themselves out a little more. Maybe use the solid state (SSD)… As far as I can tell they can still go down, but are totally not recoverable.

There are those who have lost important data, and those who are going to lose important data. That’s it.

Now one could argue, well just store everything in the cloud, then it will always be available and secure. Well, maybe this option will become more feasible when a cloud storage of 100 TB is easily affordable and accesible.

Currently at REB our back up is as follows:

1) Main hard drive – 1 TB pretty full

2) Back up 1 – using the Apple Time Machine to a 1 TB drive

3) Back up 2 – by hand, just a drag and wait drop onto another 1TB drive weekly

4) Back up 3 – by hand, once a month

5) Back up 4 – completed project BU stored off site (always a BU at your mama’s house)

6) Individual back ups on Optical storage of final projects.

There’s also some Google Drive stuff to backup legal docs and contracts and stuff, and to make things accesible for download.

And I’m still scared. 🙂

For What It’s Worth

Posted on March 29, 2013

For the few of you who have discovered our little record label and have listened to our artists and their music I want you all to know how grateful and appreciative we all are at R.E.B. Records. Ryan and I both hold down day jobs (as most artists do) so we can carve out a few hours each week to produce and create, what we think, is interesting music by interesting, talented people. Some may agree, some may not. Either way I feel it is better to create something and throw it out into the universe then not at all. Who knows, one of our artists may not be “Big in Japan”, but if there is life on other planets Naz or TEE may be mega stars on Jupiter.

Regardless of what the universe holds in store, we will continue to be true to ourselves and true to our craft hoping that we are able to make “that” connection. A connection that is both true and sincere with our artists and their supporters.

B.B. Mayes

“are you an artist because you want an audience, or because you love your craft”

Keeping Up

Posted on March 24, 2013

Weeks go by where one is so busy they can’t do anything. Day jobs are nice because they give structure; a set time to work, and a set time not to. Starting a business this is not the case, that is where teams are needed. An explanation: It seems that there are often groups of two or three individuals that work together to make big things happen. Often one one person gets more of the credit (Bill Gates and that other guy, Ahmet Ertegun and… Herb Abramson) and this is probably fine, because consumers can perpetuate the mystical genius and luck, as opposed to hard focused work and time. (Ok that was a little cynical…) If you want to go more in depth on this check out Michael Eisner‘s book “Working Together.”

So this week has been one of those weeks where nothing got done, at least of the important stuff towards REB Records. There was substantial paper work, planning of lectures and classes (I teach audio production) Benefit dinners, trips to the doctor, trip to the DMV, run out recording for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (great concert by the way,) taxes, and other stuff. No mixing, no writing, no web updating, no composing.

But then B.B. Mayes got a little free time, and started working on the verbiage for the website (probably the one you are on now.) And stuff got done. The momentum kept going. The drop did not happen, the one that seems to come when I work alone. It’s probably happened before, but this week it was obvious.

The pursuit gives meaning, and with so many necessary jobs and “important” distractions of life, it is often justified to not have time to get to these passions. Then the momentum fades, has to be built back up, and is now on a slightly shoddier foundation. It is a balance, one that is made easier with a team.

This week the teammate stepped up and caught the ball coming down the hill. Next week (or even later today) we’ll be ready to roll.

Where Three Roads Meet

Posted on March 19, 2013

Where Three Roads meet is now up under The Cleft Way‘s production section.  REB is happy to bring another great album to its catalog.

New Album Updates

Posted on March 18, 2013

REB Records is excited to have a new release coming to the site.  It is from singer Kym Franklin in collaboration with The Cleft Way.  The album should be up by tomorrow (3/19/2013) and is called Where Three Roads Meet. Originally released in 2004, REB is excited to have this new addition to our catalog.  You will be able to download it for a “pay what you’d like” model, so check back soon!

Hiccup

Posted on March 15, 2013

“The albums going to be done this weekend!”

“Awesome! That’s great to hear.”

“Oh, hold on a sec, I’ve got a call on the other line…

You still there?”

“Yep.”

“Well looks like ____ passed away, so I’ll be out of town all weekend, and the album won’t be done this weekend.”

“Aww, that’s horrible. Well do what you’ve got to do. Best of luck with the weekend. We’ll get it done in the next couple weeks.”

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And that is the wispy 300 lbs defensive linemen stepping up and blocking that perfect last run. So yes true, and now the album is delayed again because of… life, I guess. It’s all good, TEE has 16 of 18 tracks that are pretty much done – one more listen through, and a bounce without compression on the master. Two more tracks to go, one of which is close to completed.

Here’s another track, maybe as an apology or maybe as more of an offering, asking for Life to give the space to finish. Savage Heart. This song explores the relationship of powerful men to their captive females, from the females’ perspective. It was originally a response to the song Man Eater by Daryl Hall & John Oates, explaining why the She is a man eater; that Man (especially those with power) has essentially made her this way through centuries of history.

Man Eater is an amazing song, but also an awesome video. 1980s as they might be remembered, with mirrors, mustaches, tight pants; angular yet smooth.