My first recording session I was just 15-years old

The year was 1976 and I had been jamming with some local Langley, BC musicians (most of them twice my age). We had done a handful of weekend  gigs and I had saved every penny. So, with Gordy on drums, Randy on bass and Randy’s brother sitting in on steel guitar, I booked time at Halcaro Recorders in Surrey, BC to record a song I had written called Yesterday’s News. How I wish I could hear that recording today!

I remember the big 2-inch reel-to-reel (I think it was a 16-track Studer) in the back of the control room, clicking and whirring away. I recall mixing manually  on what seemed a monstrously huge console, down to 1/2-inch tape back when ‘compiling a playlist’ was done with a razor blade. It all seems very barbaric by today’s standards. There’s been a lot of changes in technology since then and I’ve encountered them all. I’ve released music on vinyl, (back when it was all we had) cassette, compact disc and now through streaming and downloads.

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