In Hetzerath, I had a music room in the basement to continue the process of practicing my original songs – so that one day I could actually perform the songs that I had written – here I am in my music room at home.
After writing over 200 original songs, I found that I couldn’t do anything with them, so I decided to teach myself all I could to be able to perhaps one day perform them myself.
What looks so effortless by professional musicians – is almost impossible for mere mortals like me as I found out – I couldn’t even memorize all the song titles, chords and lyrics.
So I was essentially doomed to never be able to play my own songs, but I figured that I might just get to the point that I could record versions of my songs to then be able to hand them over to a professional musician to play – which is what I finally was able to accomplish…but haven’t found anyone to play them yet.
My friend was a Lieutenant in our Weapons Shop and played the drums, so he came over a few times to jam with me – I covered my drum set in old towels to dampen the noise in my 12’x12′ music room – so I wouldn’t go deaf! 🙂
During my assignment to RAF Mildenhall I was finally able to record 301 individual song tracks (some songs were recorded multiple times) to complete the process of being able to one day give them to professionals to play the songs themselves – here my friend practices on my drum set.
We received permission from the OIC of the large maintenance hangar on Spangdahlem AB to set up and practice there on a Saturday morning, and here is my drum set and a PA speaker – I gained a lot of respect that day for the roadies that move and set up bands on tour – it’s not easy work.
There were a few maintenance folks working on an A-10 across the hangar at the time, but they said go ahead and weren’t there for long anyway – here are my three guitars and my Carvin amp – so my friend and I practiced for about an hour playing my original songs for the most part to an empty hangar.
The day was a success, as this sound check showed me how much effort it takes to get to the level of performing, and I wasn’t there yet…but finally did reach that level in about 2002 – and later in 2009 gave all of my music equipment away for free to a very talented musician who currently is a co-pilot flying C-17s in the Air Force – and is very involved in Base Chapel music ministry programs.