My name is Conrad Koch. I'm 73 years old and very much a male; but; for the shock value of introducing myself with a girls name I've been thinking about using my nickname "Connie" to introduce myself to those who I would like to someday regard as followers. My story, repeated here for convenience, is on Facebook and on YouTube.
Going through Berklee's Introduction to Music Production might have been life changing experience for me. Continuing in another Berklee course, Developing You Musicianship sort of adds to that aura.
To get through "Introduction to Music Production" and really try to learn something I bought a Cakewalk Sonar X3 workstation. Although I am very very low on the learning curve, I have enjoyed, immensely, the effort made into what little I have learned so far. Moreover, I love learning and using new stuff.
I also love singing. That's not always been the case. There was a time when even the thought of my being on stage belting out a tune would produce gallons of blood, sweat and tears.
That's changed! I'm 73 years old now! In the last 5 years or so, I've managed to drop a lot of baggage ... baggage that was accompanied by inhibitions ... inhibitions that prevented me from realizing the pleasures of performing on stage. What has that change produced?
It's produced a 73 year old " fella with a teenager's heart" who is thinking about singing and recording 200 songs ... the 100 most popular songs of the 50's and 60's ... You know! The schmaltzy, the Rock-n-roll; and the Doo-Wop stuff. Do one a week for the next 4 years or so.
Why do it? I could tell you it's because I want to learn to produce music using my stuff I've learned using my new Digital Audio Workstation. Then again I could tell you that my love of the 1955 through 1969 era music is something that I want to keep alive and well! I could also say that I want to become like Tony Bennett and sing my heart out till I am no longer able and ... BTW become rich doing it. While those notions are all valid ... maybe ... the truth probably lies in the fact that I want to see where my talent (if it exists) can get me.
I've put tunes I've recorded recently (along with some older stuff) on a YouTube Channel ...................... http://www.youtube.com/user/cpkoch
with the thought of sharing them with my friends and family ... and whomever else that may get enjoyment from them.
I would like to see a lot of people coming on board and subscribe by accessing my channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/cpkoch. There is another way to subscribe directly somehow here on Facebook, but, I'll be darned if I can figure it out!
Perhaps we may collaborate in some form or another. Maybe you can suggest tunes. If you have backing tracks that'll help! Sending me your own recordings of favorite pieces from the 50's and 60's era would aid me greatly in the laborious tasks of doing 200 recordings. IT's be neat if I could reduce the number to 100! How abut a long distance duet or a multi-track piece? I can try and work magic as I try to produce a decent tune.
If I were still carrying around those nasty inhibitions I would be really hesitant to put this post out to the folks enjoying a normal life as we know it Because that baggage now lies somewhere along the road of life I am instead seeking your thoughtful feedback and suggestions.
I forget who it was but like somebody once said ...
...................."That's Life and I can't Deny It!"
Conrad P Koch Jr.'s photo.