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Throughout most of my life I have been in bands, usually as a drummer but also as a singer, guitar player or bass player depending on the situation. I also like to write songs.

In 2017 after a steadily working band I was in ran its course I realized the time was right and my desire was high to record some of my favorite original songs properly in a professional recording studio and make the solo album I always wanted to make.

I met Wendy Levin at a jam night in a Manhattan Beach, CA sports bar in 2016. I got along with her immediately. She is a great guitar player, a brilliant engineer and a fun person to hang out with. She informed me that she runs D.M. Recording Studios in Long Beach, CA. I told her what I wanted to do and she seemed excited to work with me so I booked some studio time with her and recorded basic tracks for 17 songs in a few days. She and I established a great working relationship right from the start. It was apparent that our instincts were in tune with each other. Besides giving great suggestions and producing great sounds she also became my guitar coach while I was recording the lead guitar parts. She was the right person at the right time!

I have always admired artists who could write and record a whole album by themselves like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Dave Grohl. I challenged myself to see if I could pull that off too. I sang or played every note you hear on this album except for 1 sound affect. See if you can find it! Every instrument you hear is a real guitar, bass, drum or percussion instrument too. I was in one room singing or playing and Wendy was in the other room recording it. Nothing was programmed. The music on Light Your Way is 100% organic, analog music produced on a digital platform.

My Gretsch Duo Jet is the one guitar that is on every song. It provided the amazing foundation tone the album is built on. Most of the time it's panned to the left except on track 6 "Light Your Way" where it's in the center and track 9 "Lemonade" where it is the only guitar in the song. My Gretsch Corvette is featured on the guitar solo of track 5 "Too Much".

I was originally going to title the album "The Buddy Hollywood Solo System" so you all could find it without having to remember my real name. The minute my wife Yasuko suggested "Light Your Way" it just felt right.

It’s been a labor of love. I hope you can hear that in the music!

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Rooty-Toot-Toot! Happy for you! That's awesome! I can already tell, by your post, that you put a ton of energy and love into this project! Inspiring! I look forward to hearing it!

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Very cool! Dig the sound clips.

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Can't listen but will later this weekend. Looking forward to it!

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Thanks for checking it out! I really appreciate it and I look forward to hearing your reactions. It's the only way to grow, you know?

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Very cool! Congrats on a great milestone. I've done a couple, and it's certainly gratifying. You inspire me to get busy again. I look forward to listening to it!

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Very cool! Congrats on a great milestone. I've done a couple, and it's certainly gratifying. You inspire me to get busy again. I look forward to listening to it!

– Proteus

Is there anywhere I can hear your albums? I love your playing and am very interested in hearing your original music.

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I hope this will ignite your interest to give the album a listen. Here are all the guitars I used on the recordings.

My number 1 guitar is my 2011 G6128T-DSV Gretsch Duo Jet. It is on every song usually panned to the left side except on track 6 "Light Your Way" where it is up the middle and on track 9 "Lemonade" where it is the only guitar double tracked on the left and right.

My Duo Jet was the first instrument I recorded. I played the song to a click and then used that as the music to track the drums to. I then added the right side rhythm guitar, the bass and then the vocals. Lead guitars were recorded right before the mixing stage.

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Very nice recordings and songs. I like power-pop and you got it! Congrats. I, too, am inspired.

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I found this 2011 50th Anniversary Epiphone Casino on Craigslist. A guy in Silver Lake, CA was selling it for a great price. When I brought it home my wife looked at me holding a guitar case and said, "What's that?" I proceeded to open the case and show her with the explanation simultaneously coming out of my mouth that I could "sell this for twice what I paid for it." She took one look at it and said, "I think you should keep it." Yes! I love you honey!

This guitar was used on track 7 "Have Mercy" and track 12 "Hey Man" and is panned to the right side.

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Very nice recordings and songs. I like power-pop and you got it! Congrats. I, too, am inspired.

– Bob Howard

Thanks for listening and for your feedback Bob!

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The 2011 Fender Blacktop Jazzmaster was the foundation for this parts guitar. It has a Fender humbucker bridge pickup and a Duncan Designed Jazzmaster neck pickup. I put a 24.75" scale neck on it. I used this guitar whenever I wanted a Les Paul style sound or if I wanted to utilize the funky Jazzmaster neck pickup. The middle position on this guitar is a unique, almost Gretsch vibe.

I used it on track 2 "New Kid in Battle", track 3 "All or Nothing", track 4 "It's Good to be Alive", track 8 "From the Start" and track 10 "Cupcake" and it is panned to the right side.

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I'm buying it. I hope you are planning to play out as yourself with a band. In this world of computer made music, the real thing is too important to see it fade away.

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This is my original designed Freestyle brand guitar we called a "Del Rey". My partner and I built a few prototypes and this one in particular came out great. The secret sauce on this guitar is the custom made Rose Mozart pickups. I told Ken at Rose that I wanted a P90 style pickup but with alnico 5 pole slugs instead of bar magnets. He took his humbucker sized Jazzmaster pickups and constructed them a bit deeper. He nailed it!

I found I used this guitar when I wanted to achieve a Telecaster style twang. It is used on track 1 "Fall in Love", track 5 "Too Much" and track 11 "Slow to Grow" and is panned to the right side.

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My parts Strat has a TV Jones Power'Tron pickup in the bridge, a Fender Tex-Mex bridge pickup in the middle and a Rose Robusta neck pickup. This was my go-to lead guitar. It is also the main guitar featured on track 3 "All or Nothing". Only a Strat can deliver that position 5 neck and middle awesomeness!

This guitar is the lead guitar on track 1 "Fall in Love", track 4 "It's Good to be Alive" and track 7 "Have Mercy".

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I wanted to use this guitar more but at least I got it on one track! It's a 1968 Gretsch Corvette with HiLotrons that Curt refinished in Hot Rod purple nitro. The HiLotrons with a bit of gain sound similar to low wind P90s. I used this guitar for the solo on track 5 "Too Much".

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My Yamaha SDB420 acoustic is featured on 2 tracks, track 6 "Light Your Way" and track 12 "Hey Man". I was shocked how well this guitar sounded on the recordings! This was a Christmas gift from my wife the year before we got married.

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The mighty Fender Precision bass is on every track. This one is a mid 1980s E series MIJ.

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Dig the tunes!

Man, the Duo Jet is just one of my favorite guitars. I LOVE mine!

Something about those Dearmonds (or Dynasonics, or in my case, TArmonds)

Good luck with the album!

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Dig the tunes!

Man, the Duo Jet is just one of my favorite guitars. I LOVE mine!

Something about those Dearmonds (or Dynasonics, or in my case, TArmonds)

Good luck with the album!

– Shawn Roux

Thanks Shawn! Yes there is something seriously amazing about the Dynasonics/Dearmonds/T'Armonds.

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I'm buying it. I hope you are planning to play out as yourself with a band. In this world of computer made music, the real thing is too important to see it fade away.

– Bob Howard

Thank you!!! It's on iTunes now too if you prefer that to CDBaby.

https://itunes.apple.com/us...

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Hey man...I like it. "Hey Man" really resonates with me. Just added it to my playlist. Thanks, Stephen!

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Hey man...I like it. "Hey Man" really resonates with me. Just added it to my playlist. Thanks, Stephen!

– delta

Awesome! I'm stoked!

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I've now raised your annual income by a millionth of a cent by checking out your album on Tidal

First impression goes to the songwriting, and how good you are at giving each song a disctinct feel. Cudos!

I don't feel I can say much more after just one run-through, and royalty (the 2019 Abbey Road LP) is waiting, so I'll just have to earn you some more big money by listening again later


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