Going into a recording studio was a whole new ballgame for us! We’d started as five buddies rocking out in a garage, now were entering a professional recording studio paid for by a record label. It was getting serious.

Solomon Studios in Portland was a top notch Northwest stop for many artists and for us it was out of this world. Suddenly instead of just strapping on our equipment and rocking out, we had to pay attention to every little musical thing we did. We had to be perfect on every take; we weren’t paying for the studio time, the record label was and they wanted to keep the cost down.

For the first time most of us playing our part of a song without everyone else playing was weird, but that’s how recording was done. Once all the parts were done separately they were mixed into a song. The results were good but it made all of us aware of how we all meshed as one band. It really changed the way we were from then on. What the road and nightly playing had done already, recording added another dimension to what we were; a band that could play live and record. A good combination.

We finished and went back to just working nightly at Duffys but we’d become a different group of guys. We knew we’d accomplished part of what we wanted to be; a band that was recording, but we had a long ways to go. We’d had a taste of recording and were ready to do more and get out on the concert circuit. Plus we still had a good attitude and in the day to day life of a band barely making any money that was very important. Without that you’re tempted to give it up, but we weren’t ready to do that, we just wanted to rock!

Next: Here we go!

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!”He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked.I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online.However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels.So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!

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