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WHAT"S YOUR STORY? Before you read, please know that I mean for the results of this thread to be entirely positive. This may be a topic that surfaces from time to time. It's a question I like to ask online. In this case, I admit I am curious about people's stories here for a rather specific reason. But, it's also true that since I first started chatting in Yahoo's old chat rooms (circa 1991- 'til around, oh... 2000-ish), and also began joining a few forums and message boards, I've been fascinated by the differences between how we communicate and get to know each other in the flesh and how we go about these same things online. Since the inception of the internet, these two forms of human interaction have been diverging. They are now distinct. The world of the interweb is defining it's own distinct reality. Whether you are old enough to remember when this was not so, or are a child of this new world and therefor see it as "how it's always been"... that it is so at all is.... interesting. We have become a binary-reality society. So. What's your story? By this, here's what I mean: In say, no more than eight to ten paragraphs, tell us - what kind of kid were you? How did you become involved in music? How did you get involved in online collaborations? Tell us a bit about your life now (wife? hubby? harem? kids? work? hobbies?) Say a little about who you are now (I suspect this may be the hardest part for some folks. In a paragraph or two, try to tell us what makes you distinct and unique as a person right now). And finally, what one (hopefully really interesting) thing do you want everyone here to know about you, that they don't know now? NO POLITICS! Say nothing about your politics or voting plans. Eight to ten paragraphs is a lot. If you need less, fine. But that should be enough room for anyone to tell their basic story. I WILL NOT START! But, if several people respond, I will post my tale. My interest in posting this centers fully on hearing YOUR stories, NOT telling mine, so mine, when (if) I tell it will be succinct and as brief as humanly possible. I sincerely look forward to reading your stories.


     

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


A very committed theme. It would be good to tell what the musical career has been ...... the rest of things would be very personal, too personal.

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


BTW: I will not throw "the first stone"

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+6dy ago


Doesn't have to be. Don't list names... of anything, Say your career, but not where you work. Say you have kids but don't give names. Don't Tell where you live. And so on... Who you are now is at least partially apparent to the people in real life that know you or work with you. Sharing the basics about this here shouldn't present a problem. We aren't talking about expose' type stuff, here, my friend.

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


We will wait for the first brave to break the ice .....

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+6dy ago


>sigh<... Okey, doke. Whatever you say.

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


The only thing I can say is that I am a computer maintenance technician, electronics repairman, (or I try hahahaha, sometimes I fix some things hahaha)

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+6dy ago


How did you get drawn to online collaborations? What kind of music do you like? What do you play? What parts do you like to do best in a collaboration? What one interesting fact about yourself can you tell that we don't know? :)

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


I just met Kompoz. My style? funk, jazz rock, smoothjazz. A fact of mine that may surprise? There are crazy people who are locked up who are more sane and healthy than me hahahaa

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


uff i said no i was going to break the ice hehehe

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+6dy ago


That was perfect, Jean. Thanks for posting. Merci boku. :)

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JenCarie   commented 1mo+6dy ago


lol. So glad you broke the ice, Jean. It's fun to learn new things about people we work so intimately with on these amazing songs . :) <3

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offthewall   commented 1mo+6dy ago


A nice idea. First off, I feel this would attract more interest if it were done in a 'group'. I reckon that if you set up a group for this purpose you would get many more tales than you will here. Now .... instead of paragraphs I have something to point you towards which is not quite up to date but does give some history: http://www.fraserology.com/page8.html

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xd238   commented 1mo+6dy ago


+1 on this idea being a group. It would be nice to be able to go back to peoples stories all in one place and not attached to a specific Community post people may or may not see, or miss, or what have you.

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peterrand   commented 1mo+6dy ago


What's my story? I was born in July 62 years ago, in a Catholic "mother and baby home" in England. I was conceived in Ireland, but my birth mother left Ireland to come to England. I was then taken away from her (not her choice) and given for adoption via the Catholic Church. My original name was Paul. I was placed with my parents in September the same year, and renamed Peter. My life since has been one where I have been fortunate especially if I compare myself to others who were in similar positions around that time. I grew up on Wirral, Merseyside (near Liverpool) and, with the exception of stays in Manchester and France and Germany back in the 1970's as a student, have pretty much lived most of my life here. Both of my adopted parents are no longer here. I'm married with two grown up Boys and also (sadly) one Daughter who was still born. I'm now retired and enjoying the time it allows me to spend on music! My first recollections of music was playing my Mum and Dad's LP's on their Wooden Piece of furniture (record Player), including 78's too - mostly orchestral / TV themes etc. The first record I was bought was Sugar Sugar (The Archies)! Must have been 12 at the time. Whan I was around 15 I became interested in folk music and ended up going to weekly nights out at Folk Clubs - also became intrested in bands such as the Strawbs / Lindisfarne / Genesis.. For a brief period in my teens I was the proud owner of an electric mandolin, an auto-harp, a Bontempi Organ and a cheap electric guitar. When I went to college I bought an acoustic guitar and still have it (it's slightly deficient in the string department right now). Bands I can remember seeing live around that time include Fairport Convention / Barclay James Harvest / Strawbs / Gong - I also managed to See a gig from Peter Gabriel's first solo tour in France in 1978 and also managed a brief hello after (successfully) pretending to be English at the Stage Door. I did the same with Eddie and the Hot Rods in France and ended up acting as translator for a boozy night out in France.. In 1976 / 77, New Wave happened. All of a sudden "my" prog rock turned into something deeply unfashionable. However, I also got to see a lot of acts - I remember going to see Echo and The Bunnymen & The Teardrop Explodes at Eric's in Liverpool, and being mistaken for Andy Partridge from XTC in a Taxi.. The next 30 years were filled with children, family, and work - so music played a lesser role. Then, in 2001, I found out that the Strawbs were playing in Liverpool and decided to go - I also (via the internet and Yahoo groups) found a ready made set of like-minded people who followed the band. I had let the band slip under the radar since the mid 1970's. This led, in 2005, to me meeting up with several of these people at another gig, which involved lots of fun with guitars and alcohol as well as the gig itself. From those meetings, I eventually joined up with a few others to form a Strawbs "tribute" band. Everyone could play guitar and sing better than me. so I became the keyboard player. We debuted at the Strawbs Xmas party in 2008 , and were booked for their 40th anniversary at Twickenham in 2009 - We didn't end up playing but I still have the programme - One of the most surreal moments of my life was being asked for my autograph by a group of Dutch fans who were intent on getting everyone in the programme to sign - fame !! Our World Tour happened in 2010 - Two gigs, in Berkshire and London. With support! and a CD! I joined Kompoz in 2008 and found it daunting at first as I am not a virtuoso player but gradually you lose your inhibitions and I just go for it these days. My motto: quantity over quality . So - bringing things up to date - I have in the intervening years found my birth mother, met her, (she is no longer with us sadly), and established relationships with her family - we meet regularly. In the past year (this is the thing you definitely won't know) I have (through DNA testing) managed to locate my "birth" father to within one of two brothers (both again no longer here) in Ireland. My next step will be to try and make some sort of contact with their family - although I am not as yet sure whether or not to carry on with that, given that the circumstances of my creation was a temporary and no doubt forgotten one-off. So, re-reading this, I can see that "the internet" has made a huge impact on my life, ranging from the demise of my own business (delivering printed directories), to the reunion with long lost family, to the rediscovery of long forgotten music and the bringing together of similar souls. And maybe an explanation of why I like all that folky celtic stuff. So, I hope that sort of fits the bill. Cheers!

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+6dy ago


excellent peter. Melting ice

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MikeJM   commented 1mo+6dy ago


Loved reading this Peter! Seems a lot of what happened recently for you makes your life a story of going full circle . . . and in by no means a bad way. We may have very different stories, but there was a lot to relate to here! :)

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JenCarie   commented 1mo+6dy ago


What an incredible journey and life! Thank you so much for sharing some of who and where you came from with us, Peter! <3

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


This was much deeper and far more personal than I expected to receive, Peter. A life full of experience, my friend. Much good, but not all. Like most of us, I suspect. Thank you for this. Cheers.

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PolarBear   commented 1mo+5dy ago


That's quite the motto, Peter .. that quantity one. .. :) Thanks for sharing your story, there's a few things that I can relate to, in it .. but anyway, not just your story .. but, all the tunes, that you've brought forward, here.

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MikeJM   commented 1mo+6dy ago


Excellent idea! So here is my "story." Let me know if it's too personal or not personal enough, etc... ... So my name is Michael Mantecon. I am particularly younger than the rest of the site, being born on a Friday the 13th in June of 1997. Not that I'm especially superstitious, but I think that's a good place to start. I was born the first child of two very supportive parents. Six years later my younger brother was born, so yeah, nothing of note there - pretty normal family situation. Since I'm a lyricist I will get a bit personal with my story, as I often write about it. When I was five - and I've said this before - I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, which is a type of autism. That affected a lot of my childhood life as I was very much at a disconnect with the rest of my peers, and since I consider myself a generally extroverted person in terms of liking to be around a lot of people (most of my family are introverts) yet I had these problems, it was almost like I was trapped in myself for much of my early life. Around the time I was eight my second-grade class had a poetry reading contest where people read famous poems. Being a natural storyteller from a young age I asked my teacher if I could write my own, and after she said yes, I found that I had amazed my class, and made a connection with them through words. I continued to write for much of my pre-teens, trying to create novels and poems and what-not. I had first discovered rock music when I was 13, and quickly fell in love with prog rock concepts albums a year later when my Dad showed me records like "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and "The Wall." But when I turned 15, my mental health started deteriorating further. I was always a particularly high-achieving student, but going into my freshman and sophomore year I failed many of my classes. After severe battles that took away much of two years, I finally sought out professional help, and was able to come to terms and defeat many of my new disorders. At that point, I had a story to tell, and after seeing a rock concert featuring the likes of Drummer Mike Portnoy and Keyboardist Neal Morse, I decided I would get involved with music despite the fact my voice was terrible and I never learned an instrument. So the day later, October 3rd, 2014, I brought these two loves together and joined Kompoz. This was my FIRST time working in music. From that point, I became very popular here, and my life began to blossom and grow at the same time. Sure, there were still some relapses and what-not, but it was an upward progression all in all. I wrote many great songs, and got to meet many great people from all over the world. At the same time old wounds began to heal, and I finally found that disconnect between me and the world was shrinking. That started when I was 17. Now, I reside just a bit north of San Diego County, and just as I'm writing this, I'm reminded on how key my words and the music I was able to make on this site was in my life. I'm growing in many ways . . . as a polar opposite to my high school days, in college I currently have a 3.9 GPA, and working on something that I'm passionate about. I still am involved in several band projects, and though I'm not as active here as I was before, I always come by off-and-on. Just by writing this, I think I should collaborate here more often! So as far as what makes me distinct and something interesting about me . . . So I consider myself someone who has faced unique challenges, and think something that others find defining about me is that I always get right back up when I'm knocked down. On the musical side, I think my lyrics are - not perfect, but still - a rather unique blend of melancholy and hopefulness, that reflect my situations in life. As far as an interesting thing . . . well let's see . . . I'm pretty bland lol. How about this: This will be kind of trivial, but I think I hold the record for how many times an individual has changed their college major! LOL Well . . . not in terms of officially going to the counseling department . . . but yeah, I'm an eternally undecided student. That's alright . . . just taking it slow and finding my place . . . think I got something I rally like now. I only went the trivial route, because most of my post went with the other, more deep, story about my life. Can't wait to read everyone else's stories. :D

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Another interesting story. What catches my attention is how important a role Kompoz plays in your life. As a member, I will try to help make that continue to be a positive thing in your life. Thanks for posting, Mike. :)

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Midipunk   commented 1mo+6dy ago


I was a bad kid, the old man had to beat me regularly. Holding the fork wrong, you name it. We only had AM radio in the cars and none in the house, news & opinion with a song now & then. Lawrence Welk and Hee Haw was jam time for the family around the TV. Dad would have me run to the basement & grab him a beer during commercials. Music was not in the family at all. Somewhere around there my dad bought a portable radio for the bathroom for while he shaved in the morning. I learned the 'modern music' channels and would sit in the bathroom for hours with the radio up to my ear... They took me to doctor for hardened stool and all sorts of shit hahahahaha... I'm still poopin mom For 'show & tell' at school in seventh grade, a couple classmates brought drums and played super basic 'boom boom pah' in unison for a few minutes, I was enamored. Started making friends with people that had access to drums, dad said why don't you play guitar like everyone else and gave me a few whacks for good measure. Did the paid gigs thing for a short stint, the night we really rocked my wife went to the restroom and a couple bimbos were arguing over who got the drummer. That's my fave rockstar story. Her sister gave us a Tandy 286 with 16 color monitor and dot matrix printer around that time, it had two 5.25 floppy drives and that's about it. Leisure Suit Larry and D&D got me paying attention to it, later got the 486/sx33 with an actual hard drive and a DOOM shareware disk from the grocery store. It was all over, was building custom maps with custom sounds and music after skimming through a few bibles. Cakewalk DOS came free with a MIDIMan interface card. Had a few Radio Shack mics and Fostex Multitracker. Was on a MajorBBS site sharing, "cinmpc.com", it's still alive I gotta send him a message. DOS was being pushed out by Windows, I was one of the dorks that protested but wow what doors it opened. Youtube really opened the collab floodgates for me, then Soundcloud and finally here. Wife and I celebrate 30 years marriage next week unless I don't stop typing, been hollerin' for ten minutes hah.

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Leisure Suit Larry and D&D... played both my brother. First on a Commodore 68 and then on an 8086AT with a (wow! Holy shit!) VGA monitor. Doom was a revelation. I remember Doom being the game that got me sprung for playing PC video games. Still playing to this day. I have a fifteen year old membership to Steam, and oh... twenty or more games on the service. I'm also a huge GOG fan. Screw DRM. That's tough about your old man. Life is full of bastards. Living well is the best revenge, bro. Thanks for posting, Pete. :)

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JenCarie   commented 1mo+6dy ago


Rob you are such a sweetheart. And posting this shows that you are a definite musician of creative thought and deeper perspective. Much respect for that kind of heart, bro! :) I agree about the group! I think if you created one, many would join. What about you? You're not going to get by with posting this w/out sharing your story too! lol. ;)

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


To those who have responded so far; thank you all. I will consider starting a group. As I suspected, I have yet to read anyone's story and think I would be uncomfortable meeting that person. Most importantly, and I think this would hold true for as many honest responses as this post receives (sometimes you get clowns who will post in jest or to mock), you all are interesting people. Far more complex, and leading far more complex and rich lives than we ever see or hear about, generally speaking, here on Kompoz. I now know more about the general backgrounds of you who have posted your stories here so far than I ever have since meeting you here on this site. If you read my story, you will know the same of me. Also (mostly) for the first time. Why is that? Why is what we show each other on here at best a mere pastiche of our real selves, and in many cases, an entirely manufactured thing having nothing to do with who we really are? Why is who we are online different from who we are in the flesh? Once again, thank you to all who have, and will respond, to this thread. I deeply appreciate it.

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ShannonB   commented 1mo+5dy ago


I'm late to the party. I grew up in a tv family, not a music one. No, my family wasn't ON tv, it was their choice of entertainment. I only started writing 3 years ago. I was just out in my backyard walking my dog. That explains a lot! :) Normal life. Pastor's wife, three kids almost grown. Interesting fact: I'm more popular in India than I will ever be in my own USA! :) And that's all I'm gonna say about that!

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


I am 58. I was born in 1962. My dad was an enlisted soldier. He married my mom when she was 16. Took her to Germany in 1961 where they made me. I was born abroad in a German hospital (as opposed to on an American base) and had dual citizenship until I was 18. I chose to be a full American citizen, of course. My dad went to Officer's Candidate School and became an officer in the Army. Our standard of living went way up. Better housing, better cars, better schools, bigger bases. Dad learned to fly helicopters and went up in rank fast. I was a rough and tumble kid. It was a different time. My range when I was six covered fifteen blocks in all direction from my front door, and included two small stores where I could sell the ten cent bottles I went and around and collected and buy candy, food and drinks. But, I was also very straight-laced until I was an older kid... dressed out of the Sears catalog, crew cut hair... a real '60's and early '70's middle class American boy poster boy. In 1966 I watched both The Monkees and Star Trek first run episodes on TV. Oh, can't forget Batman... In 1971 in Germany for a second time, I heard "Band On The Run" on a juke box in a German fast food joint and fell in love with rock music and guitars. I was 11. Started smoking in 1975. Cigs and pot. I was 13. Quit cigs in 2012. I'll probably never stop smoking pot. Quit school in the begining of the eleventh grade, after essentially sitting out tenth and refusing to participate ( I skipped 87 days out of the regular school year). I joined my first rock band at age 16 in high school as the lead singer. I sang lead in every band I was in form that day until 2010, when I had to stop performing live due to my health. After quitting school the next year, I floated around, had a hundred jobs, got fired from 99 of them. For a while I lived in Phoenix AZ. I played pool and sang in a band to make money. Band thing was shaky, but I was a dead shot pool player and didn't care if I lost or won, so I won a lot. I was sort of immune to table talk. Through the '80's, I was in a number of pretty good hard rock and metal cover bands. A few were just local bands, but good, one was a band we got signed and took on the road. It was a real cut rate, fly by night operation, but we all shared an apartment and did nothing but play music to make a living for three full years. The simple truth about the stories from those times is that you all would stop believing a word I said LONG before I ran out of stories. In 1988 I spent almost 5 months in rehab recovering form a cocaine thing. Almost died. Got clean, moved to Gainesville Florida, where I met the girl that would become my first wife, and her daughter, whom I would adopt as my own. I had always been able to draw really well since around age 11. I began a slow climb up from the bottom rung of a commercial art career, got married, and watched my life change completely. Still played in small local bands a bit, but mostly did the daddy thing, the hubby thing, and the ladder climber thing for the next f*ing 20 years. Raised the kids, left the wife. Got back in bands. Stopped working for the man and used a lifetime of connections in the world of pop illustration (I'm that good, or was, at any rate), and began to freelance from home. Got heavily back into music. That lasted until 2010 when severe health issues forced me to stop playing in bands. Couldn't tote my own gear, and couldn't stand on stage for two or three hours for a gig. I was 45. A friend got me into home recording to keep me in the game. That got me looking online for all kinds of resources. VSTs... hardware, amps, guitars... help on recording and mixing... that eventually led me to finding out that you can collaborate online. I first began doing that about ten years ago now, and have been doing it ever since. At this stage I've made music with people from all over the globe in all walks of life living in all kids of countries and circumstances. I've also had some partnerships that were FAR more productive and rewarding than anything I ever experienced in real life. The best thing I can say about online collaborations is that it can seriously cut down on the B.S. factor when it to comes to making songs. I'm on Kompoz and ProCollabs. I also pull some collabs from a few sites that aren't strictly collab sites. I met my second wife 13 years ago. Before we married, she had me added to her insurance, and got me seen for health issues that were claiming my life. Two years later we married. Seven major surgeries and two near death scares later and I am still kicking. So are me and my gal. An interesting fact about me? Well, an admission, actually. My profile pic is... dated. I weigh 240 now (was about 180 in the pic), and have long (half way down my back), wild, unruly almost white gray hair, and an 8 inch long, unruly goatee beard and mustache. I look a lot like Bobby from Sons Of Anarchy. I'm entirely self taught on bass and guitar. So, there you all go. Hope it was worth the wait.

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peterrand   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Thanks Rob! As regards profile pics, mine is from 6 years back - slightly less hair these days - will do a newer one now you've reminded me. ..!

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offthewall   commented 1mo+5dy ago


I like the interesting fact about the artwork. My 'little known' fact is that my screen name comes from when I was doing mural painting as OffTheWallDesigns. Won a couple of high profile competitions in the home decorating arena which included some TV features. The background in my profile is one of them. Had to stop all that because of the arthritis!

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


It seems that people are opening to tell their lives. It would be good if we hung up here our first musical performances or collaborations.

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peterrand   commented 1mo+5dy ago


OK Jean Louis, here's an in-depth review of one of our gigs in 2010 -- I am on the left of the pic (a lot unhealthier than I am now!) http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazineOld/Strawberry%20Fools.html and a bit of video too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ywQi2kKH4E

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


speedy peterrand thank you!!!

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


I don't have just photos, because the photographers didn't want to expose their cameras hehheheee, just some audios of my music principles. The first serious song was "Billy Cobham - Red Baron" I was about 16 years old when I made a version of this song. https://youtu.be/fDB6AHcjajQ We sounded really bad, my God!

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Lol... yeah, Just awful. Really, Jean Lui? Sounds pretty damn solid to me, including being a fairly impressive live recording for that era. You ARE dating yourself, however... :)

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Midipunk   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Back then if you had photos you were a "poser" hahah

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Here's a video of one of the very last times I played in a bar with a band. Circa 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9TDVC_Memc

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Rob I don't see the beers anywhere! heheheheehe

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


They were there, my friend. Beers aplenty.

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


hahahahaahahahaa salute!!!!!

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


BTW: Great video!

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Thanks, bro... I was having fun... a year prior to that I was playing in a progressive rock fusion band at festivals in front of a thousand people or more. Not sure which was more fun, to be honest. :)

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Listen to this Rob, purely Spanish: https://youtu.be/rTMcGlowWak

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Now that's some killer stuff, bro. Nice view count on that, as well... :)

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peterrand   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Nice!

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RobAsh15   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Unbelievable work, James, and a cool story.

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offthewall   commented 1mo+5dy ago


Dug out the old website from many years ago. Nothing of interest in the links (left hand side) but plenty of content by clicking on the pictures. http://offthewalldesigns.fraserology.com/page3.html

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peterrand   commented 1mo+5dy ago


I've now uploaded a new pic from December ....!

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JeanLui   commented 1mo+5dy ago


great pic peterrand!