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Mixed Messages

by Cal Gold

A must listen-to album ! Novel songs, compelling lyrics, and skillful electric and acoustic guitar work. Male singer/ songwriter, and guitarist performing his originals in several genres including blues, funk, pop, ballads, and country crossover
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You a Runaround
4:58 $0.99
2. Wanna See Your Green Light
4:50 $0.99
3. Dreams
6:02 $0.99
4. Long Road Home
5:54 $0.99
5. Lamb on the Run
4:55 $0.99
6. Come Back Melinda
5:42 $0.99
7. A Dawg Is a Man's Best Friend
4:38 $0.99
8. Looking for a Fairytale
5:21 $0.99
9. When We Were Young
2:10 album only
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Album Notes
I've been playing guitar and writing for quite a while, but it's only been in the past few years that I've had the time to devote to recording my music...hence this album. I have a lot more written that hasn’t been recorded or arranged, so I'm already working on the next one. Hope all you listeners like what you hear. If you do, there's more to come, so stay tuned.This is a multigenre album, which I'm sure goes against every effort these days to put music in neat little boxes for algorithm searches. Truth is, I dont write music for search algorithms, I write for my listeners and myself.

I recorded this album in my home studio on a multitrack digital recorder. I live played the instrument tracks with the exception of the percussion which is part programmed and part live played. No DAW computer generated music used here. I wanted to capture the intended emotions of my songs..and it has imperfections, but so does live music !
I grew up with music in the house as both my parents were classical musicians. My mom was a concert pianist, and my father was a violinist. My mom could play anything at first sight.... even a Beethoven piano concerto... she was a professional artist...but she couldn’t improvise to save her life. I must have inherited a gift because I can play anything I hear in my head on the guitar. My mom was envious of that.

I dabbled with some piano, but when I got into guitar, I was into R&B, rock and jazz. I played some coffee house circuit gigs in NYC when Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Richie Havens and others were just starting and playing at open mike nights for tips.Saw Eric Clapton and Cream in a little hole in the wall club in Greenwich village. It was an exciting time. I got into the Brazilian jazz scene, and backed up several vocalists in that genre and even some gospel singers. That experience taught me a lot about the finesse required to back a vocalist and to not interfere with their vocals.

Most of my guitar work is finger style which developed as the result of my Brazilian jazz technique, wherein one has a running bass line with chording and melody on top and some percussive action on the strings or guitar body. For rock or guitar solos, I typically use a pick. To me, the jazz chord voicings make for a much more interesting feel in song composition. You may notice that jazz influence in the tracks on this album. I’m equally at home on electric, steel string acoustic, or nylon string guitars, although my choice depends on the song composition.Singing was something I did as backup with some small groups or sometimes as lead vocal if the song register and mood was a good fit.

My "day job" has been a long career in three different engineering disciplines. I've designed medical devices, music synthesizer and pro audio electronics, and worked on multiple NASA contracts (not rocket science, but pretty close in complexity ! ). At one point, I worked for New England Digital Corp. the manufacturer of the Synclavier music synthesizer system. I had the opportunity to interact with some amazing guitarists and musicians.Got to spend a few days with Frank Zappa at his studio in LA. I designed the guitar interface to the Synclavier which was used by Pat Metheny, John McGlaughlin, and others. I also designed the electronics for the first professional audio digital recording/playback system used for sampling to a computer disk drive . These days, we take digital audio and "sampled" sounds for granted, but in the beginning, it was a challenge. There were no DSP chips, and the 24-bit technology we have today didn’t exist. Proud to say, I made an early contribution to the digital audio world we routinely enjoy today.

Hope you find something that appeals to your musical taste on this album. It was fun putting it all together.. One final note, the last short track "When We Were Young " is intended as a film theme. It's just guitar and some light percussion.

Happy Listening!



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