I'm still here.
I wrote a very personal entry a few months back
but then decided to take it down. In it, I talked about the health
issues I had experienced for several months before Christmas. I was
hospitalized at the end of December and in recovery from respiratory
problems for a couple of months afterwards. I won't go into the
particulars of that original post but I am doing very well now. In fact,
my voice is the strongest it has ever been.
considered myself a good singer. I have been my own worst critic for
years. I am seeing some light at the end of the
tunnel, however. In the last few months, I have let a number people hear tracks off my
album "Retro" and the response has been very positive. Everyone has
commented on how good I am singing now. I am still my own worst critic
but after hearing various recordings - my voice is sounding strong,
clear and better than average. I am truly thankful for that.
am still working on "Retro" while taking breaks to record "B-Sides
& D-Lites". Working on two albums at the same time is very
time-consuming. I am at a good place right now with both projects. I do
believe I will be releasing some tunes by Fall of 2014. I am very
excited and thankful to have come this far despite the setbacks. With
that being said - thanks to all of you that have been waiting (way too
long) for this music to get released. It means so much to me that people
are still interested in what I am doing. Thank you -Rhett Ashley
I just wanted to wish everyone a great Easter weekend. It's not really one of my favorite holidays but I know it's very important to some. I look at it as a time of renewal and change. I am more excited about Spring, the weather warming up and everything coming to life again. Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend. -Rhett Ashley
A lot of people have been contacting me - asking the same question. "Where's the music?" I announced a little over a year ago that I would be recording my material for everyone to hear. I have been doing just that but the process can be slow at times. The album "RETRO" is primitive compared to today's over-produced pop albums. I have been writing the entire album on a synthesizer that was popular in the early 90s. In fact, the Ensoniq SD-1 keyboard was first produced in 1990. I have used no outside computer software to enhance the sound of the album. I have put no auto-tune on my vocals. It's raw electronic/alternative music just like you would have heard back in the 80s. The sound is great but getting there takes more time.
I own and manage a toy store in Pennsylvania. I also do small business consulting and website design on the side. I'm a busy person but at least four nights a week I get into the studio to write and record. It has been over 15 years since I last recorded in a studio or performed live. The process is quite different now from my early days of recording in the 90s. It's actually a lot better but I'm my own worst enemy. I want every sound and vocal to be perfect. I have changed things a million times. Lyrics have been rewritten and changed back again. I've wiped out major instrumental sections of songs. And then - just to decide which songs would make the final cut. I've gone back and forth so many times, I should have called the album "Roller Coaster".
We had set to release "RETRO" at the end of March. It had been downgraded to an E.P. instead of a full-length album. Five songs would be easier than twelve songs to release. Unfortunately, a sinus infection set recording back by weeks. My voice had completely gone but this was a blessing in disguise. A month later when I got my voice back, I started recording again. I also decided to let a few select friends hear the five tracks I had chosen for "RETRO". One song on the album called "Hard Chore Sexual" would NOT make the final cut. Everyone was in agreement that the lyrics and subject matter were too controversial. I had literally spent more time on this song than any other. This sent me on 48-hour downward spiral. I thought I had figured out everything I wanted to capture on "RETRO". The album was suppose to represent the innocence of the 80s and how innocence was eventually lost. Basically, the story of my life and many other people out there. I came to my senses a few days later. The song would have to go. I would record "Hard Chore Sexual" but it just couldn't be on "RETRO". So I went back to the drawing board and went back to my original plan to release a full album. Ten to twelve songs that would be retro in approach and appreciation of the 80s. So that's where I am at now with everything. Still recording...always writing...and trying to sing my best. I hope to have "RETRO" out very soon. It will be worth the wait. I promise.