Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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.
I never 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.
I 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
Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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.
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.
Monday, March 11, 2013
As I prepare to release some my music at the end of this month, I am seeing influences from all over the place that I never recognized before. I am presenting two decades worth of material that was inspired by New Wave, Electronica and those early days of trying to play the Halloween theme on an old piano. I have been in the studio almost every evening. I'm looking so forward to making my music available to the public after all this time. Critics and fans of my music have said for years that I have a "movie soundtrack kind of sound". I'm not quite sure what that means - but I guess I can thank Mr. Carpenter for that.