Against my better judgement (and mostly because I’m bored), I’ve decided to reenter the music business. BRUNO MARS has had several big hits most of which sound like they could have been written 30 years ago. So why not? What’s old is new and I have a bunch of songs that just might be relevant!
The problem is that some of them are on cassette and need to be transferred to digital files before I can submit them. Several years ago, I did transfer whatever was on record or acetate with the help of my turntable and the Audacity software everybody uses to digitize their analog music. Unfortunately, my attempts to do the same with what lived on cassettes was thwarted by the untimely death of both my cassette decks – which I hadn’t fired up for years. And now, I’m gonna want to make those transfers to assemble my “reel” (which is obviously no longer a reel).
So it was off to Google I went to find a cassette deck somewhere – or a piece of current technology which can transfer what’s on those tapes to a flash drive in the form of an mp3 file. And this is where it gets truly amazing. Some company or other is currently manufacturing an old timey moderately-sized boom box…with an AM/FM radio…a cassette player…and a USB slot for a flash drive with which whatever is on your cassette can instantly be transferred onto that drive! Cool!!
And guess how much this units costs! Ready?!? Twenty five whole dollars! I kid you not! Now the unit has some really shitty reviews on the Internet. And I’m not expecting super high fidelity when it comes to the sound quality. But hey! These are songwriting demos! I’m not trying to shop a master production. So provided the tape speed is close (which was always a problem with cassette decks), and there isn’t too much wow and flutter, this all could actually happen at a very modest price! And if the machine is a bust, I still have a radio. Or I could simply return the piece of crap and get my whopping 25 bucks back.
Properly seduced by the prospect of resurrecting these old tapes, I pedaled down to Best Buy to find out that so not in-demand is this product, that it had to be ordered from the distribution hub. The item is apparently, not worth stocking at any of the many Best Buy stores in Manhattan. Thus, I have to wait a week until it reaches the store (now that it’s paid-for and ordered) whereupon I can move forward with compiling my presentation – albeit with bridled enthusiasm as I’m well aware that the music biz can be a real heartbreaker.
In the meantime, here’s a couple of songs which have already been transferred owing to the reality that I tried to press and sell them at some point in the past and they exist on vinyl. The songs aren’t bad. Nor is the production. And the girl is outstanding. When I listen back, I wonder why these never happened on some level. I don’t like everything I ever produced or was involved with. But I do like these.