My oldest son has applied to a number of Universities and he is still deciding on whether to pursue business or music. I remember having the same debate when I was his age.

He has applied to a couple of music programs. He needed to pull together an audition CD and so I agreed to help him in the process. He decided to track a couple of jazz standards. I thought it might be neat for him to have some backing tracks to go along with his bass.

I had done some live recording of a jazz quartet a couple of years back. Cliff Cline was the vocalist and he was backed up by some of the best jazz musicians in the Toronto area. As I had the concert on multi-track, I made a quick mix of just vocal, piano and drums. My son spent a bit of time listening to the original bass track and then we cut his own version of the bass for the song in the studio yesterday.

Pretty impressive. You can audition his track here.

Joshua's CD

3 replies
  1. Rob
    Rob says:

    Hi, Richard,

    Given Joshua’s obvious talents, I would be inclined to see him pursuing a music career, with a smattering of business courses.

    There is no such thing as a successful music career in isolation of business acumen these days.

    Well done, Joshua! (and I do hope, Richard, you provide some level of discount when he needs to use the studio…)

    p.s. Most kids say – “Can I borrow the keys to the car?” but I hear in the future “Can I borrow the keys to the studio? 🙂

  2. Rob
    Rob says:

    …you know, with the way kids learn and absorb new ideas and technologies these days, I would guess in a few years you may be asking him for the keys to the studio!

    …and I am sure he will be reasonable with his rates… 🙂


Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *