When I was a very young guy in the mid 1960’s, bands like The Ventures and musicians like Herb Albert were getting a ton of radio air time. I listened to them and absorbed their ideas. I also remember listening to Floyd Cramer, a wonderful pianist who produced countless instrumental songs. The real adventure began one sunny afternoon on Kinchloe Air Force Base riding my bicycle where I first heard a song. The song started with the line, “There she was, just a walking down the street, singing do wah dittie, dittie dum dittie do.” This seemingly ordinary song, by Manfred Mann was the beginning of my lifetime passion for music, hence the name of my production company, Dan House Ditties.
As you may have determined with a little sleuthing on the net, I have an alternate existence (www.DCLConsult.com) that pays the utilities and puts gas in the cars. Joy, my faithful wife and friend, is the center of my life and my music. I do not tell her very often but I would not have not attempted this project or recorded a jazz CD if she had not encouraged me quietly day after day to pursue the goal.
Her two sons, Jacob and Zachary, have also been key to this project. Jake took the task to build www.ShadesofMoire.com and www.DCLConsult.com from scratch. Jake and I have both learned much as the years passed and now we leverage things available on the net (for example, this WordPress website style). Zachary undertook the time-consuming task of mastering Fort Calhoun. Using the techniques that Zachary learned on Fort Calhoun, the first project, I was able to move quickly through the mastering process of Lost in Texas, the second project. Thanks to Zachary’s initial work, what took weeks before, now only requires a few days.
I have a few favorite things, a Fender Strat, a Martin, and a Mandolin. However, the people in my life far outreach and surpass these tools. This music is for them. May this music glorify the God I serve.