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Viaticus: A History of Lessons and Experience , Part V

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Louis was well into the 1990s when "Touch" was created and many lessons had come and gone in building a studio that included major equipment to operate successfully namely: a microphone, mixer; recorders, processing and mastering equipment. He was funcioning at a level just below computers. Everything was operational buy not yet connected to the actual computer itself. Many more lessons and experiences would be needed before moving up to that point with technology.

His wallet was close to running on empty and the only way around that was to go back to the hospital and keep working shifts as a respiratory therapist. In the meantime, "Touch" was going through several revisions. He wanted at one point to produce it as an R&B piece but it was difficult to find quality voices that he could afford. Rewriting it several times, he worked the music and lyrics so that no matter who sang it, the music would work with their voice.

With the passing of time, many singers from various meetings he attended at professional groups had come and gone. He decided that "Touch" would become a duet with as many voices it needed to give it "tonality" or to keep it from sounding amateurish. At a nearby church he spoke to the pastor for leads to good voices where he met Claudia Williams. She was an exceptional voice that had little trouble if any at all keeping her tones. She wasn't working in the business as a singer professionally but in sound, she was a solid pro all the way. Claudia had little to no experience working in a studio but gave a splendid performance and the recording was at least at the half way mark.

"Touch" was meant to be at this point a male/female duet. From another nearby church, Louis connected with Kevin Pruner while at the same time running into Frank Carter at a musicians networking meeting in Manhattan. Louis didn't like either voice separately for the music because it wasn't the sound he heard in his head but together they were very close to the mark and the song with three voices definitely had more depth to it. So going ahead with both voices on the male part, he had the men sounding almost choral in duet with a female voice and it actually worked. Recording the voices was finally done.

"Touch" took about a year to complete as a result of varying opinions from instructors on Louis' technique behind processing equipment. Running the voices through the processors was problematice in the beginning because he was a novice with this equipment and learned that still more equipment had to be purchased to complete the song because some problems encountered required resolution with another piece of studio equipment. He could have hired the help to take care of it and finish the music sooner but he was determined to learn the workings of the studio. If it took a year to get it right, it didn't matter to him. It was important to stop depending on others and control costs.

When "Touch" had everything done to it that could possibly thrown at it to correct what ever problem arose. Louis hired an instructor to come to the studio and do nothing except listen to the music critcizing it for technical issues. If necessary, the instructor would teach or manipulate the controls for correction as needed. Explaining to Louis some mistakes in the way the studio was arranged, wired, and operating he then sat down to listen to the music. He asked that it be played a second time. Pausing for a moment silently he turned to his student and said there was nothing wrong with the piece and had all the makings of a professional sound!

"Touch" was a turning point for Louis. It seemed like an eternity to complete but two goals were achieved: he not only finished writing the music but he recorded the voices, processed the sound, and did the mastering of the song himself! It was a huge relief because it was actually possible under an extremely tight budget to learn what ever was necessary to wear every hat and move the music up to professional status by his own hand.

It was time to go back to more lessons and attend still more professional meetings. Networking was non-stop and it was becoming apparent at this time now that experience was to be one of the new instructors but in making a 10 song album, two more were pending creation. It was time to go back to pop music.

Viaticus: A History of Lessons and Experience, Pt. I

Viaticus: A History of Lessons and Experience, Pt. II

Viaticus: A History of Lessons and Experience, Pt. III

Viaticus: A History of Lessons and Experience, Pt. IV

Beyonce Wins 6 Awards at the Grammys

  January 31st Los Angeles - A total of 6 Grammy awards was swept away this evening by Beyonce making her a record setting female winner. Michael Jackson currently holds his record of 8 awards for men. Talyor Swift snubbed by Kanye West on the MTV awards went home with the highest prize: Album of The Year jumping around the stage like a typical 20 year old girl. Her win was a victory over competition such as Lady Gaga, The Dave Matthews Band, Beyonce; as well as the Black Eyed Peas. A happy girl with a tremendous smile, she briefly spoke of her familys joy at home and the thrill of returning to Nashville with her win. She was also a winner in the Best Country Album category. Despite her victory, the night went to Beyonce who among other grammys won Song of the Year sharing it with three other writers and Best R&B Contemporary Album. The Kings of Leon won three awards describing themselves as happy drunks onstage. Lady Gaga walked away with two awards and showed her signature style with her outrageous dresses. Gaga was the first performance of the evening singing "Poker Face" which was followed by an appearance by Elton John performing together with him.

Other events of the show included a 3D tribute to Michael Jackson ending with a message by Prince Michael that brought the massive Staples Center to a complete silence when he spoke. A performance by Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli in a performance of the famous "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" reminded viewers of the disaster in Haiti with a side bar note that the song would be available on iTunes.

The Grammy Organization continued with their revised policy to present more music and less awards live to keep the emphasis on the songs in the ever changing practice of purchasing music. 

The award is traditionally given to the winner of a group of nominees that was determined by a previous ballot of all entrants. The information is collected and retained by an accounting firm until Grammy night where the announcement of all the recipients is made known. 


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b, March 27, 1940 d. Sept. 3, 2007 American Rockabilly/Country Singer - known as the female Elvis, she was popular up to the middle 1950s. Most famous song: Will You Willyum


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