AHLONNAE - Guitar, Bass, Keyboard, Percussion, some Vocals
Well, starting from the Beginning,
A friend Named Henry Neal, played Guitar and Taught me_ Stepping Stones by the BEATLES!
I played in a Band in High School in Heidelberg, GERMANY as an Military American Dependant. Got my ONLY decent Guitar,
FRAMUS les Paul copy which I modified with 2 Dimarzio pickups 1 Dual sound the other PAF, wired in and out of Phase
with a couple of added switches!! Signed it!! Still got it!! LOL!!
And joined the National Guard & ARMY after High School, Just jamming by myself while stationed in the PANAMA CANAL ZONE.
After leaving Panama, I went to a Texas Medical Holding Company, afterwhich I was concidered now a Disabled Veteran.
(I SAW NO WAR TIME)!
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THAT HAVE-ARE- AND WILL SERVE!!
Back in the states in Phoenix ARIZONA, I joined the Last BAND I had! We jammed at a few places, no place Special!
We were Playing "TOP 40", ONLY!!!
I asked the Whole Band about Trying to Make up our Own Stuff!
The Response was, "NO! WE WANT TO PLAY TOP 40 ONLY!!"
I said OK, Meanwhile people started to Change. One Person all of a Sudden figured He no longer wanted to be with
our Band but Instead Decided to go off SOLO! Never heard of Him Again!
After this, we lost our Main Transportation. So, some people couldn't make it to Practice or Gigs!
So some People stopped showing up for Anything!
I Moved to RENO NEVADA for a Minute, than OAKLAND CALIFORNIA, where I 1st Recorded myself playing the Guitar on a
Cassette Recorder, played it back and "JAMMED WITH MYSELF"!
I figured that I could just do that with allot less of a hassle. And that I could just DO IT MYSELF!!!
This went on for a few years, where I either played the BASS 1st or the Guitar 1st on a cassette, and SELF JAMMED!!
I had in all this time, been BEATING on WALLS & FLOORS, making BEATS and so called DRUM SOUNDS!! LOL!! (I STILL DO)!
But, this Actually made it Easier to Learn and Play CONGAS & BONGOS! Especially with the diferent Zones of Sounds on each.
About this time I was using the BUILT-IN DRUMS on Every Keyboard & Drum Machine I could get my Hands on for my DRUM Tracks!!
(It should be mentioned, I have more or less been POOR all of my life, so I NEVER could AFFORD what 1 might concider to be
"GOOD EQUIPMENT", but Gladly made use of what I could AFFORD or what I was given or Bartered!)
As an Example: My 1st Keyboard (because I wanted Horns in some of my Music) was a tiny CASIO KEYBOARD, that was 11,"inches"
long fitting in a Back Pants or Shirt POCKET!) bought from RadioShack!! Boy I Loved RADIOSHACK Electronics DIY Superstore.
I did get a couple of "8 BIT", keyboards KWAI K1 II, I believe this was the name.
So, I actually tried to make a SONG with Every Built-in DRUM Beat in Every Keyboard I got or used, I LOVED IT!
ONE DAY, while hooking it up to my 1st Computer network that was also attached to the INTERNET, a hacker killed it and
my Network!! R.I.P.
The sounds were scrambled and wouldn't really play anymore so I just set it with it's power
supply outside on the Fence in Oakland, and someone Finally Eventually took it!
I remember one Day, a fellow worker asked if I wanted to try out his "16 BIT". keyboard at the hour Lunch break, I screamed, YES!
I was shocked to make and Record 2 CLASSICAL songs! ( I really like all types of Music especially JIMI HENDRIX, BLACK SABBATH,
SANTANA, DEEP PURPLE, JETRHO TULL, PINK FLOYD, ISSAC HAYES, EARTH WIND & FIRE, PARLIMENT, FUNKADELIC, ROBIN TROWER AND MORE!
But 2 Classical songs!? I still have them!)
Why didn't I try and find some Musicians in OAKLAND or SAN FRANCISCO?
Because for ME in MY LIFE, I HAVE LEARNED PEOPLE DON'T PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS!! WAY too MANY Dirt MF's for Me!
I WILL ADMIT, I'M A BIT DIFFERENT! MY FRIENDS CAN ATTEST TO THAT! SOME PEOPLE EVEN THINK I'M FROM ANOTHER PLANET!!
ANYWAY, So, a few Months ago I decided it was Finally time to Learn Electric DRUMS! So, Guitar, Bass, Congas, Bongos, Keyboards
& Drums! BUT: I CAN'T SING worth anything, I have about 500 total Custom songs in my CATALOG now, with about 50 with lyrics that
are just sitting until SOMEONE can sing them! Truth, Honesty & Faithfullness are KEY to Me!
While I had been playing Instruments by Hand, I'm also now using Presonus ARTIST v.6.2, (Still can't afford the PROFESSIONAL
version, or PRO EQUIPMENT), BUT, you NEVER let that be the Reason to NOT do your MUSIC from your HEART!
I try to do as MANY DIFFERENT TYPES & STYLES of Music Possible! And My STYLES from playing by Hand and Software are very Different!
And I like that because I want to always try and do something different than the last song! I like to mix it up with the RULES too!
Sometimes, it is a bit odd, like as an example the Song 'WAIT', while I was getting things ready I felt a very unusual urge to
HURRY UP, I mean it was so unusual and ODD, I actually said out LOUD, OK "WAIT"!!!
Very wierd, 1st and only time that happened!
So, I never know what kind of Music will come out of my Hands and Mind each time. I just go with the Flow! I Start by just Meditating with
a Blank piece of paper until a name comes to me, I write down the Name & start with a Drum Beat 1st than Bass, than it all depends.
But you Know what was very interesting, was I wondered how it would be to make a song using nothing but Lyrics sung by Lone singers with
no Music. Writing the Song around their Voice, which worked out very Nicely to my surprise, the next Experiment was to Write and Perform a
Song using a Guitar Solo 1st, which turned out nice too! WOW! Nice Experiment. I have a few of them!! LOL!!!
The SONGS might be: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Electronic, Classical, Funk...... I only have done 3 Rap songs, I prefer PLAYING INSTRUMENTS!
While this to me is NICE, it's also a curse of sorts when asked what kind of Music do you Play, HELL, sometimes I'm not even
sure of the Genre!!! (WHICH REALLY BECOMES A ISSUE WHEN ASKED, WHO YOU SOUND LIKE FOR DISTIBUTION SITES, so they can Play your Stuff after
Someone FAMOUS for More Fans!!) Because I DON'T SOUND LIKE ANYONE!!!! Oh well, Such is LIFE!!!
I guess it all just depends on my mood! And Now trying to write Songs for Other Countries! Like ABOTUU for AFRICA
& SPARK_INDIA for INDIA!!! Hey you never know, JUST BEING DIFFERENT!!
I always take my Hat off to those Musicians that can Play when they're Depressed! Like Blues, but for me: If I'm Depressed
I just don't feel like playing!!
I believe this is about it, JUST ME ALONE!
Which is how and where I got my Name:
THANKS,PEACE, LOVE &, "STAND BY YOUR MUSIC"!
NEVER LET ANYBODY TELL YOU YOU CAN'T DO IT!
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