When I was a wee lad, I went to college for classical music composition. Belmont University, Nashville TN.
Well, I did that for a year anyway. And I found that ALL of my peers in that major were more talented/motivated than I was. So I transferred and got a degree in anthropology at a private Christian liberal arts school (Eastern University).
But the thing that got me started writing music was this project I did after a summer of working at a summer camp, which was certainly a life-changing experience for me. I met my wife there, after all. Well anyway, the winter after that summer, I wrote piano-solo instrumental pieces for all 36 staff that worked there that summer.
I did the same thing the next summer.
And the next summer.
The fourth and final summer I worked there (2004), I didn't write any music. I just got too busy, finishing college and preparing for real-world, marriage, etc.
But I finally found time for it, and I wrote the "summer 2004" CD and recorded it in the last month or two.
All the songs from those four CDs are freely available to stream and download *here*http://www.thesixtyone.com/patgannbrr/
2001-2003 were recorded on a baby grand ... the recording quality isn't too hot, but it sounds like a real baby grand, which is good.
2004 was recorded with a direct-in line from a pretty beastly keyboard. It's not a real piano (though it often sounds like it is), AND it's got some sweet clarity. No air/noise.
There are also some bonus tracks scattered in there where I sing and play on guitar... silly shit, I suppose.
I just thought I'd throw it out here on this board too, since I'm finally "done" with the project. It's about 90 songs in total. Let me know what you think if you're bored.