This past Friday Calvin Duhachek came to Tesco Productions to begin recording his piano artistry. Calvin has performed at venues such as the National Traditional Country Music Association festival in Le Mars, IA and there received encouragement to record his playing. Several tunes from Elvis Presley, John Denver, Patsy Cline and others were heard over the span of around two hours. Some toe-tappin’ ragtime is “on tap” for the next session so we may need to anchor the piano down or at least some feet so we don’t all get carried away. Calvin, you’re off to a good start and we look forward to recording more so you can share your skill and fun with many appreciative listeners.
In October I wrote about Overcomers In Christ recording a new theme song, H2O, at Tesco Productions. The primary musician tapped for leading the way was Justin Nordstrom. While he was here he laid down the basic tracks for one of his own songs Eyes on You. Well we’ve been able to clear the schedule enough that Justin is revisiting that recording and has replaced the vocal and updated the percussion parts with Vinnie Yates. The name “Yates” raised my attention when they were here for H2O and I asked Vinnie if he was related to Lyle Yates. Well it turns out Lyle is his dad. I had lost touch with Lyle for a number of years and missed him – as well as his excellent bass playing. Lyle and I got acquainted possibly while I was still in college (now Grace University) or shortly thereafter. He has played on a number of projects over the years and Justin had him lay down bass on his song. It was so good to meet up again and hear his familiar skill. Lyle gave me a piece of advice over 25 years ago when I was just starting the studio. “Pay attention to your customers, be there and ready and take care of them and you’ll do alright”. Well his advice has never been forgotten and has served me well and provided encouragement over the years. Thank you. Justin’s song is coming along nicely and we have one more session scheduled to add some other parts as he displays his versatility of playing additional percussion elements as well. You can find more pics of the session in the photo gallery.