That day was a high point in the 1010’s
career. We never performed together again though we were reunited
again briefly in my bedroom the following summer. Russ, Al, Scot,
George, joined Chris, me and guest artist friend, Matt Morrison for an
impromptu acoustic musical jam while Chris was home from
It was always special for us to have
Chris around. He was the musical genius that made it all work.
Though we each had talent, Chris was the cornerstone that brought it all
together. He led us to heights of musical expression we’d never before
or since been able to achieve.
That night in my bedroom was one of the
most memorable. I had been learning recording technique through
experimentation having recorded Chris often after school. I was
getting pretty good at recording acoustic un-amplified music so that it
sounded natural just as it occurred. Similar to the way I made my
I strategically placed two microphones
to capture the ambient room sound in stereo and used three microphones for
vocals with one mixed to the center channel and the other two panned a bit
off center left and right. George plugged his Gibson electric guitar
directly into the mixer center channel with just enough playback through the
speakers so we could hear him.
It was commonplace for us to sit around
and sing and play. This night the tape was rolling and the result was
marvelous. None of us expected this night to be the last time we’d
sing and play together. Chris returned to school in Boston and soon
formed the Chris Rhodes Band. Scot moved to California and Matt to
Atlanta. Soon after Al also moved to California.
The 1010 became a legendary memory from
then on. I had the tapes! Countless hours passed listening and
reliving the moments I once took for granted.
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