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Welcome to the Stage Stuff page!  (Thanks for checking it out.)

 

     How did all this start?  I guess we need to go back to the days when all I had was a multi-track cassette recorder, a cheap microphone, an acoustic and electric guitar, a sequencing keyboard, and VERY LITTLE knowledge.  Back then (as I do today), I was using home-made backing tracks for my solo performances.  Some of them inspired by the recordings of the original artists, and other arrangements from my own imagination.  (I have kind of a low voice, so the key changing dictates that I get creative.)

     Now – back in the early 90s – MANY people (including my mom) were asking me if I had any recordings of these songs.  They kept hounding me and hounding me until I finally gave in and got to work!

I won’t bore you with the details of the recording process, but it involves…

  • ·      Recording the tracks I programed for my live show onto 2 left/right tracks.
  • ·      Adding my lead vocal with effects glued to them.
  • ·      Adding my guitar and other harmony vocals with effects glued to them.
  • ·      Mixing it all together down onto another tape.

     YIKES!!

     The result is what you hear on this album… warts and all.

     I REALLY do wish I still had the individual tracks to remix and correct, but it was too long ago.  The tapes and machine have since gone the way of the Dodo!  I’m just glad that I had the where-with-all to digitize the final mixes when I moved to digital recording.

     What you’re hearing is exactly what I did back then, albeit mastered for 2019 listening.  GEEZ!! I sounded so young back then!!

     The mistakes are all there, poor choices, poor monitoring,
poor little musician… WAAAAHHHH! 
J

     OK… enough with the excuses… let’s get on with it…

-     Mike Livingston 9/13/2019

 

Produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Mike Livingston
Piano on One Hand, One Heart by Prof. Rick Manning

 

UP ON A ROOF
Inspired from David Campbell’s arrangement on Neil Diamond’s “Songs From The Brill Building” album.

 

BLUE DESTINY
One of the first songs Neil Diamond wrote as a teenager.  This is my own original take on it.  (No link available)

 

BABY CAN I HOLD YOU TONIGHT
Inspired from David Foster’s arrangement.

 

DREAM LOVER
My own take on this song.  (The only time I played scissors in a recording!)

 

CRAZY
Inspired from the Patsy Cline recording – then embellished by Yours Truly.

 

RED RED WINE
Inspired from the UB40 recording – sort of…

 

ONE HAND, ONE HEART
Inspired from David Campbell’s arrangement on Neil Diamond’s “Lovescape” album

 

HOOKED ON THE MEMORY OF YOU
My own arrangement of this little known Neil Diamond song.

 

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
My own arrangement.

 

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
Inspired from David Campbell’s arrangement on Neil Diamond’s “Songs From The Brill Building” album

 

Hidden Tracks

I’VE FOUND SOMEONE OF MY OWN
Back in the early 90s, I used to play at a place called Harry’s Steakhouse.  Harry BUGGED me to learn this song.  I finally did, then recorded this for him as a surprise.  This was probably the first recording for Stage Stuff – though I didn’t know it at the time.

 

GRASS
Now we’re into the realm of digital recording where my knowledge has grown a bit.  (Around the year 2000.)  A record label was putting together an XTC tribute album and asked me to contribute.  This is what I came up with.  You can still find the album online.  It’s called “King For A Day”.

 

SOMETHING GOOD
My weirdly original take on this “Sound Of Music” ballad.  Sometimes the studio just takes you where it wants you to go…

 

The links will bring you to the Wikipedia page of the song itself so you know which genius wrote which song.

 

Thanks for listening… - ml

 

© 1994/2019 Mike Livingston