A Belated Year-End/New Year Blog

I can’t believe January 2018 is already more than half over! I’d originally intended to write a year-end/New Year blog on either New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but then various projects I was working on those days took longer than expected. Then January 2nd arrived, and it was back to the day job, … Read moreA Belated Year-End/New Year Blog

Thoughts on the Demise of Cakewalk

Console View in Cakewalk's SONAR Platinum

In an announcement dated November 17, 2017, but which only became public knowledge earlier this week, Gibson Brands, the company that is best known as a guitar maker (e.g. they make Les Paul guitars), announced that they were, “ceasing active development and production of Cakewalk branded products.” The reason stated was, “to better align with … Read moreThoughts on the Demise of Cakewalk

Story Behind the Song: “I Believe”

Back in Spring of 2011 I joined the TAXI independent A&R service in what I might best describe as a last ditch effort to try and get my songs into some paying opportunities. I’d been trying to make a living as a songwriter for over a decade, I’d been divorced for a bit over a … Read moreStory Behind the Song: “I Believe”

What’s Next?

There’s a classic series of commercials that features, for example, winning Super Bowl athletes. A narrator asks these athletes, after their big game wins, “what are you going to do next?” The athlete then answers that he’ll be going to a certain theme park where┬áit is not unusual to see people wearing┬árodent ears. Since finishing … Read moreWhat’s Next?

Announcement of Intent

Back in 2009, I released my first full-length album, Love Holds On, a collection of original songs written over a period of approximately thirteen years. Since then, I have released ten digital singles, nine of those with original songs and one an original arrangement of a classic hymn, and another full length album with original … Read moreAnnouncement of Intent

Virartech Interview Now in English

In early March 2010, Vadim Efanov of the Russian music and techology company Virartech conducted an e-mail interview with songwriter Rick Paul for the "Advice for Musicians" section of Virartech’s web site. While the interview was conducted in English, it was translated into Russian for Virartech’s readers. Here is the original English language interview. VE: … Read moreVirartech Interview Now in English