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GUILTY AS CHARGED I AM C. A. RALLINS... AND YES... I AM A MUSIC LOVER! I'VE BEEN A LOVER OF MUSIC FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. SOME OF MY FONDEST MEMORIES INVOLVE MUSIC. FROM SINGING "GO DADDY GO", WHEN I WAS 3, WITH MY LATE SISTER, MARSHA, ON OUR 2ND. FLOOR PORCH, AS WE WATCHED OUR FATHER RUN DOWN THE STREET TO WORK. TO MAKING MY FIRST MONEY SINGING SOLOS IN THE ORPHANAGE CHOIR A YEAR LATER. OF COURSE, THE SCHOOL DID NOT PAY THE KIDS TO SING, IT WAS MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE WHO WOULD PASS ME SINGLES, AND THE OCCASIONAL 5 DOLLAR BILL, WHILE SHAKING MY HAND AFTER A PERFORMANCE. A 1960's ERA TRANSISTOR RADIO WAS THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION OF MY YOUTH. DURING THE '60'S --WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL. I ROAMED THE GROUNDS WITH AN EARPLUG IN MY EAR... LISTENING TO... WELL... JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. THE DOUBLE BARREL '60's MUSIC REVOLUTION OF THE MOTOWN SOUND AND ROCK N ROLL BLEW MY MIND. TODAY MILLIONS ROAM THE COMMONS WITH iPODS & EAR-BUDS... AND THE REVOLUTION... IN MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY, RAGES ONWARD AND OUTWARD! ALONG THE WAY, SOMEWHERE IN THE TRANSITION BETWEEN RECORDS AND CDs, SOME FINE TUNES FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS. FINE TUNES, LIKE FINE GOLD DUST, ARE BOTH VALUABLE AND BEAUTIFUL WHEN AMASSED AND PRESENTED AS A WHOLE. "TUNES" IS SLANG FOR CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTALS. "SONGS" HAVE VOCALS. WHAT I HAVE HEAR IS SOME OF THE FINEST MUSIC YOU NEVER HEARD! ... FROM THE SMOOTH AGE OF SOUND! BEING A MUSIC LOVER LED ME TO BECOME A MUSIC COLLECTOR... WHICH LED TO DISTILLING MY FAVORITE TUNES ONTO "MIX TAPES". IN ADDITION TO FINE INSTRUMENTAL TUNES THERE ARE SOME VOCALS MIXED-IN, ALONG WITH (ON SOME MIXES) PERIOD CULTURAL AUDIO BITS... INCLUDING LINES OF POETRY, COMEDY, NOSTALGIA, TV, MOVIE AND OTHER DRAMATIC EXCERPTS. THINK OF ME AS A NEW AGE CULTURAL AUDIOPHILE; FIRST GENERATION: 1975 To 1995, WITH EXTENDED MIXES TO 2000. WHILE THE FIRST TRULY "NEW AGE" INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM I BOUGHT WAS BO HANSON'S LORD OF THE RINGS, AROUND 1972. I BEGAN MAKING TAPES IN THE MID 1970's BECAUSE NO RADIO STATION PLAYED WHAT I LIKED BEST.... TUNES! COOL, EXPLORATORY, TUNES!! I CAPTURED THE SOUNDS THAT MADE MY IMAGINATION GLOW. THE BEATS WHICH GAVE TIME AN ALTERNATE PULSE. FROM SILKY SOUNDINGS, THAT REDEFINED THE SOUNDTRACK OF ROMANCE, TO FUSION TUNES THAT GAVE "INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC" A SWIFT KICK IN THE ASS! SOMETHING MAGICAL HAPPENED WHEN THE CREATIVE ROCK N ROLL MUSICIANS OF THE 1960's, ALONG WITH PROGRESSIVE JAZZ AND CLASSICAL MUSICIANS, WERE GIVEN NEW TOYS LIKE THE SYNTHESIZER, ELECTRIC PIANO, AND ELECTRIC VIOLIN. MET BY MAJOR ADVANCES IN RECORDING TECHNOLOGY, AND TECHNIQUES, THE MOST DEDICATED MUSICIANS WERE DEEPLY INSPIRED AND COMMITTED TO EXPLORE THIS NEW UNIVERSE OF SOUND. A UNIVERSE BEYOND THE SHORT & CUTE MUSIC STYLINGS OF POP & ROCK. A UNIVERSE WHERE A PLAYER COULD GET OFF THE "STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ" PATH AND EXPLORE ALL 360 DEGREES. AN EXPANDING UNIVERSE THAT ALSO "SWITCHED ON BACH"! "JAZZ-ROCK", "FUSION", "PROGRESSIVE ROCK", "WORLD MUSIC", "NEW AGE" AND "SMOOTH JAZZ" ARE REALLY TRIUMPHS OF THE "SIDE-MAN" AND "STUDIO MUSICIAN". THEY PUT THE NEW INSTRUMENTS THROUGH ITS PACES AND USED THE INSTRUMENTS TO EXPLORE JUST ABOUT EVERY CULTURAL MUSICAL STYLE ON EARTH. BEYOND HUMAN, THESE PLAYERS UNDERSTOOD THAT MUSIC IS A CAGE-FREE AUDIO ZOO THAT INCLUDES ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDS AS WELL AS THE BIOPHONY OF SPECIES. FUSE IT ALL TOGETHER AND YOU HAVE A SEAMLESS SMOOTH AGE IN SOUND. THIS WEBSITE, AND "MIXES", SERVES AS A TRIBUTE TO "THE PLAYERS"... THE SIDEMAN & STUDIO MUSICIANS. WHO, WHEN LEFT TO THEIR OWN DEVICES, DISCOVERED THEIR OWN ARTISTRY AND RE-INVENTED THE PERFORMANCE ART OF SOUND... WITH IMPECCABLE MUSICIANSHIP AND COMPELLING COMPOSITIONS. THANK YOU!!... FOR SCULPTING A NEW SONIC SOUNDSCAPE INTO THIN AIR. A SOUNDSCAPE THAT BEST REFLECTS THE SPECTRUM OF A LIVING EARTH-SCAPE AND THE LIVES IT SPINS. THE PEAKS & VALLEYS, THE DESERTS, THE WIND, THE WAVES. THE DEPTHS OF OCEANS, THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS, AND OF ROCKETS. ALL OF THIS, AND SO MUCH MORE, TRANSLATED, COMPOSED & TRANSMITTED BY HUMANS FOR HUMANS WHO EMBRACE THE PULSATING PASSION OF PRESENCE. LIKE PAINTED COLORS COMPILED ON CANVAS THAT SAY SOMETHING TO THE EYE... MY MUSIC MIXES ARE WORKS OF ART THAT SAY SOMETHING TO THE EAR. BEAUTY IS NOT LIMITED TO THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. THE EARS CAN "SEE" BEAUTY MORE FULLY THAN THE EYE AS BEAUTY, LIKE SOUND, FILLS SPACE BEYOND THE "LINE OF SIGHT". SOME SPECIES IN FACT HAVE NO EYES AT ALL, EXCEPT FOR THE "MIND'S EYE". WHILE MY SMOOTH AGE MUSIC MIXES ARE DEEPLY ENJOYABLE WITH EYES OPEN OR CLOSED I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GIVE A LISTEN WITH EYES CLOSED, WHEN POSSIBLE. NOT THAT THE MIXES WILL PUT YOU TO SLEEP, THOUGH SOME WILL RELAX YOU ENOUGH THAT SLEEP COMES NATURALLY (THEN THE MIX BECOMES A GATEWAY SOUNDTRACK TO DREAMS), BUT LISTEN WITH EYES CLOSED TO "SEE" THE FULL BEAUTY... WITHIN YOUR MIND. WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS FINE MUSIC IS LIKE FINE WINE OR WHISKEY... LIKE LIFE ITSELF... IT SMOOTHS WITH AGE!

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