Paul and Friends – Maybe I’m Right
ARTIST NAME: Paul and Friends
SONG TITLE: Maybe I’m Right
ALBUM TITLE: Hang On to Your Dreams
GENRE: Old School R&B, Country rock, Bluegrass
Discuss your recording experience with your producer.
Well, I am the composer, arranger, leader of the group, and producer. Who else does that? – Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.
I work the tune and the arrangement of the tune out in my music office.
The performance of the pieces takes place in our beautiful studio in north Louisiana. Sometimes the tune requires 2-3 tracking sessions.
Then comes the true production, smoothing, and sweetening. That may take another 4-5 sessions. But we’re always happy with the end product.
Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.
I generally write the chords first, the melody second, and the lyrics third, although sometimes that can get reversed. The lyrics are becoming increasingly important to me with time.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.
Don’t think you’re going to make a million dollars by Friday. It doesn’t work that way. Concentrate on the music. Do what you do best, and keep doing it. Get sharp at it. It is a very long, hard road to get any kind of notice.
Sometimes, even a major label investing millions of dollars into your recording and promotion will not get you noticed. It starts with a song. Write from the heart. Write about what you feel.
Discuss your worst experience in the music business.
One time, our manager put our group on a tour in the northeast USA. We were due to play somewhere around Boston. The gig was a nightmare. The place was empty all the time. The people working there, including the boss, were packing all the time.
The few people that did show up, coming and going were not exactly Nobel Prize Winners.
A relative of the lead guitarist’s girlfriend, involved in the music business, committed suicide while we were there. The place’s administrative staff were not surprised.
Some of our instruments were stolen. When we left, we were shorted on our payment. We were later told by our manager that this was a front for a variety of nefarious activities which I won’t mention. We were told by one of the place’s administrative staff to leave town and leave quickly. This we did. But other than that, it was a great gig.
Tell us how you deal with rejection.
Rejection is part of the game in music or in any other art. You have to believe in yourself and your own craft and turn your back on rejection. Just keep on truckin’. Relish the compliments; ignore the junk. Everyone has different tastes, and there is no accounting for it. If you doubt that, take a walk through the FM dial.
Tell us what you are doing to impact the people around you.
That’s what I strive for. I want to reach people with my music. I talked to someone recently who said “I listened to your re-recording of ‘What Christmas Really Means to Me’. It was beautiful, and I cried at the end.” I told her “You just told me that all the effort I put into that tune was worth it.”
Tell us the music that makes you happy.
Beach Boys, Kenny Rankin, Michael Franks, Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Tayor, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, etc. Lots.
Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.
The instrumentation comes to me in my mind. I work the parts out on piano/synthesizer and then chart them. Every song requires different instrumentation.
Tell us how you feel when you sing and your fans sing along to your song.
Wow, that would be nice.
Tell us the goals you aim to achieve when creating a song.
Once again, I believe that we have been put here on God’s Green Earth to contribute something positive and constructive to it – To be creative in a positive way. I hope that my music – instrumentally and lyrically does that.
State your approach to writing.
Write from the heart. I try to write memorable melodies with a complex, interesting chord structure beneath.
Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.
I hope I’ve done that already after many years of writing.
Tell us how to record a song.
People do it in many ways. Billy Joel writes his songs in the studio with his band. This takes a very long time. But he has the money to do that. I, on the other hand, have everything charted and ready to go when I go into the studio. I have great respect for all of my musicians and feel that I owe it to them to be well prepared for when they come through the door…
Tell us if you are collaborating with other songwriters or you write alone.
I mostly write solo. My few collaborations, here and in Australia, have produced great tunes. Ha! Perhaps there’s a message there.
Discuss your experience with fans.
I’m afraid that I am a terrible correspondent with our fans. I really need to give this aspect of the business more attention.
But between composing, arranging, producing, doing the graphics, handling all the business of the record company and publishing company, marketing, and promoting, it doesn’t leave a lot of time left for social correspondence.
It doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate them. Indeed, I do. And their appreciation of our music is evident through their registration on one of our main stations.
State your experience with booking gigs and shows.
Paul and Friends is basically a recording group. But, that having been said, we are all pros. If you’d like us to do a show, just ask. We’ll be there with bells on.
Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.
I’d love to do that. Just lead the way.
Elaborate on the song.
The title of the main song being promoted here is “Maybe I’m Right.” It is about a young lady who feels that her beau has been stepping out on her. She details what makes her suspicious. She is a little doubtful about her conclusions.
In the end, however, she is not – and walks. The music is a shuffle or swing tune, with jazz undertones. It will get you swinging back and forth. Very appealing.
Sandy Siepen does a great job on the lead vocal – a lovely voice and delivery.
Jimmy Pollard is doing all the keyboard parts and the solo.
I’m doing bass, guitar, and all of the background vocals.
Recorded in Australia.
Elaborate on your artist name and the title of the album.
Wanna know the truth? I have had many bands in the US and Australia. They form, they play, and they break up. And I just got plain old tired of making up catchy new names for the next band coming off the rank. So, I thought, Paul and Friends might sound like milk toast, but it’s true. We have a good time in the studio. The album title? “Hang On to Your Dreams.” This was our first album/CD. It’s an anthology of 30 years of recordings – the cream.
I had always wanted to release a recording, ever since I was very young. The message here is that if you don’t give up, and you keep trying, and give it your best, with luck and some help from The Lord, you’ll make it – And lo and behold…
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“Hang on to Your Dreams” is not your average CD. This is not music to be aired today and placed on a dusty shelf or trashed several months from now. It is quality music designed to be played by generations of listeners.
The songs on this CD appeal to listeners ranging from 5 to 85 years of age.
The music is beautifully crafted and engineered to be readily accepted by the ear – with haunting melodies, meaningful lyrics, and soothing vocal and instrumental arrangements.
It features the writing, performance, and production of Paul Summers, who has been writing music since age 11 – since the cover photo on the CD was taken. “…And Friends” are the 18 talented musicians with whom Paul has worked on this project. Some are derived from his US and Australian bands; others are equally talented friends and colleagues who sat in for session work.
The album falls into the general category of Acoustic Rock or Adult Contemporary Rock but spans a wide range of categories, including bluegrass, country-rock, R&B, seasonal/Christmas, and Christian.
The tunes have been recorded in cities all around the US and Australia.
In the US, the songs were recorded in Los Alamitos, CA; New Orleans, LA; and Syracuse, NY.
In Australia, in Kuranda, Cairns, Townsville, and Brisbane, Queensland; Sydney, New South Wales; and Perth, Western Australia.
This is not your average CD.