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The new CD project is well under way! My New Son, Chuck and I have been working very hard on getting the tracks laid down, arranging and recording the other musicians, and are moving into phase two… stay tuned for Songs In The Key of Old Crusty Dude.
7/26/2016 6:08:14 PM Left Coast Time
I was once walking through the forest alone. A tree fell right in front of me--and I didn't hear it. -- Steven WrightIf we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting. -- Steven Covey

How the project began…

For the last 5 years or so, I've been playing bits and pieces of songs that I've written for various friends and family, including my New Son, Chuck Bailey.

Chuck would comment on this song idea or that one and kept saying the we should get into the studio and lay some of the tunes down.  I, of course, would say yes we should indeed to that, but we never seemed to find the time… life is funny that way.

One afternoon, not long ago, we were sitting around after a nice family gathering, picking the guitars and singing.  Chuck called me aside and said; "Okay, we've been talking about getting into the studio and recording some of these song ideas for five years now… I'm tired of just talking about it.  I want for you and I to commit to a day each week, where once we finish our work day, we get in the studio and start putting these tunes down."

Since that conversation, we've been in the studio every Wednesday night and have been recording some really good tracks.  We've also finished writing several of the songs, and had numerous musician friends lay down some awesome tracks for us as well.

This is the story of the 'Songs In The Key of Old Crusty Dude' project and all the fine folks who have helped us along the way.

My New Son…

It's not often that I sit in wonder in my old age, but working with and watching Chuck Bailey record, mix, and produce music is a thing to behold.

I've had the opportunity to work with and share the stage and studio with some of the most talented singers, songwriters, and musicians on the planet, but rarely have I ever encountered anyone who is as accomplished as my New Son Chuck Bailey when it comes to the mechanics of recording and working in the studio.

Chuck is a very accomplished musician and producer, and a beast when it comes to sound engineering.  We have come to the point now to where we just about know what each other are thinking, and we hear many of the same things from a production point of view.

Chuck is extremely versed in the latest and greatest hardware and software combinations, and has made the leap from analog to digital recording with vigor and commitment.  If you want some interesting reading about my New Son's credentials, do a Google search sometime on the recording credits of one Charles Bailey.

I have the utmost respect for his work ethic, his talent and abilities, and his companionship in this journey.

Not only am I proud to call him my New Son, the caretaker of my baby girl and my grandchildren, but I am extremely proud to call him my co-producer and potential Grammy winner… as the Great Master often says… we'll see…

The Baileys

What can you say when your firstborn meets their soulmate?  I say that it is a blessing beyond compare.

Our daughter Shelbee, husband Chuck, and our Grandchildren, bring joy and happiness to all our lives.

Shelbee is an awesome homemaker and Mom, and is constantly expanding her horizons by learning new things.  Shelbee has embraced Motherhood and has excelled in Yoga, becoming a certified instructor. She and the kids have a beautiful garden, which she uses to keep her family in fresh vegetables... yum, yum.

Chuck, who I call my New Son, is talented in so many ways, it would take a book to describe them all.

He designs and builds radio controlled airplanes, robots, and other clever electronic devices, and shares my personal interests of computers, web-based programming and design, and music.

Chuck is a very talented musician, as well as an award-winning studio producer and engineer for major recording artists.

He is also a great Dad to Merilyn, Amber, and Robert, and the protector and provider for my baby girl and Grandchildren.  Granny Sue and I are proud to call him Son.

The Saskatoon Helms'

Mom and I take great pride in our Son Michael and and Daughter Tara.

Michael is our oldest Son and is fortunate to have such a beautiful, wonderful wife.

Tara hails from Canada and has brought joy to us since the first day we met her.  She has been a light in Michael and all of our lives that we cannot seem to get enough of. Heidi and Zoee are lucky to have such an awesome Mommy and we rest assured that their safety and well-being both are first and foremost on Tara's mind, every minute of the day.

Michael and Tara both graduated from Kennesaw University, and are both proud of their Owls. Michael works in the sales and account management arena, and Tara is a educator.

Tara came to the US on scholarship as a star pitcher with the Kennesaw Owls softball team.  They are now living in Canada, along with our two beautiful Granddaughters, Heidi and Zoee.

Granny Sue and I love and cherish them all, and although they are two thousand miles away, technology, the Internet, and Skype keep us in touch on a daily basis.

Granny Sue and I also try to get in at least one trip a year to go and see them.

Young Son and New Daughter

Daniel is our youngest Son and is married to our beautiful New Daughter; Heather.

Heather has brought so much love and laughter into our lives, we don't know how we've survived this long without her. It is so apparent when they look at each other, that the love runs deep within the both of them and it is a wonderful thing to behold.

Daniel has been a music fan since before he was potty trained.  He started taking piano lessons when he was about ten years old and is a natural musician who now plays anything he decides to.

He is a talented singer and songwriter, commands the stage whenever he is on it, and spent several years traveling all over the country, playing concerts at various venues.

He has taken some time away from the stress of life on the road, and is spending lots of time with his new bride, building a home life.

Heather is a very talented Event Coordinator and spends a bit of time traveling with her career as well. These two have been best friends since middle school, and soul mates since time immortal.

Daniel and Heather have promised that it won't be too much longer before they start thinking seriously about producing an offspring or two as well. They are both such bright lights for the entire family, we can wait… but not too long we hope.

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