Born to Be

Full band arrangement. Pop/Light Rock style. Bluefire Band in Studio performance. / CLICK HERE to hear a sample or place an order!

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Back in my early twenties, after graduating from Loyola University of Westchester, California; I teamed up with one of my classmates to share an apartment together. Both of us were very interested in making it in the music industry of the time. In my mind I had gotten started late in my music studies, having asked my mother for a piano and lessons at age 5. I finally did get fully started at age 17 with my studies, as I made music a double major in college, along with my Technical Communication Arts and Sciences degree.

One of the main reasons why the music lessons never came in my youth is because I grew up in an abusive home, with a mother who beat me often. She was restless in many ways and she invariably broke my spirit, as I was entering my teens. My room mate and I had been learning a lot about each other, even before moving in together and he was starting to see how my childhood had broken my self confidence and self esteem. I had just had my first NDE experience at age 25 and was Igiven a life’s review of my life in that experience; showing that my original life’s plan was wrecked. I was intended for the entertainment industry at birth I was shown, but things can go wrong in God’s universe; I learned. I shared with him the NDE that happened to me on the operating table of Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. He was very sympathetic and supportive I might add.

My room mate was seeing how my self confidence had been wrecked and realized all I needed was love and encouragement with the great talents God had given me. So he wrote some lyrics one day for me to read which I put the music and arrangement to. Kevin L. Norwood, who was my room mate back in those days is busy pursuing professional acting these days when he isn’t doing computer consulting work. Here is the link to his IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3163767/

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Unfortunately, I was never able to do club work, like I had hoped, because my health failed shortly after my first NDE which came from bad food I had eaten at a local Pup N Taco fast food place. I was able to function, but not on all my power for 10 years. Then at age 37, I walked into a local Von’s Supermarket where I bought bad sausage, with their brand name on it and that set me up for 18 years of chronic health conditions. I then was bitten by a mosquito in my sleep that had a form of encephalitis in it which the Los Angeles city department of health never took responsibility for. It was one, two, three strikes and I was out at age 44 with my second NDE no less.

My doctors had pretty much given up on me, after three years and told me to go home and die. But I was able to master most of health issues over a 15 year long battle, using the alternatives, thanks to the help of a naturopath by the name of Dr. Rick Santee.

Anyway, I had hoped this song to be the opening of an album I wanted to write. I had been writing enough, up to that time, to complete several albums worth of material. Money was always non existent though for studio recording time. Still, I was able to finally finance a Fostex 4 Track tape recorder and other equipment for my own use; so I could do my own recordings. I even came up with a clever double compression system, so I could not only ping pong tracks into studio quality sound, but record original tracks, as though they had been recorded in a 24 track recording studio.

This mix was re-mastered on my computer while enhancing the wave band amplitude and balance for each track to make a new final master mix which sounds great I think.

On drums is a drummer I hired some 30 years ago named Bob Jenson. I did the piano, bass, synthesizer and vocal work for this work, as well as the final engineering on the audio master mix for “Born to Be”. I had come up with my own sound and style, as I was doing my own songs along the way. Every artist needs their own sound. This song was completed on March 21, 1983.

While I was “a never was” in my youth, I hope you will enjoy this piece. I think it reaches out to anyone who needs to know they have value in God’s Universe and in life; that all obstacles of the self can be overcome, no matter how bad life has been to you.

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