Just wanted everyone to know that my upcoming self titled release will be coming out on the 5th of April. Please be on the lookout for it. Thank you all very much. I will post links when I have them. Thank you all for waiting.
I want all of you to know that I appreciate all the support you have given me the last eight years. It has been wonderful. I am going to keep on doing what I am doing. I have a deep spirit inside me that does not allow me to give up. I can't give up now even if I want to. Music is how I create and breathe. Music is how I express myself.
I love music because music loves me back. It was something I gravitate as a little kid by listening to the radio or playing records on a Hi-Fi.
I think about the music I loved listening to as a kid such as Isaac Hayes, Bobby "Blue" Bland, the Jackson 5, James Brown, the Temptations, the Dramatics, Eddie Kendricks, the Isley Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Emotions, and the list goes on and on.
I also think about rock music that I loved listening to such as Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, the Ventures, the Mamas & Papas, the Association, Black Oak Arkansas, Steppenwolf, and Rod Stewart.
The one musician I got into later was Jimi Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix opened me up to a new world of rock & roll that I have experienced before. After hearing Jimi Hendrix, I had a new appreciation for rock music as well as music in general.
There was a time I thought I would never be doing music because of fear, anxious, and nervousness because I didn't think the people would accept a black guy with autism playing music. We had blind musicians such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jose Feliciano, Clarence Carter, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jeff Healy, Ronnie Milsap, and the list goes on.
By 1999, I was thirty-two when I participated in several blues jam sessions. It was a great experience that I will always treasure.
As time went on, I decided to work on my songwriting and my artistry. I've been doing it for eight years now.
In closing I will say this.... Robert Watson is music... Music is Robert Watson.
To all of my fans. Here are the nine songs from my upcoming self titled project.
SCROOGE: This instrumental has an early Santana influence to it. The song went through plenty of stages when I wrote it in the early 2000's. It was originally six or seven minutes longer. It sounds better as a shorter instrumental.
Check out "Scrooge" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/robertwat…/song/23039525-scrooge
WHEN YOU'RE DOWN & OUT, PICK YOURSELF UP: This one is a funk rock instrumental with a slight Robin Trower influence. I was going for his "Bridge of Sighs" era for this one. It is a great one. This one also has a blues thing at the end of the song. This song went through several stages as well.
Check out "When You're Down & Out, Pick Yourself Up" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/…/23039529-when-youre-down--out…
AUTISM: This is an instrumental for the loved ones who have people living with autism. I know because I have autism. I was going for a slow rock bluesy kind of groove. Plus I played some Albert King inspired licks on this one. The Mellotron choir comes from my keyboard Nord Electro 3. The same goes for the Mellotron flute too.
Check out "Autism" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/robertwats…/song/23039530-autism
ROMANTIC NIGHTS: This one is a smooth jazz tour de force. It is the kind of instrumental you can slow dance to. Plus, I was thinking about lovers having romantic nights just being together and having fun.
Check out "Romantic Nights" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/robe…/…/23039534-romantic-nights
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: This one has a nice groove. This one is a must hear. I think everyone who loves instrumental music will love it. The music takes the listener to another world. It is very groovalistic.
Check out "Light At The End Of The Tunnel" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/…/23039541-light-at-the-end-of-…
GOOD OL' COUNTRY PEOPLE: This instrumental is a country rock flavored one. It evokes the spirit of the outlaw country rock of the 1970's. I was going for the influences of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, etc. Anyone who loves country rock or outlaw country will love this one.
Check out "Good Ol' Country People" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/…/23039543-good-ol-country-peop… OBSTRUCTION: This is another hard rock, jam band, funk rock, classic rock inspired instrumental. I came up with the title because I was thinking about what President Obama was going through in the White House having to deal with the obstruction of the Republican congress. Obstruction can mean a lot of things but you can draw your own conclusions.
Check out "Obstruction" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/robertwa…/…/23039544-obstruction
S-H-E-R-R-I: This is a dedication instrumental to my sister Sherri Watson-Robinson. It has two layered rhythm guitar tracks playing through a Leslie rotating speaker plug in from my Line 6 interface. Rhythm guitar track one has the Leslie effect at a slower speed while the rhythm guitar track two has the Leslie effect at a faster speed. There are also tasteful Mellotron flute tracks in the song as well. This song closes my self titled project.
Check out "S-H-E-R-R-I" by Robert Watson - http://www.reverbnation.com/robertwa…/…/23039549-s-h-e-r-r-I
I hope that each and every one of you will check out the new music. I appreciate it very much. Keep your head up. Positive vibes, always. Peace.
I am working on my self titled CD project in earnest. I am taking my time and doing it right. I have seven songs done as we speak. I am working on one or two more for the new project. I will talk about the songs in general in my next blog. This is my first blog for 2015. Anyway, thanks to all of my fans for the patience.
I will be playing the DIMM CON 2014 festival at the Old Yellow Cab Building on the 1st of November in Dayton, OH. For anyone who lives in the Dayton area. Come and check it out. Hope to see you there. Thank you all for the support. Peace.