Sing A RainSong

Posted in Guitar, RainSong on January 27th 2008 by Randy Reichardt

.: We are a few weeks into 2008, and I think the year could evolve into one in which I treat myself to a few new toys. Earlier this month, I began by buying myself a new guitar, specifically a RainSong OM1000. RainSongs are guitars made from graphite only, no wood involved. RainSongs have a unique sound to be sure, but are also impervious to temperature and humidity change. The creators describe the RainSong guitar as having “the crystal detail, warmth and volume of the classic carbon sound.” I’m not sure exactly what “the carbon sound” is, but I like the guitar. It is certainly lighter than the wood acoustic guitars I own, and the sound might be described as brighter than a traditional acoustic guitar. The OM1000 has a body depth of about 4.125 inches, smaller that what I am used to playing, but which was something I wanted in a new guitar. I first became aware of the RainSongs when I went to the Mandolin Bros store on Staten Island in October 2001 and played one in the shop. At the time, RainSongs were manufactured in Hawaii, but the company relocated to Woodinville WA in 2001.

I’m looking forward to playing my new guitar – it’s the first acoustic guitar I’ve purchased since 1989. I’m also looking forward to using it in upcoming live performances. I can’t explain what motivated or moved me to buy a new guitar now. I was in Avenue Guitars in early January, the chief guitar shop I have frequented for decades, where two models were on sale. I took each one home for a workout, and chose the OM1000. It felt like the right thing to do, and so far I’m happy with the decision. It’s like a late Christmas present to myself. 🙂

Anita Athavale, and Welcome to 2008

Posted in Anita Athavale on January 1st 2008 by Randy Reichardt

.: Welcome to 2008. First, a Happy Birthday to my Mom, who celebrated 75 years on Dec 31 – Happy Birthday, Mom! 🙂

On December 29th, I drove to Calgary in the afternoon to attend a showcase performance by Anita Athavale. It was a memorable show, and reinforced my thinking that she is one of the most original and inventive talents to emerge from Alberta in years. We are discussing performing together when she is able to land a gig in Edmonton. My brother Chris and his g/f attended with me, and we all thoroughly enjoyed Anita’s performance.

Randy and Anita Athavale I have previously waxed eloquent about Anita Athavale. I discovered her first album some years ago while wandering through CJSR, the University of Alberta student radio station. Her first album is a sparse, stripped down offering with minimal instrumentation, and plays like a well constructed demo recording. In 2007, I found the video for her song, South Pacific, and was blown away by the song itself – great opening riff, a chorus with a hook that draws you in and ends with a searing vocal each time – and I knew I had to have her new album, In The Noise, as soon as possible. So I bought two copies, and have been playing it in the car for six months. We began chatting on MySpace and Facebook, and this led to my offering to be a second guitar for her when she came to Edmonton, if she needed an extra musician. When I heard she had a showcase performance in Calgary on Dec 29 (not really a concert per se, but a performance to “showcase” her talents for industry professionals), I decided that I had to go. Needless to say it was the right decision. Again I’ll say, if you are looking for original music from a great local Alberta artist, try Anita Athavale’s In The Noise.

I want to wish all who read and visit my site a very Happy New Year – all the best to all of you in 2008. I hope you have a year that is rewarding, joyous, and peaceful.

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