He’s On A Mission – Day 7 – Corbin Watkins
After a lovely dinner with my friend Dorothy this evening, we took a walk along the shore at Bellingham Bay and grabbed a bench to watch the sunset, and an amazing sunset it was.
The best part was about 45 minutes after the sun had gone down with its brilliant oranges and reds reflecting in the water. As we sat there, we had the pleasure of being serenaded by a young fellow sitting down by the rocks, looking out toward the sea, playing a ukulele and singing a song I didn’t recognize. He was several feet away and so we could only just hear him but what we did hear was quite nice and catchy, we noticed our feet tapping away.
He got up and moved up higher on the grass a little closer to us and he turned around and sat back down, positioning himself with his back to the sunset. He told us he was trying to get this song done before the sunset was over. Well, I didn’t quite know what he meant by that and I wondered why he facing away from the sunset then. OK, I’ll bite. We got to talking with him as he set up his MacBook in front of him; he said he was on a mission to write and record 30 songs in 30 days. Wow, that’s ambitious we thought. After querying him about the ukulele, he said he had just learned how to play it since this morning. “Oh c’mon man” said I, that’s a pretty tall tale; he’s either very talented or a big fat fibber.
Well, he’s not big or fat and after hearing what he did next I’m thinking he might just be that talented. He used the webcam on his PC to record himself singing the song with the sunset in the background. He said it would probably take about three takes, and sure enough, it took three takes. Dorothy and I just sat there, completely at peace with the world, in the cool evening breeze, with the fire in the sky in front of us and young Corbin just to our left singing this beautiful song. What an awesome way to spend an evening, what a treat.
Corbin finished his recording and packed up, we exchanged contact information and he headed off to the coffee shop to post the recording. I just got home a few minutes ago and checked his web site and he got his done before me, but that’s OK. The song on the site has a little background noise and it’s probably as good as it can be, recording into his computer in the open with wind and all. I can tell you though; the quality in person was awesome. Corbin has a nice resonant and controlled voice and I (and Dorothy) have the honor of being the first to hear his newest song. Please go to his website, http://corbinw.com, and have a listen to Day 7 – Monsters, Above & Beneath, by Corbin Watson. And while you’re there, check out his other songs too.
Thirty songs written and recorded in
30 days, beginning June 25, 2009
…Telling the story of the Armageddon, her crew and
her final voyage in 1779
From his site you can get to his Facebook and Myspace pages and to his album, The Space/Time Continuum on iTunes. http://www.geocities.com/corbinwatkins/index2.html# will take you to his other site with news and info about shows and his store, check it out too.
Corbin, it was a pleasure meeting you tonight, I really enjoyed your music and thanks so much for making it such a great evening for me. All the best to you.