I make it a practice to support our local record shops here in Kalamazoo, MI, be it Satellite Records or Green Light Music. Browsing helps. Buying something helps, too, so I make it a practice to buy something whenever I stop. Thankfully both places have used albums, so a $2.99 vinyl or $4.99 CD is usually not beyond the budget. I’ve even gathered up loose change from the truck’s cup holders and bought a few $1 bargain bin deals. Rarely have I been disappointed.
Yesterday’s visit to Satellite, instinctively nestled in the Portlandia-ish Vine Neighborhood of Kalamazoo, brought a used CD to the deck: Teraphonic Overdubs by Chris Joss. I was initially drawn by the album art and kept on the line by the promise of instrumental overdubs. I went for it. Zero regret. Still listening now.
Instrumental music is critical to my workflow. I can’t listen to people sing because I zero in on the words and start typing what they’re saying. Orchestral music doesn’t work because it always brings me back to my band days (Trumpet) and my conducting days. Plus, the dynamics are wide and tall like a Dagwood sandwich.
Teraphonic Overdubs is a little urban, a little Ravi Shankar, a smidge of Austin Powers. It gets 4 out of 5 stars on the Amazon. I give it 5 out of 5. You can listen to a piece here or via the YouTube: