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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Rita's CD

I miss Rita's and Thursday's Open Mike Night.
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This week since I was off from work, I worked hard to release my fourth rock CD. The one major sad event that happened since my last birthday was that the place that I loved to rock out at, closed in September. Rita's was the CBGB'S of Nacogdoches.

That open mike night will be remembered as the starting place for so many local music acts. It didn't matter how good or bad you were, you could play for your twelve and half minutes. And if you rocked, the house would rock with you.

Rita's was so special to me. Most of my friends left in Nac, I met at Rita's. Thursday nights was the one night that I looked forward to every week. One time, I taught a music technology session at a conference, hopped in a cab ten minutes after it was over and caught an earlier flight home so that I could get back to Nac by 10 pm. That's how much I looked forward to rockin' out.

Every week, I would work on a new song to perform at Rita's. When I first went there everybody, including me, played mainly covers. Little by little I started to play my own songs, then I rarely played a cover. This is the first place I played "I'm a Nerd" live at. Since I started to play my own material, others did too. It was a great place and a great time. A musicians' community and family like no other. And I still miss that scene every Thursday.

So I had already had a working title for this CD before Rita's closed it's doors. The title was, "What!? More Whatever." Since Rita's is now being sold, I knew that I only had one chance to make sure the Rita's I knew, would always be remembered for what it meant to us musicians. The title had to be changed to "Rita's" to honor this special place.

The first three songs of the CD, I had a chance to play a Rita's open mike night. Funny, I can remember playing at Rita's a day before my birthday last year. The other songs I have performed at various other open mike and singer/songwriters nights.

I was going to make this a 'polished' CD with only twelve songs working hard to make the recording sound as good as I can. Well that's not how it was like to rock out at Rita's. So I played the songs raw and live with out editing. There are a few mistakes and drop beats on a few of the songs. However if you hear me play live, this is how I sound. Know that when you listen to the CD, that's how I sound. I hope you all enjoy the CD.

A quick video showing Rita's.

Rita's CD
By Herbert Midgley
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1.There's a Girl That I Know
2.It's Your Lost
3.Your Crime, My Crime
4.The Electronic Nerd
5.The ESC Key Herbert Midgley
6.Things Have Change Too Much
7.I Never Meant To Break Your Heart
8.She Diggs Her Cellphone
9.The Platonic Girlfriend
10.This Emo Song is For You
11.When the Time is Right
12.Smile Down that Road
13.The Taste of Your Smile
14.Raining On My Soul
15.She'll Grow Out of That
16.I Don't Need You Anymore
17.Whack Job
18.Saying Goodbye
19.No Shoelaces On My Sandals
20.Our Love is Something To Talk About
21.Bubblegum Girlfriend
22.Butterfly, Butterfly
23.Your Sprit
24.You'll Never Have Her Heart
25.Get On The Bus
26.It's a Hard Road
27.Hanging Around
28.Legally a Jerk
29.Check, Check, Check Me Out
30.I'm a Nerd (Metal Version)

Rita's CD Cover
Rita's CD zip file all songs and CD cover in one file 69 megs

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