Richard played the oboe! Here are two recordings that prove it. Facebook material for sure.
Minuette by Cox,
arranged for woodwind quartet. As first year students fresh out of high school,
we thought a freshman-only woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and
French horn) would be grand fun. Since we had no French horn majors in our
class we compromised by forming a quartet with yours truly on oboe. Before
disbanding for summer vacation we gathered around a microphone in an empty classroom to record our greatness. Mechanical clicks
and clatter from the bassoon’s metal keys are quite obvious now, it was an
infrequently maintained school-owned instrument. We were so deadened to the
clamor that we barely noticed.
Jody’s Song. A
nice studio recording during downtime hours. Danny Leake, a well-known Chicago mixer and musician, played a gutsy guitar
solo. Steve Frisk, another Chicago musician and recording engineer, played
drums. I wish I could recall who played bass and saxophone. I composed the
piece and played oboe, flute, and everything else around 1980.
click to hear Minuette
click to hear Jody's Song
Richard never said he could sing! Here are two recordings that prove it.
I Need Your Love, excerpt
Written, produced, performed by Me, Moi, and I. Not much else to say about it.
And I Love You This song can be traced to a tremendous blizzard in January 1978 that shut down all of Chicago’s public
transportation one night. As the snow fell, Tom Labus and I finished our chores at the studio and collected our thoughts from a local bar. There was no better
place to be snowed in than a multi-million dollar recording studio! Back we went. Tom set up
a couple of microphones; I scribbled out music and words. By sunlight,
the city was trying to dig itself out and we had this! Steve Frisk kindly replayed the drums a
few days later, expressing frustration with its meandering tempo (we had been
at the bar after all!). My flute and vocals are unavoidable.
click to hear I Need Your Love
click to hear And I Love You
Written and produced for Screamin' Rachael La Vie, My first attempt in the late ‘70s to write a commercially viable song. Screamin’
Rachael sang her words and melody, I played and produced everything else and we
pressed it onto a few hundred of those little square flexible promotional
records as giveaways. Recently I discovered this mix was included on an album of songs "presented" by a producer I met a year or two later and who had nothing to do with the song. Typical shenanigans in Chicago's music business.
The Only One,
excerpt Rachael co-wrote lyrics and sang. I wrote the music, produced, arranged, and
played synths. The song is not a good song for Rachael's style and was never released.