MUSIC PRODUCTION • ORIGINAL SONGS • SOUNDTRACKS • JINGLES & SPOTS
Rob Freeman has spent a lifetime making music. A self-taught pianist, he entertained with an accordion as a young boy and was writing songs prolifically by his early teens. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Rob was keyboardist/writer with several bands. Over the years his original songs have been featured in movie and television soundtracks and covered by a variety of artists. Today his studio walls are lined with gold and platinum record awards which he earned during successful years as a record producer/recording engineer working with such artists as KISS, Ramones, Blondie, and The Go-Go’s. Recognized for his work with others’ music, Rob is not widely known as an artist himself. Hopefully that’s about to change.
VIGNETTES is a collection of original songs mostly written summer 2019, with two late entries: “Aliens Come Down,” which arrived (rather unexpectedly) in spring 2020, and “2020,” written in December of that year in an attempt to sum up a horrific year of global pandemic, personal isolation, and many other tragedies. The album's songs emerged as mini-portraits, each one highlighting some aspect of my life or some thing of special significance to me. They became my vignettes, which in turn inspired the title song.
Written, produced & performed by Rob Freeman
Additional vocals on "Soundman Shuffle" & "Hearts & Windows" by Dara Albert
©2020 Freeman/Monster Pup Music (BMI)
All rights reserved
“As we fly we can paint the sky with any kind of light we choose. And when they’re in my dreams again I’ll take the chance to dance within…”
We’ve all heard the inner voices–guiding us, imploring us. But what becomes of those precious thoughts when they remain secreted away inside? And who is the Quiet One, anyway? Is it the fab George Harrison?…is it me?…is it you? Listen carefully and you may discover some inner truths.
“They know we're out there…we know they're in here. Will they see the world as we see? I hope they stick around with all their mysteries unbound and in time we find what to believe…what truth.”
The world of a professional sound person is ofttimes a solitary and misunderstood one. All we want is to provide clean, hi-quality audio for your project, but we’re left to wend our own way through the many obstacles placed before us. In the end, it’s a battle all can win…with basic understanding, a bit more empathy, and some blind (or should I say, “deaf”) trust.
Dedicated in utmost respect and fond memory of Dean Gudmundson, Eric Toline, Freddy Valdarama, John Klatt, John Cassidy, and Rick Prell. May their souls rest soundly.
“Now something’s got to change or nothing will remain…just the world’s broken pride sinking in the red tide…” No more!
Open up those windows…open up those hearts. Let in all the human feelings that come floating in with the breeze. Let love in.
Years from now this will be the past…so grab the sunrise and hold on fast…and sing your songs to make them last…yeah, sing your songs to make them…” Growing up without grandparents, I couldn't have anticipated the joy that becoming one would create in me. My grandkids bring youthful vitality to my heart and spirit every day.
Here we go again…hold on tight as we begin another cycle in the finite journey of our lives. Got to try to keep pace, “at least until this song is finally done…until this song is finely done.”
“It’s a day unlike no other…a good day to love one another.” I believe we should honor and respect the planet and all its inhabitants each and every day of the year, and not just as part of a “season.” That, together with cherishing the joys of life, is the main message of my song.
As we crawl from the wreckage that was 2020, scathed and groggy, we are awakening from some common global nightmare. Now it's on to the aftermath..."waiting for us a brighter dawn to shine."