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Helmut Licht

10/20/2012 8:13:02 AM

Hi - I hope all is well. My first time back here in years. :)


J. Patrick Sharpe

8/9/2009 12:15:30 AM

Helmut,

I finally have some more free time to focus a bit on music. I recorded a version of Don't Know Why and e-mailed it to you at the address you provided before. It's an mp3 file. Let me know what you think and we can take it from there my friend.

Best,

Patrick


Helmut Licht

3/17/2009 2:22:40 PM

Patrick - I've been away from here for quite some time. I'm glad you are better and happy that you haven't forgotten the song :)
I look forward to hearing what you come up with - I know it will be great!
Have a great day and stay well!!!
Your friend Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

1/24/2009 7:10:26 AM

Hi Helmut. Hope all is well. Just wanted to check in with you. I was sick and in and out of the hospital for a couple of months in November and December. I had what was supposed to be a routine surgery that resulted in a fairly bad infection and an additional surgery. In any case, I am back to full health and feeling great. While I was recovering and away from work I pulled out the song we have been working on, Don't Know Why. I have been working on recording the guitar part. I am in the process of learning some of the chords and getting comfortable with them as I have not used a couple of the chords much in the past. It's exciting for me to do this because I am learning!! As soon as I get a version that I am reasonably comfortable with I send it your way and we can take it from there.

Your friend,

Patrick


Helmut Licht

11/14/2008 5:06:04 AM

Patrick - first things first :) Gotta pay those bills - I fully understand. I'm here whenever you're ready. Take care and enjoy life!
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

11/11/2008 5:54:52 PM

Helmut,

Just checking in with you. Hope all is well with you. I have still been very busy at work the past couple of months. Haven't done any recording at all. I expect things to slow up here in November and December and plan to get to our project first thing!!

Patrick


Hugh Hamilton

11/5/2008 7:32:44 AM

"Vote" - Hahahaha - I know exactly how you feel...rock on, Herr Licht!


Helmut Licht

8/24/2008 7:16:21 AM

Just making sure all's OK :)
Gotta pay those bills!
Stay in touch -
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

8/23/2008 6:28:23 AM

Hello Helmut,

All is well with me. I have been very busy lately and traveling a lot for work. I'll be settling in over the next few weeks and plan to work on "Don't Know Why..." I am excited to get back to it. Hope all is well with you my friend.

Patrick


Helmut Licht

7/26/2008 5:20:19 PM

Patrick - thanks for your kind words. I love what I do and do what I love. But, please, don't call me sir, otherwise I'll have to get dressed up :)
Have a great day!
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/26/2008 6:30:51 AM

Helmut, I am open to whatever you would like to do. We can experiment a little until we get it right. I am honored to work with you sir! I visited your main website and I have to say you are an amazing individual. You are living life to the fullest from what I can tell! Thanks My wife is a wonderful person indeed. -Patrick


Helmut Licht

7/25/2008 9:39:49 PM

Oops! I meant 'virtual' symphony:)


Helmut Licht

7/23/2008 11:05:20 AM

Patrick - sounds good to me :) In 50 years of writing music, this is the first time someone else is writing lyrics to one of my melodies. Thanks!
When it's all done I want to experiment and put some big orchestra sounds behind your recording. It may not work, but it's worth a try. I'll back you up with a vertical symphony:)
Regards to your wife. You are lucky to have a wife that is interested in and supportive of what you love to do!
Take her out for dinner :)
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/18/2008 5:07:39 AM

Helmut, Sorry the e-mail is not working. I have been sending/receiving e-mails so I am stumped as to why it's not getting through. In terms of the lead sheet, I would be more comfortable at this point having you send your version as is. I am no music wizard I really play by ear for the most part. My wife can read music so she helps me in that regard if necessary. Once I write lyrics and come up with guitar chords for a song I sometimes do practice recordings to test out the key and make sure it works with my vocals. If not, I adjust the key.

In this case, with "Don't Know Why..." I worked out the lyrics simply by listening to your instrumental recording of the tune. Then, I worked out the guitar chords by ear by playing along with your tune. However, I would really like the lead sheet as you suggested so I can confirm that what I came up with is correct. The next thing I will do is record a version of it with me singing the lyrics with guitar backing. I will play it in a key that works for my voice. I'll send that to you to see what you think.

How does that sound? -Patrick


Helmut Licht

7/17/2008 9:55:00 PM

Hey Patrick - I keep getting back any email I send you. I will get to your lead sheet this weekend. If you want the lyrics to be on it I should hear how you adjusted the melody (as you mentioned). Also, let me know your key!!
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/11/2008 10:49:49 AM

Hi Helmut,

I sent you a message through ArtistMail with lyrics for "Don't Know Why...". Let me know what you think. Also, it would be great to have the lead sheet. I can send you my address.

JP


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/10/2008 8:53:47 PM

Great, I'll take a stab at lyrics and send you something soon. Honestly, my intention is simply to collaborate with an artist I admire! -JP


Helmut Licht

7/6/2008 6:20:38 PM

Patrick - if you need a lead sheet, let me know.
Helmut


Helmut Licht

7/6/2008 6:18:06 PM

Patrick - I have tons of songs without lyrics. You are welcome to give it a shot. Usually the words come together with the melody. Once the melody comes without lyrics, that's the end for me. I don't have any connections in the business, but you are more than welcome to set lyrics to any of my melodies. I'm honored :)
Helmut


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/4/2008 9:12:20 AM

Hello again, Thanks for your nice comments about "Used to Be Cool in High School" I enjoyed writing and playing that song. Glad you liked it. I listened to your Country Waltz song "Don't Know Why..." and noticed that you mention that it needs lyrics. Does that mean you are looking for someone to contribute lyrics? If so, I would love to take a crack at it. A collaboration, perhaps? I started getting some ideas as I was listening. If you are interested, I'll send you something. If not, that's OK too. Thanks my friend, -JP


J. Patrick Sharpe

7/2/2008 7:33:29 AM

Helmut, Just stumbled across your tune "I Love America" on the front page and added it to my Folk Scene station. I just listed to a bunch of your tunes and really enjoyed them. You have a wonderful style and a flair for comedy and writing. I get a real good positive vibe from your tunes. Seems like I can learn something from your wisdom and experience!! Stop by my artist page at some point and have a listen to some of my tunes. All the best to you, -JP


Hugh Hamilton

6/15/2008 10:05:25 AM

As a chores galores Papa Bear I salute you and yer toon...
;)
H


SqurlyMurly

3/31/2008 8:07:22 AM

I think he is Mel Brooks, Hugh! Wildly, zany stuff that speaks the truth!


Hugh Hamilton

3/31/2008 6:36:26 AM

Are you Mel Brooks in disguise? Alan Sherman? Carl Reiner?

The Tax Man can...well...you know...

Nice work on the taxtoon...rock on!


Helmut Licht

2/22/2008 3:55:13 AM

There are two ways to get to the top.
The rope way and the mat way. Pretend that life is a gym. There is one rope hanging from the ceiling and there are a thousand inflatable mats lying in the corner. The challenge is to get to the ceiling. If you're strong enough, you can pull yourself up the rope and get to the ceiling quite quickly. However, how long do you think you will be able to stay up there? If, on the other hand, you inflate one mat at a time and then slip each new inflated mat under your feet, you will slowly build up enough height to touch the ceiling. And, once there, you can stay up there pretty much as long as YOU want to. I don't think I have to translate this story into real life.
Have a great day!


Helmut Licht

2/15/2008 7:08:18 AM

Many years ago there was a shortage of nurses, so the TV media created hospital shows to glamorize the medical field in order to eliminate the nursing shortage. Then there was a shortage of police recruits, so along came the detective stories, Starsky and Hutch, etc.
All these shows tried to mentally influence young people. They created an image and then transplanted it into the viewer's mind.
The reason I'm bringing this up:
Life has a perfect plan for us. It brought us here and gave us specific talents to use in the furthering of the scheme of things. The problem is that because of external influences of all kinds, we do not develop the skill of listening within and paying attention to what we 'feel' we should and like to do.
Because of this lack of staying in touch with our inner self, we get drawn into all kinds of 'wrong' situation, which are portrayed to us as right by external sources. We have an inner voice which guides us faithfully and flawlessly along our 'path', if you may. But, we have to learn to listen, and, most of all, trust this voice implicitly. It knows what's best for us.
This takes great courage, because at times it prompts us to do things that seem wrong under the present circumstances. But as you follow its promptings more and more and then realize that things are getting better, you will develop confidence in it and your life will get better day by day.
I hope I don't sound like a preacher :) I'm going to be 70 this year and have played (and am still playing) professional music for over 50 years. What I'm saying here comes from life long observations.
Have a great day and keep making music.


OG GENO

2/13/2008 8:09:45 AM

thanks for reading my poem about gangbanging (life as a gang member) I'll be sure to look for that book that you mentioned to see what it's all about. thanks again....


Helmut Licht

2/11/2008 1:06:08 PM

I'm glad you like it, I had fun getting it from the muse and then bringing it into this reality :)
Have a great day!


SILVERWOODSTUDIO

2/11/2008 12:17:10 PM

Thanks for making this hilarious material!!!


Helmut Licht

2/11/2008 5:52:05 AM

How do I go about putting a symbol next to my comments?
Thanks!


Helmut Licht

2/11/2008 4:51:43 AM

Since I don't know your name, I guess I'll have to give you one:) It's an old Indian name: Mawinoba. You'll have to figure out what it means...
Thanks, Mawinoba, for you nice comments - I know they came from the heart, and it means a lot to me. Keep writing and singing!
Helmut


The Man With No Band

2/10/2008 9:40:00 PM

Helmut ... I'm sure glad I read your post on the front page because it led me to this house of wonders .... I'm listening to "There's a Reason" as I type this and am having a Great Time ... From "Chocolate Funk" all the way down, I'm smilin' big time ... Guess I wasn't supposed to find your stuff till this moment, but I'll savor it for a good long while ... I think I just got a big weight lifted from my being...
Thanks ... I needed that !!!!

 

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