In the year 2000 or 2001 I was running recording sessions at The Brick House Recording Studio in Corpus Christi, Texas. I got on-board there after my band UPC had recorded there. If you ever want to get close with a group of friends I suggest locking yourself in a recording studio for a week. If you survive the week you will have friends for life. One of those friends was Richard Caldwell.

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The band UPC at The Brick House Recording studio – Corpus Christi, Texas 2000

Rich was big into running live sound and I had desires of running recording sessions. We naturally hit it off and could sit and talk about transistors and resistors all day and night.  One day he called me up and wanted to hang out at the studio. We broke out the guitars, keyboard & turntables and just started messing around. At some point we decided to start recording.

Rich Caldwell - RICO on guitar at the Brick House - Corpus Christi Texas

A few hours had passed and we had the basic song layers tracked out. Rich told me to setup a microphone because he had some lyrics. So I set him up and hit record. This is what came out of his head. No lyric sheet no notes, just Rich Caldwell and a microphone in a dark room.

The next weekend he came back into the studio with me and we mixed it down. Nothing special other than a great time with a great friend.

Lyrics to Erase by Rich Caldwell & Derrick Perrin

Saving my self, Watching my room

Watching the sun chase down the moon

Cigarette burns, burns in my mind

Thought from the past leave me blind

they leave me blind

 

Lost in my self (my Self)

Lost it from you (from you)

Had to be quiet

Not quite what to do

Heaven away, heavens in you

lost in my mind, I think I’m with you

I think I can too.

 

Erase, Erase

Erase You, Erase You, Erase You, Erase You

Erase You, Erase You, Erase You, Erase You

I think I’m with you, I think

 

Never returns

Tables that turns

Thoughts ________

Colors they burn

Burn in my mind, burn in my mouth

Sticks to my tong ,Thinks I’m clown

Erase mind

Erase my soul

Heavens a part

I think I’m blind

I think I’m blind

I’m not sure if I nailed all the lyrics but you get the idea. If I had to guess I would have to say the song is about a breakup with a girlfriend. After all that is why Rich was free to come play at the studio on a Friday night.

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I miss my time at The Brick House Recording studio. Being a recording engineer was a dream job. I was able to take people’s dreams and make them into albums. Recording music is like being a videographer, you are documenting a story.  Rich, I’m glad I saved this file after so many years. I know there are a lot of folks who loved you and would love to hear another thing you touched. Thanks for being a great friend. I can’t wait till we meet again.

-Derrick Perrin