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I still feel like a teenager in this line of work sometimes. There is so much yet to learn.
What makes me different?
No matter how great I become, a sense of humble service and unconditional love for my audience is ever present.
I'm grateful for the success I have enjoyed and the lessons learned. It is taking a lot of hard work to live up to my own ideals, but I am determined to do just that, and prove worthy of my talents. Over 30 years ago, when I went pro in this business , I must admit, my only goal was to make a living working full-time as a musician. My goals have expanded and my commitment to making a positive contribution and serving my muse only gets stronger every day. To me, that means networking with other positive people, learning what I can and working daily on my own self-improvement.
In my 20 years as a performer and businessman in Japan I have built a solid reputation for honesty, integrity and reliability. My schedule here usually ran 6-7 days a week, but lately I've been taking more days off, in order to hone new skills, carrying the ethic of personal responsibility, and drive for perfection into every endeavor.
........Walter Clark, Founder of Clark Enterprises.
Clark Enterprises is always seeking to re-invent itself and expand in new areas. In July 2006 we completed recording of a new CD entitled Many Splendid Things, a jazz effort, and features many standards with surprisingly original arrangements. This sold out album has been re-mastered and re-pressed and was re-released in October 2011. Now, as we reach the end of 2012, the remastered version sold out, and an improved version was released in 2013.
This new version is only available in the hard copy of the CD through CDBaby.
The phenomenal interest and love for this CD has expanded to create new opportunities for recording and performances in Tokyo, and inspired me to continue producing better and more interesting music.
2011 marked the first release of, Best Thing to Come, an album which took over three years to produce, and almost never saw the light of day. Blending elements of lounge, new age, ethnic, jazz, rock, and gospel music. New songs and new arrangements of earlier songs, Intimate and laid back, smooth vocals with thoughtful and uplifting lyrics.
Also remastered in 2012, as it nears a second sellout it is being remixed to a final version for release in 2014.
The First version is available at all leading distributers, but the cheapest price can be found at CD Baby who we love!
Over an hour long it includes several original songs as well as re-recordings of the most popular songs from the first CD, Perfect Love, including the title cut.
"Handmade" New CD Now on Sale in Japan
August 7, 2013
just getting back to normal after so many personal events kind of scarred me, not the best time to make a record, but I wanted to be Completely vulnerable. Actually, I have no idea how it's going to be received or how it sounds. I just did the best I could Other than that I take it as a learning experience which helped expand my knowledge of acoustic recording, audio processing and some other whole new skill sets.
Plus, met some key people in my search for better recording components and learned a ton about noise reduction. (Intermittent noise was a big issue in making this record and in some cases ruined some great recordings.)
In the future, I'm going to spend more time developing my technical skills as a pianist and a recordist and not relying so much on my personality because it just feels more authentic as an artist.
Wanted to record under better circumstances but as a businessman and a father its necessary to put some meat on the table.
So far, on sale in Japan and direct for me.
Will decide about a Worldwide release in a few days, but for now this will be only physical CD sales. No downloads.
April 25, 2013
What is it?
Live recordings from January 2012 (not exactly the greatest time of my life and during adverse recording situations, ie a restaurant full of customers and with the piano facing away from them.)
How's it going?
It has taken a long time, obviously, the mixing has been a nightmare because this was recorded with a handheld recorder and not a mixing deck.
The intermittent noises have been extremely difficult and time consuming to edit down or out as this whole field of post production noise reduction is new to me. Sometimes just editing a few seconds has taken hours, even days!
Where do we stand now?
In post production, refining final mixes...closer to a final product than ever before.
Next time I'll use a mixing recorder and have a much better sound.
Also my head is in a much better place now.
Many Splendid Things re-released. Best Version Yet!
March 28, 2013
I'm very happy with the latest version of Many Splendid Things. There was just enough time to redo three of the songs through a new compressor and repair some damaged audio in the master. I was also able to get some additional pictures and text included in the insert as well as make the colors of the existing images more brilliant.
After this press is sold out, there will be one more remastering job and that will be the final version. The three songs that were remastered are Sweet Lorraine, We're All Alone, and Fly me to the Moon. The new improved version is only available on hard copy, so if you go to iTunes or CDBaby, what you will be hearing will be an older version, the second press. The original version is represented by the sample files on this site, for those who want to compare tracks. I've learned so much in the process of improving this thing, and in improving my mixing and recording techniques! Its been an exciting journey albeit expensive, just making a few slight improvements that add up over the course of this CD's evolution.
The next release is a series of live recordings done at my main venue, Sandaya. Intermittent noise from customers and servers had to be edited out as much as possible, a time consuming process, but this new release is starting to take shape and I expect to have it available by Spring 2013.