I sometimes feel like a teenager in this line of work. Although performing in many counties and different venues has become second nature, when it comes to producing music there is still very much yet to learn. Definitely a late bloomer but somehow finding a zone that feels profoundly satisfying.
What makes me different? Well, for one thing I don't try to sound like anybody else or spend any time trying to conform to trends.Take a listen and decide for yourself.
Brief history: Studied classical music in my youth but my only other training was by ear and from playing with others. Never aspired to fame or fortune and tried every job I could to avoid being a musician...but after a while it became inescapable.
My goal is constant improvement, while living in the moment with humility, gratitude and love for my audience.
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 to grow and inspire others.
In my 25 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 abandoned that schedule, in order to put health and family first, and hone new skills and to continue creating without the pressure and burden of deadlines.
........Walter Clark, Founder of Clark Enterprises.
My interest in CD recording took off around the turn if the 21st century when it became possible to record a CD without giving $10,000 to a major studio. Perhaps it was an act of rebellion in the beginning, just to prove it could be done and done well without a huge budget, but after a while things started to take shape.
The results appear below.
On March 10 2020 a new CD called, “Night And Day,” was released and is finally available on Amazon. It’s a compilation of songs recorded from the year 2001 to the year 2019. Its a mixed bag of live performances, remastered and reconstituted as well as recent studio recordings.
Highly recommended and although there are yet very few copies in the wild it is already being acclaimed as my best release to date.
The CD is also available from iTunes and Apple Music.
Handmade - Live CD. A collection of songs recorded live, mostly favorite requests from customers at the time of the performances. Recorded using only handheld recorders. No overdubs. Songs of Billy Joel, Nat King Cole, Sting, Carpenters, Tom Jones, and others.
Although downloads are still available the hardcopy of this CD was not re-pressed after it sold out 500 copies in March 2019.
(This album was recorded in 2013 and released in spring of 2015.)
In July 2006, we completed a recording of the most requested and loved songs here in Japan. The result was an immensely popular CD entitled Many Splendid Things, a jazz effort, and it features many standards with surprisingly original arrangements. This sold out album was re-mastered, re-pressed and re-released in October 2011. At the end of 2012, the remastered version sold out, and an improved version was released in 2013.
The phenomenal interest and love for this CD has expanded to create new opportunities for recording and performances in various cities in Japan, and inspired me to continue producing better and more interesting music, as well as study of recording and mixing techniques and equipment.
The result of some of this study was the 2011 first release of, Best Thing to Come, an album which took over three years to produce, but almost never saw the light of day. Blending elements of lounge, new age, ethnic, jazz, rock, and spiritual minded music. It features new songs and new arrangements of earlier original songs. Intimate and laid back, smooth vocals with thoughtful and uplifting lyrics.
Also remastered in 2012, after being sold out a final "5th Anniversary Version" was released in 2016.
The First version is available at all leading distributers. The latest version is only available in hard copy.
Over an hour long it includes several original songs as well as re-recordings of songs from the first 2002 CD, Perfect Love, including the title cut.