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 may become, constant improvement is the goal, and sense of humble gratitude and 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 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 been taking more days off, in order to put health and family first, and hone new skills….to keep growing and carrying the ethic of personal responsibility, and drive for perfection into every endeavor.
........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 going to a major studio. The results appear below.
Most recent release of 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.
Less than 50 hard copies remain. This CD will not be rereleased after it sells out.
Only one hard copy remains on sale at CDBaby as of March 2018
(This album was recorded in 2013 and released in spring of 2015.)
In July 2006, using the most basic tools we completed a recording of the most requested and loved songs here in Japan. The result was a CD entitled Many Splendid Things, a jazz effort, and 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 hard copy of 2013 version is only available through CDBaby.
In 2016 the above version also sold out and a new version, "The 10th Anniversary Edition," was released which is a further improved and remastered version and although it is on sale in Japan it has not yet been released anywhere else.
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, as it nears a second sellout it is being remixed to a final version for release in 2016.
The First version is available at all leading distributers, but the cheapest price can be found at CD Baby who we love!
This CD is also sold out and is in the process of being remixed for a final release in 2016.
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.
My first attempt to record my own CD: