This is, what I would say, my first cohesive project as Bob Rabbit the Artist. Prior to this one I'd been making beats for about 5 years, done some producing and recording for other artists, and made a few songs of my own, but it wasn't until the summer after I graduated college that I was able to accomplish the level of an EP. I was living in Tucson, Arizona doing summer school to finish up my final credits and secure a degree in Political Science from the U of A. I lived in the same house I'd been in all school year, but now it was vacant of 5 of the 7 original guests, and remaining was myself and Bob. We were holding a deep grudge against one another at the time and things in the house had that dark heaviness which comes along with grudges. I had decided earlier in the year to abstain from drinking and smoking for a while and while this decision was supported by all the bros, it definitely had me feeling isolated, self-imposed but isolated none the less. I didn't spend much time with a lot of my friends because so many of those times revolved around drinking and smoking and without those things I'd be so anxious it would be hard to connect with people. I know my stepping back from the bros hurt Bob and then one night he hit me up to possible film at a party and having had some really wack experiences filming at parties, I quickly declined with an almost one word message. It was a special night for Bob and it hurt him that I would dismiss it like I did. For me it was not personal, but I learned I've got to be more careful with my words and abstain from quick, emotionally driven responses (in this case, the strong disdain I had for filming people at college parties). It was rocky between us for a while after that. It was at this time also I had been hopelessly in love with a girl named Matilda all year and my heart and head were a mess. In addition to that, I'd been dating a girl named Allison for a while and she had left right when school ended to go to Israel. I wouldn't say we were madly in love, but we did enjoy each others company and the quick separation was another blow to my fragile inner world. Still though, I continued to make music and progress as an artist.
For Valentines Day that year, my Grandma and Aunt had sent me an early graduation present of $500. With some of it, I was better able to enjoy a trip to New Orleans with some Bros, and with the rest of it, I purchased the V256 Vocoder from Electro Harmonix. The device is a Vocoder module as well as very slick Autotuner for vocals and guitar. I had sung a bit in the past, but after a friends Mom cracked a joke on me about someone dying in the living room, I had gone mute for about 4 years. So the auto-tuned vocals were kind of like training wheels for me to get back to singing with my God-given voice. The tracks were heavily influenced by "The Fool on The Hill" by The Beatles and it was the first time I felt I was created full songs. Some began on the piano and some started as beats and then were augmented to reach a more dynamic level. I think the sonic quality came out pretty cool and despite the inner-turmoil, accelerated summer classes, and 100 Teaching English as a Second Language class I enrolled in at the start of the summer, I was able to get this one done and get it online. There was a real good dude in my TESL class named Kimosabe I'd become friends with talking about Alan Watts and things of a spiritual nature who was at my place when I played it through for the first time. When "O.K."'s 5 minute synth solo ended (HA!) he had tears in his eyes and gave me a big hug. It was a special moment for both of us. Shortly after, Bob was getting ready to hit the big time in LA and we were able to talk for 3 or 4 hours and rekindle our friendship. It was quite the summer and an incredible time in the movement of Bob Rabbit. Thank you God.
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