Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Rand Experiment

After all this time I am finally getting to put out an album that has been a long time in the making.  I have played everything from Reggae and Gospel to Jazz and Soul to Hip-Hop.  However, my true love has always been Rock n' Roll!  I played in plenty of rock, metal and punk bands but no official recordings exist.

I remember the first time I heard Joe Satriani using the guitar as a lead instead of vocals, it was like I discovered the key to life!  Of course by the time I started playing shows as a teenager it was "taboo" to play anything technical, remotely fast or beyond pentatonic scales and power chords.  Seriously!? The dumbing down began.  So I did not stay true to myself and stopped playing the music I loved dearly.

But like my dad always said; you only fail when you quit.  So I am finally making my first true rock record.  It is featuring some of my good friends Forrest Robinson and Greg Washington on drums and my buddy Mike Briggs on bass.  I'll be producing and Mr. Ty Tabor of King's X fame confirmed his availability to polish everything. Of course I am also playing a good bit of drums, bass and keyboards in addition to guitar and vocals.  But this one is definitely not for the faint of heart 'cause the 100 watt Marshall is going full tilt nice and heavy!  I am really pushing myself and the guys creatively, sonically and technically.  Stay tuned it is going to be happening and out this fall God willing.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Album Out Now: "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand


"Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand is a passionate and eclectic acoustic guitar based album.  Rand takes his guitar on a journey through Soul, Rock, Flamenco, World and  Classical Music influences that should satisfy music lovers from all walks of life.

Recorded and mixed at The ParkElevator Music,  Atlanta , GA
Additional recording by Michael Briggs, Raleigh, NC

Written, arranged, produced, engineered, recorded and mixed by Jermaine Rand

"Build the Temple" mixed by Don McCollister at Nickel and Dime Studios, Atlanta, GA
 Mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studio, Houston TX

Jermaine Rand- Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals
Michael Briggs- Bass
Daniella Willett-Rabin- Percussion
Chanel Rand- Vocals
Adam Smith- Vocals

Art and Graphic Design by Daniella Willett-Rabin



More information available here: http://www.jermainerand.com

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Ivory Coast and Thankfulness



Looking back on my life and the present moment I am often in awe of the blessings I have received; I am humbled and thankful.  It is weird how I vividly recall learning the songs in the book that was included with my first guitar when I was around 5 or constantly playing the songs out of the keyboard book that came with my sister's electronic organ around the same time.  I remember using Pringles cans as drums, playing them with the backs of pencils.  Music was all I wanted to do even surpassing my interest in art.  That was until I discovered computers and how they could be used in conjunction.
I never thought growing up in Raleigh, NC that I would ever make it further than learning Metallica songs in my bedroom, shredding it up and taking over the local music store after school.

So I just got back from Africa where I played the Abidjan Jazz Festival and met so many wonderful people including the legendary Paco Séry with my soul sister Divinity Roxx.





I was recently writing a friend in London who was concerned about all the hatred, violence, riots and racial tension going on the US. The more I travel and meet people, the more I see the similarities in people all around the world.  One of the key differences however is in the United States, there is almost always an underlying constant feeling of racial tension.  It is everywhere; TV, movies, the internet, the grocery store, shopping malls, restaurants, just driving a car or walking the street you feel it.  That feeling is completely absent when I visit Africa, The Bahamas, Jamaica even Mexico.  






So I just want to thank Paco Séry and the wonderful folks in the Ivory Coast for treating me like their brother and most of all like a fellow human.  I felt at home, at peace.


x

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Simplicity, beauty and harmony

What if I told you that right now we are floating around in bliss manifesting in little physical realities created by you.  You are literally creating this present moment but forget this every time you manifest.  Everything and everyone is one and all is well and fine and we will eventually return to be in the presence of the creator.  The most high will pat you on the back and welcome you back when the ride is over.  You go back and join  everyone in bliss land.  Just don't break a bunch of commandments while you are here and get stuck here.

The bad news is that there are folks that don't want you to know this.  The good news is it is true.

Back to our regularly scheduled program.  Last night my niece stopped by my studio and introduced me to her friend who turned out to be a wonderful singer as is she.  They blessed one of my songs with the most exceedingly beautiful harmonies spontaneously.  It really let me know that I am on the right path.

Music heals the soul.  Tune in to the good stuff.





Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Music, Life, Art

I am very often reminded how blessed I am to be able to create music on my own terms.  Not long ago, going into a recording studio to demo out ideas was out of reach for the average musician costing thousands of dollars.  Traditionally an artist would have to be signed to a major label in order to record a high quality record and distribute said recording.  The playing field has definitely been evened out.

Unfortunately after checking my ASCAP and CD distributor earning statements recently, I see the obvious trade-off.  The era of getting rich off of royalties from a platinum selling record appear to be long gone.  Several established recording artists refuse to put out new music as a result.

I guess in the end it boils down to what music meant to you in the first place.  What is it that you were trying to accomplish?  I guess if money was a primary motivator, you are out of luck.  The fame is still there even if there is lint in your pocket.

I pretty much always viewed music as sacred and having a higher meaning and purpose.  For me, music should heal and communicate an idea, emotion, concept, etc.   As I sit here in my studio taking a break, I thank the most high for the gift and am humbled by the blessing that it truly is to create.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Truth, God, One, Unity

For the record I "figured" it out on 10/12/2016 at 4:07AM.

Imagine everything that you ever truly hated and despised about everything and everyone at all times.  Everything you have ever hated about religion, the world, God, men, women, children, racists, politics, cultures, countries, people; everything.  Take those thoughts, feelings, emotions, concepts, however you experience this so called reality.  Each and every one of those problems is "God".  That God created you and is you.

The Bible and everything about it is true.  We somehow get so lost in the illusion of this thing that we call reality that we forget this somehow and infinitely keep living in a loop.

The main teaching of how to get back here to the present moment and unity of being one is to remember that the truth is all there is.  The truth will set you free.  The truth is the answer to coming back into the present moment of unity with yourself what you call God.

The complication of the Bible occurred and is necessary  because of how far the fragments that we think of as our individual selves lost the concept of that unity.  Each fragment is perceived as an individual but are all one.

Infinity of one.


Monday, May 16, 2016

The Physics of Sound Pt 2

A musical note has two meanings.  The first definition is a reference to the pitched sound itself.  The second is a reference to a symbol in musical notion that defines the pitch and duration of a note.  The pitch is the quality of a sound governed by the rate of vibrations producing it.  The higher the frequency the higher the pitch; the lower the frequency the lower the pitch.


The next major characteristic of sound is the timbre.  Timbre defines the unique tonal characteristics that distinguishes it from another. Timbre has four primary characteristics; attack, decay, sustain, release.


The envelope of a sound has the following components and would look something like this:
  • Attack - The time it takes for the note to reach the maximum level.
  • Decay - The time it takes for the note to go from the maximum level to the sustain level 
  • Sustain - The level while the note is held.
  • Release - The time it takes for the note to fall from the sustain level to silence or zero dB.