Listen and read widely for what touches your heart, appeals to your head, tickles your funnybone. In stumbling around trying to play it yourself, it will become part of YOUR song.
Rick Drost grew up in a musical family, studying classical piano from an early age. He started singing and playing banjo with a Kingston Trio-style group in high school, continued in a small folk group in college, the glee club and an opera chorus as well. Inspired by the songs of Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, he began writing and singing around coffeehouses in DC and New England in the 70s, finally settling in Cambridge MA where he played with the folk-rock group Parts and Labor. In the late 90s, Rick took up choral singing again, locally with the Spectrum Singers, and touring Russia, the UK, and South America with the Yale Alumni Chorus.
Inspired by Songwriting workshops at Passim and Cambridge Center for AE, Rick started writing again. Then Parts and Labor regrouped to record “Twelve Dared Dreams” (on cdbaby.com/cd/rdrostpal). Rediscovering songwriting since 2000 with help from the (national!) live music community, Rick has now found that living so that music comes out in writing and singing is its own reward. He performs at least once a week, wherever he goes, and is grateful for the help of mentors (Vance Gilbert, David Wilcox, the Kennedys) met at at Song School in Colorado, SAMW, Folk Alliance and other workshops. He recently retired from a career as a Software Engineer, and is happy to be able to spend more time making music.
Rick's first solo Album, Turning the World, released in June 2017, was produced by Jon Shain of Durham NC; Jon found fine musicians (cello, piano, harmonica, percussion, bass, sax) to enhance the songs. I've left the numbered tracks among the songs under Music.
01 Dont Remember Train
02 Turning the World
03 Old Player Piano
05 Got a Little Corner
06 Pictures on the Wall
08 Lucky Lobster Rag
09 Juli and Romy
10 Still Point
12 Seasons Search
Turning the World
The Price of Fear
Pictures on the Wall
A song of letting go... or not...
Don't Remember Train
This song started in a dream last October. One from which I probably have not awakened...
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1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Love to sing harmony with any of the artists that I listen to often - David Wilcox, Vance Gilbert, Jonatha Brooke, Mary Chapin Carpenter
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
I have to go with the Cello
3: What was the worst advice?
There's really no bad advice. There's only what you make of it. There's probably a kernel of something in every bit of feedback that can help; be grateful for every bit of feedback you get.
4: What was your first concert?
A scout jamboree in a Parish hall outside Buffalo, New York
5: What/where is the best road food?
I look for Diners and get the soup of the day. Surprisingly good independent Mexican places all over. Also more and more Vietnamese places. And you can get banh-mi to go.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Listen to the world outside you and within you, and learn. Stay the course in finding and singing your song, no matter what "seems" to be in fashion.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?