It has begun…

July 1 came and went without fanfare in the world, except in our little abode. Because this weekend, we put the (almost) finishing touches on the complete overhaul of our home office and studio. This has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to share how exciting it is for me to see it finally come to fruition.

We live in a two bedroom apartment. We have one bedroom for sleeping and one that acts as our studio and office. A little over two years ago, I began a slow renovation of the studio, and this weekend, it will culminate with having the final set up in place. This new set up will allow both myself and Kim to have greater leeway to do things, more space to do it in, and a lot less clutter. And what I have designed will bring everything into one perfectly designed area we’re going to call “PNRNetworks Studio Control” from now on…heh heh…

I’m also overhauling a number of other things as well, but it’s all been optimized for recording and producing podcasts, voiceovers, videos, and music, digitizing our vinyl and cassette collection, and working at our websites and on general life issues.

One of my greatest goals in life has been to completely digitize my record collection. It’s not huge really – around 800 albums, 2500 singles, and 300 cassettes or so – but I haven’t been able to use ANY of the vinyl or cassettes for a number of years. That should change this weekend with the addition of the turntable and cassette deck to our set up, and should – if all goes well – allow me to finally start the digitization project I first mentioned on this pages about two years ago. YAY!

I’ve never been able to afford a REAL professional style when it comes to storing my collection. I’ve never bought records as an investment; to me, it’s all about the music and collecting certain artists or categories. But I’ve always treated my collection well, and I have always wanted to take care of it in a proper manner. So two years ago, I finally was able to get proper storage drawers for my large singles collection, and I am now following that up by preparing to purchase archival storage protection for all the collection, albums and singles, and I hope to have this all completed by around September 30th, although I think it will be a lot sooner than that. I’m also adding an inexpensive but highly recommended system from Ikea for shelf storage; I’ve spent the past month researching the topic and have finally put together a budget for getting this done. I’ve also subscribed to a number of great YouTube collecting channels and many of them will soon be included in the sidebar links so you can check them out as well.

Lately, I’ve also begun to source out some of my want list and have finally been able to purchase and add some of them to my collection. They’re not titles most people would be interested in, I’m sure, but to me, they’re my Holy Grail list, and I’ve been able to check off 10 titles recently that I’ve been after since my childhood or teen years and am very grateful to have finally had the opportunity to find decent copies at reasonable prices – thank you Discogs and the various sellers therein for that!

One artist In particular I’ve been after is Joey Scarbury. Most people out there know his one huge hit from 1981, “Theme from ‘Greatest American Hero’ (Believe It Or Not)”, I’m sure, and his large volume of television theme work in the 1980s and 1990s, including well known themes from “Hardcastle And McCormick“, “Jennifer Slept Here“, and the Peanuts special “Flashbeagle“. But I first discovered Joey from his 1979 single release called “Turn The Light On“; I got a radio promo copy of the song from a DJ friend when it came out, and unfortunately, it went nowhere nationally but hit top 3 on the TKR chart, and I’ve been a huge fan of Joey’s ever since. I was overjoyed for him when he had his monster hit in 1981 (it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100). But Joey had been plugging away in the music business for over a decade before that song was all over radio, and I’m now working on getting a complete set of his single releases from 1968-1981 right now; I’ve managed to snag about half of them thus far. I’ve always loved his voice, and finding these singles has been like finding a GOLDMINE to me. I’ll share some of them with you in the near future, as Joey will be the subject of my first “Deep Background” column coming later this month.

So anyway, I’m in the final weekend of the renovation (that WAS what I originally started talking about, heh heh) and I hope to have pix of our new setup next week sometime. And then, the fun really begins…stay tuned, folks – we’ve got a LOT more coming your way soon…:-)

Liked it? Take a second to support TC Kirkham on Patreon!