The other day a thought occurred to me; a “what we should have said” moment, if you will. As I stated before in an earlier post, the only A&R man we were successful in actually being able to talk to face to face was the guy at Atlantic Records. At the many other companies where we got it, we talked to the secretary/receptionist and left our albums.
One of the reasons we had a manager was because we were not so good at dealing with business as Art was. However, I believe we had decided to leave Art and Entertainment Services Concept to do it “on our own”. Therefore, Jon and I took the trip to New York to try and get a label interested in our band.
As you can read in the earlier post, the guy said we sounded too much like the Beatles after listening to a couple of quick cuts from “Sailing On Fantasies” and to come back when we got our own sound.
Today, I may have reacted differently (even though it has taken me two years to come up with this response!). In my mind, here is how it would go:
“Look, you know we can play, sing and write. We have great harmonies and excellent song-writing capabilities. Put us together in one of your studios and prepare to have your mind blown by what will come out as our third album. And look at the backlog of material we could re-release. With a great producer you guys are supposed to have, many of these songs could be rearranged and re-recorded.”
Hindsight is always 20-20.