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- if only you would ask. I've been writing songs for a long time. Compared to the list of other self-destructive behaviors, it has been mostly benign.

To facilitate this small pathology, I've studied jazz theory, played piano and organ in coffee houses and in rock and roll bands, and then in 80s synth-dance bands. Lucky for me, I met my wife Corinne, who in an act of selfless love, sings my songs and co-writes songs with me. She rarely misses a note, though navigating through the verbosity of my lyrical output proves a bit more difficult at times.

In the 90s we were all about electronica, and made music as "Ctrl-Z" mostly for Carl Malamud's Internet Multicasting Service in Washington D.C. Under Carl's direction, we helped pioneer audio on the Internet in the early and mid 1990s, producing podcasts before the term was coined, many of them in our home in a tiny town in the wilds of the midwest, North Judson, Indiana. Few people we knew had any idea that an "Internet" even existed. We'd tell them, "this will change everything", and they'd look puzzled and a little concerned.

After the dot-bomb, my feelings toward music veered back to my coffee house roots. One otherwise ordinary day in 2007, for no apparent reason, I announced to a room full of disinterested persons, present there only due to biological relationships, that I was "going to learn to play the guitar". It is debatable whether I have, in fact, learned to play the guitar, but it is a well-established fact that I have learned to buy guitars. Corinne's a talented musician, and though like me she'd always been a keyboard player, once there were guitars in the house, she picked them up and started playing them and quickly developed into a solid rhythm player.

Right around New Years Day of 2010 Corinne showed me a web sited called SoundCloud that embodied many of the attributes for delivering audio on the Internet we'd been trying to achieve at the Internet Multicasting Service. I joined up, and in no time was thoroughly sucked into the vortex of home recording, and having a great time with it. In deference to our morph from electronica to mainly acoustic music Corinne and I changed our musical tag to "Return to Normal", and began recording actively again. In 2011 we released our first CD, "http://returntonormal.bandcamp.com/album/overflown" ("Overflown")

I was Soundclouder of the Day on March 1, 2011. Oh, and I moderate Tune Town - and the fates have granted onto me the pleasures, perils and responsibility of managing a 'farm' that is really mostly a natural area, the 580 acre (230 hectare) "Big Eastern". Music is wonderful, but nature is more important.

MLucas   Martin Lucas, Wilds of Indiana, United States

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