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The Rick Henry Christopher Project

My new music project

By Rick Henry Christopher Published 17 days ago β€’ 3 min read
The Rick Henry Christopher Project
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Music was my career from 1979 to 1993. I was a singer in a few rock and roll bands. I was never really a good singer but I love to sing so I did it and I made it work. Mostly by writing my own songs that fit my voice to perfection.

Once things started to really happen in the early 90s I started losing my grip on reality. I spiraled downward and the whole thing blew up in my face. I made a few attempts throughout the 90s to get back into music but nothing really worked out from there.

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So, here I am thirty years later and I’m making music again - but in a very different way. I am utilizing AI tools to create my music.

I write my lyrics, I come up with the melody, I have an idea of the instruments I want in my songs and the placement of where the instruments should be in the song including any instrumental solos. I also have my ideas of how the singer should sing the lyrics and different vocal techniques that the singer should use, including pitch and key changes. All of this then is input via prompts and also actual sound samples that I have created. The AI tools take all the information I input and a song is created.

Some people have a problem with AI and I'm okay with that. It's not for everybody. This works out very well for me. Music is in my blood and creating music is always on my mind. What I am doing now is the same as what I used to do when I was in a band. I came up with the ideas. I wrote the lyrics, I wrote melodies, but I didn't play any instruments. I brought the ideas to the musicians and then the songs were created. The only difference about today is it's not musicians creating the songs it is the app technicians that are creating the songs. They are the ones who put the apps together. A lot of human input is put into these apps so that a person like myself can create using them. All the information archived in these AI tools has originated from human sources and human input. AI is not taking jobs away from or even taking creativity away. AI in itself is creating an abundance of high-paying jobs for people and is fostering creativity in people such as myself.

My commitments to my mom are all-encompassing. At this point in my life there is no way I can put together a band and maintain it. But with AI I can make my own music right here on my computer without ever leaving the house. It fulfills a need for me. The good thing too is I own all the intellectual rights. I can do what I want with it.

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I am sharing two songs that I created with AI. Both of these songs started out as poems that I wrote a few months ago and published here on Vocal Media.

Can’t Cry Forever

I originally wrote β€œCan’t Cry Forever” as a lyric in April 2019. My mom was talking about one of our neighbors who had recently lost her husband. She mentioned how hard it is to lose a loved one but that you can't cry forever. She said eventually you've got to get yourself back up and move forward with your life. Those three words can't cry forever stuck with me and I came up with this lyric. The first draft was very raw. Over the next two weeks I worked on it and came up with the finished version.

Five years later the lyric finally became a song. I put a great deal of time into constructing the most accurate and detailed prompts in order to come up with the song I desired. I came up with the basic Melody of which I submitted to the AI tool. I was beyond pleased with the end result. The overall idea of this song is 100% my vision.

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Lilac and Rose and Indigo Blue

I wrote this as a poem in March 2024. It is loosely based on the Jimi Hendrix song β€œOne Rainy Wish.,” The poem became a Top Story on Vocal Media and became a big hit. In the comments several people mentioned that they could hear a song as they read the poem. Because of these comments it had been in my mind that I wanted to eventually turn this poem into a song. Now that has become a reality.

My vision in creating this song was to create something that would embody that smooth flowing β€œCalifornia Sound” which was popular back in the 1970s with artists such as Jackson Browne and The Eagles. I feel like I captured that essence.

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Thank you friends for taking the time to read this article.

With Love, RHC ❀️

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Comments (19)

  • Angie the Archivist πŸ“šπŸͺΆabout 13 hours ago

    This is a fascinating read… wonderful that you are able to write & record songs again despite your restrictive circumstances. I will have a listen when I’m able to.

  • Grz Colm14 days ago

    A very interesting endeavour and article Rick! I’m one of those people who do not like AI in writing etc, but I still found this fascinating as I did not know much about it this medium/app. I like that your are getting back to your roots - I respect that and I am glad it is helping your creativity. I thought Indigo Blue sounded familiar when I saw it on Facebook/you tube as now I remember reading it. Beautiful lyrics and really catchy as I’ve said before. β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘

  • Chloe Gilholy14 days ago

    You've a lovely job with the songs.

  • This was such a great read. I never knew you were a singer! I’m at an art auction right now so I can’t listen to your song but I will later!!

  • Loryne Andawey15 days ago

    These songs transported me to a simpler time. I especially liked Lilac and Rose and Indigo Blue. It's amazing what AI can do now and, though there is trepidation and hostility towards it, AI is nothing without human input. You've created something beautiful Rick and I'm excited to hear more πŸ€—

  • Dawnxisoul393art17 days ago

    Great, you did a great job! Congratulations, our friend, and we wish you all the best!

  • What software do you use Rick? Have you worn any articles yet about this? πŸ˜‡πŸ˜πŸ™πŸ»

  • The Dani Writer17 days ago

    You are a man of hidden talents Rick...had no idea you were in a band. Glad that you have this as a creative outlet now. Continued success to you!

  • JBaz17 days ago

    Love that you are doing what you love but also experimenting and growing Music has always been a part of my life, I however do not have the talent and wish I did Great job Rick

  • Tom Baker17 days ago

    I'm doing the same thing to create books on tabletop roleplaying games. I'm an artist but my style doesn't lend itself to commercial work, so I use AI images (and Pixabay). AI is invaluable for organizing material, doing research, creating random tables, coming up with game mechanics, etc. I just rewrite or "write over" what is there from the robot. AI is indispensable now, but as it evolves, in the future, particularly when the Neuralink chip implants become commonplace, AI will become so, so very much more.

  • Tiffany Gordon 17 days ago

    Very impressive work Cousin! I'm so excited to see you doing music again. The 'You Can't Cry Forever' song lyrics were especially touching... You're so talented! Thx 4 sharing your gift!!☺️

  • I top was involved in the music industry and film industry in Los Angeles California and Austin . I love AI. For the ones that put it down that's them not you or anyone other it's their issues. AI is a tool and will become extremely important in the years to come . Just like the airplane was created and people went crazy over the idea of flying . Any new creation scares people. You use the tool of AI as an expression of art. It's all you just with AI as your programmer assistant .

  • Wow ! Wow ! Beautiful . You are so talented. RICK! MUSIC TURNS THE WORLD! MUSIC ROCKS THE WORLD ! πŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸŽΆπŸ’ƒπŸŒπŸ’«

  • Clyde E. Dawkins17 days ago

    Very epic stuff here!!

  • As I have come to consider Art as a spiritual practice, a unique communion between myself and the Divine, I must forego ever using AI as a tool for my own work, but cannot begrudge someone in your situation for choosing such, especially as I respect you as an artist and a dutiful son. I must admit, however, that the entire realm of AI art--visual, musical, and especially literary--makes me incredibly sad, and I feel something is lost here just as something was long when we switched from analog to digitial recording apparatus. Warmth, is what all the old guys that taught me sound engineering would say. We lost warmth. I'm still inclined to agree. But I sure do wish you the best, and I think the poems are excellent!

  • Hannah E. Aaron17 days ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey with music here, and including two of your songs! Lilac and Rose and Indigo Blue is my favorite of the two, I think! It's beautiful, and the whole vibe is great! Definitely can hear The Eagles influence! I think it is really awesome how you have found another way to create music! Best of luck!!

  • Mariann Carroll17 days ago

    At least you are fulfilling your dream, AI made it possibly for you. Keep up

  • Kendall Defoe 17 days ago

    Thanks for all of these sounds...and good luck! πŸ‘πŸ½

  • Gerard DiLeo17 days ago

    Fascinating. Can't wait to follow these links!

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