About Christian Raw Dog - Rick Roman & The Synthetic Music Machine
I (Rick) Started playing music in high school, when I look back at my attitude and life, I was not considered one of those popular kids in school and besides that I stammered and was very fearful of meeting other people, so I started a Rock Band. I was a junior at Carmel Catholic High School at the time and it seemed a good way to gain approval from my fellow human beings.. The groups were ... read more
Note: December 2020..... Working on a new album called "Closer To Home" The sub title being "In The Face Of Danger" I have already uploaded the first 5 songs that have been completed. They can be identified by the picture of the CD Cover. I started recording my music in 1988 and the earlier albums reflect where we were musically. I love to see the progression of sound and maturity that takes place as God Arises in our sound and message. This is why The first album I did 1988/1989 was called "Let God Arise" I was arising out of a time of musical confusion to a purpose. I felt a call to record the songs the Lord had given me. Hearing the Lord Jesus and what He spoke and now what He is speaking by His Spirit has always been a concern in our message we bring in the music. May believers and the body of Christ be built upon the right foundation which is Christ..... The Rock
I rather have someone else say things about me. I always take this proverb to heart. Proverbs 27:2 Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips.
About Christian Raw Dog - Rick Roman & The Synthetic Music Machine
I (Rick) Started playing music in high school, when I look back at my attitude and life, I was not considered one of those popular kids in school and besides that I stammered and was very fearful of meeting other people, so I started a Rock Band. I was a junior at Carmel Catholic High School at the time and it seemed a good way to gain approval from my fellow human beings.. The groups were decent and I could sing without stammering and play guitar and do a decent job. I found it to be a good way to hide the real me. I really thought maybe I could become a rock star and be popular, yes that was the way to happiness and fulfillment. O well things did not turn out the way I thought they should go. My parents by far were the best parents a child could have but I just wanted my own life so I followed the way of the world and the people who were around me. To make a long story short and to the point I became a mess after 5 years after high school trying to run my own life and I do mean a mess. I was married at 19 and after two years I had two children to support plus a good wife. So I would play music in the evenings and work at a job during the day. Being a musician which was my goal I was always associated with the wrong crowd who were into smoking weed and drugs and just living for self. The hippie movement was big and it was cool to be a part of that so I played the part and became a part of it. The kind of person I became was I could not get a job anymore because I was too blown out. I was just playing and writing music all day and getting nowhere. One day I heard that some of my music friends claimed they met God. I became very curious about this and made it my ambition to talk to one of my friends who claimed this. As I spoke to him he made allot of sense, he said we are all looking for something to fill the emptiness in our hearts. He drew a circle on his chest with his finger and said Jesus Christ can come in and fill that empty space inside with His Spirit. He also said: We always try to fill that space with everything else but God. We try to fill it with drugs, sex, music, money and fame and so forth..... I have to admit he was getting to me and I was ripe for the picking. He asked me if I had a bible? I said no but I know where I can get one. He said: when you get it, open it up to the gospel of John and read it from the beginning. He also said: Ask the lord if He is really there to show you the truth and to prove himself to you.....Well I went home that day and did what he told me to do and Jesus began to reveal Himself to me in many different and powerful ways. I came to an understanding that He was my creator and He was offering me peace and guidance. What more logical thing could I do than to believe in the one who created me. It was not to long after this I surrendered my whole life to Jesus Christ... I gave Him complete control of my life and asked Him to forgive me of all my sins. I also had to forgive everyone who I thought hurt me in my life because the Father forgave me. Any grudges or bad feelings had to be surrendered.. The Lord gave me a new heart, in other words the center of my being became new and I received the Holy Spirit when I surrendered. One huge change I noticed was for the first time in my life I called God my Father and meant it. I also noticed I had guidance and I felt things began to change very radically and quick for me. God was in control now and not Rick Roman. I had a friend who would never leave me or forsake me when things got weird and crazy. Now that I am older and look back at what He has done in my life and I can say it has been amazing. He has built a life for me and is still building step by step and I know I am His possession and in His plan. All of my music is an expression of my experience in Christ and the things I have gone thru with Him. There was a time I heard a call to lay my music down completely and learn to be a family man (1974) and then at the right time (1988) I felt a call to pick it up again and start recording. When I started this project, I had no idea that I was going to continue recording. I just had a desire to record something on some of the equipment my son had in a little 4 by 8 room we built in our shed. It was that Fostex X-30 Multittracker cassette recorder that caught my eye. Equipment being adequate enough to satisfy my desire, I put together some chords and " Let God Arise " was born. When I finished, I felt blessed, it touched my spirit and I wept. A freedom was born that day in me to start recording the other songs the Lord had previously given me. This was the beginning of the first CD Recording I did "Let God Arise" and I called the band "Christian Raw Dog".
Why the name Raw Dog?.............mmmmmmm that is a another story.
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