About Rusty Clay
I was born July 21st 1963 and have loved music as far back as I can remember. I was cursed or blessed with a desire to write and play music which haunts my waking days and nights. I have written more than 120 songs and I will begin sharing them with anyone willing to listen. Some will be with a band and some will be just me and a guitar, some may be experiments in sound and others deep told storie ... read more
1 month ago
I've rerecorded Devils Jamboree and removed the demo. The part I originally played and sang are identical to the demo just a little quicker on the tempo. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear from you.
2 months ago
Yesterday I underwent surgery for a herniated disc which happened on last memorial day weekend. I spent the last 4 months in terrible pain. I could barely walk with crutches or sit for more than 5 minutes. I underwent therapy which helped but I was never going to be free of the pain or be able to resume the life I wanted to live without the surgery.
I basically spent the last 4 months looking at my ceiling, and this happened 2 days before the forced quarantine was to end and ease restrictions in my state.
I woke from surgery and the pain was gone. I stood upright and walked. I was able to look my wife in the eyes as I stood there for the first time in months. I was able to look at her without worrying about finding something to grab onto as I walked all hunched and crooked. The moans I made with every step I took were gone.
Later when I got home I was able to hug my daughter. She ran off trying to hide her tears but I knew they were there by the look on my wife's face.
Pain is probably one of, if not the biggest motivators in life that I can think of. We spend so much of our lives trying to avoid it. The other big motivator is pleasure. We spend the rest of our time trying to find and embrace it. I had a lot of time to think about it. Are we really that transparent, that black and white in our struggle through life? Maybe we are, or maybe there's more. I do know that the pain we suffer in life adds to our perspective and that freedom from the pain and struggles in our life opens our ability to create. Creation of art in itself can be a release from those pains as we gain insight into our souls and lives.
I am so excited to be able to sit at a table while eating. To be able to play my guitar while sitting versus while laying on my back. To be able to walk my dog.
To be able to walk hand in hand with my wife. in short to be able to resume the life I've come to love.
And I must admit that a big part of that life is writing music. I am so excited about what is to come.
I am about two weeks away from returning to the studio to finish the project I was working on before my injurry.
While I had all that time to think I wrote some new songs which I think will become a concept album.
I am so excited to get them recorded and hear what a full band will add to my lone guitar and voice that the suspense is killing me. I am so tempted to post a song or two from the batch I finished, but they are still in the rough mix stage. Ok truth is I'm feeling so good I will let you hear the new recording of Devil's Jamboree. It still needs to be mastered before I put it up for sale, but I think you will enjoy this version. It's a fun song to listen to.
As alway Believe in love, if you follow the path of love you will find the road to happiness. beware the path of hate for you will find you dwell in the house of misery.
I am back after a long absence with a new song called Blood in my Coffee. This song came to me in a dream. I awoke with the words and music running through my head at about 3 in the morning. I didn't want to lose what I was hearing so I scrambled around my darkened bedroom and located a pen and a paper. I also didn't want to wake my wife so I darted into the bathroom, closed the door, and turned on the light.
I then wrote down the words as you hear them in about 5 minutes and crawled back into bed.
The following morning I picked up my guitar and began to play and sing the words. It almost felt uncanny as every chord I played fit and flowed effortlessly with the words. I literally spent as long as it takes to play the song to write down the chords.
Sometimes it's just that easy, almost like I channeled it.
I didn't even give thought to what the song was about.
I can tell you that I've had a lot of rough times, but I always try to stay optimistic. Here I am singing about how hard life is, and yet the bridge talks about not giving up and to keep looking ahead. I think that's the secret of how to get through life. Never give up. keep the faith, and always look to tomorrow, because the sun will rise again and shed light on the darkness. This song is now available on
I tunes and apple store
Deezer, Napster and medianet
I think you will enjoy what I've done with this song.
Please share the links and spend the $0.99 to purchase it.
I am working on an album and each song is sounding better than the last one. So far I have finished 6 songs and I think you will really enjoy what I have been doing.
Some songs like "I Remember You" and "Better Left Unsaid" have been rerecorded with a full band. I've also wrote some new ones and pulled a few out of my library.
With luck I'll have a full album for you by years end.
Till next time
Believe in love
2 years ago
When it comes to finding a place in the world I think my father put me on the path I'm on more than any other person I have ever met. Ours was a strange relationship in so many ways.
I can say without a doubt that he spent more time with me than anyone in his life, and spent hours and hours teaching me everything he knew, and I spent hours and hours trying to prove myself to him. However I always felt like I fell short of his expectations in part because he rarely if ever paid anyone a compliment myself included.
My dreams were foolish and a waste of time in his opinion and he saw little value in my talents or abilities and constantly pushed me towards what he felt was a better way to survive in this world, and yet he relied on my talents and abilities constantly to help him survive when he saw they could make him money.
I made many sacrifices to keep a roof over his head with each one pushing me further and further from my dreams until he died. In the process I learned how to do a great many things above and beyond anything I ever dreamed off and have a wealth of talents and skills beyond what I ever could have learned without his guidance.
I chose family over dreams no matter how painful the choice was time and time again. I was hurt and I was loved, and learned that that is what living life is all about.
Today's song is called "I Remember You" It is about that relationship, sometimes dark, sometimes on edge, and sometimes a comfortable soothing flow of memories
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