TWENTY ELEVEN © 2011
Around July of 2010, I began writing and recording the songs on this CD with the thought that if I set myself to the task, I could maybe complete 12 songs by June of 2011. Iíve heard of song writers who write one song a day. Well, Iím not one of them, but if I decide to write, the songs come to me. It seems that the whole process from writing to recording takes me an average of three weeks per song. Most of the songs on this album are new compositions, others, Iíve been carrying around for a while. All have been recently recorded for this CD. I consider the guitar arrangement to be a vital part of the song and spend as much time as needed to come up with the guitar arrangement. The guitar part doesnít have to be difficult or intricate, it does however have to complement the song. Ideally the vocal and guitar should weave comfortably together. SoÖ hereís my tenth CD, titled the year of its release, TWENTY ELEVEN. Included on the CD is a ďBandĒ version of LAZY WATERS.

 

THIS AND THAT © 2009
At my gigs it's common to hear "Oh! I see that among your CDs you have two instrumental albums and two albums of just you, singing and playing your guitar. Do you have any CDs of just you with instrumental songs and songs you sing? DO YOU?" "Sorry. I don't." "Well. You should record one.  "After hearing those words too many, many times, I decided it was time to do just that. So in response I give you "this", six Instrumentals "and that "six vocal songs, all performed solo---in other words, no band, just me.

 

ECLECTIC TREEHOUSE © 2007
"Eclectic Treehouse" is the long overdue follow up to "Velvet Hand". It began as archive recordings of instrumentals. Some of the compositions were not intended to be performed live, and so were recorded to preserve them. That process began a few years ago. I began seeing this collection of instrumentals as a 12 song CD after I began experimenting with DADGAD tuning.

 

SONGS OF BOB RAFKIN © 2006
This CD, Songs Of Bob Rafkin is a collection of the songs I perform in concert. I originally conceived this project as a compilation CD, containing those "concert" songs using the versions from my previous CDs. Since I was putting together a collection of songs I perform live, I decided not to use the band versions.  I re-recorded solo renditions, vocal and guitar. Some of these renditions reflect a musical and lyrical evolution of the songs.

 

ONE MAN BAND © 2003
Iíve titled this collection of songs "One Man Band". I think this is appropriate because the CD is me, singing and playing the guitar. Thatís it, no other instruments or background vocals. Itís kind of a return to the folk albums I listened to when I first started out playing acoustic music. Those old classic vinyl records are what inspired me to do what I do, and what I do is perform my music "solo", by myself, a "one man band".

 

SIX STRING CHRISTMAS © 2001
Here is a collection of favorite classical and traditional Christmas songs. These beautiful compositions celebrate the faith inspired, creative human potential.


 

THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN © 2001
With the completion of each CD, the Circus Is In Town being my fourth, I feel a great sense of satisfaction but I am also left with somewhat of a vacuum. I began this project well over a year ago and as with the other CDs, creating and working on "Circus" has been accompanied by and maybe the catalyst for so many personal changes.

 

VELVET HAND © 1998
I'm not quite sure where the idea came from to record a collection of instrumentals. My wife Kasha had something to do with it, because from her talking about it, I seriously thought about it, which lead to recording it.  As for the compositions, each arrived in its own way. A few were born performance ready, others were slow to take shape.

 

OUT OF JERICHO © 1996
When this record began in February of 1995, my wife, Kasha, was pregnant with our daughter, Shelby Layne. Tonight, a year and a half later, I write liner notes for the completed project, and glance at my proud smiling daughter, running wobbly-legged across the living room. It's late, way past her bed time.

 

DOWN THIS ROAD © 1993
Two years ago I moved from L.A. where I had lived for 23 years. I never thought I would remain there for so long, in a city that never quite felt like home, though at the time it seemed to be the only place for a musician to live. And yet the creative flow didn't kick in until I left L.A. and moved to Florida.

© 2002 - BOB RAFKIN.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED