Beginning of the Day
Beginning Of The Day (Jim Dexter and Rich Stein) is the debut recording of an acoustic guitar duo that blends a lifetime of folk, rock and new age influences through a common lens to produce a sound that is fresh, unique and engaging. Much of the CD is improvised, owing to Jim and Rich's nearly telepathic ability to compliment each other's playing style. Overdubs are used sparingly to round out the compositional elements of the pieces. Though the occasional electric guitar finds it's way into the recorded mix, Beginning Of The Day is first and foremost an effort by two talented and versatile musicians who share a passion for the acoustic guitar. Though they met in 1997, Jim and Rich could have just as easily been lifelong friends, judging from their uncannily similar childhood record collections, toy boxes and favorite TV shows. Jim's Long Island upbringing and Rich's Michigan/Missouri history share far more commonalities than differences. Graduating high school in 1980, both players explored the wide variety of new sounds available to electric guitarists of the era while keeping their love for the acoustic instrument alive. By the time they met, both Jim and Rich had placed the bulk of their creative energies in the acoustic guitar and it's sonic possibilities as a solo instrument. Over the past dozen years Jim and Rich have performed alongside one another in bands, shared gigs as soloists and appeared on recordings by fellow Long Island artists. Jim's band The Road Home and Rich's Counterclockwise Ensemble provide both guitarists the opportunity to delve thoroughly into their highly skilled compositional interests; Beginning Of The Day'as a project name and CD exists with the opposite in mind, a sonic space both musicians can enter with limited preconceptions and 'roadmapping.' The songs on the CD took shape in the studio, as one idea gave birth to the next. The result is a recording that sounds fresh and spontaneous. Both artists wish it known that no penguins were actually harmed in the making of Beginning Of The Day.