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Memphis International Rockabilly Festival

I was born in MEMPHIS just a few blocks from a little recording studio owned by Sam Phillips. About 6 weeks later a 19 year old Elvis Presley would record THAT'S ALRIGHT MAMA in this studio and the world would never be the same. Over the next couple of years artists like Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis took this "Rockabilly" music all over the Southland and beyond. So I was thrilled  to be asked to provide the voice-over and production for the: 1st Annual MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY FESTIVAL.

Keith Cadwallader at Lenz Crack Productions did a great job with animating the video.


God Bless America TV AD

Ok, so its a week late. But considering my posting history... better late than.... I am grateful for founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams... and even Alexander Hamilton. And I am grateful to live in a country where more than one point of view is allowed. And for those who think that theirs is the only acceptable POV, I'm sure the Bolshevists  thought similarly about theirs. As my Nanny used to say, "there's two sides to every pie crust".

Be well, do good work and may...God Bless America!


Give to the Kids at St. Jude

http://heroes.stjude.org/VoxRick

So, it is official. I won’t be able to run the St. Jude Half Marathon that I had been training for all summer. My physical therapist says my knee injury is not healed yet. I know that injuries are part and parcel with most athletic sports, especially for those of “a certain age”, but dang! Molly_StJude

This makes the second St. Jude event that I have not been able to take part in. Last year’s marathon was canceled at the 11th hour due to icy streets.

Then I am reminded of why I was participating in the 1st place, to raise much needed funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that is making a life or death difference in so many kid’s lives.

While our family has not needed the services of St. Jude, we do know the importance of having specialized treatment available for childhood diseases. My sweet grand baby, Molly, was born with a vascular condition that is being treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Every good marketer knows that your message should have a Call To Action – so CLICK THE LINK, and, as Marlo Thomas says, “Give thanks for the healthy kids in your life and give to those who are not.”

http://heroes.stjude.org/VoxRick 

You are awesome! Thanks!

 

St. Jude Memphis Marathon

Tyler_Alyssa_StJude They say that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It appears that in my steps towards this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon event… I have stumbled.

You may recall that last year’s Marathon was canceled due to icy roads, bridges and overpasses. Some of us went ahead and ran the course anyway. And like the old Elvis songs says, “I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell”! But all was not lost. Collectively the event raised over $ 8 Million for the children at St. Jude.

So this year, as soon as the cold weather abated, I laced up my Brooks and hit the asphalt again. By August I was running about 3 miles every couple of days and I had actually shaved 2 minutes off my average mile from last year. So I guess I was feeling pretty jiggy when the 1st St. Jude group training event rolled around. That is when I forgot to heed the cautionary words of Coach Kevin, “run your own race at your own pace.”

That’s right. I thought I could keep up with the faster kids in the class, and I did… sort of… until about mile #3 of our 4 mile outing. That’s when something in my left knee decided the gig was up! OUCH!!

Since then I’ve been applying ice, bandaging, cold laser treatments and getting chiropractic adjustments. But my running has been reduced to walking. I confess I’ve been a bit whiney but then I think about the kids who have a real fight on their hands, the kids at St. Jude. It’s hard to imagine having to endure surgery, chemo and radiation therapy, while other kids are just being kids.

So we run the race. (Some of us will walk) We remind folks that we are fortunate to have a place like St. Jude to turn to when our kids are sick and we are scared.

Thanks for helping keep St. Jude a happy refuge for families who have children fighting cancer..

Be well,

Rick

Seen on CBS This Morning

I had a happy experience this AM watching Charlie Rose & Gayle King. I saw an ad that I recently voiced as a sponsor of CBS This Morning. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ricktarrant/RPPSNNVerilastHipDF30YEARSTake4.mp4 *

While watching the same program I was then saddened to learn that VO great Hal Douglas had passed away.


My Thanksgiving List

I am thankful that I was born in America. (Being born in Tennessee was an added bonus.) I am grateful to live, work, play and worship in the U.S.A. I read today of the killing of my brothers and sisters in Christ that is going on in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other Islamic states. We’re not talking about centuries old martyrdom here. This is happening right now. I can hardly fathom what that must be like. So I pray for them while I thank God that I live here. VEgan-thanksgiving-624x624I am so grateful to be a grandfather. I have two grandsons plus Miss Molly. My little Molly loves me in a way that I cannot explain. When she runs towards me with her arms open wide and throws those arms around my neck and says, “awwwwww”. It feels like she is saying, “I love you so much and I think you’re the greatest Pops alive.” I’m not sure how long I can keep her bamboozled this way, but I’m working it as long as I can.

As I write this list, I hear a jet plane flying overhead and it reminds me of how thankful I am that I don’t have to travel during the holidays. Our kids and their kids live within 4 miles of our house. I’m not bragging because I know how quickly that can change. But in this post 9-11 world where travel is often a less than positive experience I’m grateful that “over the river and through the woods” is but a hop, skip and a jump this year.

I am grateful to have two legs that work and that I am able to run in my first half-marathon event. I am glad to play a very small role in this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon. I am also thankful that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is here and that our children have not needed their fine services.

I am grateful that, at the age of 15, I walked into a small town radio station and found my calling in life. For several years I roamed “town to town, up and down the dial” until I found my place in a recording studio. Then I found my calling again creating radio imaging, concert promos and syndicated radio shows. I even got to play “All Elvis All The Time” for a season. Today, as a freelance voice talent, even when I don’t have a paying gig I can narrate THE CAT IN THE HAT for my children’s children. How great is that?!

P.S. I’ve been told that listing family, friends and good health should “go without saying” but I will say it- for without the love of my wife and family, my friends ( you know who you are) and my health… this life would be like George Bailey's when he'd never been born. I am blessed.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Rick Tarrant Memphis, TN

Running For A Reason - Giving Voice To St. Jude Kids

stjude http://heroes.stjude.org/voxrick

This year I am doing something I have never done before.

I signed up to run in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon. Actually I signed up for the half-marathon. Maybe next year I can do the full enchilada.

I have been a supporter of St. Jude since I first moved to Memphis back in 1976. Only recently, however, have I made a monthly commitment. And only NOW have I endeavored to raise money for this wonderful work that Danny Thomas started in 1962.

In the years since St. Jude opened its doors we have seen some amazing progress in the fight against childhood cancers. St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates from less than 20 percent then to 80 percent today!!!

I hope you will consider clicking the link and making a gift to the kids of St. Jude. It costs nearly $2 million a day to run this life saving hospital and every gift is appreciated.

http://heroes.stjude.org/voxrick

Please feel free to pass this link along to others that you think might care.

Blessings,

 Rick Tarrant

Memphis, TN

 

ISDN Voiceover Session At Ardent Studios MEmphis

Most of my work through the years has been recorded in my home studio. Which is great until I need to connect with another studio via ISDN. That's what happened last week when  New York called to book a session. I suggested MEmphis' ARDENT STUDIOS because all of their studios have ISDN. Some amazing artists have recorded at ARDENT from B.B. King to Z.Z. Top. (Some of my faves would be James Taylor, Bob Dylan and  Led Zeppelin) So it was a thrill to breath some of that BIG STAR air in the vocal booth.

If you need an ISDN equipped facility in MEmphis give ARDENT a call. Booking manager Dan Russo can hook you up.

Rick Tarrant At MEmphis Ardent Studios

So why the picture of the old school recorder? When I was production director at WDIA (America's 1st all-black programmed radio station) that MCI 2 track was my daily work horse. I don't have room for one in my studio now but it's good to know that there is still one not far from me at Ardent.

The next time I'm over there I'll snap some shots of the Scully 4 track that I first learned how to produce on.