I met Bob Crelin serendipitously at the James Velvet Memorial concert last summer (2015). James was a long-time friend of mine, so it caught my eye when a guy was walking around after the concert with VERY COOL POSTERS in his hand that were graphic renditions of James himself. I wanted one of those posters really bad. As in, I HAD to have one! My hipness factor would increase exponentially by the pure possession of it, and life could not go on without it. I sidled up next to Bob and just blurted out, “How do I get one of THOSE?!” Maybe I thought to introduce myself after that, I don’t even remember. After he explained that he had designed them, he was very gracious to explain that he had only printed a limited number, and, he was very sorry, but he had already planned the recipients. I was so sad, but I told him I completely understood. Was there any way I could buy a special print? Bob was non-committal. Fortunately, I hung around for another while blabbing with other people before I left because he caught up with me in the parking lot to give me the last copy. OMG! YAY!! Someone had left early, I guess. Lucky me!!
I only have this thumbnail to show you, so you’ll have to come to my studio to see the full-size version:
Meanwhile, the point of this blog post is SUPPOSED to be telling you about Bob’s release of his new original “Breakin’ Her Heart Drive.” Visit his website to check it out!
I find it very difficult to find locally produced music that has all of the following ingredients:
- Well-written lyrics
- A message you can relate to
- Good vocals
- Good production
- Something I want to listen to more than once
Bob’s song has all of these ingredients, so I just had to share.
You can find out all kinds of other cool things about Bob by visiting his website: BobCrelinDesign.com. He designed award-winning products for MI brands including Takamine, Gretsch, Gibraltar Hardware, and Ovation. Oh, my goodness! I mean, I guess someone has to design drum hardware, but do you KNOW anyone who actually DOES that?! Ha ha! I do now, and the photo on his homepage of the Gretsch set is to die for.
Photography by Crelin Design