Raymond Tutaj Jr.

Raymond Tutaj Jr.

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Solo guitarist with fingerpicking styles of Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke and various acoustic-rock artist such as Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, Kansas, Paul Simon, Jim Groce, etc.

Biography

Having studied Classical guitar for many years, I have a firm foundation of fingerpicking. Later I discovered the genius of Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, and Jerry Reed. This style I coupled together into all my previous studies through the years. Including rock artists such as Paul Simon, Jim Groce, Led Zepplin, Fleetwood Mac and Kansas to name only a few. I like to arrange tunes by adapting an energetic fingerpicking technique.
What makes me different, I would say is my own style merges from the melting pot of so many other styles. I think that is how we become different. My voice, my touch, my tone, my demeanor and my original compositions reveal something new.
My earliest childhood memories involve music, from singing on the swing set as the happiest little boy in the Illinois, to watching my Dad's band perform on weekends. When I was ten I got a guitar and I have not put it down since. In Highschool we formed rock bands, learned the hits, played gigs. I began fingerpicking about the age of 15.
Our family moved to Las Vegas in 1981 and I again became involved in bands but also began a serious study of fingerstyle technique. Enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas I studied music theory and composition among other related subjects. I was performing both as a soloist and was also in a rock band. Many shows, both solo and with the band, radio spots, TV, hotel and casino gigs toward the end of my stay in Vegas.
I was then homeward bound, back to Illinois in 1997, jumping with a leap of faith into small town America again. It allowed me to focus and a great number of projects, mainly writing my Guitar Journey teaching method and songwriting.
Being a history buff and model builder too, I built two large permanent displays for museums. This was a hobby for me which really gobbled up a great deal of time. It is a whole different story.
My musical life today involves performing solo gigs, teaching guitar, and distributing my Guitar Journey Books. My latest music project is, "Take a Bite out of Life", a collection of songs in the works for over three years. An output I am very proud of and am joined by my brother kevin on drums. I forgot to mention he was in a few of the bands I was also in back in vegas. We have alot in common, we both live and breathe music and we both have a eye disease called retinitis Pigmentosia. It really limited our vision, and that is an understatement.
But I am so happy to have created this new CD with him. It started out as an acoustic solo endeavor but turned into a great big sound! I play all the instruments except for drums. Well, that brings us up to date!

Lyrics

Take A Bite Out Of Life

Written By: Raymond Tutaj Jr.

Take a drink, take a drink of life,
Take a bite take a bite out of life,
It’s alright, it’s alright to take it all in
Everyday, like today, you got to make a way to smile

Take a walk, take a walk outside
Take a ride take a ride inside,
Of your heart, that’s where you start to be free
See the Son shining on in the sky of your mind

I don’t know where my life is going
But I’ll take those changes one by one as they come
And when I’m said and done I want to say I had some fun
Say I had some fun

Solo

Take a drink, take a drink of life,
Take a bite take a bite out of life,
It’s alright, it’s alright to take it all in
Everyday, like today, you got to make a way to smile

Message For God

Written By: Raymond Tutaj Jr.

I gotta message for God
I gotta message for God
It seems we all want to know
Tell us why, tell us why, oh why?

Why is there such tragedy?
Oh won’t you help us to see?
Help us please understand
All the pain, all the hurt in your plan

when disaster has come,
There’s tragedy all around
When something’s got to be done
Please don’t run, please don’t leave us alone on our own

I gotta message for God
I gotta message for God
It seems we all want to know
Tell us why, tell us why, oh why?

I gotta message for God
I gotta message for God
It seems we all want to know
Tell us why, tell us why, oh why?

Why is there such tragedy?
Oh won’t you help us to see?
Help us please understand
All the pain, all the hurt in your plan

when disaster has come,
There’s tragedy all around
When something’s got to be done
Please don’t run, please don’t leave us alone on our own

I gotta message for God
I gotta message for God
It seems we all want to know
Tell us why, tell us why, oh why?

They say you got the world in your hand
They say you spin it at your command
So can you hear the voice of the people singing
Oh dear Lord Can’t you see us crying?
SOLO with A section

when misfortune has come
There’s misery all around
So many lives are cut down
It’s so sad, it’s so bad, could you please lend a hand?

I gotta message for God
I gotta message for God
It seems we all want to know
Tell us why, tell us why oh why?
Tell us why, tell us why oh why?
People cry and they cry oh why?

Paper Hat Soldier

Written By: Poem by my Grandma Ruby Smith

Paper-Hat Soldier

He was my paper-hat soldier
With toy gun on his shoulder,
Marching off to war,
Those dreams in his eyes
Were never denied
on the playroom floor

He laughed and he cried
And sometimes he sighed,
Never to know retreat;
With a victory command
From the battle-land,
Trample of little feet.

One morning at dawn
A train he got on
In uniform so neat;
With his head held high
He bid a good-bye,
My soldier of no-retreat.

Deep in my heart
I knew we must part,
I saw, not a boy, a man;
His eyes held no dreams,
Just a mission it seemed,
To help guard a foreign land.

Best, life goes on
With no magic wand
Or to it I would implore.
Give back my soldier
My paper-hat soldier
For the empty playroom floor.

Discography

"Take a Bite Out of Life" is newly released. I am hoping to get the songs out to the world via radio, internet and live gigs. I need to do this. I believe I have a handful of potential hit songs on this recording. For example "Paper Hat Soldier" is a song every parent of military personnel will want to hear. The song "Bungled Bank Robbery" I am glad to say has achieved radio airplay. I am trying to pursue all avenues to promote my music.

Now there are other CD recordings I have done and they are: Music by the Masters, which is a number of classical guitar pieces.

Cherry Sunset: Songs and compositions inspired by the 1909 Cherry Coal Mine Disaster which took 259 lives.

Spirit of Guitar: Fingerpicking on Nylon-string guitar many of my own compositions along with some by Chet Atkins and jerry Reed.

Set List

I do solo gigs lasting anywhere between one to three hours. Each set is about an hour to hour and a half. It really depends on the gig as to what type of set list I would prepare. But below is a "rough" list of tunes I may choose from:

Happy Again
Take a Bite Out of Life
Getting’ Goin Blues
Pretty Picture
Hey Mr. Bad Guy
Secret Forest
Petite Waltz
Recuerdos Alahambra
Estudio 12
The Entertainer
Black Bird
Yesterday
Fifty Ways to Leave you Lover
Sea of Love
House of the Rising Sun
Here Comes the Son
Wonderful World
The Claw
All Thumbs
LandSlide
Civil War Theme
Unforgettable
Amazing Grace
Gracie
Tzena Tzena
Young Thing
May Day, May Day
Leaves of Fall
Struttin
When the Saints Go Marching In
Windy and Warm
Prelude in Dm Divesee
Bungled Bank robbery
Scarborough Fair
Power of the Blood
Prelude in D
Trapped
Afro Cuban Lullaby
A Blur of Blues in D
Torija
Give a Little Love
Pavane Por Poncho
Maxixe
Hello again Blue Sky
Pink Panther Theme
Cruisin’