“Several months ago, I was told by my band mate Amar Sastry that our group, The Rhythm Method, might be eligible to receive free studio time through Concordia University.  Needless to say, I was very excited about this prospect and for the next few months I can honestly say that the upcoming studio time was never far from my thoughts. My girlfriend would tell you that my excitement bordered on obsession. Indeed, as anyone in a band can tell you, going into the studio for the first time is something that every band looks forward and doesn't take lightly.  As the time approached, our band prepared with a great deal of intensity. We knew that for us to record our goal of three songs in 8 hours of recording time that we had to be ready. In the days leading up to the recording session, we were worn from rehearsing but excited with anticipation for what would be for most of us our first time working in a professional studio.  However tired we may have been from rehearsing, nothing could have prepared us for our first day at the studio. It wasn't long before we all realized that our goal of three songs was very ambitious, and despite our extreme preparedness, it was going to be very tough day.  Happily, with the exception of a few overdubs left to do and the vocal track for one of our songs (Sally,) we had completed the three songs. By the end of the day, we were all so exhausted that we had to scrap our initial plan of beer and cigars in favour of shower and bed.  The next day was mostly dedicated to mixing the tracks. Here again I had underestimated what a large and important job this was, and once again we found that we had to work fast and efficiently with the eight hours we had. By the end of the day, we were again exhausted, but were very happy with the tracks and all felt that sense of accomplishment you get you are able to stop and reflect on a job well done.

As I was growing up, I noticed with increasing frequency that while the traditional school subjects like Math and History remained fixtures, subjects like Drama, Art, and Music, the "Arts," were relegated to a field of lesser importance in our school system.  I vividly remember with a great deal of resentment being forced to choose between Art class and the school band, even though at the time I loved drawing and music equally. Ultimately, I chose to pursue drawing on my own and play with the school band. Throughout my entire scholastic career, I never had the privilege of taking a drama or art class because I never had the option of taking more than one arts class at a time, and as I grew as a musician, dropping the school band was never a realistic option. And though I don't blame it entirely on the school, my skill as an artist remained stagnant and undeveloped and I gradually lost interest in drawing.  Our school system's archaic preoccupation with traditional methods of education is extremely unfortunate and hypocritical, particularly in a country like Canada that considers itself an artistic centre and producer of world class artists and art. Though this may sound like an exaggeration, who knows how many Mozarts, Matisses, or DeNiros now lead lives as insurance salesman or flight attendants, unaware of the immense talents within that our great Canadian education system failed to help them discover and cultivate?  This is why I am both surprised and delighted when sponsored opportunities like the one we received come along. Though our band had long discussed going into a studio to make a demo, there is no telling how long it would have taken us to put together enough money to make our goal a reality. 

 It is difficult to exaggerate how important a demo is for a band that is just starting out. After playing your first show, making a demo is the next major step for any group looking to play professionally. Every member of The Rhythm Method is eternally grateful not only for the invaluable experience of recording in a professional studio, but for the final product of our studio session, a demo which we will use to expand our reputation and gain access to more prestigious shows and venues. Moreover, I feel that the collective final product of this endeavour reflects extremely well on everyone involved, revealing extraordinary organizational ability, impressive musical talent, and most importantly, a passion for music that lets everyone know that cultivating the arts is as important to us as anything else. I am very thankful for the opportunity we received and I hope that others in the future can enjoy the same privilege that our band has enjoyed,
thank you very much.”
Mick Mendelsohn
Rhythm Guitarist and Singer, The Rhythm Method