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The Firebard (2014)
The debut rock album that started it all! Ten original songs with intricate riffing and catchy melodies. Re-recorded and released 10 ten years later.

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Now Weaponized! (2013)
A digital-only release of twelve instrumental rock/metal songs, from elegant to moshing, intricate to straight-up metal.

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Serenade of Strings (2010)
Seventeen driving or laid-back instrumentals for acoustic guitar, classical guitar, bass, drums, and percussion.

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The Lost Art (2010)
Eighteen classical guitar pieces, including Bach, Villa-Lobos, and Tarrega, recorded before tendonitis took away this playing forever.

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid (2007)
Ten driving, instrumental rock songs for guitar, bass, and drums, with melodic riffs and catchy melodies. Jeff Moos and Dave DeMarco join me on drums and bass.

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The Firebard Re-Released!
June 2014

THE FIREBARD has been released and can be purchased in digital form right here at www.randyellefson.com!  There's a new press release about it here, too.

I highly recommend fans of the original check it out.  You can steam fours songs in the music player and download 1-3 depending on whether or not you ...

Original Firebard Gone Soon
June 2014

With the re-releases of THE FIREBARD coming June 29, 2014, the original release has been scheduled for deactivation. This means that all retailers carrying it will no longer be doing so by then, so if you want to pick up a copy, now is the time to do it.  It will become a collector's edition after this, basically.

Details on the new version will be comign soon!  The exist...

The Firebard Videos Delayed
May 2014

Due to technical difficulties, the videos for THE FIREBARD re-release has been delayed until July.  The room where footage is filmed was recently flooded and the repair work is ongoing.  Everything but the leads were already filmed last fall.  "Still at Large" is intended to be the first one out.

In the meantime, I'll have another video for NOW WEAPONIZED! ...

Writers of the Future Award #2
May 2014

Another story from The Tales has received an Honorable Mention in the presitgious Writers of the Future contest.  Check out my nifty certificate. This means that it was close to being a winning entry in the biggest SciFi...

Fantasy Movie Fights are Absurd
May 19, 2014

If you've seen any SciFi or fantasy films over the last 20 years, you know the fight scenes are ridiculous and unbelievable.  When did it become okay for archers to make impossible shots time after time, sometimes with two arrows fired from the same bow at once (Legolas in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings)?  When did it become okay for characters to routinely do a...

Problem with "The Hobbit" Films
May 12, 2014

I just saw the second installment of "The Hobbit" movies, "The Desolation of Smaug", and thought it suffered from the same problem as the original, which is no real surprise as they were filmed at the same time.

I don't care about the charact...

When Musicians Aren't Paid
April 20, 2014

Sometimes musicians are asked to perform without being paid, whether live or on an album.  The request can come from a venue, other bands, or musicians, and can stipulate (or not) what they get instead. I can't address every situation here but can give some perspective on what is okay and not okay to say and do.

Writers Block vs. Idea Block
March 24, 2014

Most authors have "writer's block" at some point, but I suspect we're often suffering from something I call "idea block".  The definition of writer's block is "the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing."  But I think that raises two separate issues:

  1. Not knowing what you want to writ...