"Hey, Don!" and Oshkosh 2007 Wrap-Up

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We’re back from AirVenture Oshkosh 2007 and beginning the decompression process. For this episode, I’m hauling out a song I recorded about my first solo a few months after it happened.

Many of you have heard the podcast episode about my first solo (the show notes for which are here), but there’s a funny side, too. I loaded all of the angst and energy into a song called First Solo and recorded it and gave a copy to Don Fuller, the CFI who soloed me. I don’t know why it hasn’t occurred to me before now to include the song in an episode of the podcast, but I thought about it on the drive home and decided to do it.

It’s way too long, contains too many details, and isn’t the best sound-engineering job I’ve ever done (I did all of the engineering in addition to performing all of the instrumental parts and all of the vocals except for two of the radio voices without much help in setting the levels, etc.) but it’s a fun tune and you guys might appreciate it. So I post it now for what it’s worth.

Thanks to John Crowe and Doug Parker for playing the parts of YIP tower and Don Fuller respectively.

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  1. jackhodgson says:

    Steve, thanks for the shout-out in this episode. No sweat on the confusion. I really don’t mind Jeb getting credit for things I say, as long as I don’t get blamed for things he says.

    – Jack Hodgson, Uncontrolled Airspace Podcast

    PS. The song is awesome!

  2. very nice Steve.

    Tony Condon

  3. Parrothead Jeff says:

    I found this through CAP Blog and I absolutely LOVE IT!!! I’m an aviation nut myself and one of these days I swear I’ll save up enough for a pilot’s license.

    Now I’ve got something else to add to my list of aviation music along with Dos Gringos!

    Thanks for sharing!

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