Music & Stories
Salty Rose is a singer & songwriter. And the blogger, vlogger, photographer, and storyteller, for Two Kinds Of Light. His studio music recording project. Based in Ventura, California.
Two Kinds Of Light. Music that tells a story. Stories about the music.
Salty Rose here. Sidelined by cancer treatment, during 2012 thru 2014, I started making slideshow video's for my original songs and started my own YouTube Channel. Having always been quietly involved in creative projects, this was the public debut, of my original creative work.
Fast Forward to 2019, I released the album 'I Can Shine', as Two Kinds Of Light. That led to the creation of this website, twokindsoflight.com. Here I started writing the Salty Blog to help present my music, stories, and videos. "Plowing-Forward" is the method employed in writing these stories. They seem to fit in here because I believe these stories are in every note of music I play.
In 2020, I released the archival album of some of my earlier works as The Tape Recordings. The early days of the pandemic made spending time in the studio impractical. So I decided to revive these old recordings and release them. Work does continue on some new singles as well. Currently live shows are scarce or even non-existent. So for now the current efforts go into the singles, the website, and the Youtube Channel.
On the YouTube Channel I have the Salty Vlog video series. Where I explore new ways to supplement the music and stories during this interesting time. If you like motorcycles, war-stories, rock n roll, guitars, the 1970's, and that kind of stuff... If my vibe fits your tribe, then join me there... After you get done here!
So that's the story the way it looks today. But what would a Bio be, without a little History...
Now, before all this happened most of my lifelong music career was as a dive-bar, guitar-slinger. I got my first guitar at the age of eight. By the age of eighteen I was honing my chops in garages, at parties, and sometimes in smoke filled bars at night. My exploits on the guitar, punctuate a life spent carving out a living, as a builder and a citizen-soldier. I've survived the job-sites, the dive-bars, the battlefield, and cancer. Now I devote my energy to telling these stories and singing these songs.
Highlights of my musical career as a guitarist/sideman, include stints with these Ventura, CA, bands: Whiskey Glass Eye, D.on Darox & the Melody Joy Bakers, Jodi Farrell & The Front Street Prophets, Skarecrow & The Graverobbers, and The Pretty Ugly's. Most of my gigs were in town, but I'm grateful for a little bit of time spent on the road with D.on Darox. Huge thanks to all these bands, and more, for the opportunities they gave me to play music with them. All these musicians have been a wonderful influence on Two Kinds Of Light's music.
Special thanks goes to Recording Engineer/Drummer Terry Watkin for his work on the 2019 album 'I Can Shine'. Especially for lending his engineering expertise, and his ears. Two Kinds Of Light would not have taken the form it has, without him.
I also want to mention, and thank, some folks who helped me with these songs along the way- Tony Marinelli, Tom Kelly, Greg Martin, Tex Burbank, Yolanda Bluegrass, Kevin Navis, and Lacey Watkin.
Two Kinds Of Light. Tinged by love. Singed by war. Informed by years of playing the dives.
Let's Ride. Let's Rock.
Salty Rose. 2020