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Saturday, September 28, 2002

Dear friends and family of the Rancho -

Too many times to count, in this past summer since
becoming part of everything, Fred’s spirit could be
felt smiling over his beloved home and studio.

Fred had instructed our friend Adriene to give us a
gentle kick if we doubted whether we could hang in
there with the studio. At first it seemed pretty
daunting to continue there without him, to say the
least, but as Elia said, it seemed more organic to
continue than to see it end.

Fred had to be smiling when people started calling,
booking time. Beatle Fred had to love that the first
finished track was Chris Goss doing a George Harrison
song for an upcoming tribute album. When two cool
young guys (Skeletor) drove all the way from
Windsor, Canada to record and decided to volunteer some
time doing work around the ranch. When a couple drove
out from Las Vegas to check out the studio and wound
up having a sunset ride on Nicky and Kashmir. Johnny
Garcia (Uneeda, Kyuss) coming up to do a session with
Billy engineering. Stumblejunkies coming up to record.
Dave on the road with the earthlings? and Tony out
with Bingo, spreading the word about the Rancho. Elia
bringing musicians from Cuba. Victoria and Mark
talking about the Rancho from the stage somewhere in
New Mexico. Chris returning to the Rancho for sessions
with Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole.)

He must have enjoyed the Desert Post Weekly running
the headline “Ode to the Musical Mayor of Joshua Tree”
over a photo of Hillary Clinton on its cover. And
Jay Babcock’s LA Weekly cover story/interview with
Queens of the Stone Age, Josh describing a place with
“amazing stuff Fred had bought at swap meets, and
filled with old keyboards and organs and little amps.
Little lights everywhere,” Brant remembering that
“Dave Catching would be in there cookin' up an insane
meal, you'd smell garlic and herbs and spices, and
you're sittin' there in the next room tracking drums
and the bass. Fire pit out front, a hot tub up to the
left, a huge view where you could see for miles.”

Paul Solger, talking about the recording of Mark
Lanegan’s album, “Scraps at Midnight.” “Like no other
project I've done…So relaxed and unstructured… this
incredibly beautiful album came out of it," Solger
said. "I'm sure the studio and where it was had
something to do with it ... It was up in Joshua Tree,
California, and in a house, so the atmosphere was
great compared to a regular studio."

The magic of the place and the great analog sound (we
recently had both the Soundcraft board and Fostex
machine fully refurbished) are being experienced anew
in a way that would make Fred very happy.

We wanted to remind everybody that our summer discount
rate - $250 per day INCLUDING ENGINEER - is good for
sessions scheduled before January 31, 2003, as long
as you book time by September 30, 2002 (we need a 50%
deposit to confirm). Please email us by Sunday if
you’d like to reserve time. We’ll return calls early
next week.

We hope you have a great end of the year and that part
of it can be spent making music up at the Rancho. We
think Fred likes the way things are going. Many thanks
to everyone involved.

Happy Trails.

The folks at the Rancho
www.ranchodelaluna.com

P.S. For the perfect review of Fred's "Twice Shy"
album, look for www.stonerrockchick.com. It's
got almost as many goosebumps in it as the disc
itself!


"We started with blank tape and now there's a song."
-- Fred Drake

Monday, September 23, 2002
the following announcement was made at the time of the reopening of the rancho de la luna studio, mid-summer 2002.

THE RANCHO DE LA LUNA RISES AGAIN

Dear friends and colleagues,

In keeping with Fred Drake's wishes, a group of his friends are re-opening the Rancho de la Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree.

Fred's vision was of a relaxed recording environment, complete with inspirational sunsets, moonrises and shooting stars, a refreshing redwood tub under the shade of chinaberry and palm trees and the scent of food on the grill mingling in the night air with the aroma of fresh dark roasted coffee - perfect for writing, recording solo or with full band in tracking rooms
overlooking the desert, filled with vintage instruments, amplifiers and the legendary Rancho drum sound. The warm analog sound is just right for the recording artist with a discerning ear.

Albums and projects by Queens of the Stone Age, Victoria Williams, Dave Grohl, Dig Your Own Cactus, earthlings?, Elia Arce, Vic Chesnutt, Fu Manchu, Mark Lanegan and dozens of others have been recorded here - including benefit records for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the infamous Desert Sessions series, Fred's work with Daniel Lanois and his own 'Twice Shy'.

The beautiful Joshua Tree National Park with its world class camping and rock climbing, nearby health food stores and hip coffee houses, eccentric swap meet and thrift shopping, art galleries, the Mysterious Integratron (pictured on the earthlings? first album), the Institute of Mentalphysics (spiritual center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), Dhama Dena meditation center, world-renown assemblage artist Noah Purifoy's ten acre conceptual sculpture installation and a complete array of personal services by appointment, including accupressure, accupuncture, drum circles, horse-back riding, therapeutic massage, reiki, sacrocranial therapy, sweat lodge and yoga classes add to an overall experience that no other recording studio in the world can offer.

REOPENING DISCOUNT OFFER

To celebrate the beginning of this new phase, we are offering a special reduced rate for
recording in September:

REGULAR RATE
$350/ day, $450/day incl.  engineer

SPECIAL SUMMER RATE
$250/ day including  engineer

To make this offer work for you, we are also offering this special rate for
sessions scheduled before January 31, 2003,  as long as you book before Sept. 30
(deposit required ).

STUDENTS FLY STAND-BY

Time will be made available to music students, recording studio virgins, upstart bands and songwriters, on 'dark days' at an even lower rate. Get on the list to be notified when the studio is 'open' for the special rate of $150 per day (including engineer!) Unfortunately, we are unable to reserve space ahead of time at this price.


RANCHO ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICES

To make your Rancho experience even more relaxing and enjoyable, we're
offering:

* On site overnight accommodations. Additional accommodations are available
within  a short walk by starlight .

* Gourmet Cajun-style, Cambodian and vegetarian meals freshly prepared and delivered to your sessions - as well as the great Rancho barbecue - for a nominal cost.

ALSO IN THE WORKS:

* ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL SONGWRITERS WOODSHED RATES

* RANCHO SONGWRITERS ROUNDTABLES
WITH VICTORIA WILLIAMS AND OTHER GREAT SONGWRITERS (TBA).

* PERFORMANCE ART WORKSHOPS WITH ELIA ARCE (TBA).

* DAILY/WEEKLY RATES FOR CLASSES, RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS.

* RANCHO DE LA LUNA TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION IN MAY, 2003

With Fred as our guiding spirit, we hope to build on the legacy of great
music that has been the hallmark of the Rancho de la Luna since 1993.
We hope you'll be a part of this evolution.

Please visit us at
www.ranchodelaluna.com

(Our website is a work in progress so please check in often and send us your comments!)

Or visit us in person. For booking information, please contact the studio by calling  
(760) 366-3498
or by emailing Ted Quinn at studio@ranchodelaluna.com.

Rancho de la Luna is located 10 minutes from the entrance to the Joshua Tree National Park, 30 minutes from Desert Hot Springs, 45 minutes from Palm Springs, one and a half hours from Big Bear and two and a half hours from Los Angeles.

Happy trails!

- Rancho de la Luna



"we started with blank tape and now there's a song" fred


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