Rules of Engagement

by Roger Chandler & Kathleen Martin

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Roger Chandler ("Roger/B-Train" here: ) posted an Open Mic challenge requesting a vocal for his drum, bass and lead guitar rock composition he uploaded on November 17, 2015. I'd never ventured into these public, open collaborations / jams before, but I was struck how his piece would fit musically quite well with a lyrical melody I'd already composed and produced as "Player vs. Player" back in 2014. [ ] It was a light-bulb inspiration of music association, like when I heard "Mad World" mashing up in my head with the "Rogue" movie theme. [ ]

Obviously I had to make several alterations, including removal of the "He" lyrics and the middle break and ending sections of PvP, along with new timing of my "She" lyrics to fit Roger's tempo and guitar solos, but it was still a remarkable fit—like kid boxing gloves. Also, this version offers a new spin on my lyrics as suggested in my "Rules of Engagement" title and cover art.


released November 20, 2015
Roger (Roger/B-Train) Chandler electric lead, bass, percussion.
Vocal performance, melody/lyrics by Kathleen (kat330) Martin.
Cover design by JT Lindroos




Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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