In the Spotlight: Rick LeDune

SPENCER, Ind. (WTHI) – This week on In the Spotlight we are heading to Spencer where a local songwriter is using technology to connect with other musicians.

“I guess I was probably in 6th grade something like that. My mom and dad bought me an old box guitar, an old Stella, at a garage sale for fifteen bucks,” explained Rick LeDune. “I started taking lessons, about 10 lessons, out in the country by an old country guitar picker over the summer. And it’s been it ever since then.”

A product of the Wabash Valley, Rick LeDune spent much of his childhood learning his craft. But it was not until he moved to Virginia to serve for the military that everything changed for him.

“I was a rock and roller. I really enjoyed that kind of stuff but when I moved to Virginia I realized pretty quick that there was a big country scene out there,” he stated. “If I wasn’t playing country, then I probably wasn’t going to be playing very much music.”

Switching genres gave him a voice to begin writing. But it was his surroundings that gave him something to write about.

“I was stationed there during Desert Storm and I wrote a song called ‘Desert Storm,” Rick described. “A local radio station picked up on that and they had me come out and play their Fourth of July concert. So I got to open up for Leroy Parnell and Mark Colley and Jon Anderson – I mean that was a good time. That point in time I knew that this writing thing was for me.”

Writing would stick with Rick.

He returned to the Valley, where he began co-writing songs with other musicians in the area. It was during this time he met another local musician – Mariah Jane.

“My buddy was talking with her and said ‘hey I know this guy who writes and if you ever need anyone…’ So we ended up making that connection through that,” Rick said.

“Rick is just a lot of fun to write with,” Mariah described. “There is never a dull moment and you’re never quite sure what he’s going to come up with next.”

But unfortunately, Mariah’s professional plans would take her to Nashville. Undeterred, Rick had a plan to keep the relationship with his co-writer going.

“Skyping comes in handy because you get your co-writer’s immediate response, visually.”

Using technology to keep a song writing relationship alive.

“It makes it a lot easier especially when there is distance,” Mariah said. “I mean it is almost like being face to face because you can talk to each other and what not. It does the trick when you don’t have any other options.”

To learn more about Rick LeDune, visit his Facebook page!

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