About the Studio
This studio was built in 1985 for the purpose
of providing professional recording to the working
musician, at a price that a working musician could
afford. In that true spirit of compassion for the
struggling artist, Randy's Recording has made getting
to the next level a real possibility for many who
might otherwise have never gotten the opportunity
to make their music available to the public.
In the cover story "Madison Musical Legends"
from the May 2001 issue of Madison Magazine,
the venerable Rick Murphy says about Randy's Recording:
"This is where Randy Green, a guitar and keyboard
virtuoso in his own right, has helped countless area
artists put their music in the grooves." Thanks
Rick. The point of this brag being, what I try to
do, and how I'm perceived are fairly similar. And
that, in my mind, is success.
People here in Madison, Wisconsin like to brag
about what they don't do. For instance, "I don't
do this…I don't eat that…I don't watch TV."
You've probably heard it. So here goes. Here's what
I don't do:
- I don't promise you a record deal.
- I don't do it for the money and it's not a
- I don't try to get famous.
- I don't pass judgement on your music, friends,
preferences, food, beer, car, or instrument.
- I don't capitalize on your dreams.
So what does that leave? Maybe the kind of place
you could work in and feel good, make some good music,
have a good time, sell some CDs, make some money
- maybe make that album without the record company,
finally. Or maybe just do that first album, or record
that song you wrote that one time…
This studio is for the artist. For the artist
in you. Not every studio is for everybody, and that's
OK. But make sure you're recording where you can
work comfortably, not where someone tells you to
I'm here because this is where I want to be, and
I do what I do because I like it. And I hope you
can say the same, or at least say you're headed in
This studio was bought with money made strictly
from playing music, and expanded with money made
by recording. By me. I know what you need. I know
how to get it for you. Musically.
If you think this could be your kind of place
to express your artistry, do something about it.
And if you're looking for something to believe in,
you can believe in me, or you can believe in the
one thing that is absolutely risk-free because you
know what it's going to do…and that would be-yourself.
Randolph Lester Green
was born in Washington, DC, April 23, 1948 (a war
baby). My father worked in Naval Intelligence, and
my mother worked for the Secretary of Agriculture.
She was the secretary to the Secretary's secretary.
(Really.) She was from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
and he was from La Farge, Wisconsin. The family moved
to La Farge after the war.
I graduated from La Farge High School in 1966
and moved to Madison, WI to get in a band. I enrolled
at UW-Madison and graduated in 1971 with a B.A. in
Philosophy and Psychology. Then I was free to be
ignorant….so I became a musician. Actually it started
long before that. I had 12 years of piano lessons;
six years of clarinet; four years of guitar; four
years of Hammond, Vox, Farfisa, an Austin 59-Rank
Pipe Organ; and two bands, by the time I was 20.
To say I was doomed to be a musician would be more
So I started playing in bands in 1966 and made
my living that way until 1986. The Squires, Police
Department, Universal Sound, Somersett I, Northern
Lites, Somersett II, Sgt. Pepper, Masterpiece, Nobody,
Magic, and as a Keyboard Soloist. Twenty years straight.
Never had a job, as my mother would say. I started
Randy's Recording in 1986 and now it's 2005, and
I still have never had a job. Ah…but I shouldn't
joke. The studio is tough, and playing is tough.
But all it's ever cost me is my sanity.
That's a fair trade for a lifetime of music.