After getting a Fostex X-15 four track "Multitracker" portable studio (first one on the market IIRC) in about 1983, I dabbled with the recording thing. This was not the very first thing I recorded, as those were pretty atrocious. But as I learned to use the machine, I began to hone my so-called songwriting skills. (1) I had taken 2 years of guitar lessons (after some self-induced ear training); (2) had no bass guitar (the guitar, amp, and recording machine all had EQ tweaked to make it sound like a bass); (3) I had no drums, though I had been a drummer prior to becoming a guitarist so I had "rhythm" ... and I used a "Drum Drops" (pro recorded drums) songwriting cassette tape I bought in a music store, so the drum track I chose literally drove the songwriting process; (4) I had no singing training whatsoever, was completely making the vocals up as I went along; (5) I was learning to record and mix self-taught.
My previous experiments with songwriting, while quite bad, had earned me the title of originator of a style of music called "Thick Metal"!
I was shockingly surprised at how the whole thing turned out. I had very little experience with any of this, but apparently had developed some self-taught skill with recording and mixing. The songwriting probably flowed out in an afternoon, in the midst of recording it. The song is just over 3 minutes, and the guitar solo dominates the latter half of the song, but the song structure seemed to communicate my "message". And part of that message was the sheer joy of the soloing work. It just flowed out of me, was composed by ear I'm sure, and the melodic cohesiveness I hear in it now ... I have no idea how that came about. Just lucky I guess.
Anyway, enough babbling ... "let the music do the talkin'".
Innovations continued to come at a fast pace from the Fostex development team. In 1983 the X-15 was the first cassette-based four track that was truly portable – it ran on batteries. The size, weight and functionality quickly gained it the 'musicians note pad' nickname and its epitaph is that to this day it remains the No 1 best selling four track the World has ever seen.