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Tim Birchard never stops the music

Write, record and release. That’s the pattern for local musician Tim Birchard, a pattern he’s followed for the past decade or so with regards to his music career – “career” being a loose term as Birchard doesn’t make music to pay the bills. Nor does he set foot on local stages, route potential tours or seek out a record label. But he pursues music as a full-time endeavor outside his full-time job as director of the TRIO STEM3 Program at Fort Lewis College, working at a feverish pace releasing music filed under rock ’n’ roll, with hints of metal, surf, ska and reggae, ambient dub, trance or experimental pop music.

He’s put out two records already in 2020. March saw the release of “Love Stories,” and “Covid Romance” dropped in May, both found along with numerous other Birchard original records and singles via his Bandcamp page. It’s a nonstop production schedule that includes ’round-the-clock writing.

“There’s always something new cooking,” he said. “Usually, after a couple albums there might be a little break, like right now I’m in that in-between time. But there’s already new stuff cooking.”

Birchard’s love affair with music, like many a youngster, started with the discovery of KISS. It was the mid-1970s, and the makeup-wearing, heavy-merchandising rock ’n’ roll quartet was making its rounds in and on multiple media platforms, providing both ear and eye candy.

“I didn’t know what it was, but I sure loved it,” he said. “I remember shortly after that I got the single of ‘Shock Me’ and ‘Strutter.’ I didn’t know what they were talking about, I just knew it was heavy guitars and that just really made me happy. So if you finished your homework early, you could go in the backroom and sit on the big carpet and listen

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