Though he's been singing since he could talk, and playing guitar for nearly two decades, Detroit Lakes Police Department veteran Tim Eggebraaten has never released a professionally recorded CD
Until now. In late December, Eggebraaten received the first copies of his debut CD, "From Within." The 12 tracks on the CD were recorded at Gray Barn Studios in Detroit Lakes, with the help of the recording studio's owner, Kevin Racer.
"I can't say enough about him (Racer)," Eggebraaten said. "He's a computer guru, but with a music background. I'd never done it (recording) before -- I was pretty nervous, excited. He just walked me through everything, step by step -- he was very patient."
Not only that, Eggebraaten said, but "the price was reasonable."
"Lots of guys go hunting, fishing... this is my hobby," he continued, adding, "It's cheaper than a snowmobile."
Though the musical style of the songs varies a bit, from Christian contemporary to "some more up-tempo songs," Eggebraaten says they all have "a positive message."
The project came about, he adds, because of a special request.
"I sang this song, 'I Can Only Imagine,' at the funeral for a 16-year-old girl this past summer," he said. "The family asked if I'd recorded it."
As it turned out, he hadn't, so he scrambled to put together a CD for them -- but he wasn't happy with the quality.
"I wanted to do a better job -- that was the inspiration (behind the CD project)," Eggebraaten said.
So he began putting together "songs that meant a lot to different people I knew -- I though it was important to record them."
Some of the songs were written by friends -- such as "In Spite Of the Rain," which was written by Twin Cities songwriter Jim Langemo, and the CD's title song, "From Within," which was an instrumental piece written by Mark Nelson of Detroit Lakes.
One of the songs on the CD was written by Eggebraaten himself. "I wrote a song called 'Quincy Boy,'" Eggebraaten said. Quincy was his canine partner, who died of cancer in 2003.
"I wrote the song the day he died," he added.
"All of these songs have deep meaning for me -- and hopefully, they will for other people too," he said.
One track that was particularly meaningful, however, was the recording of "In the Highways" -- because his youngest son, Isaac, 6, made the recording with him.
"We did it in one take," Eggebraaten said.
"I asked all three of my sons if they wanted to be on it -- my oldest, Josh, offered to be the manager," he added with a laugh. "My dream is to have all four of us -- myself, Josh, Luke and Isaac -- do something together. They've all got (musical) talent. That would be a dream come true."
But for now, the realization of that other dream -- recording his own CD -- will have to do. To celebrate its official release, Eggebraaten is planning a "CD Release Party" for 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes.
"I will be performing," he said, adding that he hopes to be accompanied by all the musicians who assisted him in the recording process, including drummer Mike Hokanson, pianist Monica Winter, bass player Jon Stone, and vocalist Lynae Johannes, who sang a duet with Eggebraaten on the track, "Amazing Grace."
The CD is currently available at The Sound Shop in Detroit Lakes, or from Eggebraaten himself, by calling 847-2363 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com. And, of course, there will be copies available at the Jan. 20 release party, where you might even get an autograph from the man himself.
"This is something I've always wanted to do," Eggebraaten added. "I had 1,100 copies made. It would be nice to sell them all...I've already sold 120 (copies)."