• lead vocal: Doug Koempel
  • background vocals: Kevin Conner & Doug
  • electric guitar: Mark Stumme
  • acoustic guitar: Kevin
  • keyboards: Yamaha KX-88 + Roland MKS-20; Korg M1: Doug
  • drum & MIDI sequencing : Doug
  • recorded at: Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union Iowa


I wrote Tightrope! back in August of 1987.
This was the title cut of our Tightrope! album which was released a year later.

This was the first time I had the privilege of working with guitar virtuoso Mark Stumme of Decorah, Iowa. His rock 'n roll guitar riffs soar in and out of this energetic recording and propel this song forward at a frenetic pace!

I think all of us at one point or other in our lives have felt like we're walking a tightrope - whether it's in a relationship, at school or in a work environment.

So that's what this song is all about. 'Nuff said!

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SONG #35

writer: Doug Koempel
label: MEMENTO (BOF-65)
release date: 1989
publishing: Blue Baker Music BMI
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