She's What He Needs 3:410:00/3:41
Bad Habits Die Hard 4:090:00/4:09
Picture Frame 3:140:00/3:14
Have a listen...
Recently, I had the great pleasure of listening to bassist Miles Hill (Van Morrisson, Roger Hodgson) and drummer Randall Stoll (KD Lang, Tom Cochrane) record the bass and drum tracks to seven new songs. Miles produced the first six songs and is also producing these next seven. I don't know how I managed to land in this lucky spot but those guys can play and they levelled up the songs, building a foundation to support the rest of the instruments and vocals. We captured something magical and I can't wait to share this new music with you. The songs have strong grooves and we couldn't stop tapping our toes to them in the studio. It was fun to see Miles and Randall bouncing and bopping to the play back in the control room.
I'm grateful that all the time spent sweating over lyrics and song structure pays off in the form of session players caring about the music. The players that have contributed to my music have played some great stages, with great artists, all over the world. They approach the music in the same sensitive, professional way that they would any of their famous employers. Aside from the birth of my kids, or falling in love with my special lady, I don't know that there is any other more exciting feeling. Just a short time ago, these songs were simple products of imagination with no real basis in real life. Now, with the foundations built, the songs are developing into these wonderful creations that did not exist previously. Being creative honours the gift that has been given to us.
My friend, Johann, is a talented painter and inspires me. We were talking some time ago about where the art comes from. He spoke of the muse and how she can be a tease and sometimes not want to give up her inspiration. He said, "It's best not to look at the center of the canvas. You must find your way in by looking at the edges." These words are true.
We've found our way in on these new songs and I am excited to embrace the creative process again. I'll keep you posted on the developments as they present themselves. Also, there are some photos on the site now. Feel free to check them out.
I've been away from my desk for a bit working on a Hallmark movie. I love doing these shows. They are modern day fairy tales with a happy ending. No blood. No guns. No bombs. No car crashes. There is always a kiss when the star crossed lovers finally figure out that they are right for each other. I do these shows because my mom loves them. It's always a pleasure to see her enjoyment and how excited she gets when she sees my name in the credits.
But I'm back. We'll be going into the studio to work on the new stuff that has been percolating. We have a badass drummer lined up and I can't wait to hear what he brings to the table.
Look for a new release coming November 25. I'm a little out of rhythm but this will help get things back on track.
I hope that anyone who finds this page is well. Goodness knows it isn't easy out there right now. So hang in there, be safe and take care of each other.
My favourite time of year has arrived. I love how the colour of the sky changes and the way that the breeze gets a little cooler. I can hear the leaves in the wind becoming dried out and brittle. They make more sound as the wind blows them around. Sadly, the Riders did not win the Labour Day Classic. But both my brother and daughter have birthdays in early September so I know that there will be a little cake.
I'm working on those six (maybe 7!) new songs. Miles and I have both had a little downtime due to illness but we are optimistic that we have the songs in the kind of shape that they need to be in to start recording.
We have some surprises in store about the location and manner in which we are going to move forward. I'm stoked. I'll post images here and on social media when it's appropriate. Let's just say that the rhythm section on these new tracks is going to be killer. A couple of real badass players with serious chops are involved. I'll pump their tires a little more when we get to the studio. It's going to be dangerous!
"Things I Love About You" is my September release and you can find it here or on your favourite platforms. It's due out on the 16th.
August has brought some great weather and a much needed break from work. I finished my most recent television project during the first week of August. I’m enjoying not having to put in long days and changing my focus back to music.
August 12 marks my second release. “Mercy” is a song based on a true story. It is one of the first that I wrote for the studio.
I’m headed back into the studio this month to record another six songs. The goal is to create an album of 12 songs which will then be pressed into CD’s and vinyl so those who wish to have a physical copy of the music are able to. Of course, streaming and digital downloads of the first six songs are available online. I’ll upload the new ones once they are ready. Until then, stay tuned for more updates here. I’ll include photos of our studio sessions and share any cool stories.
Enjoy the summer everyone! As always, I’m grateful for you checking in.
The first single "She's What He Needs" has been out since July 1 on all streaming platforms. It's available for purchase in digital stores and here on this website. I'm pleased that it is getting some lovely reviews from friends, family and colleagues at work. I didn't really know what to expect when I started this process. It's been an interesting process of discovery. Writing and producing the music is like going to university. Promoting the music is a whole new thing for me and I'm learning to be comfortable saying "hey, I made this thing and you might like to have a listen".
I'm learning about building a community around the music and how to engage listeners to participate in an experience that goes beyond simply listening to the music. I'll be involving people in the process through social media and my email list. I was always one who had to read all the liner notes on a record and took great pleasure in learning the why's, who's and what's about the music I was listening to. I'm going to try and provide some details about the process and maybe a few inner thoughts about what I'm learning as I go.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion project and that the songs are finding an audience, one listen at a time.
Thanks for checking in.
Finally, I've set a release date for July 1 for the first single. The album art came in. I've done a bunch of research to figure out how to navigate the world of releasing music. I'm still new to all of this but the music is getting out there. I plan to drive around a bunch and listen to my song on the various platforms. Once the first single is live, there are a number of other steps to take in order to carve out my own little place on the internet. But here we go!!
My music career is a work in progress. Many have heard me talking about it in my other life as a film technician. This web site is all about me learning how to put my music out there. I've asked myself some questions about what motivates me to do this. I'm not a kid, after all. I've settled on the notion that the joy is in doing the work. Once the songs are done and released, they will do what they are going to do. I'm excited about seeing where they'll go.
Funny thing. The first six tracks went so well that we've decided to add another six to make the current project a complete album. Pre-production is in progress and we will soon start tracking. Look for more music to appear in the summer of 2022!