NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 5. Barbarians!

I don’t know how to play piano or how to read and write music on a staff, yet I’m doing both today! (I got ambitious about how quickly I could work on the previous Thank You Nature song. It’s still percolating on a back burner. So I’m turning...

NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 4: Revision.

Just now, typing this title, I see that the word “revision” means a little more than I’ve always considered. It clearly says “re-vision,” as in take another look, give it another thought or two. Good to keep in mind.I find song revisions...

NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 3: The Name!

Computer printed now, you can see the revisions beginning. I like to play the song while revising, rather than simply read it. I find words and rhythms that work better with the guitar and voice, the rhythms I initially feel and hear in my head may not work once I...

THE NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 2.

I am posting daily about my new song <untitled> and my writing process as it moves along:I said before I like to write with paper and pen. Once I have something roughed out I take it to the computer to revise. I print it and start marking it up.It’s neater...

THE NEW SONG JOURNEY Chapter 1.

For me, songwriting is like getting a new baseball glove – it needs to be broken in, gotta get the pocket just right before it’s ready for the show.You can see I write with pen and paper. When I use the computer I obsess about fixing typos and other errors...

What would Neil Young do?

Neil Young is right!While recording, mixing and mastering my new song, Meet Her From 2 Metres -or- Love in the Time of COVID, written and performed with my brother Martin, I spent a lot of time listening to the lossy (squashed) MP3 version as well as the lossless WAV,...

Summer Festivals!

Summer 2020 is coming, and I’ll be travelling around playing at some. I have a vision that sustains me, a literal vision I had of myself playing big, outdoor stages in front of big, happy crowds. Building a music career ain’t easy, as you can imagine...

Studio! Studio!

I’m busy writing new songs these days. It’s a lot of fun. And it’s a lot of work. I get an idea, it sounds great, I write it down…. and then what? As the ever-inspring great songwriter Steve Earle says, “The first verse is easy. The rest is work.” I can’t agree more....

Public Service Announcement.

Despite previous news to the contrary, the fantastic music venue, The Backstage Lounge on Granville Island is still open! I’m sending this message to all my Vancouver & area fans. News to me, the Backstage Lounge didn’t close as was reported in 2017. It was all a...

What’s Happening?

Lots! I’m putting finishing touches on some new songs, they’ll be ready for public consumption soon. Playing them for an audience is the best way to get them in shape for the next record. Also, I’m providing relief from the comedians at a local...