Tuesday, 10 December 2013

An eclectic mix for your holiday fix!

The Summer Project
A serving of rock with a sprinkle of jazz, some funk thrown in for fun and some ballads for good measure. This album has everything! My songwriting has been called eclectic a few times and The Summer Project certainly lives up to this description.
A number of these songs had their beginnings three years ago, some were fully formed at the time, but didn’t make the first album, or were fragments which I added to later. Others are well-travelled from around the world.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Northern summer - some music notes

Was in the UK recently, it’s always interesting to hear what the buskers are singing in a different country, invariably reminds you about songs you haven’t heard for a long time and want to revisit.

I made a pilgrimage to the famous Abbey Road in London which featured on the cover of that Beatles album. They recorded most of their tracks at the nearby Abbey Road studios, and the studio has seen many other well-known artists, check out this list

And the locals in Devon, England are somewhat selective about their music!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

New single coming soon...

Getting closer to releasing a new single... still busy promoting the album from last year but lots of new songs in the pipeline.

Just noticed this article on Music think tank which is interesting:


so maybe singles are the way to go...

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

I think surfing is like playing rock and roll.

I think surfing is like playing rock and roll.

From my limited time mucking about with a few ‘studio’ bands, someone once said that  playing in band basically consists of a lot of sitting around and fiddling with stuff, punctuated by a few moments of ‘ecstasy’ that is when you are actually playing live when it all comes together.

I was reminded of that up at Noosa at Easter. A work colleague of a friend who lives there is a mad surfer and does a few private lessons so I was fortunate to have my own personal surf coach for two sessions. After a short surfing stint in Byron last year (stay tuned for song in upcoming album) I knew some surf basics so was keen to get back into it.

Unlike Byron which had had a strong current making the walk/paddle out to the waves an ordeal in itself, the surf at Little Cove, Noosa was a relative breeze. I mostly got to the standing up stage and starting to steer, though was still wary of any surfers/swimmers in my rather unpredictable path.

But having progressed this far I soon became aware of the waiting game ritual of surfing. Sitting there on the board, waiting, waiting….. not for the perfect wave in my case, but any wave, then suddenly without warning, my coach tells me to start paddling, but a second early or late or a foot wrong and it’s starting all over again...and then the tide starts to come in which kind of dampens the waves…so it’s probably over for the day.

I even read the surf report that morning and surf coach said that I can now say that I “surfed the point break at Noosa”. Sounds good to me!