14. July 2020
I have said before that I think we are always going through phases and, being in the midst of a big project (my album), I started thinking about how very different it is to work on a big project versus a small one. In all reality a big project is a compilation of smaller ones - a book is made up of chapters, a computer program is made up of different parts and an album is made up of songs. But the fact that these smaller parts intimately relate and rely on one another to achieve coherence and...
12. July 2020
The past 6 months have been so crazy. I have had a complete lifestyle change due to Covid-19, overwhelming inspiration for music and video, I practiced an array of what can only be described as bizarre vocal exercises and have created about 20 works in progress in the tiny time slots I had for art. And now one of these works in progress is done and I have decided to release it this month. "Joni Blue" is a song that will be on my 2nd album, which is scheduled for release in January of 2021, if...
19. March 2020
These Corona days are weird and scary and the drama can be addictive. It's important to keep up with news, to know the state of things. But I've come to the conclusion that until it has entered my life directly, I've just got to leave it on the floor. A lot. It's like dirty laundry. The huge Corona threat will come to an end and when it does I will be happy that during this tough time I was useful - that I put the drama on pause, created some art and basically just tried to keep the pieces of...
08. March 2020
I am making a new album and my imagination has been going wild. I have written several songs and divided them into 5 categories, as a cycle: 1. Contentment 2. Love 3. Love disappears 4. Revolution 5. Imprisonment This cycle is playing like an abstract movie in my head all day. I have asked Paul D. Brazill of Punk Noir Magazine, Jim Shaffer of Flash Fiction Offensive and freelance music journalist, Mark McConville to write up an abstract description of these topics. I am lucky and grateful to...
18. February 2020
My non-glamorous, freezing cold bedroom set-up.
28. June 2019
With the release of the music video for "Said I Wanna" in sight, I decided to publish some background information about the song. "Said I Wanna" is the oldest song of the EP "Contraband", composed and recorded nearly a year prior to its May 25, 2019 release. It is about the idea of having a mind muddled with annoyance and frustration and needing to get perspective on it. In the chorus, the text "28 stories high to simplify" refers to the idea of getting on top of a 28 story high building and...
20. May 2019
Contraband is a little snippet of my life, my compositional process, my way of thinking. I think during life we are always changing and shifting, however big or small. The songs of Contraband came to me in the usual ways during the writing phase but my way of interacting with them was a little different. It isn't just me and the piano anymore (mostly) and that cracked a few eggs of thought as to how to look for the important secrets in the songs and to try to expose them. Having more experience...
30. April 2019
Hum, hum, hum. The bicycle is spinning under me - a new song is circling in my head. I am sweating in the cold and there is a long unchanging path ahead of me. I am in the woods. There I was. In the woods. Cycling through the beautiful nature and feeling frustrated because I had expectations that were not being met. I had expectations of what my coffee would taste like in the morning (I can't shake that one...), expectations about how people I care about should act, expectations of being...
11. April 2019
It's raining and it's 9am and I am so tired. I want to make some magic but I can tell it won't come easy today. The puzzle pieces on a new song have to fit together but the fog lingers in my mind. Coffee. I wander over to the piano and grab a piece of paper and a pencil. I start playing and jotting down some notes - I am not going to wait for the ideas, I am going to hunt for them, corner them and write them down. If the ideas remain inside my mind floating from here to there, encountering...
24. January 2019
As I stood on the roof of my garage shoveling beautiful, white fluffy snow to the ground to prevent an imminent roof collapse I started feeling happier and happier. My arms hurt, my back hurt, I was getting one hell of a workout. But how incredible it was to feel useful - to physically have to take care of a property and people around you. If the sky had not dropped so much snow I wouldn’t even have had that task; if I wasn’t lucky enough to have a garage I also wouldn’t have had that...

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