Well it’s been a while since I’ve added an entry for you people. That’s rather slack of me I guess.
Much has been happening, including a change of residence which meant that I had to tear down the “studio”, move it and set it up again at a different location…and all of that while juggling a house move and a day gig.
December has been out for sometime now and it has allowed me to begin writing some new songs, most of which remain instrumental at this time. Where do I go with my songwriting though? December was purposefully sparse in instrumentation. I had to get that need out of me to progress onto something else. I don’t have a band around me, and I don’t see myself headed in that direction just yet.
I have rediscovered the electric guitar in it’s multitude of guises; from roaring fuzz to cool and collected clean tones. The next album will be an expansion on December but it will definitely not be a repeat!
In the meantime, I have rediscovered a long lost love of writing stories. I guess it was never really lost since I’ve been writing lyrics to songs for years now. I’ve finished my first short story that will be available through Kindle soon. I’ll let you know when it’s available…it’s currently going through a proof reading phase.
Until next time…Don’t be afraid to just do it!
I find myself heading back to the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia again this month. While I don’t have any gigs lined up, I intended to find an open mic or two and hang out there for a bit…and I always travel with my trusty Traveler guitar these days.
If you’ve got any leads on a good night in that area, lemme know, mkay?
Hello readers! It’s been a while since I’ve ventured out, either locally or interweb-like and there’s been a bit that has happened. Here is that bit in a nutshell…
I have a gig coming up in St Kilda at the Dog’s Bar. I’m on stage from 9pm but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of fantastic talent for those who decide to rock up early and grab a bite to eat. The menu looks affordable so I’ll be running with that option myself. This reminds me…I should prolly put together a set list for the night…
I recently had the chance to visit San Francisco. It was a whirlwind visit, but I was able to take my trusty Traveller Guitar, planning to play an Open Mic while I was there. I found a night at a venue only a couple of blocks away from where I was staying and went to check it out. Hotel Utah. A friendly place bursting at the seems with talent. There are so many artists looking to play and time was limited. You get 6 mins or 1 song…what ever comes first! Write your name on a bit of paper when you get there and put it in the beer jug (or pitcher) and the order of the night is determined by what name gets pulled out and when. I think I got drawn out at number 500 or something silly like that so I sat back and enjoyed the company of fellow musicians and those who were out just to see a bit of music. Some couldn’t stay to play as it was getting late, but it was great to meet you anyway Susanne and the others that shared our little table in the corner.
The depth of talent was nothing short of amazing, including those on the fringe like Dr Dreame, who created a soundscape with nothing but a microphone and some looping and effects pedals and then proceeded to begin storytelling…
And there was also Mike Fleming who was pretty good at drinking beer.
And then there was Lachlan Cross who beat me to the whole ‘not from around here’ angle when he played early on in the night. I’m told that there’s an Australian in every pub in the world.
In the end, it got too late for me. After travelling 13000kms and being up for 50 hours with little sleep, I lost the ability to put more than three words together…performing was no longer on the radar. I just needed to get back to the hotel room and sleep.
So next month, I’m headed to New York City on business. I’m looking forward to meeting up with friends and family, some of whom I haven’t met yet. I’m also looking forward to checking out NY’s open mic scene. I hear it is awesome, but it’ll have to be to top what I experienced in ‘Cisco!
Don’t forget to pop down to the Dog’s Bar in St Kilda, 56 Acland Street, St.Kilda on September 2nd to see me perform from 9pm. The more the merrier! See you there!
In Melbourne, we love our live music with a passion. Over the years we’ve seen the poker machines invade our city and wipe out many venues. Many of those that didn’t convert to pokies lost patronage from those that became the walking dead as the lure of a few bucks pulled them away.
In later years, it’s been more about the threat of development. Many of the inner city pubs are on land highly prized for it’s location. The Espy barely escaped from the multi-story apartment complex built in it’s backyard. When the original Palace in St Kilda was reduced to rubble some years back, the promoters moved to The Metro in Bourke St and renamed it The Palace.
This venue is the place where bands that aren’t commercial enough to play Festival Hall, Rod Laver Arena or the MCG get to play in front of around 2000 people. It went up for auction last year and a consortium purchased it. Those in the industry feared that they would come up with some plan for it that would threaten it’s future, not only as a heritage listed building but as an important live music venue. The plans have been released…and that is exactly what they want to do. They want to build a luxury hotel and apartment complex.
So what can you do about it? Well, first off, you can sign a petition…
And then you can join this Facebook group to keep abreast of other forms of protest that are in the pipeline.
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for you, but let me tell you…I’ve been busy. Not busy in a get out and play sort of way. No, I’ve been recording, mixing, re-recording and I’ve got something together for you to enjoy.
Dawn contains 4 songs, all written, performed and recorded by me.
3. PiGGy COme HoMe
4. Em Juan
Dawn is taken from a future release that I’m organising. The other 3 songs are songs that have changed in some way or are from a different recording session. I’m sure they will appear on a future release but in a different format. They definitely deserved to see the light of day as they are on this EP, so please enjoy them.
You can purchase a pack with mp3 files and artwork (the artwork is an A4 sheet of paper that folds into a CD sleeve) or packs that also include either flac or wav files in addition to the mp3 files and artwork.
Paypal handles the money and then you’ll be emailed a download link. Pretty sweet for 75c a song…
– approx 83MB
– approx 206MB
– approx 256MB