Live in Lockdown vids 2021

As of right now I’m in rehearsal mode getting a collection of songs ready to perform for a live in lockdown set. I’ve decided to go ‘full on’ with sound quality and production. It’s been WAY TOO LONG getting any…

Thoughtform 3rd Chronicle: Jarrah 

The Wawalak sisters are a part of Aboriginal Dreamtime culture. The story has regional variations with each following a similar narrative of two sisters roaming unfamiliar territory. One sister is pregnant, they stop to rest near water. The pregnant sister…

Thoughtform 2nd Chronicle: Days Ahead 

This song came on thick and fast. The ingredients collected on a street corner without me completely realising it was happening. Into the song cauldron went:  

Dolphins

Sunshine

Sandy beaches

Deja vu

Days Ahead is…

Thoughtform 1st Chronicle: Ostrich Plume 

This is the first entry in a series taking a beyond the veil style look at the songs.

Songwriting is difficult to talk about because to a large degree I feel the songs write themselves. In this manner my…

Spectral Carnivores One Year On

Spectral Carnivores was released in January 2019, practically a year before COVID-19 changed the way we live. With the theme of the album being death, both literal and metaphoric, I talked about the human species closing in on itself. Obviously…

Secret Life of a New Piano

This is about new acoustic pianos. I’m talking brand new, fresh out of the crate, never been played NEW. Not second hand from Gumtree, Craigslist, or some guy down the street.

Here’s the thing, brand new acoustic pianos need…

COVID-19 Mustn’t Drown Equality

As we find our way through this new reality it’s important we remember what we were doing directly before this terrifying aberration. The Me Too movement is more than a popular headline or hash tag, it’s paramount to us as…

Brodmann Pianos (an impromptu review)

A couple of months back I played a Brodmann piano at a few dance recitals. That piano left a big impression on me. 

Brodmann is a name I’ve heard great things about and now I understand why. They have…

Alternative Live Versions: Covering Your Own Songs 

As songwriters we want our music to sound its best live. These days there’s a multitude of modern technologies at our fingertips to fill out that live performance, even with only one or two people on stage. While it might…

Black Leather and Studs (lesson in song hoarding) 

There’s a lot of songs and song ideas that are discarded the moment I write them. If I don’t completely love something, it’s gone. This might sound destructive, but actually it’s constructive. It keeps the passion for music alive and…

Lemon & Honey? Shove it. (Singing myths)

Myths and rituals abound at a mere mention of singing. Open your mouth wide, not too wide, no hot beverages, imagine you’re filled with white light.  

Confused? I was. Eventually I shut it out and stuck to what…

Temp Scores (and why they suck)

When I was at film school it was pounded into me that music and subject matter are forever enmeshed and therefore the holy grail of a good choice. It never sat right with me. Time and time again this stodgy…