My Comfort Zone; The Zone I Never Leave

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Walk A Mile In My Shoes; This Is What You'll See

Walk A Mile In My Shoes; This Is What You’ll See

I never leave my comfort zone because, I am never in it. That’s how I keep growing, evolving. One’s life aspirations are as important, relevant, necessary as one deems.

Growing older not only demands maintaining physical health but also evaluation, speculation and creative reinvention. The wheel does not have to be reinvented. It may however, have to be built out of a different material and maintained with a different approach.

For me, documenting my path is essential to the above; in order to continue my passion for mentoring, creating and performing. The young musicians coming up are entering a world very different from the one I started in. I am willing to share, encourage and guide with whatever my 45+ career/life experience can offer.

Leading by example is a huge responsibility and one that I don’t take lightly.                       I will continue until I can’t…

 

J.D. Salinger: An Important Mentor & Influence, Although We Never Actually Met

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J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger

If I could liken my approach to composition to any art-form, it would be to writers; of literature laced with historically pertinent/fiction to be specific. The authors I admire and interact with become part of my music mind because of their work and lifestyle as it applies to history in the broadest sense as well as to my personal, most intimate history. This influences me, helps to guide me to my own artistic conclusions. Artistic integrity, outlook and product combine to complete a portrait that almost “speaks” to me; befriends me…

J.D. Salinger transported me; he allowed me to perceive as he perceived. But, he always allowed me to relate on my own terms and make up my own mind. This is huge with me. In real life, he was reclusive “to his convenience” and didn’t seem to care what anyone thought about that. Over the deep end; wouldn’t fighting in a war do that to anyone?

The only known photo of  J.D. Salinger writing during his war years.

The only known photo of J.D. Salinger writing during his war years.

In conclusion:

J.D. Salinger Quote

 

Mentoring from a person who I have never met is different than simply being influenced by them. Personal lifestyle & philosophy can be as important as artistic influence. Sometimes geography, media and/or a friend of a friend can enhance this very special, honest, one-sided relationship.  

The Theme From My Three Sons; By Frank De Vol; A Living, Breathing TV Theme

Frank De Vol

Frank De Vol

Frank De Vol‘s Theme From My Three Sons  (VERY SPECIAL TO ME AS I HAVE THREE SONS) is catchy, clever AND extremely memorable! His quirky scoring along with the way he impliments “Chop Sticks” is sheer genius. The match of this theme/show for the times, genre and audience is impeccable.

As a side note, besides being an admirer of his work across the board, I loved him as bandleader “Happy Kyne” in Fernwood Tonight.

Come back with me now to 1960, a time when you gave Christmas presents to the milkman and postman…

*The TV themes that stay with me reflect every character, every episode, the times the series took place in AND the genre of theatre applicable; fresh forever in my music mind.

Purging My Music Mind #3; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!

Purging My Music Mind, for me, is an extremely healthy and satisfying proposition. I reach into my soul, draw on everything I have experienced in my musical path, and make room for my musical future.

Mid 1990s: The Centre Of My Universe

Mid 1990s: The Centre Of My Universe

Hear EXACTLY where I’m coming from?

These three works that I feature (under the post title Purging My Music Mind; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!) are projects I did that turned out to be milestones in my professional career. I say milestones in the fact that they signalled change/development that coincided with the times socially, technologically AND artistically.

Purging My Music Mind #2; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!

Purging My Music Mind, for me, is an extremely healthy and satisfying proposition. I reach into my soul, draw on everything I have experienced in my musical path, and make room for my musical future.

For Me, Creating Music Is Utilizing A Time Frame Borrowed From Infinity

For Me, Creating Music Is Utilizing A Time Frame Borrowed From Infinity

Hear EXACTLY where I’m coming from?

These three works that I feature (under the post title Purging My Music Mind; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!) are projects I did that turned out to be milestones in my professional career. I say milestones in the fact that they signalled change/development that coincided with the times socially, technologically AND artistically.

Purging My Music Mind #1; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!

Purging My Music Mind, for me, is an extremely healthy and satisfying proposition. I reach into my soul, draw on everything I have experienced in my musical path, and make room for my musical future.

Hear EXACTLY where I’m coming from?

My Music Mind; The Colours Are My Aural Perceptions

My Music Mind; The Colours Are My Aural Perceptions

These three works that I feature (under the post title Purging My Music Mind; More Satisfying Than A Colonic!) are projects I did that turned out to be milestones in my professional career. I say milestones in the fact that they signalled change/development that coincided with the times socially, technologically AND artistically.

Ray & I Go Way Back Or GET Me Started On Ray Davies…

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I was 12 years old when You Really Got Me hit; HIT hard it did! I was in a fever over the Kinks. In fact, whenever I got a cold, I used to go around singing Kinks‘ songs because I felt I sounded like Ray Davies!

I loved the feel, the raw yet polished production and I loved the musicians’ interaction; imperfections that actually enhanced the result! This was a lesson that proved very valuable to me in my own productions to come.

This is when I started to notice production qualities. More precisely Shel Talmy, not to mention his very hip piano threads weaving in and out.

Shel Talmy

Shel Talmy

So there was that raw gutsy period, You Really Got Me, All Day And All Of The Night, etc.. The first real change for me was their album, The Kink Kontroversy; my pick: I’m On An Island (Ray Davies). I love his psuedo reggae, Jamaican type flavour- it just really works for me.

I have only recently discovered from a British friend that North America was only privy to a portion of Ray‘s work or at least it seems to have been marketed that way. From this point on, I was pretty well enamoured by “singles” only.

Well Respected Man, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion, which I enjoyed but really got into Sunny Afternoon (Ray Davies). Listen to Nicky Hopkins‘ great piano work on the session.

Then… Lola (Ray Davies)! In the documentary the Ray DaviesImaginary Man, he was asked why the lyric “the champagne tastes like cherry cola”, he replied because it rhymes…

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Ray Davies

Although Ray Davies has and always will be with me, my interest has been rekindled ten fold ever since the London Olympic ceremonies. It had been so long since I was emotional about him that I didn’t actually recognize him immediately; that is to say I was shocked at his appearance initially. This version of Waterloo Sunset (Ray Davies) really does it for me…

I don’t know if I could get along with Ray Davies on a personal level; he has been through so much that I could not possibly relate to; he has reinvented himself to survive many times. I can tell you this, I would love to interact musically with him and I am planning my own treatment of some of his music in a future collection which I will release…

My emotional essay on Ray…