A Bit About Me...

The What--Composer/guitarist

The Where--Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

The Why (Composing music)--I like to express ideas and feelings instrumentally, in a variety of musical styles. On older projects, I did this primarily through words and music.

The How--I began writing and recording songs with lyrics in many styles to pitch to publishers. Upon discovering that I was not a "mainstream" type of artist and that there is an over abundance of singer-songwriters out there, I now focus on...(see next question).

What is my music like? Nowadays, it's instrumental, mostly guitar-based music encompassing Latin, World and Jazz flavours. I write economical compositions with twists and turns that have a sense of purpose and direction. I liked being surprised by the music I listen to and I endeavor to do the same when I write.

Have I studied music? I am a University of Ottawa music graduate who studied classical guitar & composition but I am always learning.

Who are my influences? From Calypso to 20th century orchestral composers, vintage film/TV composers, Pat Metheny, George Benson, the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon and a good, healthy dose of rock. Yes, there is a range here...


The Tropical Dream (TBR January, 2018)
(Studio Album of Instrumentals)

An original, loosely structured concept album of instrumental music outlining a vacation to a tropical destination.

Blue. Green. Aquamarine.
(2015) (EP of Instrumentals)

This original EP features engaging and dynamic, mostly guitar-based fusions of smooth jazz and Latin music.

The Sand In My Shoes (2014) (EP of Instrumentals)

This original EP features lively and memorable, guitar-based combinations of Brazilian,
Cuban, and Calypso music.

Shh. (2013) (Studio Album of Instrumentals)

This album consists of instrumental guitar-based pieces encompassing elements of jazz, blues, and some rock, mostly inspired by vintage movies and television scores.

Loose Ends (2009) (Studio Album--Vocals by Terry)

This was a 1960’s-style, guitar-oriented, group of moody tunes influenced by the Beatles, Brian Wilson, the Ventures, and early Alice Cooper.

Gomesongs Side B (2007)

(Publisher Compilation—Terry + various male/female vocalists)

This was the second compilation of songs I pitched to publishers including combinations of pop, folk/rock and country, with the occasional surprise.

Gomesongs Side A (2006)

(Publisher Compilation—Terry + various male/female vocalists)

This was the first compilation of songs I pitched to publishers including combinations of pop, folk/rock and country, with the occasional surprise.

I am a registered member of SOCAN (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).









Come on in, the water's fine!


August 15, 2017

I swear I'm going to sign off on the master this week and say it's done. The same for the artwork. Really. I am. You believe me, don't you?

August 6, 2017

Nearing completion of the album master and getting artwork in place for my new release. Patience, my friends. Be sure to read other album blog posts at my BLOG link above!

July 1,

Happy Canada Day!
150 years young!

June 19,

Great to have Brian Asselin in today to close out the album's performances with some tasty tenor sax!

16, 2017

I'm so happy to finally have some lovely Paraguayan harp on one of the tunes for my new album. Thank you to Martha Mazzoleni!

May 18, 2017

Nearing the end stage of mixing and mastering will be soon after. Also busy preparing artwork for my album. More details to follow soon!

April 11, 2017

After some delays, today I began editing and mixing my new album with Philip Shaw Bova. We've got a great start on things!

March 21, 2017

Had a fun promo, photo shoot today with Alan Dean and Andrea Cochrane of Alan Dean Photography. Hard to believe it was the second day of spring!

February 23, 2017

One tune on my project needed an acoustic lead and rhythm part.
Today was the day to get that done!

February 16, 2017

I added some extra guitar parts today. Except for one tune which requires Latin harp, most of the tracking is done and we'll soon be starting to mix some of the tunes. I can't wait!

January 27, 2017

Ottawa’s trumpet man, Nick Dyson, put his stellar playing on three tunes, adding some nice tropical vibes.

January 20, 2017

Local and hugely versatile drummer, Jeff Asselin, was in today and laid down perfect parts for two tunes. Professional, well prepared and a pleasure to work with. Jeff’s the man!

13, 2017

We had a great session today featuring a talented, young cellist named Raphael Weinroth-Browne. He played beautifully on a piece from my project that’s meant to convey a walk through the jungle. With January’s bitter weather, a jungle sounds pretty good right now!


22, 2016

Today we had the final session of 2016 with local piano player and trombone man, Mark Ferguson. He added some great playing to five tunes on my project. What a talented and nice person to work with!

December 15, 2016

Rob Milicevic, the drummer for the cool band, Kobo Town, came in last night for our quickest session so far. He did an excellent job on two pieces; one calypso and one reggae-ish tune.

December 10,

Norm Glaude laid down some beautiful acoustic and electric bass parts on two bossas from my new project.

December 3, 2016

We have completed the percussion parts for eight pieces. René F. played a nice variety of instruments; udu, timbales, caxixi, guiro, claves, cha-cha bell, maracas, woodblocks and even a pair of sandpaper blocks that my wife reminded me we owned. I can’t believe that I wrote so many percussion parts!

November 19,

Today marks the start of tracking for my new, full-length “Tropical” album, just ahead of our first major snowstorm. We’re recording at Gallery Studios here in Ottawa with Dean Watson. For our first session, “Congaman” René Fortier laid down some great conga and bongo parts. We’re hoping to have our following percussion session late next week. A great start!

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