Do You Know Who You Sound Like?



Yesterday, I picked up the files for The Tropical Dream from my mastering engineer. We were speaking about some of the promotional work I’ve been completing and he remarked that he didn’t know anyone else doing what I was doing…

Inspiration: AKA Where Do They Come From?

Composers are often asked what inspires them. I thought this week’s blog might be a good time to ask myself this question.

Here are some of my known sources of inspiration:

1.) Memories

This is a strong one. My memories…

Video Killed the Radio Star…and Nearly Killed Me

Back in early 2017, I had a problem. I needed to come up with a video that I could use to promote, The Tropical Dream. I already had the idea of using a winter scene with photos of me “dreaming”…

To My Fans…I Mean, Listeners

Fan or fanatic “a person who is enthusiastically devoted to somebody or some thing”

Listener “a person who listens in an attentive manner”

After making a more concentrated effort to connect with music industry people on Twitter, I’m often seeing…

Saying it with Music Alone



Back around 2010, I reached a point of saturation. I was so bored of being one of the multitudes of singer/songwriters and pop/rock acts that I needed a change. I did write some songs I am proud of and I…

I Know Where This is Going



At this time of year in Canada, I’m reminded of the beauty of the fall season. This period of change has been written about, sung about, photographed, painted and rendered in so many artistic forms. Even back when I was…

Tropical Adventures and The Purple Balloons


As a child, I travelled quite a bit to the Caribbean and to Florida with my family. I have great memories of those trips as it always seemed like an exciting adventure. I was fascinated by marine life and having…

It usually is a Tropical Dream…

Even though my musical focus is to evoke a tropical oasis where things are idyllic and peaceful, recent and occurring events have reminded me of just how vulnerable these places can be. I’m amazed by the sheer will of those…

Atmosphere and Nothing to Sing Here

Market Rush. This is the title of a piece on my upcoming album. It was never intended to be a tune you would walk away humming. There are other pieces on the album that clearly aim for that. The function…

Tropical Vacations--Turning Weather into Music

When you take a tropical vacation, you take a calculated risk regarding the weather you will experience. Even with advanced forecasts, things can change quickly. With my upcoming album, The Tropical Dream, I felt that it was important to experience…

Musical Risk-Taking from the Captain's Chair



After visiting the wonderful Star Trek Tour in Ticonderoga, NY this summer and taking my place in the Captain’s chair, I realized that risk-taking and discovery has always been a part of my musical approach. The risks have not been…

Hugo, Martha and My Quest for a South American Harp!

The album was called, “Caribia”. I recall hearing it at a very early age and loving it. It wasn’t until much later in life that I discovered the main instrument used on it was a Venezuelan Harp. It was played…