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03/1/2017 – New Album Track List

Spoiler alert. Here’s a sneak peak at the latest track list for my new album, One Desire, that I hope to release this year. Some of the arrangements will change a little bit to incorporate the surf guitar sound  of a new Fender Jaguar guitar that I just started playing. The song “Time to Unwind” will be the first single, coming this Spring of 2017.

1. Moonlight Alibis
2. Forever Girl
3. One Desire
4. Time to Unwind (The Corona Song)
5. Summer Baby
6. Heaven With You
7. Water and Sand
8. Higher Ground
9. Island Time
10. The Bay Arcade
11. For Your Love

02/19/2017 – For Your Love

New lyrics-

Give me a look or give me a sign
or do that thing that you do all the time
talk to me about the good old days
we’ll drive around and laugh at clever things that we say

The sun is warm here in San Luis Rey
a balmy relief from the cold Winter rain
we want the moon and the stars, I know
maybe we should drive down to Mexico

Like two kids who were never afraid
livin’ our lives in a love that won’t wait
a souvenir of the words that we said
when we were younger
so much younger

It’s like a popsicle serenade
it’s sweet on the lips, and cool like the shade
a little story ’bout a love that won’t fade
it’s no wonder..
I still hunger..
for your love

Our days write the songs, and we sing the lines
we do the things that we do all the time
laugh or cry about the good old days
we’ll drive around and laugh at crazy things that we say

Like two kids who were never afraid
livin’ our lives in a love that won’t wait
a souvenir of the words that we said
when we were younger
so much younger

It’s like a popsicle serenade
it’s sweet on the lips, and cool like the shade
a little story ’bout a love that won’t fade
it’s no wonder
I still hunger…

for a popsicle serenade
it’s sweet on your lips, and cool in my shade
a little story ’bout a love that won’t fade
it’s no wonder
I still hunger
for your love

Give me a look or give me a sign
or do that thing that you do all the time
talk to me about the good old days
we’ll drive around and laugh at crazy things that we say

01/12/2017 – New Year!

My last report had me going to the doctor to have my vocal chords scoped. Good news: all is OK- just need to scale back a bit and not try to do EVERYTHING. Whew! I can move on into the new year. So I’m also back to songwriting and tracking for the new album. Hoping to have something to release soon. Happy 2017!

12/20/16 – Vocal Health

Well, it happens to a lot of singers. Voice problems. My clear and clean tone has been deteriorating into gravel. Great news when you want some cool Rod Stewart-ish texture to your voice (which I do have to some extent), except when you don’t want it. And my upper range has lost some mojo. So, off to the doctor I went. I now have an appointment on January 6th to have it scoped- a small camera with a light will be inserted in my throat so we can see what’s going on down there. So, I’m taking it easy for a little while so I can hopefully heal. It’s the holidays, so good timing!

The good news is that I’m doing some re-writes and fine tuning on songs for the next album, which I love doing. It’s such a challenge, like a puzzle, and it always results in a great lyric! I love my creative gifts and thank God for such a blessing.

I also have an update on my band projects- my cover band, Bad Candy, is sounding really great, and we are possibly adding keys this week! The other band, The Agents Of Erosion, is all-acoustic based, doing rock covers and originals. I’ll be recording vocals for an upcoming album and hopefully playing some open mic gigs soon.

I’m starting to get used to being a lead vocalist, although it still seems a little odd. I’ve always been the percussion/ukulele/backup vocals guy. By focusing completely on the vocal arrangement, I’m experiencing real growth in my singing which is what I’ve really wanted to do for quite some time. It’s going to have a positive effect on my upcoming recording sessions.

11/19/16 – Why I Play a Weird Guitar

I play a tenor guitar. What in the world is a tenor guitar?

Well, here’s a litte story about that. I was in the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California (fifteen minutes from where I presently live), checking out the various new ukuleles and acoustic percussion instruments. I love this place, and visit often. Mostly to buy strings for my 8-string uke. The Folk Music Center is literally a museum of acoustic instruments, collected from all over the world over many, many years. And they are all for sale. Tour buses regularly visit the store, and unload big groups of tourists who inundate the store, and spend about an hour looking in awe at all of the instruments- some familiar, some very rare and exotic.

I should mention that the store is owned by the family of Ben Harper, 3-time Grammy winning singer-songwriter. It was started many years ago by his grandparents. This particular day, his younger brother Peter Harper was in the store. Peter is also a singer-songwriter, and plays both ukulele and tenor guitar.

I had noticed the unusual 4-string guitars on the the far back corner wall, and inquired about them. I was telling Peter that I played ukulele, and we ended up having a great conversation about tenor guitars and ukuleles, and how he performs with both during his shows. I was fascinated. Long story short, I ended up buying one.

Mine is an Ibanez (tonewood edition), and being a 4-stringed instrument, it was a natural for me. It has a guitar sound, with a bit higher tone, although not like a ukulele. I’ve used it to write a few songs, and I play it nearly every day. The scale is larger than the uke so it took some getting used to. I’ve since learned that this is very much a folk instrument with roots in the South. So, if you ever see one of these guitars (or see me playing one) you will now know what it is. I do own a regular six-string, I just don’t know how to play it… yet!

11/11/16 – Looking For a Side Project!

I’m looking to form a rock cover band, from the ground up. I’d like to do songs by groups that a lot of others don’t do, such as Journey, Styx, Gin Blossoms, Boston, Foreigner, Elton John, Chris Isaak, (and some Zeppelin). It can be electric, or even acoustic. I only want to sing. If you are interested, or know any people, please send them my way!  I’ll have a vocal demo track with a few sample songs available soon..

UPDATE – 11/21/16: Look like this is happening. Not just one group, but two. One electric (The Wavy Rays!) and one acoustic band (un-named). Woohoo!

8/29/16 (updated) – Sing, Sing, Sing!

It’s freedom. It’s fun. It’s sometimes difficult, especially when you have a cold or an allergy of some sort going on. I like it so much, I’d rather just sing than have to play an instrument to accompany myself. Seems like I was meant to be a singer. But at this point in my musical venture, it’s just not possible. I have to both play and sing.

I used to smoke when I was younger. Two packs a day, for about 20 years. At the point that I was encouraged to see a vocal coach, I had been a non-smoker for many years- but I assumed that the damage had been done and singing would be out of the question. I was wrong. Very wrong! I found a patient and knowledgeable teacher who was intuitive enough to see where my weaknesses were, and where exactly I could go with my voice (which was more than I ever thought possible). The news was encouraging. It took quite a bit of work over time to get to my present ability, but I’m excited with what I can do, and I sing practically anything I want or need to. I really wish I could have realized this earlier in life- who knows where it might have led.

Anyway, I’m thankful for what I have. My range is just really good and It’s liberating. Are you a musician who hasn’t considered spending any time improving the vocal part of  your performance? Absolutely find a vocal coach and start improving. It will open up a new world for you and take your music to the next level!