This past week, my drummer Ian Mackay and I took part in our first “Yacht Rock Night” with Charlotte Cornfield and DJ Choozey. We’re planning a full-on smooth music cover band called The Smooth Syndicate. More on that soon …
I’ve just been thinking how lucky I am to have such a wonderful group of musicians in my life who have been there to play my music with me over the years. They’ve always been incredibly dedicated and worked their asses off to make the music as good as can be – often for not much money. Tomorrow is my… …read the rest.
Hey all, I just posted a new “Voice Memo Demo” in the Music section. This one is from this past Summer, and it’s called “One Girl, One Song”. I never played it after that day. But it’s got a nice melody and chord progression, so maybe I’ll revisit it. There are so many little songs like this one that I’ve… …read the rest.
Just wanted to give a shout out to a bunch of songs I’ve written and performed in the past couple years but that will not be on my new album. You still rock, I will continue to perform you, and you’ll find a home someday. Here they are: Balalaika (jan 2012) Blank Canvas (fall 2012) Cherry Blossoms In High Park… …read the rest.
I’ve made 5 studio albums. Having not gone through the process since 2010, I’ve been able to gain a new perspective on the process of letting go. It’s always been difficult for me. The challenge is to feel good about the work you’ve done and carry that confidence with you as you bring the work to the world. Looking back… …read the rest.
This is me and Beatrice… She’s the piano I toured with from 2005 to 2010. A 64 upright. She also appeared on 2 of my albums: Let’s Slow It Down and Good Watermelon. I still own her, but she’s at the home of my ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Anyway, last night I had a dream about her. I was playing at some… …read the rest.
Last week I filmed 2 songs for the wonderful Southern Souls video series. Me, bassist Ben Whiteley and drummer Liam Titcomb headed to Ben’s parents’ house and performed a new song, “Al Green” and an oldie, “Wait For The Tea To Steep” for the camera. The house has 2 grand pianos! So for “Al Green” we headed into the basement… …read the rest.
I’m sitting in Charmaine’s Place, a cool new Italian-Jamaican eatery near my apartment. Charmaine’s awesome. I want to write a bit about songwriting tonight… Some days it’s so hard. I’m tense, anxious, over-thinking. And my work requires me to be loose, open, relaxed and intuitive. So it’s tied up to how I live my life. And sometimes it’s so hard… …read the rest.
Here’s a quick glimpse into something I’m doing while I’m not touring, here in Toronto. I play the “piano man” over at the Madison Pub, singing songs for a lot of people in their early 20′s. I’m always surprised at how much they’re into the old classics – but maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Those songs are built to last…. …read the rest.