The Darkest of Summers is a collection of songs that were written periodically over the course of the last 8 years.
Songs that were inspired by not only the untimely deaths of people close to me, but me beginning to take a deeper look at my own mortality and just what the heck I was put on this earth to do...and what I'd leave behind.
It’s been quite a challenge getting back into the mindset of where I was when I wrote them and to recollect what I was going through at the time....
Hello there! Got a few new things and a few new old things on my workbench for the rest of the year and into 2020 and wanted to share some updates about them with ya...
In my last blog I described the tune musically as if “Frank Zappa wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody” while wearing a flannel shirt while listening to Grunge in the 90’s”.
After sitting on the “digital” shelf for a few years, the song slowly made it way back into my peripheral in early 2019.
Forgive me Father, for it's many months since I've last blogged...
Anyway, on Friday, September 13th I released a new song called “I’m So Happy For You!”
It’s one of those songs that has been sitting on the shelf for quite awhile. Lingering around for least 4 years now as I couldn’t find the right melodies or lyrical content that seemed to jive with what I had done.
Happy New Year everyone! As I reflect on the last 12 months, 2018 was a half way decent year. I managed to release Acquiescence, and in the interim got alot of work done on a couple other secret projects, some new Citizen 603 tunes as well as working dillegently on "The Darkest Of Summers", which is shaping up very nicely and will be out this year. (I have a release date, I'm just not gonna tell you right now)
Alas, the other half of the year was not-so-decent....
If you know me, you know I’m a recovering prog-head. As much as I try to deny it, DT is part of my DNA and my musical make up unfortunately....
Among my love for progressive rock, one of my other favorite genre’s is musical theatre.
As you may you know already, when I was in my early teens I reluctantly went to see The Phantom Of The Opera on a chorus trip in Toronto...thus began my obsession with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music and musical theatre in general
Here’s me covering “Stranger Than You Dreamt It” from POTO. It’s a bit of a deeper cut from the show, but by far, my most favorite song from the musical.
I dare not cover the title track or a song such as “Music Of The Night”. That’s like doing “Stairway to Heaven” or Freebird IMO
Tuesday, October 30th marks the 6 year birthday of my concept album CONVERSATION PIECES.
Well whilst cleaning out the cobwebs of my old hard drive I happened upon a commentary I did back in June of 2012.
THE LOST CONVERSATION PIECES ALBUM COMMENTARY
I had intended to include this recording with the albums bonus items on Bandcamp, alas it was forgotten about and forever lost in the digital void of my hard drive.
In this commentary, I dig deep into the albums plot, lyrical details and talk about all of the amazing musicians that helped me out on this project.
I hope you enjoy!
Helloooo! Just wanted to give you a few updates on what’s been happening here in my musical world.
Since the release of Acquiescence back in April, I’ve slowed down on my studio/recording work. Towards the end of that production, I definitely started to feel the burnout set in. I tried jumping straight away into another album I had on deck, but it just wasn’t working.
Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a computer screen for another summer, but every so often I would make some progress on this new album....
If you’re familiar with the type of music I create, then you may have noticed a trend of artists and music that are on the heavier more progressive side of music.
Well, believe it or not, the top 5 artists that I consider instrumental to kick starting my music career or had a dramatic effect on the way I write, are not who you think they would be….well that’s not entirely true, but there are a couple artists that you may look at and say “Really Geoff? I thought you were all about shred and prog and crazy music”…no. It didn’t always start out that way.
We’re going to go chronologically down the list. Which was kind of hard to narrow down to just 5, as there are at least 20 more – but these would have to be the most polarizing artists or albums that changed me as an artist or moved me emotionally....