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....
Recently I lugged my trusty ol' Korg TR88 keyboard back into the studio. I had forgotten how great these patches sounded and had also forgotten what it was like to not use samples or rely on midi. I pressed record and this is what came out when I started playing this keyboard again.
"Sinus" reminded me of a Mats/Morgan Band song by the same name, so it was apt to name it just the same. There's some hints of Zappa, Genesis and some Muse sprinkled in.
If anyone know what time signature the middle/solo section is, I'm all ears.
Anyway, click here to listen to this new tune. If you like what you hear, download it for free or name your price.
Hope your summer is going well! Speaking of summer, the next album I have on deck is called "The Darkest Of Summers"
Lyrically it explores the subject of death imparticularly several loved ones that I have had to say goodbye to over the last few years.
Also clocking in at close to a mere 30 minutes, this album will surely be a bit more easier to digest than some of my previous releases....
Watch Part IV of the making of Acquiescence where I give you a behind the scenes look into the studio when I was recording vocals for the album.
I don't think I'm the greatest singer, so I had to enlist the talents of folks better than I. Watch below and see the amazing talents of singers that are featured on the album!!