One of my favorite guitar songs. A lot of Satch influence in this one. This one made it to #1 over-all on Acid Planet. Not sure if that makes this my most popular song or not? This is one of the first songs that I composed on guitar. I didn’t record it until 2007, but it’s been in my head for years. Viaje de camino roughly translated means; ‘road trip’. For those who care to know.
Yeah, too much time spent playing Morrowind, then Oblivion, etc… This song was obviously influenced by those games, lol… Cool track though. If you’ve never played Morrowind or Oblivion (first, shame on you!); Moon Sugar is a narcotic and Skooma is kinda like moon shine. That’s why the song sounds like an acid trip, haha.
I composed Thunder as a backing track for guitarists. I get a ton of emails asking for backing tracks. Not all guitarists are composers and even less know how to mix a track, so I decided to send out a simple backing track and see how folks like it. So far the response is very good. I entered this track in an online contest (Tunecore) and won 2nd prize for ‘Best Guitar Bed’. Pretty cool.
Why did I name the track ‘Thunder’? I let my son Conner listen to the track and come up with a name. Conner said that the song reminded him of a thunder storm, so there ya have it. I love blue and this image is pretty cool. If you want a copy of the MP3, just shoot me an email. I’ll be happy to send you a copy.
Sorry for the lapse in content. I’ve had a few life changes over the pass few months. I GOT MARRIED! SNAP! I got married in March and loving life. I don’t have as much time to write music right now, but that will change. My wife is a musician too (I know! right?). You’ll get to hear her beautiful vocals on some of the new tracks.
I have some new songs and other creative content in the works, but I’m taking a little time to enjoy being married. Plus, it’s a lot of work setting up a new home, moving stuff, etc… Yes, it’s worth it! Very happy and loving life! Warning: expect a few sappy love songs in the future. Until then, here’s a quick Flamenco piece that I love.
Red Dragon is a new track for my next album. I spent some time a few weeks ago learning Flamenco guitar picking techniques. The Flamenco pick attack was perfect for this song. Red Dragon has some of my cleanest guitar work yet. I love the runs and bouncy drums. Everything kinda sits on the beat, but stays loose.
I love the composition and the use of guitar tones to create something “non-guitar” sounding. The inspiration for this track is another bucket list item; The Chinese Red Dragon Festival. The last 3rd of the song has a nice outro. I push everything ‘over’ a key and let the harmony rub.
My new album is posted in all 3 major digital music stores; iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Music. In addition, my new album is listed in over 200 other digital music stores. Availability varies from country to country. The price is the same on all 3 stores ($7.99). The prices varies a lot with the other stores. Mostly due to currency conversion. If you live in the US, stick to the major 3 digital music providers.
I didn’t advertise on Tunecore, but 50% of each LP sale goes to the “Love Without Boundaries Foundation“. Love Without Boundaries Foundation began in 2003 after a group of adoptive parents came together to help save the life of one tiny boy in China. Learn more about how LWB is touching the lives of thousands of children… one life at a time! Yes, I’m a sucker for kids, but that’s not a bad thing. Love Without Boundaries can feed one child for about $5 a month! I have no idea how they do that, but I’m happy to support such a wonderful group of people.
Thanks so much for all the support and kind emails. Here are the links:
As always, if you need a different version or format, just shoot me an email. I have high resolution versions of all my songs (320 bit MP3). I can also provide a creative license if you want to use a song in a media project. Just send a link back to my site.
Well, I finally published my new album. Probably should have happened a long time ago, but better late than never. My new album will be listed in every major online digital music store (50+ digital stores in total). Here is a “short” list of where to find my EP on Nov 4, 2014:
I’ll post links and prices as soon as my UPC goes live. Each store will have a slightly different price depending on commission, promotion costs, etc… However, the cost should be about $7. I’m half way finished with my second album. I should be able to release my second EP in early 2015. Feedback would be great. After you have a chance to hear the EP, please shoot me an email. I would love to hear what you think. Good or bad, it all helps. Thank you for listening.
The new album artwork is my creation (as usual). I took a picture of some cool rusted metal and add some text. Simple, but I like it. I think it fits the character of the songs. Not sure, but I knew that if I waited too long, I would never make up my mind, so there ya have it.
Thanks again for all those that listen to my music. Remember, if you purchased all of my “Instrumental Guitar” songs, you get a free copy of new EP. Just shoot me an email to remind me, but I’ll start sending out the free copies next week. Thanks again!
Mystic Chant is another contest entry. Basically, they (Sony) give you some loops (in this case vocals and a few beats) then the artist creates an original composition. I wasn’t going to try this one, but I love the vocal loops, so I gave it a shot and won another contest (big cheesy smile). More free guitar strings!
I love how Mystic Chant turned out. The mix is a little “wet”, but the guitars still punch through (and that’s what really matters!). I might use this song again and lay a nice acoustic lead over the top. I’ll post the alternate version if I like the sound. This song may need the heavy guitar to make it work. We’ll see.
A big (huge) thanks to Janni for the artwork. I had no idea what “Mystic Chant” was suppose to look like, so she suggested this photo. I think it works perfectly.
This is another Jammr session recording. However, I spent some time mastering and editing this one. I added some vocal loops and I used Ozone to master all of the levels. We play the song live via Jammr, then and I capture it in Sony Acid. Pretty simple, but the creative process is fantastic. This song has more of a blues vibe. We recorded all of the instrument tracks in one take. Then I came back and recorded the guitar harmony part for the chorus and added the vocal clips. I am finally starting to “gel” with these cats. They play extremely tight. Can’t get away with any rubbing with these guys.
You can view the first 3 session recordings here:
I chose this Kandinsky as my cover art (I can do that, because I’m not selling the song. Ha!). This is one of my favorite Kandinsky’s. The artwork is very musical. For me, the song is a musical version of this artwork (or something like that).
Funkster is my 3rd jam session with my new jazz head friends. I found a few musicians on Jammr. I usually have a basic concept or idea for a song, then we build from there. We play the song live and I capture it in Sony Acid. Pretty simple, but the creative process is fantastic. There is not a lot of structure to this song. This song is a pure jam session from beginning to end. I ask them to keep the key in A (Dorian) and I worked out the melody lines in real-time. I kept the song/jam in one key to make the improvisation easier and it worked. This was a LOT of fun to play. I went into auto-pilot after the first few bars. It was interesting to hear the recording.
You can view the first 2 session recordings here:Check out Jammr session #1 - Solace Electra Check out Jammr session #2 - Equilibrium
Greg came up with the song title. I like it. Although, it sounds more like fusion than funk (at least to me). Anyhoo, I love the recording. One more for the set list, lol. . . Can’t wait until the next jam!
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NOTE: some custom work requires a small fee. However, I try to help for free as much as possible. The only way to find out is to ask. Shoot me an email and give you a quote.