Bands First Gig

Okay, well its not really a gig. It is a talent show, and we are competing for cash prizes. But it is our first chance to go out live. We have no bassist, so it is guitar, drums and vocals. Everyone wish us luck. And if you are in the vicinity, drop by.


Band Update Again

This is a link to the facebook page for the band I am in, Tragic Magic. We still don’t have a bass player, but are persevering. So check us out, like our page, and as we grow you will be witness to the birth of the band and the progression from there forth. All the compositions are originals written by myself and the guitarist and drummer at this point.

My First Guest Blog

I was asked to write a guest post based on a comment I made on a blog recently, so I agreed based on the amount of hot air I had on the subject. It was posted yesterday, and its link is here, Guest Post: Shattered Dream Of Peace. If any of you get the opportunity, please check it out and give a comment, and thank Daan for allowing me to place my words and thoughts on his blog page, it would be appreciated.

In other news in my life, the band is coming along well. I believe there is no other band out there which sounds like us. Reason being – my vocals sound like no other vocalist. Not being pompous, just realistic. Example; Rod Stewart, not many sound like him – and you can usually pick up his voice. Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, Robert Plant, from Led Zeppelin, John Cougar, and I think you get the point. They all have original voices. And so do I. So our material is unique. But its also because we have a timekeeper who is spot on, and a guitar player who can sit and write songs with me one after another – such is his creativity. No we only need to hire another bassist. We seem to be Spinal Tappish when it comes to bassists. Any good bassists out there? Anyhow, we plan to get a bassist, and record the first of (hopefully) many CD’s and then send them out into the world. And they are not songs based on hot women, fast cars or entertainment. They are songs based on thought, feelings, and change. Of course I make them sound too stuffy by describing them that way. And they aren’t stuffy. They range from classic rock styling to heavy metal and maybe a few mosh songs. I’m old but not dead, and can use my vocal cords to propel what I need to.

Well, enough for now, gotta go. keep in touch. And please check out the guest post I wrote. Thank you.

My sons Youtube

My sons Youtube

My son has done a lot of interesting things, his art surpasses in in scope and creativity. I told him I wanted to post a link to one of his Youtube videos. He told me to use the one from a link on the Youtube site instead because it was better. So I did. Though I think the other one is just as good.

This video was shot by Lee, all the music was written and played and recorded by him, all the artwork and photos included are by him. He recorded it on an ordinary handheld Canon camera. Not a video camera, a camera, and a cheap $300 dollar one at that.

Please check it out, its a neat piece of work and has not received enough recognition. 

Lee taught himself how to play guitar, then took it from there and now plays banjo, keyboards, piano, harmonica, drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, and he sings. He records all his own stuff and wants to do soundtracks for filmed work someday. I told him I would help him network through my site and people could hook up with him through this link if they are interested.

Thank you, now watch the video.  :  )

From Autumn To Ashes

From Autumn To Ashes

This photo shows part of Senses Fails backdrop behind the members of From Autumn To Ashes, one of my favorite bands. On this occasion I was shooting photos from a balcony with a cheap camera, and lead vocalist Fran Marks (who I had met during previous shows in other locales) remembered me and climbed the balcony, clung to me and put the microphone between my ear and his mouth and continued to scream, which was the highlight of my day. They were an awesome band, and if you like your music to be loud, fast but also well written, produced, and with lyrics that are mentally satisfying then the C.D. The Fiction We Live is for you. This was a great time of my life that I will never forget. A very down to earth band, with great skills.

Fan Photo

Fan Photo

Huge fan of From Autumn To Ashes – R.I.P. (please come back and make more music) and this is a semi-blurry shot of Fran Marks (the frontman) as seen through the lens of a slow camera without flash from a balcony with no zoom while wishing I had a real camera.