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One step forward and two back

Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks. ‘A Day on the Moon’ was released on YouTube a few weeks ago. I also got to spend some time mixing in the studio with Lee Abraham, formerly bassman with Galahad and producer of prog rock material including his own acclaimed album ‘Black and White’ www.leeabraham.co.uk . […]

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To the Moon and Back

Time for another update. The new album is shaping up in odd directions. I had planned this to be another concept album but I’m finding my current inspiration for tunesmithery is taking me all over the place. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve also managed to pen two fairly commercial sounding tracks which are […]

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Return of the Epiphone Dot.

Progress on the album has been slow over the past few weeks, mainly due to the recent good weather meaning that more time has been spent trying to get our garden in shape. I have way too many projects on the go. My MIDI keyboard also died a death a few weeks ago and it’s […]

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A tribute to Ken Oakley – D Day veteran

65 years ago on Saturday, my dad’s cousin, Ken Oakley, stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Royal Naval Commando assault at D-Day. Sadly, he passed away in October 2007, a smashing bloke and fondly remembered by our family. It’s chilling to think that this very day 65 years ago he was camped out […]

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It’s all going too well…..

I’m a born cynicyst and have a bad feeling about saying this but the album is shaping up rather nicely. A most productive recording session last Friday resulted in the completion of ‘In the Sea’. If ever there was a track to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat, this was it. The intro classical […]

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Status report and cracking Cheeze

Quick progress report. Got a few hours in over the weekend. ‘In the Sea’ now has all the guide tracks. It took ages getting the right drum sound and eventually settled on a fairly vintage sounding Ludwig kit from the amazing Master Picks expansion for the TD20. I’ve found some nice keyboard noises to go […]

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Three new ideas but nothing finished.

After a long lay off seeking inspiration, I seem to have ended up in the middle of writing three tracks at once. I’m not that keen on working this way as the danger is nothing will get finished. The first, ‘Evolution Railroad’ is featuring a bluegrass style opening which I’ve been messing around with months. […]

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Sins of the Father

Next track in the can, I think. I say I think, because I’ve had major issues with timing on this one, and I’m still not convinced. I’ve done this several times now, leaving a track thinking its all perfect only to come back to it a few hours later, to find the timing all over […]

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