Song a Week Challenge (week 14): Golden Rules

Hey y’all

Here is my offering for this weeks Song a week challenge. It’s called “Golden Rules”. I’ve been listening to lots of old school sounding R n B lately and this was born out of that. Looking forward to working this one with the band. Don’t forget to visit my pal , Tom Savage’s page to check his song of the week as well!

Golden Rules

Song a Week Challenge #13: Ain’t Gonna Lay Down No More

Hi folks,

Here is week 13. I think we’ve all met the guy in this song somewhere. I’m pretty sure I’ve even seen him in the mirror once or twice. It’s called Ain’t Gonna Lay Down No More. I spent very little time on the recording of it cause that’s the kind of mood i’m in today. Here tis:

also here’s a cool pic my friend Yannick Lambert sent me from my show in Donnacona Quebec.

Have a great week!

Song a Week Challenge Week 12: I am The Storm

Hey folks,

Here’s another installment of the song-a-week-challenge for you. This week’s tune is called “I am The Storm”. I’ve been wanting to write this tune since Memphis. I met a fellow there in my venue during the blues challenge….he and I had quite a nice chat. Lots in common musically. A few things we didn’t have in common though….he lost his wife, son and father and a few other horrible things that happened to him. His home town was blown away by a tornado. I don’t know if those two things are related but that’s how I put the tune together. All of the words are culled form things he told me in one way or another. Maybe someday when I’m not so damn lazy I’ll post some words. This tune was almost called “The Ballad of Vinnie C.” Not sure why it isn’t as I don’t even like the chorus. Who knows, maybe it’ll get switch up in the future. Anyhow, without further pause….

Song a Week Challenge (week 11): Shine My Soul

Hey all,

well after missing two weeks on this challenge I’m back in the saddle. Before I get into my description of this weeks number I want to encourage you to get over to Tom Savage’s interweb space and check his latest offering. I was in Kingston playing and Tom and I finally got to meet in person after a couple years of bromancing on the internet sharing gig ideas etc. He’s a great dude and has been super helpful to me and after meeting him I’ve realized we’re cut form the same cloth. He’s also out there making it happen and I take my hat off to him. He also has a special guest on his tune this week…hint hint. Get on over there and show him some love.

Ok so I’ve been solo touring in Ontario since I got back from my awesome trip playing in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. This time of year, and this solo trip, is special to me because it marks my anniversary of being a full time, self-employed, muscianeer. I always get nostalgic and sappy when I’m up here because I’m so grateful for my wonderful life full of generous loving people. It’s these peeps that keep me going and make it all possible for me. SO….this weeks song if for y’all. An homage to anyone and everyone who has ever helped out, whether it’s gigs, places to crash, food to eat, advice…WHATEVER…there are so many folks. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful fan base and friends and family that are crazy enough to support me so selflessly. I thank and love y’all. Here’s YOUR tune…”Shine My Soul”.

Song a Week Challenge(week 8): Juanita (Blood for Blood)

Hey y’all

Man this challenge is hard to do on the road. Shit! I drove from NB to Toronto arriving late afternoon. Checked into my hotel, checked my messages and then wrote and recorded this tune. It is by far the fastest and sloppiest I’ve posted a tune from zero to website. So, that down side is, I didn’t spend much time on takes. This was the 3rd i think. I don’t feel comfortable belting it our full volume in my hotel room so I just committed. I’d like to re-record this one at some point and give er a proper go. Anyhow, this one is inspired by my new guitar I got. It’s a mustard yellow 61 re-issue Epiphone SG. It has P-90 pick ups which i typically hate but these sound ok. It was cheap! I wanted something I wouldn’t cry over if it got ruined in Mexico (i leave in the am). It is such a nasty colour that I named her Ugly Juanita after a bar in Memphis. Once I got in the hotel room here I started thinking about my trip and then “pop”, out came this tune and what do you know, the woman’s name is Juanita. I don’t know what will happen next week as I’ll be in Mexico. I’ll try and find a way to get something up on here. Worst case scenario I post it when I get home mid week before I start my solo tour dates here in Ontario….Here tis, Hope you dig.