Disco Ball

Anyone that knows me knows that I love funk music. As a bass player I almost think it’s somehow my duty to devote some of my playing, practising and songwriting time to the dark arts of FUNK. As I mentioned in a previous post “How Music Has Shaped My Life (So Far…)” I was part…

This magnificient view is from the groud floor of Light house in Pondicherry, India. Entire staircase is painted with pastel blue.

I remember chatting to a songwriter friend of mine a while ago about the pain he was experiencing when writing songs. He said to me that he was great at starting songs but really lousy at finishing them (well, aren’t we all). He also told me his main philosophy for his songwriting process and to…

race track field empty

With today being the 4th of July I’ll again be participating in this years 50/90 Songwriting Challenge as I have done for the last 11 years. Sometimes I do think that I’m batshit CRAZY. For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, the 50/90 Songwriting Challenge (also known as 50/90) requires the participant to write 50…

While going through my song archives some time ago I noticed that I have a lot of songs written in the very early days of my musical journey that would never see the light of day. However, I still remember how these songs go in my head as if I’d written them yesterday. I thought…

magnifying glass on white table

When accepting his BMI Icon award in 2010, songwriter David Foster gave a speech which was more like a ten commandments for all songwriters to live by. Here are those ten songwriting tips in a nutshell: Save your moneyDon’t get marriedLearn an instrumentDon’t be too precious about your songsBe genuinely happy for someone else’s successPhone people backGive your career everything…

Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt cards, iPhone, pen, notepad

Here is a very interesting video I found recently of one of my favourite musicians and sound artists of all time, Brian Eno being interviewed by Jools Holland in 2001. In the video, Eno talks about the concept of his Oblique Strategies cards and how they can be of immense help to songwriters, performers, studio musicians and even brain surgeons. Speaking…