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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…

Sing your Heart out!

Since the last time I posted about The Soul Trader Podcast (with good mate Simon James Betts), there have been five more episodes all done and dusted for your aural pleasure. Go on, have a listen. You’ll find them all below… Of course the beautiful thing about a podcast is that you can still read…

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…

According to renowned Zen Buddhist and interpreter of Chinese and Indian philosophies to the West, Alan Watts (1915-1973), the correlation between life and music is a closely knit and intertwining one. Through his lectures and his vast audio archive, he was known for his ability to unravel the complexities of life for the layperson through…

Right now I’m sitting in front of my computer typing out this blog post and on the other screen is an open project on Logic Pro X and I’m really, really torn between completing this post and just doing some more recording. However, there was a time not that long ago, that I couldn’t have…

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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…

after a sand storm the the air cleans up quickly

According to this video from the popular science YouTube channel Vsauce the answer is “not very likely” which is a good thing I suppose otherwise I would be out of a job. It seems that if you quantified all of the possible notes and rhythm combinations you get this amazingly huge but finite number however,…