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Downloads are availabe from most popular music sites, or buy the real thing....the CD here.

I perform Solo in cafes and small functions now and then, I also help out occassionally with a covers band called Toejam and are currently working with 3 others in a new original project band called "FreeFall" we hope to record an album by the end of 2014.

 

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Welcome to my web site. You are listening to "My Little World" from the same titled album 2011, since age 11 in 1972 I have been writing and performing, I've recorded about 250 songs, sent out 100's of demo's, knocked on doors, but still no record label or stardom. I've lived in luxury and I've lived in Vans, for years I did music full time in NZ and Europe, like all working musicians and I have truely enjoyed the ride. I've been financing my own albums and selling them in my travels. Music is in my blood. The arrival of recording of music in the 1920's is the single biggest thing to ever happen to music. This firstly enabled musicians and performers to hear themselves but also transported music all around the world. I have a little shack studio (I even feature in "The kiwi Man Cave" book) out back with lots of old-school gear. When I get the urge a new track goes down.
I love guitars and I write songs with a story and a meaning.
If you're got this far hopefully you might click into albums and have a listen. If you are a fellow musician all the best to you and hopefully you can send me a link to your music. I love NZ and the beautiful town of Te Aroha. Have a listen to "Mountain Love's you".

I still love playing live to nice people, I love markets and cafes where I can mix my songs with my favourite covers and enjoy chatting to people and hearing other artists music. Selling a few CD's is always very rewarding. I went cold on playng in pubs to drunks just to satisfy their demands. NZ doesn't have enough alternative venues to actually listen to live music. I am constantly writing and recording new songs.

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The rewards of writing/recording my own music

Heres a quick list of the biggest buzz I get from my own music

  • Driving into a petrol station in a new town in the mid 90's to hear my album playing in the forecourt speakers
  • Way back in 1986 a friends mum said she was in tears on listening to a track that sparked personal emotions on my first album, this was the first time I had realised this reaction. A very special moment.
  • An American woman came up to me after I performed 'Nuclear Free" in Holland and told me that no one else in the world cares about New Zealands stand on Nuclear energy but I know she is wrong. I am very proud to have writen and performed that song many many times.

My Swing on MP3 compressed Music

I struggle to understand that intelligent people (some being music lovers) have bought into MP3 compressed music. Firstly I love the platform and concept of music on line to listen to new music to later source. This has opened up the door for musicians like myself, BUT when you do find some music you like how can you be satisfied with the quality of most downloads. CD is encoded at 16-bit (the bit depth) that offeredabout 30% of the studio master quality but a 256KB MP3 file is only about 5% of the original musicians work, at least vinyl gave us maybe 60% and didn't suffer the 0 and 1 digital conversion. Even the simple fact that people now choose not to listen to Albums in the track order (the musician slaved over those decisions) takes away the flow of the album playlist, the highs and lows and emotions created by the album. Having 2000 92kb MP3 files on your Iphone is nothing but inferior copies of the original works which can be OK for background listening or viewing songs but lifeless and souless to actually get the musicians message. Hosting sites can offer much higher res downloads if they choose to, it is them now ripping off the writers. Neil Young is one of few fighting to bring us better quality streaming and downloading and Vinyl has also made a huge comeback. Linn and a few other sites are beginning to offer Hi Res streaming and downloads.

I'm not indorsing expensive stereo systems but simply get the source information as good as it could be. In the 60's we strived for a good sound system and reproduction but around 1982 CD was the first major comprimise followed by somewhere in the mid 90's it was all thrown out the window for qantity over quality as the internet grew. Music touches the skin, makes you laugh or cry, it is a full experience and this is completely lost with compressed files, for me it's got to be on vinyl, better still go hear someone live. So often people tell me " I'm not an audiophile so it doesn;t matter"...........but that same person has 2 or 3 TV's that must be the latest Hi Resolution, and strangly except poor sound from that too.

I read this quote in a book by "Dave Hunter" that sums it up pretty well:

Seemingly daily our lives are depleted of depth and dimension as new developments in the name of convenience and speed disguise a steady decline in pure quality.

 

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Pictured here with my Brother October 2013

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Pictured below with Gary Philips (and Peter Helwig on percussion) playing at Roasted Addiqtion in Auckland shortly after the 2009 World we Created Album release. And with Jean Smith.

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Local Te Aroha Newspaper item 2009

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Little Brother and me playing in Aussie April 2011, And here at Banco with Jean

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At Banco Cafe TeAroha March 2013 with Greg Marshall, Magic and Chris on bass, The HAT Band

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Playing with Toejam Band

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