Into Sound . . .
It seems music has followed me my for a long time.
While playing hockey in
Anyway, we shared chord and picking tricks and best of all, we learned to play together – which is way more fun than playing alone.
Eventually, we started having weekend hootenannies - where all our friends would gather at someone's house and sing along to songs like “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane” and “This Land”. In those days there was lots of accessible music from people like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Peter, Paul & Mary, Gordon Lightfoot and more. This was when Folk Rocked – and there was much to sing about – this was the ’60s.
By 1967, I left home and ended up joining a
Up With People. It took me on tours through the South Eastern
When I returned from touring, I opened a number of coffee houses where local teenagers could hang out. Of course, I got to perform occasionally. In fact, this was the informal beginnings of what later became known as North Shore Youth Services (NSYS). Actually, NSYS ended up organizing a number music events that included groups like Procol Harem and the Eagles. The music was good.
Back in those days (1972), I purchased a sound on sound – reel to reel – tape recorder. This enabled me to experiment accompaniments of my own creation. It was crude but it gave me a better idea how music works and exactly how bad I could sound without really trying. I continued using the recorder to around 1987 when I learned how to plug a midi keyboard into a computer… thus turning the computer into a music recording device. The only problem was recording guitar and voice. Back in those days, computer capacity just was not there.
I did midi music until around 1995 - more. The last song I recorded was during the Public Service strike of '96. When I moved to Garthwood, I never really unpacked the keyboard. I did however compile, from tape, a sample CD.
Fast forward to January 2005 and not
only did I set up my “studio” again – but figured out how to make make my 1st
digital recording. It took weeks to figure out how to configure and
operate the software
- but when I did, my 1st test reaped amazing results. No
rehearsal or practice... just a simple
progression of notes. The difference, over what I'd done 8 years earlier,
was this time -I could use my guitar. I
purchased a device called
We come into sound. We are here to make a noise... disturb the molecules that we breath in such a way that they vibrate and resonate in much the same way that you do. When I was with Up with People, we sang a song called, "Everybody's Got a Song to Sing". I really believe that life is the process of learning to compose and sing your own song.