Letter from a Friend
I commenced my music career, playing bass guitar in bands in the local Perth music scene. My initiation into music started in the mid western wheat belt town of Narrogin, joining the Narrogin All Stars. Back in my home town of Perth, Western Australia, I immediately ventured into music the music scene with other bands. The Blue Notes, The Secret, Stardust, Convoy, Flight, Fame, Delta Connection, Three P's and The Pods to name a few. I have also performed with well known artist/singer Normie Rowe and The Painters and Dockers. Recently The Rolling Seas and James Keene's Soul Fire (firstname.lastname@example.org). Later having worked touring acts as a light and audio engineer, with well known international names such as Canned Heat, John Rowles, Hermans Hermits, Sleepy La Beef. Mississippi delta blues folk Hubert Sumlin and Mojo Burford, John Cephas and Phil Wiggins and Sonny Terry and Brownie Maghee. Also a logistic support crewman with Roxette and Diana Ross. Credited Australian acts toured with are Painters and Dockers, Matt Taylor and Chain, Sneekers, Mark Vine, Outrage to name a few. My early years in music is influenced by songs of Jerome Kern and Stephen Foster, Oscar Peterson Trio, Theloneus Monk and many other well known artists. I enjoy playing different styles of Rhythmn and Blues, Country, Folk Rock, Rock and Roll, Sega, Reggae as well as Soul and Afro rhythms. Additional to all else having a flair for writing and arranging songs with the aim to have my music published. Track descriptions: 1: Letter From A Friend, the title track, is a classic fusion 'snap to' idea started and was arranged and spontaneously created in the studio. It features myself on guitar, Peter Oats on Bass with co-produced keyboard ideas thrown in. 2: Clear The Way is a folk rock song written about our day to day living and is not about a frustrated pedestrian or driving in traffic. I play rhythm guitar on this track with Mark Vine featuring on lead guitar and Peter Oats on Bass. 3: Just Burnin' The Light is a Funk Rock song about long sleepless nights featuring Abe Dunovits on lead guitar and Mario Schmack on bass. 4: South Country Roads was written on a surfing weekend to Cowaramup in the back of a Holden HQ panel van and completed whilst driving trucks around the back blocks of WA. It's was inspired more by the need to preserve our Jarrah, Marri, Karri, Tuart (what's left of it) and Tinglewood forests mostly. Features the slide guitar playing of Mark Vine and Peter Oats on bass and midi keyboard. 5: The Night Sky In August was written after driving home from a gig in Fremantle one winters night when the clouds drifted clear and left an array of crystal clear stars visible. This instrumental was the reason for making the CD as it would not leave me in peace. Time changes give the track it's own unique character starting in 7/8 into 4/4 and changes key and time into 2/4 and 4/4 in the bridge. To my mind I don't know of many other track since Dave Brubeck's Take 5 that do this, apart from some classical and jazz pieces. Myself on guitar and Peter Oats on bass. 6: Deep Sea Diver, the very first meaningful song that I have written, was inspired by a documentary about pearl diving in the strong tidal reaches of Broome and surrounding areas. A rolling rock song it features myself playing the first lead break and James Keene playing lead in the second break with Peter Oats on bass. 7: Heavy Remedy being a Rose Tattoo influenced rock song, I was lucky enough to engage John Meyer one of their former players to do the lead track. The inspiration for this was a tale told to me by a biker who knew of two riders who rented a house in Bayswater. They left the house in a hurry after the owner doubled their rent, by riding their motor cycles through a super 6 fibre wall. To my knowledge they haven't been apprehended to this day. 8: Long Lonely Night is a rock swing number about broken relationships inspired by the theme from the movie 'The Third Man' and features James Keene on lead guitar and myself on the main theme with Peter Oats on bass. 9: Last Night is morning after the night before song in the Travelling Wilbury style of things. Featuring myself on guitar and Peter Oats on bass and midi keyboard. 10: Love Is All a neat funk rock song is more a less a profound statement of what everyone loves what they do in general living and spare time, variety being the spice of life. Myself and Peter Oats on bass and midi keyboard. 11: Silent Words, a folk rock song, is about the speed of thought being faster than light. It's imaginative and has myself on guitar and Peter Oats on bass and midi keyboard. 12: Above The City Skyline was inspired by flying and a postcard from friends and family being on the other side of the planet. Myself on guitar and Peter Oats on bass and midi keyboard.