WRITER - ARTIST - HOST - MUSICIAN
In 2020 during the pandemic/shutdown I've continued writing for websites. I've worked remotely
completely since 2011. Music has been more of a hobby for me over the years, but I've also been involved
with it professionally through radio and research.
So I decided to share my knowledge about how music is made and how to approach it more creatively, instead of falling into cookie-cutter categories. After compiling lots of research on music composition techniques I went crafted a video course called "How To Write Innovative Songs on Acoustic Guitar," which can be found at online teaching platform Udemy.
These days I'm still writing and recording songs at a casual pace. Most of the songs are part of a "mirage band" project called Sunsetrip. A mirage band - a term I made up - is an imaginary band with imaginative songs. It's essentially a funny name for a singer/songwriter that wants people to focus more on theme of the project than the artist. Here are some of my recent recordings mixed with my cartoon art on video.
Eye of a Raven
I originally wrote this song in the 90s when I was in the Beat Villains. It's a song about exploration and freedom, from the perspective of a raven.
Rock N' Roll Saved the Day
"Rock is dead" is a common claim that's actually been around since the sixties. Alternative rock has faded from the pop charts. But then again, the pop charts have been buried in the current wave of "more bands than fans." Rock really isn't dead and this song salutes it as an evergreen form of music and culture.
As a mirage band theme, this song penetrates the layers of human imagination to reflect how people become attached to their own creative illusions. The core of this song's melody was written many years ago, while the lyrics were reworked in 2020 to fit the mirage band theme.
A Century of Radio
This song is a tribute to the radio industry's 100th anniversary in 2020. The lyrics tell the story of how radio evolved throughout the 1900s.