Great time was had last Sunday at the Fort Harrison hotel with Carlos Day, Hana-Li, Chaz, Carl and Ivan for a little show and party to celebrate the release of “Peace of Mind”. Thanks to Hana-Li for coming along and joining us for a few songs as well as Alex Scott for the pics!!
After a very solid year of recording, editing, mixing mastering and then a painful process with my graphic designer, i am very happy to release my first solo album in more than ten years. The pressures and demands of life made this project take longer than anticipated, but i am very happy with the product. It will be available on Itunes, Amazon etc this coming week…and if you are in Clearwater this Sunday, i will have the release party…check FB for details.
I just spent two weeks in Icas badass studio tracking drums with Grammy winning Porducer and Drummer Hernan Hecht, Mariachi Guitar and Bass with legend Ernesto Anaya, Upright Bass with master David Sanchez as well as others.
Man Icas studio is the bomb. His collection of Neumann Mics, Telefunken Pres, sonic perfection in the rooms and generally a great vibe made it a treat!
Now i am in Bogota editing before heading to Florida for some more tracking and then Argentina to finish things off with the great Jose Gentile.
The incredible Patrick Warren (Diane Krall, Clapton, Tom Waits and many more) is currently laying down keys on Fools Never rest and aren’t i just loving it! Patrick worked with me on the album “Ready” by Ana Victoria and he is one fine fine musician!
Still got heaps of recording to do, but right now “I’ll Always Love You” and “What are you Waiting For” and two track that are standing out!
I have just finished 3 shows with Billy in the Caribbean, the last being today 1/1/13.
To be honest i am still completely blown out by the experience as well as being physically exhausted – you can’t help but give every possible ounce of energy into your performance when you have someone like this next to you. He is ridiculously inspiring yet so humble, real and just cool! God he even let me take a Bass solo as we carved out a version of Stanley Clarkes “School Days”. To be honest, i sucked, but it was still a thrill. Fortunately my vocals didn’t suck and after the show Billy offered to play on my record which i will do in Jan Feb this year!
In short, being around such a Master is unquestionably the musical highlight of my life so far. It has lifted my level of dedication and love of music to a much, much higher level.
Here are some pics from the shows:
Billy had the idea to do Stanley Clarks “School Days” with 4 Bass players!
With the passing of undoubtedly the greatest and most courageous Sitar player the world has known, all eyes turn to Anoushka Shankar!
Naturally the power that flows in her playing is a direct influence from her great father and teacher, but in children like these, i question that the spirit that is the child, is already a Master in their own right…reincarnated to continue the journey of sharing their magic upon the world…why not?
Regardless of the past of the new “Master Shankar”, what an inspiration it is see this love and passion for music blossom into a child so spectacular! A dream for every parent and teacher and how blessed we are to see and hear her play!!
According to some, the world will end at the end of this year…god!!! they even made a movie about it!!! How mad this world can be when such people are let lose on society, to profit from fear, to enslave through lies!!
My way is to out create such negativity, so this coming year, i say lets all take a little more time to help a stranger, bring comfort to someone in need and share the good intentions that signify the Christmas season! Life is a very very beautiful thing…but it doesn’t remain beautiful, happy or great on automatic. It requires 100% dedication and attention to make it so and that is what i wish for you all this Holiday Season!