A Day in Boston

…not strictly true – the photos were taken over two days, a year apart! They were taken mainly around Boston Harbour, carefully avoiding the ‘Boston Tea Party’ exhibits – us Brits don’t like to talk about that too much!

Both visits to Boston were business-related (a conference). This year’s conference was held at the Hyatt Boston Harbour hotel – it appears in the video – and offered the most amazing conference room with a rather distracting backdrop – the view across Boston Harbour:


Pioneering – the musical

Picking up on the ‘Pioneers’ story in my previous post about ‘Doing Something for Nothing‘, I’ve re-worked and remixed one of the guitar instrumentals I recorded a while ago in order to dedicate it to the amazing group of matchday volunteers at the Saracens Rugby Club stadium, Allianz Park. (They may hate me for this!) The new version is called Pioneering. Anyone brave enough to listen, just follow the link and click the little arrow next to the title.


Where’s that weird noise coming from?


Some new material: well, work in progress really.

Two new original instrumentals, and two vocals ‘Stay’ and ‘Hidden in my Eyes’, provided by Hayley Carter. ‘Hidden in my Eyes’ is an original by Hayley. ‘Aquamarine’ was the last effort that I recorded with my faithful old Yamaha AES620. It’s gone to a new home, and has been replaced by an Epiphone Ultra-339, which features on the other three tracks.

All places on the verandah are taken!

The final three candidates have taken their place in music project No.2, ‘On the Verandah’. The three, ‘In the Dark’, ‘Cassola’, and ‘In the Cittie’, are in the listing on My Music page, and are also on SoundCloud…….. and now on BandPage, but available here: Acorde on BandPage. Acorde??? what’s that? Well I have to have a name…. it’s Spanish for ‘Chord’, so there’s a vague correlation with guitar music.

The big question is ‘what next?’ There’s a ‘sameness’ about some of the material in ‘Going Through the Phases’ and ‘On the Verandah’, so I need to diversify more. ‘In the Dark’ and ‘Below Deck’ are a start, both with a bit more complexity in the . . . → Read More: All places on the verandah are taken!

More music

Another candidate has made it on to the 2nd phase of my personal music project. This one is called Muppet; there’s a reason for the title, but that’s my secret 🙂

I keep wondering how many ‘latent’ musicians there are in the world. In two recent, and totally unrelated conversations I’ve come across a couple of guys who have a similar attitude to music as myself – completely enjoying the experience of making/playing music, but with no desire to seek fame and fortune; probably quite the opposite – happy to keep it as a hobby. One of them, Arran Oakes has an online presence – dig around on his website for some links to his music. The . . . → Read More: More music

Plat du Jour

The latest addition to My Music is ‘Plat du Jour’.

I can’t say that there is any significance in the title, but it’s another step towards coming to terms with home recording. I’ve wrapped up phase one as a set of 12 recordings under the title of “Going through the Phases’. The terminology is associated with rugby – a set of phases of play where one team maintains possession of the ball; it could also apply to the phases of life; there’s a strange synergy here – in rugby the phases end in a turnover, i.e. a loss of possession. Perhaps it’s the same in life, except it’s the loss of your marbles….

‘Plat du Jour’, along with ‘Sahtain’ . . . → Read More: Plat du Jour

I’m no recording star, and that’s OK.

I read a really interesting blog post by Michael Milton ‘I’m No Guitar Hero and I’m Okay with That (Now)’, and boy, did it resonate with me. Having devoted a fair proportion of my formative years trying to master a fourth chord to add to my previous portfolio of three, I found that a family and a career didn’t leave much time to develop my musical talents. The guitar was sadly relegated to the back of a wardrobe. But then…. as the children reached the age of independence, and I made a career shift, the opportunity arose to pick up the guitar again. With this resounding bout of enthusiasm, I signed up for lessons with a local jazz . . . → Read More: I’m no recording star, and that’s OK.