What began as a magnetic pull to flee to Ireland last May resulted in more creation than I ever thought possible. Once the letting go began, the flow followed and a torrent of songs were born. In fact it lead to making so much music that I was left with the dilemma of what to do with the material. What followed, as you know, was “The Burning Bright” released last March. I’ve been steadily on tour supporting it and can’t thank you enough for the support and numerous sold out shows.
What you don’t know is that there was also an album that I made specifically with my long time friend, guitar player and production genius pal Dean Drouillard. Although 4 of the songs were remixed for “The Burning Bright” by Tim Abraham, it was always my intention to release this second album the way that Dean had originally planned, produced and mixed. His vision is unparalleled and deserved to be heard.
So my dear ones the time has now come for the unveiling. I give you “I Wish You Well”. The new album perfectly encapsulates the feeling I had living in my little cottage in the County Meath, of Ireland. Dean’s original mixes and the inclusion of the other 5 songs tell the story I needed to release into the ether of the Universe. I’ve decided to release the album at shows only and will kick the tour off on Aug 21st at The Grand Theatre in London, ON. Tickets are on sale now!. The show will include a re-working of “The Burning Bright” tour with additional musicians and guests, as well as something very special I have created to showcase some of the new songs on “I Wish You Well”
I hope you join me and come along on another musical adventure.
When I was a child music flowed through me. Art sprang forth whether I asked for it or not. Sadness seemed to drip from my finger tips and find a page to exhale onto – always leaving me joyful. As if the exorcism had removed the demons. Sadly though, during the writing and creation of We Were Born To Glory, I somehow got caught up in the “business” of the music business. I temporarily forgot the joy that came from creation for creation’s sake. As a result I created an album, though successful, that left me empty with ultimately no joy to fill the space. At the same time too my marriage was dissolving in front of me and suddenly the two main bedrocks of my foundation washed away. I was adrift. Thankfully though I was able to move to a small cottage in rural Ireland, remove the noise, quiet my surroundings and finally hear my inner voice again. The all knowing compass spoke and soon the veil lifted. I made art again. Music flowed. Answers were found and puzzles solved. Sarah and I decided to separate, but remain loving friends and in each other’s corner.
Purpose is the ultimate driver. It is indeed what now gets me out of bed in the morning. I want to make art. I want to create. I want to perform music. I want to learn. I want to love. I want to be healthy. I want to leave a legacy for upcoming generations that gives them a brighter future and not impede their chance of survival. I want to be the change. I want…
How will I accomplish all of these “wants” though? The ancient proverb “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is the answer. The key is not to ask how, but simple to ask for what you want and to move. Take action and attempt to get there. Somewhere along the way I will look back and realize not only did I reach the island, but I swam a great distance and grew in the process.
To that end, I thought I would let you know what I am doing these days. I am living in TO, but I have also taken over my parents farmland and moved to the countryside near Peterborough as well. In honour of “being the change” I am most excited to tell you that I also partnered with an organic collective called Castanea. They will begin planting organic crops and running their collective on the land
this spring. I am in the early stages of building my recording studio now called “The Farm” on the property. It should be up and running by the end of the year. I am also in the progress of attempting to move the property to off grid. It’s a long term dream, but I am moving steadily ahead.
The new album “The Burning Bright” is obviously out and taking on a life of it’s own. I’ll be shooting another video soon. I’ll be touring Canada and Europe this year, with plans of US shows as well to be announced soon. I am also producing a young Canadian artist named Peter Katz this April with my production pal Bill Lefler.
Of course I also continue to study wine, compose and arrange music, create art in various forms both visual and the written word that will someday find their way out into the world, spend time with my loved ones and ever growing family, and most importantly, dream big.
The time has finally arrived. THE BURNING BRIGHT is mixed, mastered and ready to be released on March 18th 2014.
In honour of this I will be touring Western Canada and Ontario over January and February with many more dates to be announced soon (see tour dates here). I am bringing world class musicians, sound and lights with me on this tour. Basically it is my mission is to take you on a musical and artistic journey of emotion and melody you won’t soon forget. I am so excited for you to hear half a dozen of the new songs each night, as well as ones spanning my whole career.
For those of you coming to the show I have a special something waiting for you at the merch table. What is it you ask? If you purchase the Pre-Sale of THE BURNING BRIGHT you will receive a digital download card with not only the new single “Forever and Ever” on it, but 2 exclusive songs not included on the album. As well, you will receive an autographed copy of THE BURNING BRIGHT one week before the official release date.
Looking forward to seeing you out there and performing night after night!
I’m flying through the air, moving forward in perpetual motion in time and space, pondering what lies ahead. Bound for Los Angeles again, I am on my way to accomplish many tasks. All of them artistic in nature, surrounded by supportive and talented individuals I am proud to work with and call my friends.
To begin with I am doing another photo shoot with the very calm and loving natured Vanessa Heins. Out of all the photographers I have ever worked with, she has such a gift for putting the subject at ease and for capturing the individual honestly and creatively. She truly understands natural light and how it plays into such a visual art form. I’m looking forward to seeing her again and getting down to work shooting in the gritty yet welcoming streets of LA.
Then I begin writing and producing with BIll Lefler for my new musical pal Peter Katz. Our goal is to come up with a new batch of material Peter can use on his upcoming release in 2014. Regardless we will laugh, jest with pointed sarcasm, and create, create, create.
After that is completed in a few days, I will shoot the first video for the new album THE BURNING BRIGHT. This time it is to celebrate the single “Forever and Ever”. I am truly excited to finally work with Christopher Mills on this project. I have long since loved his style and ability to conjure up stunning, engaging and powerful imagery that truly reflects the music and message of the lyric – and yet stands alone as it’s own tale to be told all on it’s own.
While all of this is going on, I will begin listening to the mixes for THE BURNING BRIGHT and sending my revision notes. The songs are in the hands of Tim Abraham out of Toronto. I must say, he is making some of the most exciting mixes I have had in my career. We seem to be having a meeting of minds artistically for what this record should sound like. I can’t believe it will be mixed and mastered by late December.
I must admit though that I am looking forward to taking time off this holiday season to spend with family and loved ones around the wood fire drinking wine, eating too much food and talking a little treason.
Once the new year rolls around I will rehearse the band for the upcoming January tour. This will mark the unveiling of several new songs, so there is lot’s to learn and capture with the band. These musicians are some of my best and dearest friends in the world, so I can’t wait for this tour to get underway.
Well, I am being told to shut down my computer and stow my baggage, so I shall say farewell for now.