Well, here it is, a new website showcasing my music recordings to date.
If you’re looking at this on a mobile, you’ll realise how little care has been taken to make this site ‘responsive’ - this is because it was constructed in a day using unfamiliar software and uploaded to a strange host… well, strange to me any road. I’m sure it’s perfectly normal when you get used to it. Just wiggle your finger (not your thumb) across the screen and back for the complete widescreen experience.
What can I say about the music? When I listen to it after a gap I tend to wince a bit, especially at the vocals. I developed a taste for singing when a boy treble. Ever since, people have been urging me not to quit the day job. On the other hand there’s plenty to feel proud of here in terms of tunes, lyrics and arrangements. If you share my liking for melodic artists, you will probably find a handful of songs worth listening to.
Try clicking on the album covers: five of them link to pages with music players; the others don’t do anything at the moment. It’s not a technical fault, just a mixture of laziness and censorship - do not adjust your set.
Despite that small detail, the test was successful, and although the music players are embedded from Bandcamp, there is still the nice sense of achievement to have come this far.
Even this blog post is a test - I intend to share it to a secret Facebook page to check how it looks. If it shares the blog image, all is well. If, on the other hand, it does not, heads will roll, mark my words!
Moody Blues fans should check out the albums in the second row, especially Returning with the Tide, which has had a subtle remix and is now sounding moodier than ever, with its ‘beyond the Core 7’ ambitions. Juice, my latest set of originals, has been tightly pressed from a combination of my favourite songwriters and my own experiences of Pembrokeshire.
But since it’s the season to be jolly and all that, you could do worse than to head to ‘Christmas Shopping’. I think the title track has all the makings of a hit: it’s a zany combination of grumpy lyrics, cute backing vocals and retro hi-nrg arrangement. Jingle Bells is the best arrangement ever, but then I might just be biassed. A bit of a Jethro Tull pastiche going on with ‘A Winter Garland’. It’s amazing what a keyboard can do if you feed it little and often.
I don’t know how to wrap this up, so I’ll just say so long and thanks for all the fish.
P.S. Do you like the Cranberries? 🤓