Who’s Who? Part 2 – The Band

I want to write a bit about the band! And when I say the band, I mean the rhythm section.

We recorded the rhythm section portion of Clear Day in Toronto at The Drive Shed Studios. We worked there for about a week, during which time Juno-Award winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey expertly recorded each of our rhythm section players, as well as a 6 piece horn section, percussion, and backup singers!3

Who’s Who? Part 1

When I think of all of the musical talent that is captured on this album I get a tremendous rush of pride and a feeling of wonder. There are so many musicians coming together to make these sounds! It’s truly incredible.

I want to tell you who all these people are! And I will do so in the next few blog posts.

The first person I’d like to tell you about is my collaborator and co-producer Steve Webster. As I’ve mentioned in interviews, this is the first time that I’ve collaborated with anyone. Everything you hear on this album is something that we arrived at together. Either something we wrote or a decision we made. We threw ideas into the air – stripped the songs right down and we workshopped them over a long period of time until they were just right. It was a scary thing for me to do at first. I’m used to working in a solitary way and going through all of this on my own – until I’d reached a point where I was comfortable and ready to share the final arrangement with the band.

Hello, and welcome

The last couple of years has seen me in a deeply creative place, working on what is now “Clear Day”, my newest album which is now making its way out onto the world, as I type this. I’m eager to tell the story – the whole story! But where do I even start?

I think the music is the way to begin. And I will fill in the blanks – or maybe not. Maybe you will fill in your own blanks. The bottom line is, the feelings and emotions expressed through this music is so personal, and so…mine. But they’re universal feelings, and I hope you will find something to connect with here. To me, this is a soundtrack, a score, supporting the last four years of my life. What could be a better way to express joy? What could be a better way to find your way through grief. How can you express something that you can’t put into words?