April 19, 2016

Music and Other Things

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The muse within

Although I must have written around 50 songs during my early years on guitar, I never really felt like I wrote any of them. One minute I was holding a challenging piece of white paper. The next it was covered in words. I was always astounded by what had unraveled before me and grateful that a muse had used my fingers so creatively.

Painting: Eduardo Guelfenbein 1989


PAB_6362Don’t Be Afraid

Produced and Engineered by Dare Mason at The Townhouse Studios, London.
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DSC_9421Love Is Not For Friends

Paolo Black/Wendy Matthews. Produced and Engineered by Dare Mason at The Townhouse Studios, London.
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DSC_0702Was It All A Dream?

Produced and engineered by Dare Mason at The Townhouse Studios, London.
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DSC_9847Walking On Eggshells

Produced and engineered by Dare Mason at The Townhouse Studios, London.
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droppedImageThe Thong Clap & 2001 Thongs For Beginners

The Thong Clap Rap was conceived as a piece of satire, intended to poke fun at the Australian obsession with thongs – not skimpy underwear, but rubber footwear (flip-flops). It was performed by my brother Vyvyan and I, although the credit on the record went to Thong de Plume. The thong drum solo was performed on anything that made a noise that I found in the studio kitchen. The guitar solo was played by American guitarist Louis Shelton (who owned the studio), and the producer/engineer/mentor was his friend Corey Fite, who also played keyboards on 2001 Thongs for Beginners.

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07Filming for the BBC as a single dad

When my son Cameron was 18-months old, I was commissioned by the BBC to make a series of programs for broadcast at the change of the millennium. The series was called ‘Visions” and it was 24 of the world’s greatest scientists talking about the one thing they hoped would be be invented or discovered in the new millennium, and why. After Stephen Hawking agreed, every scientist in the world wanted to climb aboard. And so, as I was a lone father at that time, I had to consider the logistics carefully. Here’s that story… as told to Australia’s ABC Radio.
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