If you’re like me… rhythm and harmony can be heard almost anywhere. Walking down the street, listening to the wind, animals & nature… Just stop. listen, and feel rhythm.
Ive had a deep audio interest for a number of years, constantly hearing parts of the music layers, and the production behind the recording. Some songwriters just have that ‘unique identifiable sound’, and those have been my go-to’s over the years. In between theatre sound, technical broadcast, and festival production, I have written a few songs along the way… Taking long hiatus in between ‘Life events’, which I suppose is normal for most folks. I love to noodle and bang on things, which means I am a pencil tapper as well. Drives my coworkers nuts! Rhythm, syncopation, more rhythm, and a blend of perfect harmony.
Wearing a production hat- Hands on writing, producing, recording and acoustic spaces are my preference for all things audio. An instrument sounds completely different in an outdoor venue… early morning just as the crispness gives way to the sun… As a songwriter, everything done in a single take, each part, and hope I don’t make too many mistakes. You just never know how it will all turn out! That’s what happens when you wear many hats! Haha.. engineer, producer, musician, and writer… but its a total blast to get it put to tape.
At home…. I am a devoted pet mum and they are my everything. My sunshine, my sunset, and true motivation. Just one look into their eyes, and the world is a good place to be. Best therapy I know, and couldn’t we all use some of that at different times in our lives.
Ive been all kinds of volunteer for several decades, and have a hard time saying no to new opportunities. Most recent years, Ive been involved with Edmonton Folk Fest (stage control, and pre-production), integrated drum circles for AHS patients, church choir, and other committees.
While facilitating rhythm circles -It thrills me to see people who are quite apprehensive about the whole idea, and who may ”think they cant’ play an instrument- pick up a drum, and become part of the circle. Without even realizing it, they are playing rhythms, and participating in ways they never could have imagined. Those smiles and sense of accomplishments are what motivates met to keep doing it.
As a songwriter… Ive had some of my tunes played at weddings, and had a couple tunes heard by industry people’s. Once offered a recording contract – I decided to forego to pursue things MY WAY. I NEVER intended to write for radio- but thru other avenues- I enjoy hearing peoples thoughts and how a song Ive been gifted to create has impacted their lives. Truly Humbling, and so rewarding.
Present day-taking the plunge and some some songs are now available online! Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc… Enjoy!