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As I look out my window right now, the buds are bursting with life and there's a whole lot of "Photosynthesis" going on! That just happens to be the name of this week's track from "The Clarke Hall Sessions". It's a tune I've recorded previously on my "Underneath" record but I wanted to capture it live on "The Clarke Hall Sessions" and take it further down a Jazz path with the wonderful saxophone playing of Sean O'Connor.  Co-written with the talented Debra Alexander, it's a song that reminds us…

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INTO THE MYSTIC - Track 8 Video

As you can see, I am a proud daddy again and we had a very special night last Saturday back at Clarke Hall "wettin' the bairn's heed" :) We were blessed by the historic walls and a century's worth of musical vibrations as I sent my songs out into the air with the amazing Justin Abedin & Sean O'Connor.  Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the celebration.

For those who were unable to attend and don't have the CD/bonus DVD in hand yet, I am continuing the video previews this week with the only cover…

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YOU & I & THE UNIVERSE - Track 7 Video

I'm confident this week's song will have some "universe-al appeal" :) It's a song co-written on a road trip in Northern Alberta with the talented Dana Blayone. It's safe to say it's one of my wife's favourite songs that I've written.  It was inspired by the experience of the vast, open plains we were passing through on my way to the writing appointment at Dana's house. I said at the time that the feeling made we want to write a "big love song".  It's also the most sick I've ever been, trying to croak out a…


I've got an award-winning song this week that I'm delighted to have finally recorded. 

You may remember me giving away a demo version of this week's track, "While I Still Breathe", as part of last summer's Freebie Friday.  I decided to take this tune into "The Clarke Hall Sessions" and capture it live and in the moment and I'm so glad I did. I've always found something very haunting about this track, ever since my co-writer,  Bruce Madole, sent along the lyric and I spontaneously reacted with the music. I…

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BLOW OVER - Track 5 Video

We've been burning the midnight oil putting the finishing touches on the new CD and audio engineer Dave Vanderploeg and I are pretty pumped about it.  Here's a picture of us at Naturally Digital with our celebratory Vitamin G in hand :) The graphics department has also been busy and the CD design is looking cool so I'll maybe share some of that with you next week.  In the meantime, if you are enjoying the tunes and can lend a hand in bringing it into the world, please drop by the website and pre-order the

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RIVER ROAD - Track 4 Video

"River Road" was co-written with Thomm Jutz on a trip to Nashville last year.  I grew up in the small town of Jedburgh in the south of Scotland where the Jed Water has flowed for thousands of years.  Recently I read a historical book by Alastair Moffat and he described how rivers were seen by the ancients as sentient.  Rivers, in those times, were named to describe the size and sounds of the water running through the place.  My hometown was likely named after the word "Jekti" which described the water as…

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MEANT TO BE - Track 3 video

"Meant To Be" is a song that to me represents the rather naked way my latest record, "The Clarke Hall Sessions”, was recorded.  The song was co-written with Debra Alexander and talks about peeling away the layers, breaking out of a shell that hides our true essence.  While most records today - including my previous recordings - are made with multiple overdubs, many hours of edits & fix ups, this one was made in the moment captured entirely live in one take (save for one song where I forgot the lyrics and…

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WORKING ON FAITH - Track 2 Video

"Sometimes you gotta close your eyes, jump off, hold on, you'll reach it….

This is a lyric line from “Working On Faith”, the 2nd song from my upcoming live CD.  As a full-time musician and songwriter, I seem to live in the middle of that leap of faith every day. It's part of how your skin grows thicker & you keep on keepin’ on, learning how the music can feed you and change your shape into the most true representation of yourself. 

I happened to hear someone being interviewed on the…

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THE GOOD FIGHT - Track 1 Video

My new live CD "The Clarke Hall Sessions" was recorded during one magical day in Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit, Ontario.  Here is the first track, THE GOOD FIGHT.

During a writing trip to Nashville last year, I was woken up at 3 am by a melody whispering in my ear. Reluctantly, I got out of bed and tried my best to follow the song.  I wasn't able to finish the song during that encounter but it stayed under my skin for the next couple of weeks, regularly waking me up in the wee…

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My art nowadays is songs - writing, recording and performance - it's what I do and who I am and it's really about letting the music write and play me so I become the work of art.  I try to live in the moment, inside the song, riding every lyric and vibration along the way. 

I recently experienced all of this with my new Live CD - "The Clarke Hall Sessions" - recorded during one magical day in Clarke Memorial Hall in Port Credit, live off the centre of the hall floor, interacting with the beautiful…

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