Songwriting & Music

Thoughts and insights on the art of songwriting and music in general.

I Write Song Lyrics & Here’s One of My Favourites: “Crushed” (Song Blog, Vol. 5)

I Write Song Lyrics & Here’s One of My Favourites: “Crushed” (Song Blog, Vol. 5)

It’s been one of my favourite things to do since I was about 18 years old: I write song lyrics. I seldom try to. They just seem to “show up” in my consciousness and I write them down. There have been hundreds over the years, and some are better than others. But if all of my songs were drowning in...

“Be Flat” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 4)

“Be Flat” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 4)

This latest entry into the Song Blog is part of my rock & roll bucket list project, Mutineer. In my pursuit of that dream, I’m inviting people to follow along the journey with me. If you’re at all interested in goal-setting and achievement and applying the law of attraction, have a look at that project to see how it develops!...

“Think Of Yourself” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 3)

“Think Of Yourself” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 3)

This is one of many, many songs I wrote a long time ago but have no audible record of until now. Other than an almost 20-year-old printed lyric sheet (shown in this video), the song has only ever existed in my head. I can’t even find a computer file with the lyrics. This “Song Blog” project is meant to capture and...

“Over & Over” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 2)

“Over & Over” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 2)

Something clicked in me that day, as if I knew I’d finally arrived at a point where I was comfortable inside my own skin, no matter what was going on around me, I could trust myself to be true to who I really was, go my own path make my own choices and hold on to that no matter how stiff the challenge might be.

“Broken Breath” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 1)

“Broken Breath” (Song Blog Demo, Vol. 1)

Well, I’ve finally jumped into something new. I’m calling it the Song Blog. It’s all explained, below, and on the new Song Blog page, which you can find in the drop-down menu under the “Kevin’s Music” menu item. It’s all explained below. Up first, a song called “Broken Breath.” You can hear it and read about it, below, or skip...

Heading “Home” for a Performance at WAMBO in Wallaceburg, ON on Saturday, August 8th

Heading “Home” for a Performance at WAMBO in Wallaceburg, ON on Saturday, August 8th

In 2007, I recorded and released my first CD, a little three-song effort titled “I Remember.” The songs were all done in honour of the place where my parents grew up, a town called Wallaceburg, Ontario. And in particular, the CD release was meant to be a bit of a campaign to support an event called “WAMBO” (Wallaceburg Antique Motor...

The Heart Of Rock and Roll Is Still Beating. At 7T8 bpm

The Heart Of Rock and Roll Is Still Beating. At 7T8 bpm

I love music. Other than the love of my kids, family and friends, there remain few things that can supercharge my soul as much as a live musical experience that reaches me in some kind of deep, personal way. And boy, did I get charged up at a charity event a little over a week ago, thanks to a band...

New Song, “Broken Breath,” To Help Southwestern Ontario Lung Association

New Song, “Broken Breath,” To Help Southwestern Ontario Lung Association

One of the things I enjoy most about my work is that it puts me in the path of some wonderful organizations. I was thrilled when my journey took me back into the office of the Southwestern Ontario Lung Association about three years ago. I’ve been working with them ever since, in my capacity as a marketing consultant at Bell...

The Courage to Get Started, and How My Own Words Have Come Back to Inspire Me

The Courage to Get Started, and How My Own Words Have Come Back to Inspire Me

I’ve often heard it said that the greatest thing you can do with any goal or quest in mind is simply to begin. Just having the courage to start is a grand achievement. A willingness to try means being open to the possibility of failure, and/or being available to the responsibility success may bring. Each is scary in its own...

Happy Anniversary, No Schedule Man!

Happy Anniversary, No Schedule Man!

Four years ago today I achieved a goal I’d held for at least a decade: to complete and release a full-length CD of my own music. It was June 26, 2010, when “No Schedule Man” was finally released with a concert at the London Music Club here in London, Ontario. Much has happened since then. And looking back, I feel...