I’ve always liked music that draws on a variety of sources — tracks that blend styles in a seamless way. And that’s exactly what I tried to do with “Tanzen”. All of the tunes on my 1997 self-titled debut album had some combination of styles and production techniques, but one of them, “Tanzen”, stands out to me. I think (hope!) I achieved a seamless blend of electronic and acoustic textures on the track. Here’s a live in the studio version of “Tanzen”. Thanks for taking the time to listen!
Like most writers, I find it tough to single out which of my tunes I like “better” than others. Some pieces are a true struggle to write and record and some just seem to flow right from the beginning. Some of my songs work great live and others, well, not so much. That said, ’73 is one of those pieces that, if you twist my arm, I’d put into the “like better” category. Here’s a live in the studio version of ’73. Thanks for taking the time to listen and I hope you like the music.
My live in the studio take on Tom T. Hall’s classic song “That’s How I Got To Memphis”.
Here’s a live in the studio version of “Just Now” from my album, A Perfect Tomorrow. I released A Perfect Tomorrow back in 2000 and I’ve played “Just Now” on countless gigs — the tune always seems to push me to try and play/improvise something new. Thanks for listening!
This is a live in the studio version of “The Street Below” from my debut album, Jamie Bonk. I wrote this tune all the way back in 1991 when Sonya and I were living in an apartment on a somewhat busy downtown Toronto street. We’re living in an apartment in Port Moody now, above a different (and thankfully calmer) street, but for me not a lot has changed. I still like looking at the traffic passing by, still like staying up way too late and I still like (even after 30 years!) playing “The Street Below”. Thank you for taking the time to listen and, as always, I hope you like the music.
It’s been a year since the release of the last “No Tuition” interview and I’m happy to be back talking with guitarist/composer Peter Janson. Peter’s one of the finest contemporary fingerstyle acoustic guitarists playing today and, as you’ll see in our interview, a terrific story teller as well!
Episode #4 of “No Tuition” features musician/painter Ron Scott. We chatted about Ron’s artwork, his compositional process, his love of looping and his work on TV shows such as “Corner Gas” and “Antique Roadshow”. Ron was kind enough to perform a number of examples of how he uses his looper in a live performance setting. Even though I’ve known Ron for over 20 years, this interview gave me a deeper insight into both his music and his painting.
In Episode #3 of “No Tuition”, I speak with Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Matthew James Gibson. Matt’s debut album, “A Trip To Remember, A Place To Forget”, was just released and we chatted about the making of the record, his creative process and much more.
This second episode of “No Tuition” features an interview with singer/songwriter/guitarist Nolan Hubbard. Nolan was kind enough to speak with me on one of his few days off from his current tour. We covered everything from how he writes to his gear to his future plans and I think the interview turned out fantastic!
On this first ever episode of “No Tuition”, I chat with Toronto-based indie singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Beg. Andrew and I talked about a wide range of subjects including his three ongoing projects, the challenges of being an emerging artist and, of course, guitars and gear! I hope you enjoy checking out the interview as much as I did doing it.