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Matt Dusk would like a cool song – and here it is!

OK, so I spent three and a half weeks trying to write a song for Matt Dusk. Matt is a fantastic singer, and loves the same music that I do – the classics of Sinatra and Dino and Tony Bennett and Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald.  As a singer myself, I sing the classic songs […]

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SAC Week 6

Here’s my blog for Week 6! It was down to the wire, moments to go, and here it is! A Christmas song written AND recorded in the last three hours! As of 6pm tonight, I was unable to think of a song idea I liked, but I wanted to post something, dammit!  Three hours later, something […]

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SAC Challenge Week 5 – in which I murder a ballad!

  Here’s the link to my new song written for this week called “Broken”. I wrote it and played all the instruments and sang it, and recorded it all in less than one day. www.soundcloud.com/michael-holland-11/broken OK, so I confessed last week that I was too snuggly and friendly to be of much use at writing […]

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Loving penguins and Pooh Bear makes EDGY difficult

SAC Challenge Week 4 – well, it was time to be EDGY and I failed miserably because I’m just too snuggly and friendly. Oh well!  Why change a good thing?  After being on the receiving end of some pretty intense corporate litigation for way too many years, I was eventually free of that constant irritant, and I […]

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SAC Challenge Week 3

Well, it’s week 3 and we had to do an advertising pitch – a 60second commercial that could be cut down to 15s and 30s without losing the vibe!

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WAVES Element Virtual Instrumentl, an excellent synthesizer plug-in.  This shows the ISAO TOMATO patch, a reference to Isao Tomita, the Japanese synth pioneer who covered Gustav Holst's The Planets Suite using only synthesizers to create the orchestra.

SAC Challenge Week 2

Well, it’s been a long weekend.  I co-wrote a pop song with Lucy LeBlanc and Dave Stanley Daoust on Friday night, and then recorded it until Monday night, and here it is!  It’s called Unstoppable.  It’s aimed at Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato, and it was very enjoyable to work on with Lucy and Dave. This […]

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1974 Yamaha Baby Grand Piano (thanks for the inspiration, Elton).

SAC Challenge 2015 Week 1

It’s February again, and that means it’s time for the Songwriter’s Association of Canada Challenge 2015. This year, the SAC Challenge is all about giving writers a chance to feel some of the pressure and time demands of the real world of professional songwriting and includes an opportunity to pitch songs to an established Canadian […]

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