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The Fantastic Voyage of Writing Songs – the SAC Challenge 2013


Photo credit: Mose (of Wiggly Toes Music Productions). All rights reserved


Welcome.  If you’re reading this, then probably you love to write songs as much as I do, and so, dear reader, this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!

I am taking part in the Songwriters’ Association of Canada 2013 Blogging Challenge.  I will be blogging each week as I proceed through a Songwriting course offered online over the next six weeks by Coursera and I hope you will check back to see how it’s going.  I’ll be sharing things my fellow songwriters and I have been discovering on our journey.

Most of all, I’ll be sharing moments and visions from the fantastic voyage of writing songs.

What follows describes where I am in my songwriter’s journey.  I hope it helps you learn more about me – and this blog.

I’m a member of the Songwriters’ Association of Canada, and of course I write songs.  I first became interested in songs when I was 9 or 10, just as the Sixties ended.  I lived in London, England in those days.   I’m now 52 years young, happy to be living in West Vancouver BC, and I still love writing words and music passionately!

After hearing Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” in high school, I became very keen on new structural forms, wild free-flowing imagery and non-linear rhyming schemes that were unpredictable and unstable but deeply affecting; comedy, irony;  it was all there in the songs of the Beatles, Dylan and Elton John.

I was a kid with a vivid imagination, but certainly pretty bad at writing.   I kept at it, and realized novels and stories were not going to be my thing – it had to be songs.   Songs became all I tried to write..

I have learned to play a number of instruments, played them in a number of bands, developed the beginnings of a writing style of my own, and worked in all kinds of music offices and recording studios in all kinds of jobs.

By the mid 1980’s I was a fully-fledged professional recording engineer, and by 1989 I was working full-time as a producer/engineer for the Zomba Group at Battery Studios in London, UK.

After engineering 15 albums and 250+ chart covers for an associated production library, Coombe Music International, I found myself redundant as the cost of using a 48-track studio for covering chart hits of all styles within a week of release became economically unsustainable.

Then, from an ad I answered in late 1992 looking for a producer in LOOT magazine in London, I met the most beautiful lady from West Vancouver, BC, who also loves to sing and write music.

We became the closest of friends, then ardent lovers, and by 1994 we were married.   In 1998 we moved over to Canada permanently and I became a Canadian citizen a few years later.

I built a nice home studio of broadcast quality where I work today, mastering albums for independent Canadian artists such as Tony Foster Trio (jazz), Armi Grano (jazz), Mathieu Lavigne (folk), BC Trees (hip hop), Reid Jamieson (folk) and various others, when I’m not writing and recording my own material.

I have recently released my first single as an original artist, “Valentine’s Day”.  I am about to submit this single to iTunes (and other stores) via TuneCore.  It is great fun to do the cover artwork for your own music too – I like to be hands-on with all aspects.  I made a nice cover in Photoshop for my single “Valentine’s Day” and enjoyed the process very much.

Please let me know what you think of my blog post and, if you have the time, my song too!  I hope you enjoy it, and that I haven’t taken too much time from you.


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3 Responses to The Fantastic Voyage of Writing Songs – the SAC Challenge 2013

  1. Lucy LeBlanc March 2, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Good blog post. Looking forward to seeing you in class.

  2. Tania Joy Senior March 3, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    That’s a fantastic start Michael! Great to get to know more about you and your goals!

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