Music

Solo Projects

2004 Dawning Eternity

Dawning Eternity EP

Dawning Eternity was the result of a great opportunity my cousin Jim lined up for me. We were hooked up with a student in MIA at Fanshawe College and we had six hours to record. At that time we decided we would try to record as many songs as possible in six hours.

A band was needed so we asked some good friends that we had met at open mics. Vinnie Vincenzo on drums, Tim Dillon on guitar, Tamara Ray on bass and I took care of the piano and vocals. We rehearsed 10 songs just in case we’d have time but we only ended up doing the five you see available.

The other five that would have been on the album if we had more time were Kiss Me Karma, This Bottomless Heart, Reanimation, The Battlefield of Dreams and Wars and Applecores. As far as I remember anyway…

This recording was done thanks to Steve Payne at Fanshawe in London, Ontario. Here it is, our first EP. Back when we were thinking of calling the band Quorum.

2005 Onset

Onset

Onset was our 2004/2005 project. Oh, the early days… When we finished this recording we decided to make a 50 copy limited edition CD which came with these ten songs as well as the entire Dawning Eternity EP.

The cover artwork for the first 25 copies was a copy of one of Adrian’s paintings cut up into 25 pieces with vinyl lettering. The idea was that we would someday have a page on the website where people who have one of the canvas covers could upload their image and re-create the original painting. We may still do this someday …

Onset is going to be re-recorded as a full studio album with Vinnie Vincenzo – the One Man Rhythm Section. We have already started working on it.

2005 Three Of Clubs

Three Of Clubs

Three Of Clubs was written and demos were recorded in 2004. It was during the same time as Sphinx was done so again, we had very limited tools and our studio was pretty much a cheap laptop and a copy of Audacity.

We had a lot of fun writing these songs back in 2004. I don’t have many demos or clips to show from this time period because at one point we had a hard drive die on us and we did not have a backup of all our material. When I have time I’ll probably re-record some of these songs.

2005 Sphinx

Sphinx

Sphinx was written and demos were recorded in 2004. At that time we had very limited tools and our studio was pretty much a cheap laptop and a copy of Audacity, the open source recording software which is great to get started with.

It seems that we have come a long way from there. Today my home recordings are done with a nice quad-core PC and Cakewalk Sonar 8 Producer Edition. I am learning more each week and I look forward to producing the new LP version of the Sphinx album.

2005 Rise Of The Starving Artist

Rise of the Starving Artist

Rise of the Starving Artists was created in 2005 as a demo CD to send to a California producer I spoke to over the phone while I worked at a call center. It is a compilation of songs written from 2003 – 2005.

EP for The Cosmic Phoenix

Destiny EP

The Destiny EP was created as a demo and preview for the upcoming album titled The Cosmic Phoenix.

Also on this EP are the original demo of Never Lose Your Stars and a rare recording of Kiss Me Karma.

The Cosmic Phoenix is an album that we have written songs for but have not finished any recordings for.  This is a project that is scheduled for a few years from now.

2009 Cloud of Anvil Chorus

Cloud of Anvil Chorus

Cloud of Anvil Chorus is set to be our first rock album. There have been a few delays in getting the project recorded, mainly cash flow, but we’ll see how things turn out in 2009.  As of right now this project is on the shelf.

2008 Never Lose Your Stars EP

Never Lose Your Stars EP

Never Lose Your Stars was planned to be a solo album with just a track of piano and a track of lead vocals. Over time we have decided to add additional instruments such as drums and bass.

We are currently working on this project at Sonic Simian Studio in London, Ontario. My good friend Vinnie Vincenzo – the One Man Rhythm Section – will be jamming out the bass and drums on some of these tracks.

2008 Kuhleborn

Kuhleborn: The Thames Revisited

Kuhleborn did not exist until after a pint at a local pub in London. Adrian was filling me in on the news of the Philip Aziz Foundation’s trip around the Thames river, commemorating the original journey by William Lees Judson & Paul Peel. He also told me about the Story Book Tree that was being carved at Rona which was to show images of memories of the trip and it’s history.

Something clicked with me and I suggested we go and write the song to go along with the whole thing. We finished our pint and went to my piano and got down to business.

Once the first demo was recorded it was played for Barry Callow and Philip Aziz and they loved it. From there we decided to move forward and write an entire album of River Songs for the trip.

Everything that we have available to hear today are demos and they are constantly being updated and worked on in preparation for the recording session with a full band and full backing vocals, choir and string section.

Other Projects

2003 The Pillowheads - Society Has Murdered Me

The Pillowheads - Society Has Murdered Me

Society Has Murdered Me was the big hit album of The Pillowheads, a rock band from Zurich, ON.  We won the battle of the bands at The Stonehenge, an old rock bar that used to be on Dundas Street in London, ON, which helped us get some recording time at EMAC studios.  We forked out the rest of the cash and bought more studio time to put together this eight song album.

2006 - Leah Morise Take Me Anywhere

Leah Morise Take Me Anywhere

You Can Take Me Anywhere by Leah Morise is a great album that was a lot of fun to record.  Ballads, upbeat tunes, great lyrics and more! Check out some of the songs on her website.

2009 Lance Bedard Restless

Lance Bedard Restless

Restless was the first album for Lance Bedard’s solo career.  He is currently working on a followup album and hopes to have it finished in the next year and a half.  Check out his my space account for more updates.