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My music influences are varied and so are my compositions. I play bass guitar, fretless and fretted (Tried a 5 string once) and dabble on guitar and keyboards.
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Alternative Pop: A friend of mine played some '21 Pilots' videos on YOUTUBE for me and I said 'We could do that!" - Well we couldn't but this is what came out of it. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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It Just Happens

C&W: 'Yes, we play two types of music here....' Guess I always wanted to write a C&W sort of tune, so here it is. Big thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals and Dave Carter harmony vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Feel So Lazy
Lazy Jazz: Just feeling lazy one day so I just played this chord D6+9 (one finger across the 7th fret - how lazy is that!) ...but then I had to add a chorus and all - that took awhile because I felt lazy but here it is. Peter McDowell on vocals with Dave Carter chorus vocals and Paul Redmond on Drums.
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Bubble
Contemporary: This basically followed on from 'This Other Day'. Thanks again to Peter McDowell on vocals and lead guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.
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Sky Is Blue

Jazz Blues: A big thanks to the very talented Gayle Wise for the vocals and her own interpretation of the song. As always a big thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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This Other Day

Contemporary: My tribute song inspired by David Bowie to David Bowie. Thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals and thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Which Way Goes

Jazz. Where ever it goes it goes, and it turned out well. Thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Falling

Contemporary: Just a Song basically, about good times and bad times I guess. Thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Seven Day Blues (remixed 08/15)

Blues After listening to the Cream's live version of 'Sleepy Time Time', I decided to use this blues riff that I've had for many a year...plus it was time to do another blues tune. Again thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals/guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Wonderland (remixed 08/15)

Contemporary: An 'Australiana' type of song, about a person who loves the freedom of the outback. Also a big thanks to Peter for coming up with the chorus vocal melody line - I was stumped. Peter McDowell on guitar, vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Folded Letters (remixed 08/15)

Contemporary: I watched 'Beware Of Mr. Baker' the doco about Ginger Baker. Recalled the many times Ginger has mentioned how much he disliked the first Cream single 'Wrapping Paper' which kind of inspired this song. Andrew Tucker on vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Two Night Stand

Jazz Rock: Two nights and it was finished. Something to warm up on I guess.

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Day Gone

Jazz Rock: A laid back tune that I wrote whilst doing everything in between really. Again a big thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums, another 'Long Song' as he calls it.

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Trial Of Bags

Contemporary: Another oldie I found going thru' my old manuscripts and again based on Jack Bruce's first solo albums 'Songs for a Tailor' and 'Harmony Row', and as mentioned before; both brilliant. Big thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals and Paul Redmond on drums

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Rainbow Parade

Jazz Rock: I was waiting for my PC to reboot itself up after dying a million deaths and just started playing these chords in a loose way and that became this tune. Thanks to Andrew Eordogh for laying down the guitar and thanks to Paul Redmond on drums

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Missed You There

Rock Style: Another oldie with an updated chorus - Instrumental version now but will have vocals soon. Paul Redmond on drums

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Happiness 99th

Blues Style: An oldie that I found going thru' my old manuscripts. Andrew Tucker on vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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President Of War

Heavy Rock: I tried to write a 'Heavy Metal' tune for 'Bobby' who plays drums on this track - close enough! Thanks to Andrew Tucker for vocals, Peter McDowell on guitar and 'Bobby' on drums.

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Stern Control

Jazz Rock: Went to see Mike Stern band with Dave Weckl on drums, Tom Kennedy bass and Bob Franceschini on sax. Got inspired off course and recorded this 'long song' as Paul calls it....and thanks again to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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No(w) You Know (REMIXING)

Jazz Rock: Another tune inspired by the Mike Stern gig. Thanks again to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Moonlight Rendezvous (Remixed June 2013)

Latin: As below.

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Midnight Carouse (Remixed May 2013)

Latin: Influenced by Al DI Meola - previously recorded back in the late 80's but never really 100% happy with it....now I am. Thanks again to Paul Redmond for the drums and Warren Cox on guitar.

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Weekend Woman Blues

Blues - It was time to write another blues tune, so here it is...give me some guitar distortion and I'm away. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for vocals (and vocal melody) and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Take A Break

Jazz Groove - This bass riff has basically being put down a million times...now it's my turn. Thanks again to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Theme For A Love Song

Contemporary -This is the instrumental version. Version 2 with vocals coming soon. Big thanks again to Paul Redmond on drums.

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Water For Walter

Jazz Groove - Showing my friend Walter how my recording system worked. Asked him if he wanted a drink; he replied 'Water', so I said 'Water for Walter'. Thanks again to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Don't Go There

...because I've been there. Rock - Jazz feel. Starts with a rock feel and ends with a jazz groove. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for vocals and guitar, and Paul Redmond on drums.

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I'm Dreaming

Contemporary - I wrote the main part about 40 years ago. Decided to record it after I got a chorus for it. This was influenced by CREAM, their early stuff. Thanks to Peter McDowell for the vocals; Paul Redmond on drums.

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Market People (Remixed Dec '11)

Jazz Groove - A big thanks to Steve Hunter for laying down the bass solos. Thanks to Paul Redmond for his drums (Great intro drum effects), Peter McDowell for his guitar playing and Lindsay Drummond for laying down the sax.

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Steps Of A Sahara Woman (Remixed Dec '11)

Jazz Feel It all started with this chord with the notes E-F-B. Paul Redmond on drums.

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What To Say

Jazz Feel ...Sort of inspired by the FIVE PEACE BAND. Thanks again to Paul Redmond on drums.

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Be So Happy

Jingle - I sing this song to myself every morning. Thanks to Peter McDowell for the Vocals; Paul Redmond on drums...and a special thanks to Dianne for being alright.

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There You Go Again

Jazz Feel ...and there goes Ray again. Thanks to Peter McDowell on vocals/guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.

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The Gypsy Riddle (Remixing)

Jazz Feel Getting back into some jazz style of music. Thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums, hand percussion and effects.

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Ziltch Town Blues

Jazz/Blues - A Blues feel and under the influence of tempo changes. e.g. 9/8, 11/8 etc. Great blues guitar feel from Richard McEwen. This has been re-mixed so a big thanks to Paul Redmond for the drums.

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On A Plate

Rock - Still on my Jack Bruce trip. Watched a DVD with Bruce, Robin Trower and Gary Husband on drums. Later on picked up the bass and within half an hour had this tune down pat. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Hero Of The Dawn

Contemporary - Another oldie inspired by Jack Bruce's 'Into The Storm' tune from his album 'Out Of The Storm'. Thanks again to Pete McDowell for guitar / vocals & Paul Redmond on drums.

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There's A Morning

Contemporary - (I dedicate this song to my friend David) This is an oldie (lyrics updated) inspired by Jack Bruce's 'Songs For A Tailor' and 'Harmony Row' albums...both brilliant. Thanks again to Pete McDowell for guitar / vocals & Paul Redmond on drums.

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Dream Street

Jazz Groove - Thanks to Dave C for the title, just one of those things that u catch when someone speaks. Again thanks to Paul Redmond for laying down the drums.

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Why Do I

Pop - My attempt at a pop song about a guy who is whipped....Thanks to Peter McDowell on vocals/guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Is There An Issue?

Reggae - Had this riff and it was time to lay it down. About a guy who has come back to town to start his life again. Peter McDowell on guitar/vocals and Paul Redmond on drums.

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She Doesn't Care

Contemporary: The instrumental version is down under - this is the original as written with vocals. A big thanks to Joanna Melas for making it come true.

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She's A Weird City

Jazz Rock - I wrote this back in 1980-81. I was reading 'Alice In Wonderland' to my daughters and after finishing a section I was walking back to somewhere. As I passed the TV there was a Woody Allen movie on and he spoke in French, and the sub-title read 'She's a weird city' - just what I was thinking about the book! Big thanks to Paul Redmond on drums. Note: I had a great version of this on my Tascam 244 4 track with Richard McEwen on guitar - Never use a light pencil on a tape - it got deleted by error. Another version with Richard can be heard here.

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Monique In The Park

Jazz Feel - I was playing the bass to 'Dream Monique' and I threw in a Bb chord and a few others and thus another tune came into being to be heard. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for the guitar and Paul Redmond for drums and percussion.

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Alexis

Jazz Feel A bass lullaby for my first grand-daughter. Having three daughters and my first born having four boys (There's a band there!) it all now seems to be happening - getting more mature that is ;)

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Just Another Day (In Paradise)

Rock A song about everyday life on this planet from a certain point of view. Thanks again to Peter McDowell for vocals/guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.

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OhOh

Jazz Feel Picked up the fretless and it sounded like 'oh oh' in a certain riff, and therefore a new tune was created. Thanks to Damian Wright for laying down the guitar and Paul Redmond for the drums.

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Dreamtime Warrior

Ambient Jazz A dreamtime theme for the dreamtime people of this great land. Paul Redmond on percussion and drums.

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Ray's Bolero

Ambient Everyone needs a Bolero now and then. It starts soft and builds up - just like a Bolero should be...

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A Christmas Song

Rock Always loved that chord in 'Foxy Lady' by Hendrix. Once upon a time in a war long ago two opposing army sides decided to have a game of soccer on Christmas Day. Thanks to Peter McDowell for vocals/guitar and Paul Redmond on drums.

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Unwind

Jazz Groove After finishing off 'Seven Day Blues' I thought that would be the final song for the year. To unwind I picked up the guitar and produced this within a few days. Thanks again to Lindsay Drummond on sax & Paul Redmond for laying down the drums.

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Forecast Is Heavy

Jazz Groove Another tribute to Joe Zawinul. Thanks to Lindsay Drummond on sax, Paul Redmond on Drums and Peter McDowell on guitar

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Joe's Weather

Jazz Groove My tribute to Joe Zawinul. If u know the name 'Weather Report' in the jazz world then u know who I am talking about. Lindsay Drummond on Sax & Paul Redmond on Drums & Percussion.

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Latin Dream Dancers

Latin Jazz - Previously recorded 'round 1990. The only original 'track' is the great guitar work from Richard McEwen. A big thanks to Paul Redmond for laying down the drums (twice). Half the credit for the song goes to John Comino - he wrote this neat riff which I (pinched) used for the middle of the song.

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Crumbs

Jazz Groove Also known as the 'Son of Cakeman'. Big thanks to Lindsay Drummond for the sax, Peter McDowell guitar and Paul Redmond drums.

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Three Moons

Ambient Another tune dedicated to my 3 daughters. They orbit my life.

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Mirage

Ambient - Just using my old Mirage keyboard before it passed away - I just loved those 'string' sounds

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Mr Cakeman

Jazz Groove - I used to eat an apple turnover with cream 5 days a week for about 2 years and lived to write this tune about it ;) - Paul Redmond on drums, Lindsay Drummond on sax and Peter McDowell on guitar.

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Side On

Jazz-Rock feel. Decided to give my 5-string bass a go on this tune. Peter McDowell on guitar, Lindsay Drummond on Soprano Sax and Paul Redmond on drums

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Before Now

Jazz-Rock - Weather Report influenced - Should call it the 'Decade Song' as it took about 10 years to finish...You know how it is, bits and pieces then put it all together. Peter McDowell on guitar, Lindsay Drummond on sax and Paul Redmond on drums.

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She Doesn't Care

Contemporary: Don't know how to categorize this - in the 'classical' I guess - with lyrics, but this is the 'instrumental' version. One of my earliest tunes - either the third or fourth.

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Blue Room Tablet

Jazz Groove - The title means "...something about 3D and the future"

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Pixies In My Head

Grunge Rock - Inspired by the PIXIES band and their tune 'Where Is My Mind'. Big thanks to Tracey Trompf for the vocals and lyrics. Paul Redmond on drums and Peter McDowell guitar solos.

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African Snow

Jazz Groove - Influenced by a Weather Report tune titled 'A Remark You Made'. Another oldie that has been remixed from a 4 track recording. Richard McEwen on guitar and Paul Redmond on drums. I'm trying my 'Jaco' impersonation on this track.

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Sometimes

60's - Another oldie known as the 'accidental' tune. When I was teaching myself the piano I used a simple bass for the left hand...but my left far finger (whatever it's called) was stuck on the 'D' note and that's how this tune came about. While playing this I used to hum the melody from 'Rio' by Mike Nesmith. Big thanks to Dave Carter on vocals, Peter McDowell guitar and Paul Redmond Drums. It's sort of a 'tongue in cheek' or 'salute' for those early 60's tunes...

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New York Ball Game 1923

Country Rock Feel - An oldie that has been redone due to the 'original' tape going ga-ga. Big thanks to Dave Carter for the vocals; Peter McDowell guitar & Paul Redmond drums.

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Is That U?

Blues Feel - Updated from a '89 recording. Borrowed a friends 4 track cassette recorder - remixed thru' the PC and added a 'real drummer' by the name of Paul Redmond. Peter McDowell on vocals and guitar.

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Intro

Jazz Funk - Same as above, thanks again Paul. A good song for a band to warm up on.

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Dream Monique

Jazz: Who was so unique. A Jazz theme with Peter McDowell on guitar & Paul Redmond on drums

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Yesterday Nite

Jazz Groove - Thanks to Dale for inputting some 'Reason' into this tune, thus taking it to where it got to.

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What Day Morning

A Jazz chord progression tune that I've had for awhile. Decided to finish it with some mad fretless bass and using my new toy - a guitar synth

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Poor Joe

Rock Feel - Finally managed to find a chorus for this tune (F-G) - what else do you need? An oldie that finally got completed. A wicked guitar ending that kicks ass in my opinion thanks to Peter McDowell on guitar and vocals. Paul Redmond on Drums. Thanks to Paul and his new toy, it's so nice to have real drums on the tunes (Other tunes to be updated in the near future)

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Is It Five?

Jazz Groove - An easy going 4/4 / 5/4 feel that features Lindsay Drummond on saxophone & Paul Redmond on drums.

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The Third Show Street

Latin feel - Many many years ago I was listening to a song by Jack Bruce 'The Consul at Sunset' from his 'Harmony Row' album and a friend was telling me how he came back from the poor cities of Sth. America, and mentioned 'Third world..." in the conversation somewhere along the line. That's how this tune came about many moons ago. Peter McDowell on vocals in present moon time & Paul Redmond on drums.

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Heaven

Blues feel. Peter McDowell on Guitar and Vocals and Paul Redmond on Drums. A two-chord wonder song.

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Thank U All

Contemporary: End of a gig tune and another two-chord wonder song. Peter came up with these wonderful lyrics and vocal melody in one take. Peter McDowell on Guitar and Vocals. Lindsay Drummond on Soprano Sax & Paul Redmond on drums.

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Head Turner

Rock: Gayle Wise sings and Peter McDowell on guitar. This song rocks.

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Woman of Mine

Rock: A latin - Rock feel I guess. Peter McDowell on Vocals and Scott Phillips doing the chorus vocals.

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Dance For Me

Rock: Really weird song but I like it! A lot of influences here e.g. Zappa, Zappa, and Zappa. Vocals by Scott Phillips. Lyrics by me and Kevin Gibbs.

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Sisters

Contemporary: My three daughters just talking about their favorite things. At the time of this recording I was getting into the 'harmonics' of the bass. Warren Cox on guitar.

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Ray In Space

Jazz: The title says it all

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Surfin' Cowboy

Surf Music: Basically written for a surf movie many a year ago that did not happen. All good in the end with the help of Peter McDowell on guitar.

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Is That U Drivin' Mavis?

Contemporary: This song just kind of happened. Can't really explain it! Peter McDowell sings and plays guitar.

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Take-Away

Contemporary: I was feeling very 'European' one night and started to zap down this tune. I think it would be good a for Pizza Take-away commercial - or maybe not. The intro is by Mr and Mrs Gibbs. I thank them for being so creative.

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Just Walkin'

Rock: Peter told me a story about when he blew all his cash at the pub and had to walk home. This song came out of that. Peter McDowell sings and plays guitar.

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Writer's Crisis

Jazz: Weather Report influenced - My friend David is really a 'closet' book writer and musician/singer/songwriter who looks like Bob Dylan.

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Where's John

Jazz: Influenced by John McLaughlin (Birds Of Fire period).

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What's Normal

Jazz: Just another of one of those tunes that just happen, but isn't that the way it is? Some nice moments.

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Harbour Night Visit

Jazz/Rock feel. Guitars by Richard McEwen & Warren Cox.

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Cuzo Goes Dancing

Jazz: How the song came about I rather not talk about.

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Camel Ride

Ambient: Riding a Camel in the desert. My friend Kevin (who orders the pizza in 'Take-Away') had bought himself a Mac and Midi system setup back in the mid 80's. Asked me to come over with a tune (Just by chance I had this 'Camel Ride') and give it a go to see how it works....and I went ape. This basically was my introduction to home recording systems and what wonderful toys they are.

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Tribute

Ambient: Sort of tribute to Gershwin. Has 3 major parts. First Part has an Orchestral feel to it. Second Part is Piano / acoustic guitar feel and the final the orchestral part again.

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Storm

Ambient: One of my favorites. Basically a tune about a nice day and a storm wants to come in and wreck it. Simple as that.

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Night Sea

Ambient: Had this one theme and it just went from there.

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Siesta In Pandemonium

Latin: This was the first tune that I recorded with my first midi-setup. I'm playing my Alembic bass here (Got it cheap - needed repairs). Warren Cox on guitar.

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Sunroom

Latin: Nice simple Latin rhythm with acoustic guitar and flute. Warren Cox on guitar.

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Pete's Bolero

Latin: Had this middle part for ages and then added an intro. Peter McDowell plays guitar.

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Rosa Negra

Latin: Written for my wife who comes from Peru.

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Serenade

Latin: Influenced by Al Di Meola

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