Darwin versus The Peacock

“The sight of a feather in a peacock’s tail,” Charles Darwin wrote in 1860, “makes me sick.”

What was it about the Peacock’s feather that bothered Darwin so much? Apparently the cumbersome tail of the peacock flew – or more to the point didn’t – in the face of all of Darwin’s theories of natural selection. Why should the male bird of this species be allowed to survive and even prosper when his lavish and burdensome tail should make him a prime candidate for destruction by his adversaries?

Well, the answer was not easily come by – and still not very well understood – but it seems that in the end Darwin was forced to factor in Beauty as one of the inherent values in Nature. And that’s a beautiful thing!

Through my creations – music, lyrics, graphic art and words – I work towards bringing more beauty in the world. Do I miss the mark sometimes? Sure. But every once in a while I hit on a gem.

In my career to date I’ve independently released a number of musical albums and singles, created a large portfolio of artwork, produced a number of videos and actively maintained a blog of my writings – all self financed.

While it has been an very enjoyable and fulfilling experience bringing these creations to light it has become increasingly costly to support the production, distribution and maintenance of this output so I’ve decided to open a Patreon account in order to offset these costs and fund future endeavors.

If you would like to support my mission to bring more beauty to the world, I encourage you to become a contributor. I have many new projects and a lot of unfinished material that I am looking to complete in the coming days, months and years and as a contributor you can not only help make sure that happens but be the first to know about it.

I appreciate your continued interest in my work and wish you the best.

Residency at the Banff Center

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing a Songwriter residency at the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta this March. Three weeks in the Canadian Rockies writing songs – sounds like a recipe for… something! Hopefully something good 🙂

Anyway, I’m very appreciative for the opportunity and looking forward to the experience. I’ll be sure to post some pics so check back in with me here or on the social.

Write on!

On the passing of Chuck Berry

The world lost another musical icon with the passing of  Chuck Berry on March 18th, 2017. Aside from being a pioneer of the electric guitar (and the rock n roll movement in general),  he was also a cultural force to be reckoned with. In a time when the music industry was actively absorbing the sound being churned out by african-americans in small clubs and dives across the USA then repackaging it for main stream consumption, Chuck Berry was a black man who was allowed to rise the top of the music world with a flair and attitude that was seldom tolerated by conventional society up till that point.

As proof of the profundity of his effect on the modern guitar style, learning the intro riff to Johnny B Goode has basically become a right of passage for all aspiring guitar players. But on top of being a musical innovator, Berry was also a consummate professional and businessmen. His direct and often confrontational style earned him a reputation for being a hard-ass within the industry and amongst his musical compatriots (Reading Keith Richard’s assessment of Berry in his autobiography is illuminating if not somewhat biased seeming).

But it’s interesting to see that in a business where the average life expectancy seems to be 60 to 65 (often you’re lucky if you make it past 27), Berry managed to live to the ripe old age of 90! So maybe his “hard-ass” attitude is what it really takes to have a long career in a business that can best be described as cut-throat. Of course I never had to deal with him on a professional level – if I had I might feel otherwise 🙂

Here’s to Chuck Berry – guitar hero, musical innovator and consummate businessman. Job well done Chuck Berry. Now RIP!

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