|Posted on March 14, 2016 at 1:10 AM||comments (0)|
31 years ago i heard a song that would help shape what I wanted to do with my life. 'A Criminal Mind' by Gowan. I remember the first time I heard it, Much Music (The Canadian answer to MTV) was still a fairly new station in Canada and they were offering a free preview in order to get people to subscribe or order it. Being that I was only 10at the time I really can;t say if it was part of a package or what, but I am pretty sure it was a month long preview.I became exposed to music I had never encountered before. The Killer Dwarves, Ratt, was completley floored that a song called 'Balls to the Walls (by Accept) could be played on TV, and then other music and sights that helped to broden what was previously a pretty sheltered musically world I lived in. But I would watch whenever I could. After school when my ho,ework was done I would go into my parents room, we only had to TV's with cable and the one in the living room was normally taken, and watch for a few hours. Then I started to watch in the mornings as I would get ready for school on the living room TV. That's when I first saw the video. I was hooked. The story thevideo told, the oiano led music, and of course Gowan's unique voice. Every morning after the first veiwng I would watch for it. I would sing what I could remember on the way to school. I would sing it (againwhat I could remember) during recess. After 3 years of organ lessons this song sparked a want to create like that, and become a rock star. It was shortly after that I saw the video for 'Strange Animal' on a CBC show called Video Hits. That sealed it foe me. I wanted to be a rock star like Gowan. He was the center attraction, the star and he played piano, which in my mind was close enough to an organ that I saw no difference. I of course knew some Billy Joel and Elton John songs, and I think I knew they played piano as the lead as well. Hell my brother even owend Styx's 'Kilroy was Here' and as much as I loved that album and had read the credits everytime I played and knew Dennis DeYoung was the keyboardist, it was something about this Canadian rocker that truley awakend the music in me. A few months before my birthday I was at a friends house down the street. He had just gotten a new tape and was playing it outside. It was the 'Stange Animal' album. I raced home and told my parents that was all I wanted for my birthday that year, and I did get it.
Fast forward now toNovevber 2015, I had come across a piece of fan art that tagged Lawrence Gowan. It is a page from a comic, the Criminal Mind still in his cell asking if he is still that bad?. He answers himself 'I AM'. I knew right then what my next song would be. A continuation of that story. The idea rolled around my head for a few days until the story started to fill itself in. After 30 years, he would be getting out and would stiil be as bad as he was when he went in. It took me until January to come up with my finsihed lyrics and arrangement. I have an entire verse crossed out and changed on the lyric sheet, and was still wrestling with how I had written the music. I had decided, that if this was to be a continuation of the original song, then the music should be similar so they could tie in together. After working the arrangement through January and Febuary I recorded the rough piano and vocal tracks as my starting point. I was still wrestling in my mind with my writting of the music. It wasn't just that the chord pattern and timing were the same. The lead lines themselves were fairly close (written that way on purpose), and there would be no mistaking where I had come up with the music. I happened to share my concern's with the artist who's work insipred the song and came to the conclussion, just ask if I should proceed.Which I did that night through a Facebook private message. Three days later Mr. Gowan not only shared his encouragement to finish the project, but also has asked for a link so he can hear it when it is done, and now I have writers block....
When I write a song or instumental piece I am writing it for myself. I am thankful for those who have listened to my work and enjoyed it. But from the time I start writting until I finish recording I assume that I will be the only one outside of the friends I sucker into listening to hear it, or want to hear it. I am always surprised when I get feedback, and positive or negative I think it is great and am thankful because I know that someone has heard MY music. It is that mind set that I started the new song. It is for me, it will be my ideas, and thoughts for me and hopefully someone will hear it (or many someones) and they will like it. But my main goal is something I like and am proud of. So to find out that the man that not only wrote the original, but who happens to be my biggest musical influence wants to hear the finished version, I am, to say the least not only honoured, but a little worried that it won't be good enough. Now I don't feel as if I am writing this just for me, but alsofor Gowan, and the ideas I had for the other parts have completly slipped my mind. This, for me, has now grown from being 'honoured if someone else listens' to being an honour to write a song that will be heard by someone famous. I couldn't have dreamed this chance would come true, but now that it has I really don't want to dissapoint. The hours I have invested so far seem like nothing compared to the last week trying to figure out the best way to (as Lawrence Gowan said) 'Continue your creative endevours with the 'A Criminal Mind' saga.
As always when it is done I will share it proudly for myself, and hope and behonoured whensomeone else listens, but I will also know that at least one person is waitin for me to finish it.
Be safe and let the music play...
|Posted on January 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
Hello and welcome to the new year everybody. while there has been a slight change in focus for me from learning the bass, to taking said skills and applying them in a band setting, the drive to write is still there. It is this drive that has at times kept me calm. A coupke of months back on Facebook I came across an original comic page done by a Lawrence Gowan fan. It was of his 'Criminal Mind' character sitting in his jail cell asking himself if he going to stay being so bad? That started the creative juices flowing full speed in my mind. With my last song being a tribute of sorts to Alice Cooper, it struck me that I had the stepping stone to start work on a tribute of sorts to LG...
I am going to leave it hanging right there (what a jerk) with no more clues or hints, but I will say that since I beganworking on it in November I feel the closest I have to being ready to start the recording process. I have been as much as I can not only practicing, but playing with different arrangements with just the piano in order to get the song to feel right to me, and hopefully work the best it can for the idea. That being stated I have no clue for the first time I have written a song, how I want the other parts to play into it. Normally by the time I have the lyrics written and the chord changes done, either on guitar or piano, I have some idea what I want the bass, drums, lead and rythm parts to sound like. When I wrote 'An Alice Cooper Song' as I penned the lyrics I could hear the various parts and knew what I wanted them to sound like. This time all I have is the piano line (which would work fine for a solo preformance, but I feel for the recording it needs more...oomph) and maybe an idea for the drums.
Maybe I just need to focus only on it, and not the fact that within the next few months my home studio will be moving to a larger room where I will be able to host people (such as the band mates) and possibly film a few more videos.
With that I guess I have rambled long enough. I sincerly hope 2016 is a very good year for all of you and until the next time Let the Music Play!
|Posted on July 19, 2015 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
Hello all, Seems to be Bi-Annual trend for me to write to you all but hey guess what I have some new news....???? I have been gifted a bass and amp from my family, as well as joined SLG from Dark Pirate and the Mystic Warrior in a bigger project. We two of our other good friends we have started to practice some songs that they have written. I will have more info later (and before the six month mark), but for now it looks as if I will be primarily playing bass for Instruments' of Chaos.
Let the music play
|Posted on January 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
Happy 2015 everyone!!!!!!
I hope that you have all had a good transiton from 2014 to
2015. For myself the transiton was a welcome one. With a new year comes new hope, prospects and a chance to make better on the previous year, and while around this same point last year I was contemplating a complete abandonment of music right now I see a chance to mark some special anniverseries.
The first and most notable one is that in 1990 I wrote my first two songs and began what has been a 25 year journey of writing, learning and sharing my music. In the summer of '89 I turned 15 and with the help of my older brother got my first job. In December of that year I purchased my first key board, a casio CT-470 and proudly placed it on top of my Technics E-33 organ. In January 1990 I wrote the first lines of music for what would be the second full song I would write. It was a slow piano ballad that at the time I thought was an incredible song, rivaled only by the fast bass driven rock song I had just finished that in my mind only needed a guitar (at this time the thought of me being a gutar player was nowehre in sight I was ready to embark on ,y path to become as big, if not bigger than Gowan). As I write this, I have the original lyrics for the piano ballad 'Eighteen Hours" beside me and while some of the lyrics are good, others seem a little disjointed, and well, imature. Hey I was 15 and this was only my second set of lyrics (The other song "Darkest Hour" suffers the same lyrical issues). But musically I still go back to both just to feel the comfort of playing them again. Within the next two months I purchased a microphone, a 4 slider audio mixer and some cables and began arranging the songs so I could record them. I had everything (okay a multi track recorder would have been awesome but I had never even heard of one in my begining days). I selected the rythm and chord patterns for the keyboard and sang while I played live and recorded. Much of how I do things now is from years of recording this way. If I make a mistake, I start from the top, not part way through. For me, although I know this adds a fair amount of time to the recoding session, since I don't pay studio time I like to get the whole groove right from the start. By the end of March I had fully recorded my first album titled 'Darkest Hour" after the first song I had fully written. 10 songs and I had a given myself the name Andrew B.
While most of the what was on there I would now never proudly proclaim is mine and share it, (I was just learning to sing as well), I am proud of the first step I took and hope that I can find some time this year to revisit those old friends, maybe tweak them a bit and share updated versions as I had originally wrote them in my mind.
1990 also marks the 25th anniversery of what is probably my favorite album, but also the album that was the final spark to start the writting fire in me. Gowan's 'Lost Brotherhood'. While I am not going to go in to a lot of detail about the full influence this album really did have on me, I am going to try to pay tribute to it as I have with 'Strange Animal', and 'Great Dirty World' and record up a couple of tracks with a little Bonish Flair to them.
With that I bid you all adieu for now and whish you the very best in 2015.
|Posted on December 27, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
All the best in 2014, and good-bye?
Well as 2013 comes to a close, and we near 2014 and the wonders it will bring I am feeling that a decision has to be made, and I am not looking forward to it. When I was 15 I wrote my first song and something amazing happened. I saw the world differently. Musically and lyrically most of what I wrote the first couple years weren’t great, but they were my songs. A lot written about my life and experiences (or what I imagined they would be like). Being trained only on a Technics E-33 and trumpet with no real recording equipment I started a journey writing for myself, with a small hope I could get out and play, maybe hear my music on the radio. As the years past my writing became better, I wrote less about direct experiences and I began to find a blend of sound from my major influences that has become my sound. I learned guitar and updated my recording gear and got to the point that I was producing my own music and releasing it on-line. I have never played my music live though, or for that matter any music live (although hosting karaoke did give me great practice in singing) and I think that is the only regret I have when it comes to my music. But as I look forward I do not see where I can devote the needed time to my music that I need, even to just write and record for myself let alone produce something to upload. Even the last couple of years since I recorded 110709 in 2012 I have not been able to afford the time to it.
So it is with that in the front of my mind that I must decide what to do. Do I try to fit in a couple minutes here or there, or do I just walk away and take solace in the fact, that I did achieve my dream from 25 years ago and got my music out there? This is by no means an easy choice for me as music has always been my main avenue to express myself or work through both good and bad times. By trying to continue I will still have that avenue to explore what’s in my mind, release my creative nature. But I will constantly fight with having projects sit barely started because I cannot commit to them. Yet if I lay the dream to sleep for good I have to wonder how I will change. For now though I think the only course of action is to take a step back to let everything sink in. Over the next little bit I will be thinning out my on-line presence, keeping for now my website, Facebook, Twitter and Reverbnation. These are the only places I have been able to spottily maintain from the start and I think I can still keep up on those ones since they are all interconnected. I will however leave my youtube channel as it is and not remove it as the tutorials have been helpful to some and I think it would be a shame to deny anyone the chance to learn a song they wish to learn.
I now close, with Gowan’s song ‘You’ll Be With Me’ rolling through my mind and thank-you for taking the time to bring me into your life…..
Let the music always play
|Posted on August 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM||comments (0)|
Hello every one I hope this finds you all well in the waning days of August.
It has been a fairly hectic last few months for me, although I have not completley forgot about music. I have had a few opportunites to play with some close friends, I have seen a few local bands and I have written a couple songs. That being said howevr, I have not put much focus on actually being productive. It has been a time to focus on family, the house and just being, which has relaxed me and I find I am not worrying about getting any writing or recording done. With that realization, the few times I have been into my studio, it has felt a lot more natural on both the playing and recording sides. This, to me at least is really good news since in September not only will the 24/One film event happen but I will be off work for a little with lots of time to focus on just music.
Wishing tou all the best for the last weeks of summer
|Posted on April 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on March 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
Hello every one I hope this finds you all well. I want to discuss something that is a little distressing to me.
Earlier this week Davey Jones of The Monkees passed away at age 66 from a heart attack. I found out about from my Twitter feed while I was on break at work. There was barely a mention on the evening news casts, some with a clip or two featuring the rest of the band. The next day the only mention I heard or saw was during the morning news driving to work. After that no mention at all. In fact I searched briefly this morning to see what the internet could provide me. Thursday was the date of the latest posted story. Why does this bother me? For the simple fact that there seems to be little or no care if a musician orfor that matter anyone famous dies of natural causes. After years of entertaining us and bringing joy and fond memories to us, when they die it is a short mention with maybe a quick recap of their life and on to the next story. No big memorial, week long mourning period. Ususally it goes like this: "Musician/Actor/Singer found dead of (insert natural cause or long term illnes). 30 second recap of there life" "In other news..." and then we all carry on with our lives like nothing has changed. Yet when the death is brought on by scandal, drug overdose suicide etc. it becomes one of the top stories, is played out for almost a week including the detail for when and where the funeral will be and how big the memorial tribute will be. Yes in case you hadn't figured it out Whittney Houston's recent death is the focal point of what started this. Before I go on here are some thoughts about both:
-I am not a huge fan of Davey Jones or the Monkees. I enjoy hearing their music but I have never been a huge fan and they never influenced me musically.
-I grew up in the 80's when Whittney first made it and became a star so I relate more to her than I would Davey Jones but again I wouldn't say I am a huge fan or influenced by her
-I have never owned and album or single by either.
-The only song I evey learned to play from either was Daydream Believer, and I knew the Anne Murry version before I heard the Monkees version.
-While I see both deaths as very sad, I think the tradgedy lies in the fact that while Davey Jones' death was presented as a statement of fact, Whittney's became glorified.
That all said I have to wonder about us as a society. While it can be argued that the musical contributions form one where more than the other, it can just as easily be argued that one set a better example in life than the other. Yet we choose to value the scandalous life and praise it's vitrtues more than the other. All you have to do is look back over the last 20 years to see this. Violence, rampant drug use or addictions and it is a shame and tradgedy that we recap night after night and pay tribute to what could have been a different life. Pass away like an average person and get forgotten about before they're buried.
This is not the fault of the decessed, maybe their cause of death was but not the after affects. It is the fans and news media that have created this world to honour and foget as we do. People still say what a tradgedy 2 Pac's death was, yet Etta James has already been forgotten since it was just Cancer that she died from. Maybe an easier comparison is that of John Lennon and George Harrison. How much the world misses John, how much we have lost since his death. Not many people say that about George. Both came from the exact same place, and while yes it wasn't natural how John died, there are still tributes to his life done regularly. Not so for George thuhg.
I think what it all boils down to is that maybe it's not worth it to become famous if the only way your passing will be remembered is if someone kills you, you spend years on drugs or a plane/car/train crashes and you die. Even then excessive drug use may be needed to be remembered...
Until next time, instead of celebrating or remembering the dead rockers, lets just remember the music they shared
|Posted on October 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Excited and honoured right now. I just found out from 'The Mike Tyson Connection' (The film team I work with) that our entry for the Project Twenty 1 contest was nominated for best music. It is a wonderful feeling I have right now knowing that the work I put in had something special to it. I enjoy writing for the team, and being involved with these great people is awsome, and without them I never would have these chances so thank-you Mike, Tyson, and the rest who I actually haven't met face to face for involving me. Here is the unedited version of the song I based fully on the script they had written: http://www.mabonish.com/apps/podcast/podcast/136106 . They did a masterful job of editing the music for the film and yes I may have written it, but they worked it in to fit so really I think the honour is as much theirs. Below is a link to the full awards listing, and the actual nomination and winner.
Keep the music playing
21-Day Filmmaking Competition
The 21-Day filmmaking competition is a program where teams of creatives have only three weeks to create a short film or animation based on a common secret element. This year’s element was “Start With a Crash”.
Since all shorts completed on time screen as a part of the festival, these awards heavily focus on the technical elements of filmmaking and topics very specific to create a film in 21-Days.
■Team Fire & Grace: Goodbye, Love
■Team Badger Tsunami: My Brother’s Keeper
■Team Scumberland Production: Club 27
■Team Slap Stick: Do Unto Others…Then Run
■Team Mike Tyson Connection: Crashing Through
Winner: Team Badger Tsunami: My Brother’s Keeper
|Posted on September 15, 2011 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
Well September is half over and it has been crazy for me. To start off I have recorded and released my latest song (late at night as usual) here and on reverbnation. I got the idea for the song a few years back but let it slowly create itself. I wanted to show my support for the men and women of not just the Canadian armed forces, but of the US millitary and for that matter all of our allies as well. Then last year sometime I saw a picture or saw a post on my personal facebook account that said 'My Hero's Wear Camo' and it stuck with me and the mind started to work on it. I took my time in writing it because I wanted it to feel right to me, since it is a showing of MY support and not neccessarily anyone else's (although I hope that it is shared by many). I pretty much had the song completed on Sept 10, 2011 and was gearing up to finish mixing and release it the next day. Without a hesitation I changed my mind and decided to hold back. September 11, at leats for me is a day to remember the innocent people who died, their families, and those that died and surrvived trying to save others. It was not the day to be self promoting a new song. So I spent a little more time mixing it and released it tonight. A side note on this song, all four guitar parts (if you listen close enough you will hear them all) were recorded on my new guitar (a Fender Squire SE Special(despite some negative reviews I am happy with it, nuff said)). The song can be heard here, through reverbnation (search Bonish) or facebook (search for the Bonish musician page). Please take a listen, share with lots of people and if you would like a copy please e-mail me. If there is enough demand I will just set it up for download.
Next 24/one.....We are just over a week away from what will be the highlight of my year writing for 'The Mike Tyson Connection' as they film their 6 min. short movie for the Edmonton International Film Festival's 24/one contest. I had hoped this year to maybe be able to be on location with them but alas that will not happen. While I am waiting for instructions, inbetween writing and immediatly after I am done, I will be packing. 24/one will mark the last project I work on in this residence. We have purchased a house and have a lot to pack before we move in October. After that however I will be getting back into it and hopefully taking care of spme loose ends (such as the project with MNA) that have been sitting unattended for more than a few weeks. This will also be the last blog until I am fully reset up in the new studio so until then, enjoy the music and take care of you and yours