My Facebook friends already know this but I’ve started an Artist/Fan page to better connect with people and promote my music. So come on in and like, follow and share. Not much there yet but as we approach the release of the first single I’ll be sure to use it to keep everybody updated.
Life has sent me a continual string of surprises, mostly great ones, thank God. I’ve been commuting from Dallas to LA for the recording sessions and getting VERY familiar with the big blue bus in the sky (Southwest Airlines). The commuting is making the recording take a while but we’re moving right along with the first two songs, What Would I Have to Do, a bluesy, R&B, (and real fun to play) “Heart break” song and Sand Castles, a soulful ballad. Our plan is to release these as singles. At the current pace we will look to be finishing them by mid-summer. I’m so excited by how well the tracks are coming along and it’s driving me nuts to stick with our plan to not put any “samples” out until they are ready for release. I’m so happy with them (The rough mixes and scratch tracks) that I want to play them from a giant loudspeaker mounted on the roof of my house, but I’ll resist.
This project has really taken on a life of its own. The original studio tracking day was actually canceled but for the best of reasons. I was in CA. helping my Step-Daughter with a project. While on the trip I took the opportunity to visit an old friend. His name is Magic and he also happens to be the man who was the Producer/Engineer for us when I was recording at A&M Records with Nightwatch.
I had no expectations or intentions for the visit other than personal friendship, but as we talked and I played a little for him (out of excitement for the session scheduled for the next week), it became abundantly clear that Magic was supposed to be a part of this and when he made it clear he was interested it was like in the Godfather: It was an offer I couldn’t refuse (or at least would have been a fool to refuse).
So now the first tracking date has been moved back until the end of this month when I will start a series of trips, commuting to LA to record. To be back behind a microphone with Magic running the session is good fortune beyond my wildest hopes.
So, I guess my music venture will now be split between Dallas and LA. My current intention (stipulating that things have been changing and improving on an almost hourly basis) is to develop a live show capability in both Dallas and LA. The logistics are daunting but at least at this time it feels like the right way to go.
More will be revealed
This was an emotional day; a crossing of the Rubicon as far as this project goes. Look at the photograph. This is the picture of a brash, egotistical, self-centered (a bit of an asshole), but joyous young man. I know him well; he is the sound track that’s been banging away inside my skull since this started. He is me but I am not him and for now, at least as far as this project is concerned, I have to let him go.
If this “resurrection” is to happen I have to be authentic to myself as I am now. I no longer have his voice, but I have my voice and this voice may not be as strong as his but it has actually lived through all the joy, pain, triumphs, tragedies, miracles and mental breakdowns that that young man only wrote about.
He was obsessed with fame and that probably was his downfall. For me, the “Fame Train” has long since left the station. All that matters now is self-expression and my almost desperate need to take the music in my mind and put it into the world for better or for worse.
I truly hope what comes out will be enjoyable and maybe even meaningful to the many (or few) people who hear it, but that could just be the ghost of old vanity talking (and with me crazy is never off the table).
Wes Graham 3-9-17
(T-minus 25 days and counting to the first day of recording)
I don’t know if I am just lucky, the recipient of some kind of Divine miracle or I accidently sold my soul to the Devil and forgot about it. For most of the last quarter of a century I’ve been, for the most part, unable to play piano well because of Arthritis pain and unable to sing with any power because of asthma.
Right around the first of February this year (2017), that changed. The first thing I noticed was that my hands no longer hurt and I thought I’d try and play again. On Feb. 6th I had my stepdaughter’s little spinet piano that had been stored for years tuned up and gave it a try. To my shock and surprise IT WORKED! Then I started to sing and really open up, NO COUGHING!
In the past 26 days amazing changes have occurred and the pace of the improvements is still accelerating. I am actually booked into a great local studio here in Dallas to record 2 or 3 songs and there is a real chance that I may end up recording more after that. To say I am surprised and amazed is a vast understatement and I keep expecting to wake up and find that this is just some fever dream. If, by chance I am not hallucinating this, I should have something new to post soon.
More will be revealed,
Wes Graham 03/04/2017
I’m Not Afraid is a song I wrote about ultimate love and ultimate loss. With the clarity of hindsight I realize that, at the time, I had no idea what love and loss really were. Now after many years and much damage, older, and hopefully wiser, I can truly comprehend the words of my younger self.
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This one is special:
and I thought it had been lost forever but Dave found a single copy. Of all the spectacular and varied songs written by Dave Bruce this is my personal favorite.
I honestly don’t know what inspired Dave to write this song but it surely would be an interesting story. On The Edge is, in my opinion, his most enigmatic and unrelentingly dark creation. Dave’s evocative lyrics with Bob Oates’s haunting guitar work bring to life the voice of a crushed soul, wailing from the abyss of a life completely destroyed.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you On The Edge
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