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Roy Williams

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Here's a couple of WONDERFUL Canadian artists you may or may not be aware of: 

LAILA BIALI - "Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host. 

I heard "MONOLITH" on Jazz 91.1 on the way home from work, and have been catching up on her extraordinary music ever since ... awesome!      <<< Check out the video of "REVIVAL!" >>> 

MANDY LAGAN - "Mandy Lagan has released a sparkling tribute to her muse, titled THE JONI BOOK, featuring a roster of Canada’s finest jazz artists. She couldn’t ask for a better or more simpatico group of musicians than Kevin Turcotte, Jim Vivian, Ted Quinlan, Dave Restivo, Andrew Downing and Blair Mackay." 
 


 

SONGWRITING AWARDS

4x FINALIST


<<< 1x Song Door International SWC >>>


⇣  HARD-ROCK / ALT-ROCK  ⇣

2020 FINALISTS

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R. Williams / K. Gregory

IMAGINATION IS EVERYTHING

Ontario, Canada

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<<< 3x Great American SWC >>>


                                       
17th Annual Great American SWC           14th Annual Great American SWC        14th Annual Great American SWC

GASC HONOR FINALISTS - 2015                 GASC FINALISTS - 2012                     GASC FINALISTS - 2012
Instrumental                                          Folk/Americana                                      Instrumental

                BELLAMY 5                                    CALLIN' THRU THE NIGHT            HEAVEN'S LOST AND FOUND


      <<< 9x Top 30 Australian Songwriters SWC >>>


1 - BELLAMY 5
(Instrumental Nov 2020)
2 - TOYS
(International Nov 2018)
3 - IT AIN'T TRUE 
(International Nov 2017)
4 - FEEL 
(International Nov 2017)
5 - BE THE REASON
(International Nov 2016)
6 - YOUR SMILE
(International Nov 2015)
7 - LOVE SINGS TO ME
(International Nov 2014)
8 - WHEN I WIN THE BIG ONE
(International Oct 2012)
9 - UNFORGIVEN
(International Nov 2011)


 

SONGWRITERS ON SONG WRITING, by Paul Zollo 

Highly recommended ... SONGWRITERS ON SONG WRITING, by Paul Zollo 
  
RANDY NEWMAN's use of the "untrustworthy narrator" 
PAUL SIMON "You want that first line that has a lot of options."
"You have to be a good host to people's attention span" 
CAROLE KING on 'Writer's block': "I have found that the key to not being blocked is to not worry about it. Ever."
"Do something else ... come back ... try again ... but do it in a relaxed manner" 

Fascinating, informative, and very funny along the way!

THE GLOBAL GLASS IS HALF-FULL! 

A couple of UPLIFTING reads which offer hope for our climate-challenged world:

Click on Blog Title for full post

  • AN OPTIMIST'S TOUR OF THE FUTURE - Mark Stevenson
    • "Optimism based on careful reasoning"
  • THE FUTURE STARTS HERE - John Higgs
    • Greta Thunberg's generation ... do not ask "What can I do about this" ... they ask "What can we do about this?"
  • One hopeful example: https://knepp.co.uk/home
    • Once…
Read more

LICKERISH QUARTET 

If you're a fan of 70's music, check out Lickerish Quartet ... 
(even if they are not from the 70's !!!)
... some former members of Jellyfish

  • Loads of musical / vocal talent
  • Sound like Queen, The Beatles; The Moody Blues
  • Use of "Tunelings" on Bluebirds Blues

Great stuff ... for those who like this kind of music!!!

JOHN PRINE - Thank you for so many great songs! 

We have lost one of our truly magnificent songwriters. Here is the link to American Songwriter's interview with John Prine (by Paul Zollo):

https://americansongwriter.com/john-prine-the-american-songwriter-interview/?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=American+Songwriter+Daily+Digest&utm_campaign=American+Songwriter+Daily+Digest+4+23+20

You can feel his honesty, and humility. John can make you laugh and smile just by being John!

Enjoy!

Kenny DesChamp update 

Kenny DesChamp has updated his info ... please check out his new website - looks, and sounds, great!

https://kennydeschamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kennydeschampmusician/

Kenny sang the Lead Vocal on my Finalist song (Great American Songwriting Contest) "Callin' Through the Night"

To this day, my favourite vocal Kenny has performed for me is "Heaven's Lost and Found" - outstanding!!!

He sings from a deep inner feel which clearly comes naturally to him.

Inducted onto the Peterborough Path of Fame.

IT AIN'T TRUE 

Hearing Jon Cleary at the Po-Boy Festival in New Orleans inspired a bluesy piano AABA song - "It Ain't True"

It took a while to come together; lots of edits and rewrites; Ken DesChamp provided a stellar lead vocal.

I'd love to hear The Absolute Monster Gentlemen singing the title!

Cheers,
Roy