SEEKINGRhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Trombone, Steel guitar, Accordion, Clarinet.
On temporary hiatus due to being full time dad to a toddler but I try and make one open Mic a week in Bournemouth.
Amateur songwriter / producer, looking to get together with like-minded guitarist and Pianist to write and record original songs, but my recordings have suffered in the past by not getting in fiddle, mandolin, slide guitar, flute, etc...players as required. Whilst I can come up with a melody, MIDI ain't got no soul. :-)
I have no illusions about making money and any gigging will only ever be local, but I have an eclectic taste and a versatile vocal.
So it really doesn't matter what your main instrument is, if you fancy coop writing and releasing something original, give me a call.
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- Member since:
- Jan 12 2017
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Just for Fun
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 50 to 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
From Folk to Metal and everything in between. Not a fan of RAP or EDM though.
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- Acoustic Guitar:
Cubase 8 recording software on a 6 core DAW. Acoustic Guitar. Electric Guitar, Bass.
Dancing In the Rain
Dancing In the Rain Year: 2016 Genre: Rock
Head in the Sand
Head in the SandI wanted to write and record 3 songs before Easter 2017. I've managed 2. Here is the second. Apologies for the harmonica playing.
170219 - Time To Guess Again
170219 - Time To Guess AgainFirst track of 2017. Nothing special melodically or particularly inspired but has served as a suitable test bed for practicing arranging and mixing a sampled horn section.
Dancing In The Rain
Dancing In The RainFor my Sister. I hope the sentiment brings cheer. This is also the last of a collection of ideas first put down in 2011. Much has happened since then. The loss, too young, of a dear friend and the birth of my first child. I shall now put that folder of ideas away and start 2017 with a blank page and a new hopefully more productive approach.
Late Night Drunken Call
Late Night Drunken CallImproved vocal version. Original set of partial lyrics from 2010, resurrected and modified. Music composed, recorded and mixed during January 2016 as part of the "One Song, One Month" challenge on "The Recording Revolution" website. http://therecordingrevolution.com/ 160127 - LateNightDrunkenCall - ImprovedVocal - MASTER
151127 - OnTheCorner
151127 - OnTheCorner
DeadTownSong - Remix
DeadTownSong - RemixA vehicle for trying out my mixing to see if I've learned anything.
My TownLyrics by Matt Black. These lyrics were part of the University of Sheffield "How to write your first song". Which is a free online course. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/songwriting I've not been very creative with them but I've created a simple song which I hope has helped my producing skills.
Novels Through The Smoke - DEMO
Novels Through The Smoke - DEMOAn old set of Lyrics that were set to an angry tune. But they never really worked. Many years later and I'm not in that angry place any more. So the lyrics have been tweeked and put to a tune more in keeping with their feel.
Protest VotePROTEST VOTE by MIHKAY 5th July 2014 So Abraham and Jas and Mo, said we'll tell you the way to go. Any dice you throw They won't be sixes. You twist and turn, seek power and fame, the destination is the same. No matter who you blame. It's all sacred. If your life seems too remote, give to faith your protest vote. The T shirt said we'll occupy, and show the world the total lie. 'cause all the bad guys fry If we just want it. They can't build if we undermine, 'cause revolution just takes time and everything will be fine I can feel it. Make those in power on action choke. So Fight! give up your protest vote. Snake Oil, man says there was a time, when everything was dandy fine and in this land there was no crime, believe it. So build a navy and a moat, and backwards into history float Nostalgia, bread an circuses you got it. And of your needs I may take note......... If you give me your protest vote. The media man gives power to claims, his stories they damn all the same the others are the ones to blame, incitement. Headlines spit and share the bull of editorial renewal Whatever sells the papers rules, enticement. As long as you buy what I wrote. Fuck you and fuck your protest vote. Where is the man who stands up tall,Unto the mass in not enthral To the rash minority is not beholden. A signpost not a weathervane who'll stand their ground and not be swain for right and not the popular be broken. A man who for humanity spoke. Well there I'll put my protest vote.
See What Santa Brought Me
See What Santa Brought MeA silly saccharine ditty thrown together for a Xmas song competition on the UK Songwriters Forum. Not one of my best, completely cliched, derivative in both tune and lyrics and unrehearsed.... but it'll do. :-)
Copper Coated Heart
Copper Coated Heart121001-copperCoatedHeart-demo Lyrics:- Stephen Lord Music:- Martin McKendrick Song written for another competition on the UK Songwriters Forum. As it's a collaboration it is NOT released under Creative Commons Licence.
120724-whenCarnivalComesSilly little ditty. The basic 7/4 melody part came to me in a Hotel room in Barcelona and I've fiddled with it on an off for a 5 years now. But I wanted to try out a new piece of Music Scoring Software and it seemed suitable to use as an test piece. I also wanted to try out background effects. I'd tried some in the tune "The Great Unknown" and though about how the mixing would be a challenge. It's far from perfect but I'm not going to spend any more time on what is essentially a throw away ditty, but I've learned from it. THE SOFTWARE IS CALLED MUSE. Recommended.
120624-The Great Unknown
120624-The Great UnknownLyrics by Stephen Lord Music by Stephen Lord & Mihkay A collaboration for a competition on the wonderful UK songwriters forum.
120326-Running Out Of Time
120326-Running Out Of TimeWritten for a Short song competition. Taken to the extreme. Written in minutes, recorded in a few takes, vocal only and no production other than a bit of panning. So short on everything
Gone before the Snow (Demo)
Gone before the Snow (Demo)A song about the break up of a relationship, obviously from the perspective of the injured party. :-) But as I developed it, the line "like a xmas song" seemed to take over the theme. So there are many Xmas pop song type clichés interwoven in the music. Written and recorded around August 2009.
Wrong Again (demo)
Wrong Again (demo)I was an Angry man when I wrote this one. Lyrics are a bit of a rant against politicians. Though could be against my ex? :-) The Moriconie style mid 8 hopefully suggests a stand off? Written December 2005. Recorded 2009 to 2010. Drums need to be completely re-written and the whole mix is needing redone.
Future Shines (demo)
Future Shines (demo)Remembering how much I had to look forward to in the Summer after I left school but before the real world kicked in. And realising now, years later.. that there is still lots to look forward to everyday.
Dress to Kill (Demo)
Dress to Kill (Demo)Written whilst marooned on Ibiza whilst working. Don't dance and it was really hot. Not my scene but it provided some fun lyrics.
Everything Changes (Demo)
Everything Changes (Demo)
Euroland BluesA 12 bar variation with comedy lyrics.
111208-everydayAvenue-demoLittle protest song about the gradual eroding of liberties.
111207-leavingInishshark-demoInspired by a visit to the island of Inishshark (Inis Airc) off the coast of Galway. However, I'm not Irish so it is not an Irish folk song. Apologies to my Irish friends.
111205-getTheGangBackForXmas-demoLittle Xmas song. Done quickly so excuse the poor playing and production.
111124-coldFeet-demoFirst draft. Could be country could be rock. We shall see?