Unfinished Business

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Unfinished Business containing seven original jazz piano instrumentals is now available on CDBaby.com and is coming soon to other music downloads like Apple iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.com! Here’s a description about the project.

I love piano and have long desired to sit down and create some tracks using piano and keyboards. Unfinished Business contains the sum of seven ideas using piano / keyboards.

City Streets has that Jazz / R&B feel to it in my own simple opinion.  The groove gives rise to that chill effect. If I close my eyes listening to it I imagine wet city streets at night after a rain. I can see a slight foggy mist coming off the downtown street lights.

On Hold —  When I was younger I worked with a group of guys and we often went to lunch together in downtown Baton Rouge. All riding together I would impose my mix tape recordings on them for their review. One of them is a very close friend even now. Pat Gately told me that I made some of the best elevator music.  Fast forward all these years later, I still often share my tunes with others to get their feedback.  When I sent this one to my oldest daughter she replied ‘that sounds like the music you hear when you are on hold’. I laughed about it and called the tune — On Hold.

Workin’ Toward Something

We are all working toward something even if we say we are not. It may just be getting through the day, or saving for a home. It may be earning that education, or some skill.

Unlike most of the other tracks on this project that were done in more of an improvisation format, this one was more deliberate. I wanted on my own to try and generate that feel of simple Jazz I heard growing up in South Louisiana.  I wanted to build a mix containing a simple snare with brushes, a bass, and piano. From that foundation I added some Hammond B3, some other electric suitcase pianos, and some trumpet.  I have long admired jazz players from New Orleans to Atlanta.  I am not sure what they might think of this piece, but I am happy with the result.

Tujagues

There is a restaurant in the New Orleans’ French Quarter called Tujagues. It’s like 160 years old now. Years ago good friends took my wife and me there. The atmosphere, the food, our friends made for a remarkable memory. I fell in love with the place from visiting only once.  Tujagues is a simple peaceful jazz piano track that I could imagine being played ever so slightly in the background ambience that is Tujaque’s Restaurant.

Unfinished Business, the title track…

One day I was home upstairs recording this piano piece. My wife interrupted the first recording, and well after I got back to it, other track takes and improvisational ideas never quite took off.  I think in life one has to have a funny sense of humor.  I decided to call this one Unfinished Business. It just seemed fitting. I love the beat and piano progressions of this one. I just couldn’t fathom throwing it away. I hope you like it.

Pillow Fight is a rambunctiously fun track with a driving beat and pulsating movement! I think you will get the idea. 🙂

Stayin’ Home  is for those Friday nights with the one you love just sitting around taking it easy enjoying one another’s company. Life is short and there are no guarantees of tomorrow. Make the most of your life today.

Wayne

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On Hold

I love jazz music. I love piano. In general, I love instrumentals. I’ve been working on my piano skills and plan to keep doing so. The tune below is a work in progress (no bass, etc).

My oldest daughter told me that the following track sounds like the music one hears when they are on hold, hence the name. Without further ado…

Wayne

Being Honest

If I told you, would you believe, that I recorded my last two music projects (Long Way from Home and No Where Fast) at my home in a little room that I have set aside as a project studio?  Would you be further surprised if I told you that I sang all of the background vocals, played all of the guitars, keyboards, bass tracks, and some harmonica? Would you shake your head if I told you that I mixed and mastered the tracks painstakingly myself? Would you say to yourself that explains a lot?

By knowing this does it make you think less of my music, or does it make you appreciate it more? A musician honestly wants to know these things. An artist type wants to be liked and his work loved. A songwriter want’s people to play his music!

I could tell you that I don’t have a budget for studio recording time, nor for  mixing / mastering work. I could tell you that I don’t have an strategic step by step game plan for marketing. I could give you the excuses for why I did it myself. I won’t! (Now you are reading this and saying, but you just did!!! #LOL)

Simply I ask you to hit the online venue where you get music, put on your headphones, and to give me a listen!  Tell me what you like, and what you don’t! (Be gentle if you don’t like it! I put my heart into this stuff!)

Being honest.

–Wayne

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What Do You Do?

Recently someone asked me what do I do for a living? I laughed and responded whatever they tell me to do!  The questioner didn’t seem to get my sense of humor immediately, so she asked again!

By day I am a software developer working for a medium sized office products company in Nashville, Tennessee. After hours, I write music, sing, play guitar, and attempt to play piano, bass guitar, and harmonica, but not all at the same time! (Just kidding on that last part!)  I also sketch, draw caricatures of friends, and paint using watercolor. I am also an avid photographer still using my old trusty Nikon D-70, and nowadays my iphone 7 plus!

In the past I have had some people from other cultural viewpoints all but say I am crazy. They think an individual should focus entirely on one thing for the lifetime!  While I understand that premise, and I think that many of the world’s exceptional standouts in a given field testify to the principle, I cannot imagine my life any other way.

Is it that I get bored easily and therefore have to change my attention? Is it that I have ADHD? or could it simply be that I love life and I love creating in an array of ways and means and have a need to express myself through those means? I believe it is the latter!

Would I give up some of the varied focus points to sharpen and exists larger in others? Yes, I would love to be mostly known for my art work or my music.  While I love creating software, it has been a means to an end. I have fed my family and myself using this path, but music and art have long kept me sane in our crazy world.

So what do you do?   🙂