Philoso-chops #4 [physical aspects of performance]

As a gigging drummer and budding pianist in my early 40’s I’ve become more acutely aware of the fragile physical aspects of music creation. Practicing on two instruments that both require sitting for long hours, manual dexterity including repetitive motions can put strain on […]

Philoso-chops #2 [thoughts on practise, discipline, music]

As a pro-drummer turned pianist/songwriter I’ve had to make some serious mental adjustments in terms of the parameters of my performance standards and have often asked myself the question: When is this thing I’ve been working on for months going to be performance ready? […]

Praise for “Burning Man” by former CHART writer

“[Burning Man] is a jaunty, joyous romp through the sun-scorched desert. Loved the lush layers of instrumentation, and it’s a cool arrangement starting with the chorus. You don’t often see that, and it perfectly sets up the tune. The vocals are unique–or maybe I’m […]

Toronto creative songwriters playlist…

I put this together to share some great local talent with the world. Many of these artists are friends and we’ve shared stages, ideas and laughs. Please share it and let me know what you think!

Positive – single

I sang in children’s choirs as a child and this song may have come partly out of that experience. Having said that it was probably the toughest song to write and perform. Co-producer Christian Anderson suggested using multiple vocals in unison to create a […]

My Simple Life

Here’s a pre-release for your enjoyment, available now for download on Bandcamp. This was one of the first songs I wrote close to a decade ago, originally with Braintoy in mind. Pink Floyd was a major influence. My Simple Life was a game I […]

RILEY to release 8 singles in 2021

My journey as a songwriter began over a decade ago. It was a transitional time in life where my original band was calling it quits. On one hand I wanted to give pro drumming 100% committment. On the other hand I wanted to say […]