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Posted on February 12, 2017
 

Welcome testimonials formerly on my Guest Book page... 
“After nearly 50 years I am still listening and enjoying. Write and sing some more. You will never fade away!” – Your old mate Ernie.“Love your site and your music, Mel!” – Dean Driver
 
“You really put your heart and soul into it - I think it's great that you had so many musicians to contribute to your songs and that your muso friends supported you. Your voice still sounds like I remember - voices don't have to age, do they? They just get better!” – Caroline Blundell
 
“have been listening to your excellent CD all week and I love, love, love it! The songs have great melodies and equally beautiful messages. You are an incredible songwriter. Congratulations on a masterpiece album.... it is just beautiful. And your voice is gorgeous. Well done.” – Ruthann Baler 
 
“Mel writes beautiful songs that draw in his audiences, [...]
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Perfect Harmony?

Posted on January 18, 2016
Harmony.
A blend of voices.
Two. Three. Or four or more voices.
The female timbres.
Soprano. Mezzo soprano. Alto. Even tenor.
The male voices. 
Bass, baritone, tenor, and sometimes even counter-tenor.
When I first became aware of how sublime harmony singing could be, 
it was not from listening to recordings, or even listening closely at various concerts.
That realization came slowly...
I always sang along to the morning hymn at school, where everyone sang, even though I knew I really shouldn’t, because I am not Christian. But, the allure of some of the Anglican hymns we sang attracted me, so I sang. No one really minded.
It all really started when I sang together with my fellow schoolboys 
at the rugby games we attended, and where we were encouraged to sing all sorts of outdated melodies with lyrics that had been changed to relate to the game we were cheering for. 
Not knowing how to sing harmony I just sang along to the melody line, which we all sang in unison. [...]
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Woodshedding

Posted on October 3, 2015
Woodshedding: A term for concentrating on practicing guitar, learning new songs, licks, styles of playing. Thinking about one's way of presenting oneself in performance. Navel gazing. Listening to others. Listening to oneself. This last year has been one where I've been doing all of those things. Not playing out very much. Assessing whether playing out regularly equates to playing better, or not... 
Attending the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) this last July as usual made me realize that the mere joy of playing with others should always be considered to be one of the most elementary ways of learning. Learning how to play with others, How to step forward. How to step back and play a supporting role. How to be selfless. And also how to insinuate one's self into the mix. 
Being complimented regarding how well I play with others at my age is no small compliment. And once again I am reminded that that is how I began in this musical oeuvre. And also why I love singing harmony [...]
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Memories are made of them...

Posted on August 9, 2014
2014 was a year of much change all over this tiny blue planet.
The music world, such as it is in this modern era of instant celebrity, and equally equal obscurity changed a lot too. 
One's personal musical tastes were fortunately much entertained and fulfilled, thanks to the many examples of wonderful music available to anyone with a computer, an iPod, iPhone and yes, even a turntable, as vinyl made a minor come-back.
The music world at large lost it's share of giants… those of us fortunate to have heard them, met them and admired them were saddened at the news of those who ascended to that great choir in the sky.
I particularly will miss… 
Pete Seeger, the pied-piper of folk since my pre-teens, and mentor to so many of us folkies.
Phil Everly, duo harmony singer, and a source of my most pleasurable listening moments as a teenager and beyond.
Jesse Winchester, the modest and very effective singer songwriter… 
all were consummate musicians, songwriters [...]
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Wishes for 2013

Posted on December 30, 2012
I read an article in a recent issue of what was The Boston Phoenix, (which has become a glossy weekly heralding all that's new and hip and going on in and around Boston)... the subject was about the demise of the "pop scene", and the factors which have driven it since as long as I can remember – radio play, the Top 40, recordings and so on. Anyway, since record stores are going the way of the dinosaur, it seems that the young people of today might replace all those wonderful cultural markers with tweets and constant attention to their hand-held devices. 
If that is so, then I really pity them, if only because a lack of musical references in one's life and times is probably going to leave our successors even more superficially shallow than they already seem to be. I truly hope this applies to a small portion of them, because, I truly feel that to be an active participant of this world, one has to have some significant cultural markers to trace one's existence in this world.
Time [...]
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