My tenth CD, and since it is my tenth CD, why not call it that, 10. This CD has a lot of range covering acoustic blues, ballads, smooth jazz and ambient chill. Of all of my releases, I think this one showcases my style and range.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
A Walk In The Rain
This is a beautiful ambient or atmosphere track, soft flowing and relaxing. I love the picking and the interplay between the instrument on this track. This one relaxes me so much I almost named it Relax. Genre = Ambient
Unplugged, just guitars, bass guitar with some cool drums. This one was the first song I started writing for this album. I’m playing my Fender acoustic electric for rhythm and solo’s. I love the melody and chord changes on this song. As with most of the tracks on 10, I went for a simple mix of instruments focusing on the basics first, find a good groove then get the guitars, bass, drums to tell the story. Genre = Blues + Smooth Jazz
Unplugged, just acoustic guitars, bass guitar with me programming the drums, this song is cool. I love playing acoustic, it drives my inspiration when writing. Genre = Blues
Feels like a song you would hear sitting in some cool jazz club listening to a Jazz quartet. I love the sound of my Schafer hollow body guitar, and the acoustic solo at the end. That bass line and piano solo just work for me. The drums are a mix of midi and audio samples for texture. Genre = Blues
Make It A Double
This one just rocks, blues mixed with a cool smooth jazz groove. I love the second solo, chord changes and drum tracks. Genre = Smooth Jazz
One Step Closer To You
I love this track, it has such a smooth rhythm and a sweet melody. I keep hearing “With every breath I take I get one step closer to you”. Genre = Smooth Jazz+Ballad
Is such a cool blues jam with that opening piano run and the Fender Stratocaster holding down the melody. I loved playing the piano intro on this track and the guitar work just came out so sweet. Genre = Blues
On So Cool I’m playing my Fender Stratocaster for the solo work, my 1980’s Schafer hollow body for the melody and chords and my Cort Bass with very little effects. Genre = Smooth Jazz
A classic rock opera I wrote way back in the 80’s with my late writing partner and good friend Gabe Sinohui. After years of playing this track without the band, I felt it was time to re-record this with just piano, strings, guitars, and some cool drums. Genre = Soft Rock
My first grandchild, “Tyson Clifford Starks” is such a joy. When I first heard I was about being a grandfather, I started writing and both this song and A walk in the rain are what came out of those sessions. As time went by I felt this one expressed how much I love my little man Tyson. Genre = Ballad