Coming from the Caribbean to Canada in my early years and being exposed to large doses of calypso, Caribbean folk music and the music of the times which was the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Animals together with North American Rock gave me an incredible and diverse education in music.
I always loved the pulsating rhythm of the “islands” and embraced rock and roll. Fast forward to the future: I became a novice musician learning guitar and piano and later performing backup vocals in a couple of bands. Then there came the reality of making a living and putting food on the table and having a place to live. Unfortunately, music took a backdrop and I filed my creativity away for many years.
Now, I’m at a stage in my life where it’s much more relaxed and I have the time and the energy to resurrect some of my past compositions and cultivate new ones. Yeah!
My influences are still the music I grew up with, but now it’s exciting to embrace the current flux of music such as hip hop, R & B and electronic beats. I also have a love of classical music and new age music, which I can now add to my library of inspiration.
Writing and composing music can be quite the experience. Sometimes, the inspiration strikes at the most inopportune times. It can happen when I’m totally exhausted and craving sleep, or driving down a highway, or boarding an airplane. While all the activity and reality is happening outside my world, my inner world is silently and repeatedly, creating a symphony of sounds. I am so happy when I get somewhere and can finally and quickly write it all down.
People asked me what kind of music I write and compose. My response to them is that my music is an eclectic mix of all sorts of genres. I don't really fit into any exclusive category. I guess that’s because I love all types of music.
A lot of the music I compose is instrumental. When I do write words to music, I'm conscious of the energy in words and avoid the co-dependency and destructive themes by choice. However, I do incorporate a sense of play, humour and curiosity and never take myself too seriously. I have fun with it and make sure I stay in the moment while it’s all happening inside of me.