The Artist NEVER STOPS

"I didn't come to composing and performing until mid-life, after careers as a journalist, playwright, screenwriter and film director. It was a logical emergence as I had collected all types of music since I was a kid on a tobacco farm in North Carolina, saving up my dimes for the next pop, hard rock or soundtrack album.  

I traveled a lot and lived in various cities to experience myself in many scenes, to love new people, to dissolve old limitations, and I think all of this conspired to lend my songs a gravity and depth more akin to the artists of a previous era.  Their songs and their myths - which I had taken on my journey - had shaped my own colorful, and sometimes dangerous, life.

I compose in many genres, but I'm fundamentally a troubadour with a guitar and piano, a singer-songwriter who dances between storytelling and confession.  The art of fusing influences and styles has always fascinated me, as well as the beauty of language. While I never use samples, one should not be  surprised to hear a tune that somehow marries Glam and Country with Electronica, Psychedelic Soul and the vibe of Bernard Herrmann composing for Martin Scorcese.  I'm always looking for the frame that the spirit of my songs demand, which then dictates my arrangements.   I look to mentors and talented friends like my co-producer Patrick Currin to help realize this intention.

In 2004, when I first picked up an instrument, I committed myself to bringing forth and finishing two major works, a pop-folk-rock-funk trilogy called "Constellations Compromised", and a seven volume marathon called "Symphonic Jazz-Pop Abstractions."  With the release of "Miracles and Light" in 2017, I have fulfilled this mission for the trilogy.  The latter volumes remain unreleased officially, but Volume 6: "The Magnificent Voyage of Tim Ben" can be purchased digitally  on the In Progress page alongside a symphonic sampler, "Many Realms".

I wear two hats: one of the cowboy, the other the jazz man.  Both men sing and write about the dignity of the individual and his or her quest for love, meaning, and light, and the many roads that search creates.

Thanks for tuning in.  I may see you in your area soon."

 

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