Reorganizing Preview Tracks

wesbound music track coverAfter careful consideration I’ve decided to remove all full length tracks, which are embedded in this blog and on Facebook and elsewhere. I have uploaded short preview tracks much like iTunes offers them. They range around 30 seconds each, two tracks are beyond one minute. This should give you an idea of what the rest of the tracks sound like. As I’ve still not entirely given up hopes on making a little extra lunch money on the side I provide my music as for-purchase-download files (no physical CD yet). I am aware that typical Smooth Jazz audiences aren’t too partial to downloading and prefer holding a physical CD in their hands, ideally purchased at a live concert and signed by the artist. Well… I can’t ever get there, if I don’t make at least a little bit of money from downloads. In other words: If you like my music and if you’d like to see me take another level, we’re going to have to meet half-way. :-)

I might post a download tutorial some time. For now, please find my tracks in the music player in the right column or on the wb music page. Download-links are available directly in the music player and they’re labeled “buy”. Thanks for all your support so far, I appreciate it! And my apologies for any inconveniences while I was in the process of reorganizing the linked music files.


Save the date, Ladies & Gentlemen: September 13th through 15th 2013 at Kurhaus Goeggingen, Augsburg with a well proven cast of backing band and a very exciting list of artists. Check it out following below link:


MALLORCA SMOOTHJAZZ FESTIVAL 3-5 MAY 2013 PROMO by DJ THE FONZ on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

Nice audio promo announcing the lineup and everything else regarding all things MALLORCA SMOOTHJAZZ FESTIVAL 3-5 MAY 2013. For more info, see the relevant Facebook page and post.

Larry Rosen – Smooth Jazz Is a Terrible Term – YouTube

Just found this on Tom’s stream. Tom and few trusted employees run the small, but fine C.A.R.E. Music Group record label and music publishing company in Germany, representing such fine talent as e.g. Chuck Loeb, Lizzy Loeb, Don Grusin, Philippe Saisse and domestic talent like e.g. Christian Elsässer, Lutz Häfner oder Peter Fessler.

I must agree on Mr. Rosen’s statement brought forward in an insightful as well as entertaining way. I think, many of us can, right? :)

Larry Rosen – Smooth Jazz Is a Terrible Term – YouTube.

666 – The Moment is Here! ;)

Whooooaaaa – not to be immodest, but … we somehow all kinda sensed this number would eventually happen, didn’t we? (Well, in case of faith in me and my stuff, that is) ;-)
So… without further comment, here it is:
666 wesbound fans

Welcome to my new friends and supporters, shoutout to the previous ones! Whoohoo!

P.S. Notice something else that was funny about the number…? ;) (Hint – it’s all in the comments… ;))

How bizarre…

Ooohwow! (with a long aspirated “ooh” preceding the wow!) There she went and put everything into most articulate words I could have possible thought of myself. Giselle Minoli, writer, designer and creative individual at large herself, comments on a recent NY Times article that speaks of royalities from streamiing music and how unlikely it thus becomes, musicians should be able to support themselves through their art. This along with a recent thread on a similar subject – in this case downloads of ringtones – discussed on Darren Rahn’s Facebook profile (see his own website here) has one really wonder about the reasons why certain artforms or genres have become so devaluated/exploited over recent decades. The observable reality almost lends itsself to concluding that the more training certain genres like e.g. Jazz or Classical music require, the less commercial value they seem have in the public eye. How is it possible that corporations fight over securing existing – and dated at that! – business models on the web, while at the same time ripping off the very contributors they derive their content from? (the latter goes for any digital content IMO, be it the written word, music, video, photography – they have all seen a sharp decline in yielding proper monetary revenue). What does this tell us about the consumer and the ways music, photography, arts in general are being perceived and consumed? My personal feeling is that with the availability of powerful technology in all these areas and said technology being made in ways that yield quick and fairly decent results, people might arrive at the assumption that any creative expression comes about as easily as merely pushing a play button, pressing a shutter, holding down a video record button or copying and pasting text. I think, it has to do with a general perception of “I can do this, too”, where those maybe subtle, but significant differences between e.g. a photography and a piece of art in photography are no longer seen, let alone appreciated. As goes for music: If I can come up with something sounding fairly decent using a piece of software instead of years of attending music school or college, years of honing the skill and practicing, some might conclude that making music is just that: Using nifty software, inviting a singer in, boom – you got a hit record! The list goes on for visual arts and other artforms, where available software makes the creative process appear like a doodle anyone with the most miniscule measure of creative talent can accomplish.

While I myself and in my capacity as a composer/musician/singer won’t cease to be amazed at the sheer power available technology puts in our hands, I can’t possibly be happy with the direction things seem headed in. About four and a half years ago I was convinced I’d be able to make a long standing dream come true, where writing and performing my own original music might at least make me a modest second income, ideally something to expand on and take to another level. Four and a half years later it looks less and less likely, I’ll get to make that break for myself. And I’m not the only one, of course, given the current situation.

I think, it was about time, we all began to question our general assumptions as to what value we typically attribute to the arts and culture in general. Have they become a commodity like the typical Starbucks Latte we pick up on the way to work in the morning? Do we take them for granted like clean water, electricity, heat in the house? Or housing and holding a job in the first place? Or is is the strain the general economic situation puts us under?

I don’t think, we’ll find an answer to all this right away. But it could be a start to look at our consumption behaviours in terms of enjoying music, film, visual arts etc.

Giselle Minoli – Google+ – How bizarre that at the end of a musician’s long day – of….

I Count on U on Kjazz Radio UK’s Year End Top 10! Woohoo!

Kjazz Radio UK.

Multiple thanks in this place to my Facebook friend Ruby D. Robertson for notifying me about this, to Paul Rumsey of KJazz Radio UK for spinning my track and supporting me this way, to all my FB friends, fellow artists & fans for listening and having supported me throughout 2012 and prior. What a lovely unexpected Christmas present! :) Merry Christmas to you all and have a great 2013!