Collaboration with Brian O’Neal


For the past months, I must admit to have become s.th. like an online-addict – on any regular day I spend hours on MySpace and Facebook. On one of those days, I came across a profile reading ‘Brian O’Neal’ – changing the world one ear at a time. This claim immediately caught my attention and I took the tour around his virtual home(s) – and LOVED what I saw, read, listened to. So I left a comment on his wall status and continued my daily online trip. I later found, he had commented back and noticed that I was a musician myself. This is how a more frequent communication started.

Let’s fast forward: As of this morning, I find a new message in my inbox with a download link to an updated version of one of Brian’s songs named ‘Dreams in Color’ and him asking to check it out and come back with feedback. While I had LOVED this song before, he had asked me a few weeks ago, whether I’d add an acoustic guitar track to it. At first, I wasn’t all sure what to make of it, since I thought the song was perfect then with his virtuoso piano performance and more so, as I hadn’t even TOUCHED an acoustic in years, if not decades, let alone really played it. However and so far, I think I can say I haven’t backed out of a challenge and so I started practicing and recording – it was TOUGH, but rewarding, as I noticed some progress from day to day (most aspiring musicians, whether for fun or for making a living, will remember this sometimes painstaking process of learning the building blocks of your instrumental chops).

Eventually and weeks later, I sent Brian some files, which I hoped I wouldn’t get shattered over… (which, b.t.w., is s.th. Brian would most certainly never do :-)). You can’t imagine my joy and fulfilment, when he replied in a most positive and appreciative way – I think, I might have even gotten a little ‘misty-eyed’… :-). He told me, he’d do a little bit of editing and adding one or two tracks of his own and send me a made-over version – which is the one I’m talking about.

I’d like to say that I feel honored to have crossed paths with Brian, whom I believe to be the archetype of the “New Millenium Artist”. I am grateful he has made me a part of the song. I am hoping for this collaboration to grow and continue and appreciate everything coming from it. To those of you, who are here for the first time: Thank you for visiting my page (minimal material, yet – I’ll be working on that, too… :-)).

Here’s to eventually meeting the real people behind the (online) names, faces, pictures and blog entries. Have a blessed day, may music spread and flourish in every way it is supposed to!

Peace,
w.

DiC Recording Session
Recording session at Justmusic, Munich for Brian’s song ‘Dreams in Color’.

P.S.: I would like to thank Roland Köhler at Justmusic Munich for supporting the recording session at the guitar booth – awesome, many, many thanks!
Please check out the store: http://www.justmusic.de
P.P.S:: I would also like to thank Wolfram, my high school buddy and friend since then, for letting me borrow his acoustic guitar – thanks, man!

Little Paperball – Lyrics


Little Paperball

On the fifteenth of the first month
in the Chinese Lunar Year
You see children carrying paper lanterns
And a full moon just appeared

The lantern shows a riddle
of an ancient mistery
it’s up to you and me to figure out
what the answer just might be

So turn your eyes to the night sky
See a million lanterns fly
Now join and sing it with me
we’re celebrating harmony

We’re gathering in circles
amongst our families
and pass around some rice balls
yuan xiao for you and me

There are fireworks and music
for days and nights to come
the emperor throws a festival
our people become one

Turn your head into the night sky
See a million lanterns fly
always know where you came from
so you know who to become

We all turn our eyes into the night sky
And see a million lanterns fly
the riddle has been answered
we are one big family

Come meet me at the temple
and bring your sweetest song
our story goes in circles
it goes on and on and on
goes on and on and on
it goes on and on and on…

And we’ll look into the night sky
paper lanterns soaring high
as they vanish into darkness
and their light blends with the stars

Let’s turn our eyes into the night sky
See a million lanterns fly
Now join and sing it with me
we are one big family

Lantern Celebration


Green Leaf

I am pleased to announce a new venue and date for an appearance at Green Leaf Indochine Restaurant, Munich. This is what the Green Leaf brochure reads like:

“Our claim ‘Freshen up your life’ allows you to not only experience the wellness feel to healthy living through preparation of our courses, but for the first time ever through enjoying a drink at our cocktail bar. Our renowned bartender John Kindall from Florida will create drinks for you that are not only well aligned with our motto, but which are going to be an all-time first. Or can you say that you’ve ever had a Gingerrinha with fresh ginger before in your life? Or a Tai Chi Harmony topped by Aloe Vera?”

In addition, Green Leaf will celebrate China’s traditional Lantern Feast on February 19th, 2009:

“The Latern Celebration is held at the first full moon after Spring Festivity. Traditionally small spheres made from sticky rice called Yuanxiao are being served and enjoyed. They are a symbol of family ties and the implied coherence and loyalty amongst family members.”

I have the pleasure of tending to the live music repertoire that night. In addition to my regular repertoire I seek to find a song suiting the night’s motto.

Reservations are being accepted at +49-89-211 11 060. You’ll find the Green Leaf on Erhardt 15 at Cornelius downtown Munich.

I’d love to see one or the other familiar face.

Update: Please find the brand new info trailer, images and detailed information about the Green Leaf (in German, though) by following this this link. I am looking forward to seeing you there for a culinary delight dipped in smooth music.

Update 2: I had major technical problems that night, which I hadn’t expected that way. Otherwise I would have taken more time for a thorough sound-check. Hm… Hope, I didn’t all bust it… I got the feeling, though that customers and audience were still appreciative of me, some even openly grooved along. So… this is hoping, I’ll get a second chance to make good for the occasional feedback I had to struggle with…

More Acquisition in the Process


I have been dining a few times at a new Indochine restaurant in Munich, which I discovered by pure chance after a business appointment one Friday afternoon. As the appointment had gone fairly well and put me in good spirits, I spontaneously decided to reward myself by dining at the Green Leaf on Erhardtstrasse at Cornelius- in Munich, in walking distance to the former building of “Deutsches Museum” on the Isar. It wasn’t prime dining time, yet, so the place wasn’t crowded – much to my liking! I had a most delicious meal (and I can tell the differences, as I mostly prefer Asian cuisine when dining out) and the opportunity to chat a bit with the owner and the bartender. The place had just opened about a week ago and you could tell they hadn’t gotten around all finishing the furnishing, but I didn’t mind. What was already there looked and felt promising, especially the tasteful lighting. On top of it, service staff was really accessible and very, very nice – which is a rare thing in Germany in general and Munich in particular.

So I took chances and presented my music repertoire to them, handed them one of my advertising postcards and let them listen to an original tune I had just finished and happened to have with me on the iPod. Before I left, I had a larger version of the most delicious welcome drink, which is a Mango-Kiwi-Daiquiri – very tasty! When I finally headed out, the owner as well as John, the bar-tender said they’d call me about potential live performances. So, after having been there a second time and then finally today, a third time and delivering a demo CD on their request, things look, as if I might get to play there live beginning of March. Nothing’s carved in stone, yet, but I get the feeling this could be a great place to perform, as John had Smooth Jazz on the PA system all night – and every night I went there. And on top of it all, I get the impression that we get along well with each other as people, too. I had a quite nice and lengthy talk with Tran, the owner, tonight after returning there when I had fnished watching Seven Pounds.

Along with Vielharmonie in Alling, who also announced they might book me on a rather regular basis, project wesbound is picking up pace faster than I thought it would. Hm… should I have struck the right nerve with my selection of tunes? From the looks and sounds (sic!) of it, this might actually be the case.

Interesting… in the past few years things didn’t always really pan out for me. Tentatively speaking again, this looks and feels, as if times were about to change for me – for the better… I certainly wouldn’t mind THAT at all! 😀

Pitfalls of the Creative Process


I am currently in the process of – hopefully – finishing another tune.

I guess it’s commonplace to state that when working on a creative piece you sooner or later end up with tunnel vision: Not only have you thought of gazillions of slight variations here and there, you may have already tried and dimissed them altogether and thus sooner or later find yourself taking things off as you go along. In simple words: The more you LEAVE out, the better it tends to get. *sigh* – I should heed my own warning here, as I keep shoving stuff into the arrangement of above linked tune. Also, I HATE my voice. I can’t stand listening to myself singing and I also never get the performance right, as I’m recording this at home, where I don’t have studio equipment, such as e.g. a sound-proof box for recording voiceover or vocals. Hence – I’m always timid about disturbing one of my neighbours or getting unwanted attention of one kind or the other.
So, in other words: As soon as I’ve managed to get something recorded and listen to what I’ve just done … I feel like throwing it in the garbage. Personal issues, like not liking my voice set aside, the process is a tricky one.

I’m afraid, I’ll have to adjust to that and learn to love it to some extent….

wes’bound live repertoire


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  1. Boogie Down – Al Jarreau or listen/download here
  2. Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
  3. Don’t You Worry (’bout a Thing) – Incognito
  4. Fantasy – Earth, Wind & Fire
  5. Feel like Makin’ Love – George Benson
  6. Give Me the Night – George Benson
  7. I Count on U – remixed (written and recorded by wes’bound) or listen/download here
  8. I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald
  9. I will talk and Hollywood will listen – Robbie Williams
  10. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  11. I Wonder Why – Curtis Stigers
  12. Keep Comin’ Back – Richard Marx
  13. Little Paperball (by wes’bound) or listen/download<a href=”here.
  14. Morning – Al Jarreau or listen/download here
  15. On Broadway – George Benson
  16. On My Own – Michael McDonald feat. Patti LaBelle
  17. On the Beach – Chris Rea
  18. Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
  19. September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  20. Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  21. Sometimes – The Brand New Heavies
  22. Streetlife – Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford
  23. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  24. The Mighty Healer (by wes’bound)
  25. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  26. Through The Fire – Chaka Khan
  27. Turn Your Love Around – George Benson
  28. What You Won’t Do – Bobby Caldwell

update 12/20/08: Recent additions:

  1. After the love has gone – Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. A smile like yours – Natalie Cole
  3. So What – Miles Davis, as performed by Ronny Jordan

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