NEW SINGLE RELEASE (July 24, 2016)

I have finally released a new single, called "Jonny Got His Mind". It is available for download on Amazon and other paid digital outlets.

The History
This is a prog metal/power ballad version of a song originally created by my good friend Jay Gaumer (used with permission, of course) and his co-writer Bill Hilburn on their project "Beyond the Shadowlines" in 1996 under the group name "Entropia". When I listened to Jay's album for the first time, I noted that his style is significantly lighter than mine, but I found the story gripping. It's a bit of a brain twister and, having listened through dozens of times now, I'm still not sure what conclusion to take from it. Jay assures me there is a "right" answer and that he will NEVER reveal the true meaning. LOL! Anyway, this song is the last track on the first disc and when I heard it I instantly thought of doing it in a prog metal power ballad style. With Jay's blessing, I present my re-visioning of the song now.

The Backstory
Since the song is part of a much larger work, the lyrics rely heavily on a backstory, so here it is: The year is, well, sometime in the far future. Lunar colonies originally established by Texcon, the world's largest energy supplier, have been seized by the United Nations. Meanwhile, it has been discovered that the newest form of addiction, feeding voltage directly to the brain, or "buzzing", has the side effect of creating telekinetic abilities in a small percentage of those who engage in this dangerous practice. Texcon has formulated a plan to recruit the "wireheads" to create an army of warriors that will be able use their unusual and unstoppable abilities to overwhelm the UN troops and retake control of the lunar colonies.


Where Did I Go? (December 24, 2014)

So, obviously I haven't posted anything in a while. When you have two time-consuming interests like music and computer programming, one has to give way to the other. Since releasing "Portrait of a Zebra", I've been focused on a couple of pet programming projects.

That may change a bit in 2015. I invested in some new software in 2014, and I just placed an order for a Carvin DC7X "extended scale" (i.e., baritone) guitar. Fifteen years ago a new world of song writing was opened to me when I purchased my first 7-string guitar. I plan to use an alternate tuning when I receive the DC7X and see what new ways that gets my brain to move.

I've kind of had an idea in the back of my head to do a strictly instrumental project -- telling a story via musical textures in the way a movie soundtrack does. But we'll see what happens when I actually get to work with the new guitar.


Facebook Page Available Again     (June 3, 2014)

I have created a new Facebook page again. This website is still the better place to get more comprehensive info about my musical pursuits, but you can visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gsprogmetal (note I couldn't get the old "gsprog" name back so it is now "gsprogmetal").


Facebook Page No Longer Available     (September 12, 2013)

For a variety of reasons, I have decided to permanently close my Facebook account. This site is now the only source to get up-to-date info on my goings-ons.

Speaking of which, I know I haven't posted in a while. I've got some things possibly cooking, but it's too early to really say anything. Just check back once in a while to see if there are any updates.


SPECIAL LIVE PERFORMANCE COMING SOON!     (July 12, 2013)

On July 30, I will be performing the keyboard solo "Racing Toward Destiny" during the final night of Kansas City's "Art@Work" competition music semi-finals. Art@Work is an annual competition organized by the Metropolitan Arts Council of Kansas City. It is a chance for people with normal day jobs to show off their artistic talents that may not get used during the course of their daily work.

The semi-finals are being held at Kansas City's world-renowned jazz club, The Blue Room, 1616 East 18th Street (the corner of 18th and Vine in the historic jazz district). The event begins at 7:00pm. Admission is FREE, all ages show, and is open to the public. There will be an open bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

If you can make it, I would appreciate your support. Audience voting factors largely into who gets to advance to the final round of competition, held across the street in the Gem Theater. If I make it to the final round, that will be held Saturday, August 3. I mention that date now since there will only be 2 or 3 days' notice if I do make it to the finals.

Hope to see you there!


First Review Is In     (May 24, 2013)

Check out this review of "Portrait of a Zebra". I think Mark Johnson hit the nail on the head... this album is something you "experience", not just listen to. Have you bought your copy yet???


Now On ReverbNation     (May 17, 2013)

Samples from the final CD are now available on ReverbNation. These are different than the SoundCloud samples, which were posted before the final mixes were complete.


OFFICIAL RELEASE     (May 3, 2013)

"Portait of a Zebra" is officially released. Unfotunately, there has been a snag in shipping the physical CDs to the CD Baby warehouse, so CDs probably won't be available until Monday or Tuesday (May 6 or 7). If you prefer digital downloads, you're in luck because digital downloads are available immediately from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, and many other download services.


IT'S FINISHED!!!     (April 20, 2013)

After many unanticipated technical difficulties and delays, "Portrait of a Zebra" is finally finished and uploaded to a company for replication and printing! May 3 is the scheduled release date, and it looks like I'm still on track for that despite the delays of the last couple of weeks.


Nearing Completion     (March 24, 2013)

Mixing is nearly complete! The estimated availability date for this project is May 3. Clips for "Theories of the Dawn", "Lament for the Innocent", and "Thanksgiving" are now posted on the clips page. These are the last samples I will be posting.


Mixing Still Continues     (March 10, 2013)

Not much new to report. Mixing a project is a long process, especially when some of your the have 60 tracks to blend together. However, following the recent tradition of posting a couple of samples each weekend, clips for "Unseen Power" and "Racing Toward Destiny" are now available on the clips page.


Mixing Continues     (March 03, 2013)

I've been hard at work mixing all week. I'm actually starting to get a bit fatigued by it, but the good news is that the end is in sight. Clips for "Zebra Song" and "Father and Son" are now available on the clips page.


First Samples Available!     (February 23, 2013)

Things continue to progress. I was at The RYE Studio in Stilwell, Kansas, today for a photo shoot. I have recruited a lead guitar player from the UK to add some "shredder" guitar solos. Meanwhile, mixing is in full swing, and the first couple of samples are now available on the clips page! Disclaimer: I deliberately started with slower-paced songs because they are easier to mix. Rest assured, there are plenty of tunes on this project that are much faster-paced and more intense than this. But these will at least whet your appetite!




Progress Update     (February 2, 2013)

Things are really movin' and shakin'. Bass tracks are finished. Drums tracks are finished. Vocals on half of the songs are finished. A guest lead guitar player is scheduled to be in studio next weekend to lay his tracks, and I expect all keyboard tracks to also be finished by then. I am very fast drawing down to the point where I'll be able to start posting audio samples! Stay tuned, and be sure to "like" my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/gsprog.


Progress Update     (January 13, 2013)

Despite myself and my family fighting various malaise for the last 4 weeks, including myself having an ear infection, I've been plowing forward as best as I can. Very excited for the next couple of weeks. I've got three musicians scheduled to come into the studio to put their tracks down, as well as a singer in another state doing some of the lead vocal tracks for me remotely. By the end of this month, everything should be in place to start putting the final mixes together!


Progress Update     (December 2, 2012)

All the rhythm guitar tracks are laid down. Guest singer Marissa Garrison was in studio yesterday to track the lead for "Love No More". Next weekend is gong to be busy with Kyle King working on bass tracks with his giant log of a 6-string bass!


Tracks In Progress     (November 7, 2012)

All of the final clean guitar parts have been recorded. Work on the heavy distortion guitar parts begins tonight. I have to say it is just killing me waiting to have some tracks that are good enough to start posting teasers! I am just bursting to share some of this material with everyone. Additionally, I have confirmed that I will be adding an 11th track to the collection. Here is the updated track list:

  • The Savanna
  • Zebra Song
  • Father and Son
  • Racing Toward Destiny
  • Love No More
  • Garmonbozia (Pain and Sorrow)
  • (You Don't) Know Me
  • Theories of the Dawn
  • Unseen Power
  • Lament for the Innocent
  • Thanksgiving


Composition Completed!     (October 21, 2012)

Composition of the final track for my new CD is FINISHED!!! Still a lot of work to do, re-recording most everything to production quality. But the difficult process of inspiration and creation is in the books. There will be 10 tracks, possibly 11 (still debating remaking a song I wrote back in 1996 or 1997), for a total of just under an hour. The track titles are:

  • The Savanna
  • Zebra Song
  • Father and Son
  • ??? (instrumental, still working on a title)
  • Garmonbozia (Pain and Sorrow)
  • (You Don't) Know Me
  • Theories of the Dawn
  • Unseen Power
  • Lament for the Innocent
  • Thanksgiving


Vocalist Needed For Studio Work     (August 2012)

I am looking for a lead singer to record on for my CD. I like a wide variety of vocalists, from James LaBrie to Ray Alder to Geoff Tate to D. C. Cooper to Devin Townsend (when he's singing instead of screaming). I guess it's an "I'll know the right fit when I hear it" situation. My general style is metal and/or progressive metal. If you are someone or know someone who is interested, please send me a message through the contact page on this site so I can hook you up with the audition material.


New CD Project Well Under Way     (August 2012)

For most of this year I have been working on a new solo CD. I have completed composition of 5 tracks, and 2 more are well under way. I wish it was going faster, but writing a CD when I have a family is a whole different deal. I can't believe I actually had more time when I was a long-haul truck driver! Anyway, I'm hoping to have it done by the end of the year. Right now I am lining up session musicians to improve the quality of musicianship where I fall short. As I start recording the final tracks I'll be sure to post samples.