Just One Kiss was written as a songwriting exercise inspired by my wife.

I was having a conversation about something musical when all of a sudden she leant over and gave me a kiss. She then said to me “see if you can write a song about that.”

I did and the result is below.


Just One Kiss
© C. Stewart 2008

It only took one kiss from you to make my life complete
Before you I was missing from my life
Let me count the way that you inspire me every day
Just by being who you are all the time

You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all
You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all

It only took one kiss from you to live my life again
I now feel warm where once I felt so cold
Ever since I met you I’ve been learning how to feel
No longer am I barren in my soul

You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all
You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all

It only took one kiss from you for me to realise
That you’re the only one that rocks my world
I can’t imagine life without you each and every day
I want to feel this way for now and evermore

You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all
You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all
You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all
You’re all I ever wanted
It only took one kiss and that was all


The whole song was written in one half hour sitting in a stream of consciousness manner. Talk about inspiration coming around for a visit that day.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

I remember Sting’s Bring On The Night concert as it was yesterday…

A group of five of us stayed over a mates place (who lived close to the venue) the night before to ensure that we got a good position in the queue. As it turned out, at 8am the next day we were the second group in the queue.

The whole day was full of us taking in turns going into the city and generally hanging out listening to music on one of those huge cassette players (now I’m showing my age here). The air of anticipation became thicker and thicker the closer we got to showtime.

When the gates eventually opened there was a mad rush to the front. I managed to position myself front and centre of the stage… It couldn’t get any better than that!

Seminal Aussie band Hunters and Collectors were the support act for that night and they had just released their landmark album “Human Frailty” that same year. They were fantastic but of course all eyes and ears were waiting for the main act.

When it was time for Sting to start there was a roar of applause from the capacity crowd and by this time anyone who was sitting on the ground were standing.

First to appear on stage was drummer Omar Hakim who kicked things off with an incredible drum solo that seemed to last forever but it was probably around 10 minutes at the most.

WOW!

Then, Sting and the rest of band graced the Memorial Drive stage and proceeded to blow everybody away for the next 2 hours.

For me, this concert represented the closest thing I have come to a religious experience and after the final note was played I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and today, I’m still doing it.

Below is an example of what I experienced that night. The song is a medley of Bring On The Night and When The World Is Running Down from the Bring On The Night live album. Enjoy.

What was your first concert experience and how did it affect you? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it

Peace,

Corey 🙂

As a rule, I try not to watch that much television but one of my favourite TV programs going around is RockWiz on SBS.

On the show, every participant on the program is asked one of two questions as part of their introduction.

1. What was the first record you ever bought (or was bought for you)?
2. What was the first concert you ever went to?

Today I’m going to answer the first question regarding my first record… It was Jeff Wayne’s “War Of The Worlds”

My Aunty Pat (Mum’s sister) got the double LP for me for my 9th birthday because every time I went over to her place I would take her copy of War Of The Worlds and put on some headphones and spend all night night listening to it over and over and over again while looking through the extensive album notes and pictures.

I still have the album even now, it’s still a treasured part of my music collection.

The album captured my imagination plus it turned me on to the concept of modern orchestral music even though I didn’t start studying music until I got into high school.

Here’s a video of my favourite songs from the album “Forever Autumn” performed by Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) and narrated by the great Richard Burton.

I’ve got to say… Richard Burton still has the best speaking voice EVER.

What was the first record you ever purchased (or was bought for you) and how did it affect you? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Following up from my last post, another long time collaborator I’d like to introduce you all to is Jeff Smith and Rhymeworks Studios.

Jeff and I have been writing songs since the early 2000’s but have been getting together regularly once a week to write song for the past five years with an emphasis of creating something from absolutely nothing.

This way of working has resulted in two digital releases so far. The first is titled Destination Anywhere, with our latest release, an instrumental album is called Meridians.

Destination Anywhere – BandCamp

Meridians – BandCamp

In-between our collaborating, Jeff has also been busily writing his own tunes and releasing them on BandCamp to. He also uploads videos of his works on his Rhymeworks YouTube Channel.

Here’s a couple of videos Jeff created for Growin’ and Sunset Groove, two songs from our Meridians instrumental album

Growin’

Sunset Groove

Although I’ve featured the songs from both online releases above, I’ll be putting up the individual songs in future posts for the online aural portfolio. These will include a blurb about how the songs came into being plus a chord chart for anyone interested in learning how to play them.

It certainly goes without saying that Jeff and I are currently working on song for the next release sometime in early 2017.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to sharing more music with you all.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Green Trampoline is a songwriting duo comprising of myself and award winning songwriter/lyricist Adrian Miller.

Formed in 2010 out of a mutual respect for each of the others songwriting, Green Trampoline attempts to harness the songwriting strengths and weaknesses of both Adrian and I with the end result being a portfolio of songs which is greater than the sum of its parts.

To date Adrian and I have co-written over 35 songs in which some have already been picked up by other acts.

For example. three of our songs Angel Wings, Back To Square One and Free Spirit have been used by indigenous songwriter/artist Krista Pav on her Free Spirit EP.

Angel Wings

Back To Square One

Free Spirit

Plus, another one of our tracks Wynton Marsalis has been included on an album by internationally renowned Adelaide band PlanB titled Time Is A Diamond.

As well as continuing the Green Trampoline partnership and collaborating on new material, Adrian and I are currently working on putting together a full length album of our songs for digital release in the first quarter of 2017.

I’ll certainly keep you all updated as to its progress but in the meantime I’ll be uploading some Green Trampoline demos to give you a taste of what might be on the as yet untitled album.

All I can say at this very moment is Watch This Space

Peace,

Corey 🙂

PS: The above picture is of me as a little tacker (around about 10 years old) in full flight while jumping on a trampoline.

So far the merging of all of my external songwriting and music business content into Corey Stewart Online has been a successful exercise but there have been many times throughout this merging process though that I’ve asked myself the question, “Why do I blog?”

Why do I even bother sometimes with this urge to write down my thoughts and activity into my blog and then share that information with the rest of the world?

Well, I blog for a variety of reasons…

  • To help me remember what I’ve done
  • To reach out, communicate and collaborate with others
  • To fully engage in my love of writing and language
  • To empty all the stuff that accumulates in my head
  • To help me learn new things more effectively
  • To make my life journey less of a lonely one
  • To build communities of like minded individuals
  • To become more mindful of what I do in life
  • To help me become a better person

I‘m not pretending to be an expert on anything that I write about here. All I’m really doing is writing about what I know, what I’ve experienced and what I’ve learnt along the way in my chosen fields of passion and interest.

In an earlier post, I made a decision recently to become more mindful of my life and to stop living on autopilot. Creating Corey Stewart Online is the best way I can think of to slow my life down enough to examine what I do through writing it down and then having the option of publishing it online.

This blog is the most literal way I can think of to demonstrate my willingness to be mindful plus, writing things down is the best way for me to learn new things more effectively.

At the end of the day, Corey Stewart Online is all about me creating a community of like minded individuals who can come together, get to know each other through common interests and to help one another out on our respective individual paths.

Plus, if I can interest a few of you in checking out my music along the way that would be awesome too.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

This was a song that almost wrote itself due to the set of circumstance I had found myself in at the time of writing it.

I was living in a share housing situation that was really having a negative effect on my mental wellbeing. It was an awful experience which I couldn’t wait to get out of but I was too scared to make the move at the same time.

When I eventually made the decision to move out, I distinctly remember the sense of relief and pride I had in myself for finally plucking up the courage to stand up for myself and face the unknown.

Hence the song “Leave It All Behind” was born.

I’m particularly proud of this song because it tells a story where most of my songs seem to be borne from my observations and feelings about things.

I think that this song is one of the most story telling songs I’ve written to date


Leave It All Behind
© C. Stewart 2003

I’ve packed my bags it’s time to go
The room is empty there’s nothing to show
My heart said no but my mind said yes
I cannot trust my heart I guess

But I know, I’m gonna leave it all behind
As I say it in my prayers every night
I’m gonna leave it all behind

I turn off the lights as I look outside
And I smile to myself with a sense of pride
I’m starting fresh from this day on
I wont know who I am before too long

But I know, I’m gonna leave it all behind
Coz it’ll haunt me for the rest of my life
I’m gonna leave it all behind
But I know, I’m gonna leave it all behind
As I say it in my prayers every night
I’m gonna leave it all behind

I have told myself that times will change
And I’ve been living out a lie
I’m gonna look at this world in a different way
So I can finally spread my wings and fly

Instrumental (verse)

I’ve now turned a page in this book of life
What’s coming to me know is what I know is right
The wheels of fate haven’t stopped just yet
But where it all stops you know it all depends

But I know, I’m gonna leave it all behind
Coz it’ll haunt me for the rest of my life
I’m gonna leave it all behind
But I know, I’m gonna leave it all behind
As I say it in my prayers every night
I’m gonna leave it all behind

Right now I’m sitting in front of my computer typing out this blog post and on the other screen is an open project on Logic Pro X and I’m really, really torn between completing this post and just doing some more recording.

However, there was a time not that long ago, that I couldn’t have imagined this scenario because back then, the thought of setting up some sort of home recording studio absolutely terrified me.

But what was I really scared of? I suppose I was scared that…

  • My music would sound crap and not sound like what’s on the radio
  • I couldn’t do it (record from home)
  • It would take too long for me to learn
  • My end product would be judged harshly by others
  • People won’t like my music (and therefore, not like me)

Of course, these irrational and illogical fears were a result of an unhealthy combination of way too much perfectionism, not enough confidence and a dash of low self esteem thrown in for good measure.

I remember when I purchased my first iMac way back in 2009 I had included in the purchase a copy of Logic 9 (I had some experience using Logic 4.2 – before it was purchased from Emagic by Apple) and when I installed it onto my new system I left it sitting there all alone on my desktop, unopened for a very long time.

Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and feeling a bit brash one day, I opened it up and started to muck around with it.

The more I used it, the more I gained confidence in my ability to learn about and operate a piece of software that was almost like trying to learn a foreign language. Then I discovered that YouTube had heaps of Logic 9 tutorials that enabled me to integrate more knowledge that I could use in my recordings.

It was around about this time that my decision to start collaborating with other songwriters in a big way took place and my new found knowledge of recording music at home had some sort of outlet.

Then Logic Pro X came onto the market… When I got that onto my system everything had changed. Now I’m a home recording studio junky and there’s no stopping me now.

The main thing I love about recording from home is the sheer convenience of thinking of a songwriting idea and then being able to flick on a switch and have everything at your disposal at a moment’s notice.

Don’t get me wrong… I still use and work in other recording studios big and small, professional and amateur, and feel that these facilities provide a much needed service however, with my home recording setup I am no longer at the whim of somebody else when it comes to recording my songwriting ideas and developing them towards a completed product.

Pretty soon I’m going to start sharing with you my home recording experiences, what I’ve learnt from taking a leap of faith into the land of home recording plus curating some fantastic content that I’ve found that has helped me along the way so watch this space.

Okay, now that this is done I’m getting back to my recording…

Peace,

Corey 🙂