State Of Play – SA Live Music Documentary

In response to Adelaide’s live thinker in residence Martin Elbourne’s recently released Reverb Live Music Report, film-maker Jethro Heller from YouView TV Australia created a documentary on the live music scene in Adelaide called “State Of Play”

Personally, I’ve only seen the first 10 minutes of this almost 50 minute video so I can’t comment too much at the moment but I wanted to share it around as soon as it was released because I feel that this is something all musicians need to check out.

Here it is for your viewing pleasure, check it out for yourself…

State of Play documentary

I’m now going to get back and watch this from start to finish. I’m also going to re-read the Reverb Live Music Report and give my thoughts on it in future blog posts

In the meantime, let me know what you think of the video.


Corey :)

“What Is Music?” According To Tony Levin

Now that Mad March and of course Easter are out of the way, I can get back to doing what I love… Songwriting and Blogging.

I just love this video of my favourite bass player Tony Levin explaining in his own way, what music is and what it means to him.

Tony Levin: What is Music?

He mentions that music communicates to all of us in ways that words don’t and that it fill up the gaps left in our vocabulary. It’s a beautifully eloquent tribute to the power of music and something that us musicians need to remind ourselves from time to time.

This is one of the reasons why I do what I do.


Corey :)

Will We Ever Run Out Of New Music?

According to this video from the popular science YouTube channel Vsauce the answer is “not very likely” which is a good thing I suppose otherwise I would be out of a job.

It seems that if you quantified all of the possible notes and rhythm combinations you get an amazingly huge but finite number however, whether these combinations of sounds are music to our ears is another thing.

Will We Ever Run Out of New Music?

This is a very cool video indeed. I do like the explanation on why we gravitate towards some types of song arrangements and not others.

Gives you some food for thought doesn’t it?


Corey :)

CS Gigs: W/E Sunday August 28th, 2011

Here are the gigs that I’m doing for the week ending Sunday August 28th, 2011.

Make sure you mark these off in your diary with a BOLD RED PEN.

For more information please go to my gigs page.

Hope to see you there,


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The Second Time Around – Song Video

As promised here is the video presentation used at the CD launch of “The Second Time Around” a song written by myself, Heather Frahn and members of the Community Re-Entry Program at Flinders University as outlined in a previous post.

Here it is for you to enjoy.

The Second Time Around – written by CRP members, Heather Frahn & Corey Stewart

Here is some more information about the Musical Brainwaves project from the YouTube page

Musical Brainwaves was a group song-writing project with members from the Community Re-Entry Program at Flinders University in 2011. Collaborating with songwriters Heather Frahn and Corey Stewart the members contributed their own song lyrics, voices and artwork expressing positive viewpoints about their lives.

The creation of the song “The Second Time Around” brought much celebration of the things that inspire life and wellbeing.

CRP Members: Ben Howell, Cherrie Almond, Ron Brooks, Bernadette Circtzki, Joelene Schmerl, Adam Houston, Ralph Kloss, Zeke Langsford, Peter Coulter, Gary Irons, John Weston, Peter Guidera, Joanne King, Andrew King, Jayne Linke, Darryl Thompson, Cele Richardson, Meg Bartel, Luna Aboulhosn, Janma Gazmere, Jasmine Grace, Matthew Thomas, Karina Wight, Margaret Ellis, Christiana Wu, Louisa Schettini 

Musical Brain Waves was facilitated by Corey Stewart and Heather Frahn, with visual art assistance from Jasmine Grace. Recording and Music Production by Corey Stewart and Heather Frahn © 2011.

With thanks to Charmaine Mahar, Jaime Gardner and Roger Rees for their support for this project.

Let me know what you think.


Corey :)

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CD Project Update #15 – Swedish Keyboards

I’m pleased to report a couple of exciting new developments on the CD recording front for this week.

After a bit of a stop-start beginning to this year I’m going back into the studio tomorrow for the first recording session for 2011. I hope to finish off all of the main vocal parts.

The exciting part though is that the next day (February 10th), I’ll be recording keyboard parts at Chapel Lane Studios using Swedish producer and keyboard player Stig Lindell.

How all this came about was through a fortunate set of events that to me, demonstrates perfectly the power of networking.

Over the last week I’ve been laying down some bass tracks at Chapel Lane for good friend and amazing singer/songwriter Jay Jaxson’s new CD of which Stig is producing. Jay told me that there was some free time (as in availability not cost) in the studio coming up and that Stig was willing and able to do whatever music work was required.

After experiencing first hand Stig’s keyboard playing (he played some guide keys while I was recording) I jumped at the chance of using him. I asked and he said yes.

It’s amazing what happens when you just ask.

I know that getting the keyboard parts out the way will take a huge load off my mind as finding a good keyboard player with time on their hands to do some recording has been a very challenging task indeed.

What’s left are just the Electric Guitar parts of Darren Zaza plus some extra overdubs such as backing vocals and perhaps some percussion to do and that’s it.

It feels so good to get back into recording mode again. It’s been far too long.


Corey :)

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The SongCatcher Interview In Full

Last night I was interviewed on Radio Adelaide 101.5FM by the team at SongCatcher, a radio show which focusses on songwriters, their inspirations and general songwriting news.

I had the pleasure of playing two of my songs live, the first being “Back Of My Mind” with the second song being “Seeing Stars.”

To hear the entire SongCatcher interview click on the play link below

SongCatcher Interview January 17th, 2011 (1hr)

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I have also isolated both songs from the interview and have featured them below.

Back Of My Mind (Live)

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Seeing Stars (Live)

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I’m really, really proud with how both songs turned out. Let me know what you think.


Corey :)

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Radio: SongCatcher On Radio Adelaide (101.5FM) Tonight

I’ll be appearing tonight on the SongCatcher songwriting program on Radio Adelaide (101.5 on the FM dial) with Clayton Werner and Claire Thackeray.

Wooo Hooo!

I’ll be playing a couple of tunes live, talking about my song “Billboard Angel” which appears on the latest SCALA CD “A Guided Tour” plus, the SongCatcher crew will be playing a couple of songs from other artists that have influenced me over the years.

So tune into Radio Adelaide between 9 and 10pm to hear the program or, you can listen to the SongCatcher program online.

You’ll be glad you did…


Corey :)

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Video: Night Voices – December 7th, 2010

Late last year I had the pleasure of being the featured act for the Night Voices Open Mic which is held at The Garage Bar on Waymouth Street in Adelaide. The video below (taken by my good mate BT Cassidy) are the edited highlights from my performance.

In this video you’ll hear three songs, two of my own songs “Girl Like You” and “Back Of My Mind” which will be available on my upcoming CD release plus, a version of Spandau Ballet’s 1983 hit “Gold”


I’m really quite proud of this video considering I was sick as a dog at the time. In fact, I detuned the guitar half a semitone to give my voice a bit of a rest.

Hmmm, the things we do for our art sometimes.


Corey :)

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Alan Watts – Life And Music

According to Zen Buddhist and interpreter of Chinese and Indian philosophies to the West, Alan Watts (1915-1973), the correlation between life and music is a closely knit and intertwining one.

Through his lectures and his vast audio archive, he was known for his ability to unravel the complexities of life for the layperson through his eloquence and humour.

A series of videos (created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame) were made from some of Alan’s audio recordings. The one I have included below is the one that has resonated with me the most.

It’s simply called Life and Music. Enjoy


Corey :)

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