I’ve had a few people ask me why I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging side of late. Was it because the FAWM Songwriting Challenge that I participated in recently just wiped me out?

No… I have been working away in the background with my good mate Geoffrey Stapleton in forming Stapleton Stewart Productions, a production company that provides recording, production and songwriting services specifically catering for songwriters, lyricists and solo music artists.

I was asked by Geoffrey to consider becoming involved in Stapleton Stewart Productions in around the middle of February and it’s taken all this time to get everything ready to launch.

We flicked the switch on Friday, May 18th, 2017.

Both Geoffrey and I have the amazingly good fortune to base Stapleton Stewart Productions out of Karisma Recording Studio in Collinswood which is run by a fellow songwriter/musician Ian Coats (it’s near the ABC building for all you guys in Adelaide).

Working out of a fully functional, purpose built, professional recording studio space has been a bit of a dream of mine for a while, and the more I stay away from live performance the more I’m realising that working in a studio environment is the way to go for me.

It’s like this is the next phase in my music career. I’m not sure where this is heading as yet but I’m enjoying the journey so far.

Right now Stapleton Stewart Productions has a website and a Facebook page but Geoffrey and I are keeping it simple at the moment just promoting the recording/production aspect of the business. In the coming months however, more services will be rolled out and I’ll make sure that you guys know about it.

I invite you to check out the Stapleton Stewart Productions website plus Facebook page and if you haven’t liked the Facebook page already, please do so.

If you have any other questions about Stapleton Stewart Productions or, you want to give us a go you can contact me through the Stapleton Stewart Productions website or from this site.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

After taking it easy through March to get over the post FAWM Songwriting Challenge hangover, I’ve put together an album of the songs written in the challenge and put it up on BandCamp for you to download, share and enjoy.

The songs are in the order that they were written and you’ll be hearing them warts and all as I haven’t touched them since I initially recorded and mixed them enough to be included in the challenge.

As a package, I’m very proud with what I had accomplished through February because writing 14 songs in 28 days is no mean feat but I want to put a shout out to Mick Standing with whom I collaborated with on two of the songs “Waiting For You” and “Is It Love.”

Enjoy FAWM2017 – The Album and if you like, shoot me through some feedback. I’d love to hear from you.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Yesterday, besides being Valentine’s Day, also marked the halfway point (day 14 of 28) of the FAWM Songwriting Challenge.

After uploading five new songs in the first week I only managed to upload another two making my total of seven songs so far which is still keeping up with the one song every two days on average needed to complete the challenge in full.

I’m still confident I’ll complete the challenge as I’m becoming more and more comfortable with solo songwriting again especially the lyric writing component. FAWM has certainly given me the confidence to not be afraid of words anymore.

I always believe there’s something magical about a creative process where a songwriting idea coming from nowhere becomes a completed song and the time it takes to do that seems to disappear.

The main challenge I’m finding with doing FAWM so far, has been trying to grab those moments to write and record my songs the way I want to in-between a pretty demanding and unpredictable day gig however, my time management skills are getting better plus, it helps that the activity I’m trying to make time for (songwriting) is something I’m really passionate about.

You can find my FAWM songs either on the FAWM website or on my SoundCloud page.

Here’s to another week of kicking creativity in the butt and getting on with the task of writing some more songs.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

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 🙂