I am a singer/songwriter, musician, producer and blogger from Australia

I’m one of those people who go a little bit overboard when it comes to setting goals, intentions and resolutions, especially around this time of year.

I get all excited around this time because a new year means a brand new clean slate to start from but because of this, I get caught up in it all and set goals, intentions and resolutions that are way, way too ambitious.

It’s like I’m setting myself up for failure.

I came across an article illustrating the concept of “Microsteps” as it relates to goal setting and this caught my attention. The article titled New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans sets itself up for the reader by saying…

We like to set ambitious goals every January, imagining how much more amazing we are going to be about everything in the coming year — healthier, happier, more successful…January comes and goes and, lo and behold, we are much the same as when the year started.

While lofty goals sound impressive, they don’t always work. The gyms are packed in January and empty in February. Sound familiar? Perhaps this is a good year to try a new approach!

Now, I’ve been there many, many times. All good intentions in January, resolutions down the toilet in February. I didn’t want that to happen this year so I read the article and it blew my mind.

How can something as simple as breaking down lofty, ambitious goals into smaller “microsteps” escape me I don’t know, but that was my epiphany for 2020.

The essence of the article reminded of an old saying…

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

Now that I’ve read and absorbed New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans I’m now looking at the goals, intentions and resolutions I’ve made for 2020 and seeing if there’s anyway to break them down into smaller, more manageable chunks.

I know I have a lot of things that I want to achieve this year and with this micro-stepping technique under my belt, I have much more of a chance of “getting shit done…”

That’s my mantra for 2020.

Peace,

Corey 🙂


Check out the original link: New Year’s Resolutions: Why Microsteps Have More Impact Than Grand Plans

Since the mid nineties I have had a very keen interest in studying meditation. Around that time I was exposed to a number of philosophies of mainly the new age kind through the bands I was in and through the company I kept.

This created a healthy environment of wonderment and questioning about what life is about and what makes human beings (especially me as I point the finger inwards) do the things that they do. Out of all the books I read, the people I had spoken to and the philosophies I was exposed to, it turns out that for me, Buddhism was the only thing that really made sense.

Now, there were periods of time where I was right into the study and other times where I had let it lapse but if I was ever asked what religion I adhered to, I would answer Buddhism. However, there was always one thing that confused me about Buddhism and my relationship to it. I have never seen Buddhism as a religion but more of a method of living.

Now, some schools of Buddhism seem to have a more religious or doctrinal approach to them while others not so but all I wanted to do at the end of the day was practise this method of living without any of the superstitious or religious overtones. It wasn’t until very recently that I discovered that my “Buddhism without the religion” actually has a name… Secular Buddhism.

Now when asked about my religion (mainly through other religious people who knock at my door from time to time) I can reply “I don’t have one, but I am a Secular Buddhist” (much to the amusement or confusion of the questioner). According to Wikipedia, Secular Buddhism is

“… a broad term for an emerging form of Buddhism and secular spirituality that is based on humanist, skeptical, and/or agnostic values, as well as pragmatism and (often) naturalism, rather than religious (or more specifically supernatural or paranormal) beliefs.”

It’s also referred to as Western Buddhism or Buddhist Atheism. Once I found a name for my rediscovered path, everything else just started to make sense. Therefore, my Buddhist study would be of a secular nature and my meditation and mindfulness study would come from the disciplined Zen Buddhist tradition of Japan. In future posts, I’ll be writing about what I discover on this particular path but in the meantime I’m just happy to “be” in this very moment.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

After a very long break (and a few false starts), I’m now ready to get back into playing gigs locally with the view of branching out into country areas as well as touring interstate.

I’ve put together a playlist on SoundCloud called CS Acoustic Demo 2019 which highlights five covers and five of my own songs played by me and an acoustic guitar.

If you’re interested in new local music then check out the five originals and let me know what you think.

Any feedback is most welcome.

If you are a venue owner or booker and you’re on the lookout for another songwriter/acoustic soloist to join your roster of performers then check out the whole demo package below to hear if what I do fits in with your venues aesthetic.

If there is a fit, you can contact me here.

I’m currently working on a new bio, one sheet and EPK which will be uploaded to this site as soon as it’s finished. In the meantime enjoy my acoustic demo.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Yes, Mara and I got ourselves a puppy. His name is Charlie, he’s a Groodle (a Golden Retriever/Poodle cross) and he’s very, very, very CUTE!

We’ve had Charlie for almost three weeks now and the change in the household has been nothing short of amazing.

There’s less stress (except when the odd accident appears on the floor), more love and an elevated sense of happiness in the house and this in turn, has been good for our overall health as well.

Pets have been proven to lower blood pressure and decrease stress levels which is something that I definitely need in my life at the moment.

As you might imagine, having a puppy in the house when you’re so used to your own company has been quite a challenge and I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging and songwriting front because of this.

I wasn’t able to complete this years FAWM and my Song A Week Challenge has been put on hold for the time being. I just couldn’t sustain the output of music and content plus, look after a demanding puppy at the same time.

Initially, this situation was messing with my head but I’ve gotten past the feelings of guilt and am now just getting on with things.

I’m amazed at how fast Charlie is growing already and I know there will be a time very soon where I’m able to get back to (almost) where I was before with my blogging and songwriting but until then I’ll do the best I can with what time I have at my disposal.

In the meantime, here’s another picture of Charlie just to let sink in how wonderfully cute he is…

Peace,

Corey (Charlie’s Dad) 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 5 of the challenge is an instrumental that I call Return To North Star.

This piece of music was inspired by a collaboration between Robert Fripp and Darryl Hall called “North Star” which was from Hall’s 1980 album “Sacred Songs” in which Roberet Fripp produced.


SAW05 – Return To North Star
© 4/2/2019 C. Stewart

It’s an instrumental…


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get a move on with SAW06…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 4 of the challenge is “After All This Time” a song about the wonderful feeling that two people share when they are still in love after many years of being together.


SAW04 – After All This Time
© 28/1/2019 C. Stewart

V1
It doesn’t matter if I’m far away
Or if I’m right here by your side
It doesn’t matter if we’re standing still
Or if we’re running for our lives
Just the knowledge that you’re here with me
It fills my heart with pride
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
After all this time

V2
It doesn’t matter if we had a fight
And you treat me so unkind
With all the words that you said to me
Designed to make me cry
But I know you didn’t really mean it
And that gives me peace of mind
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
And that we’re both here for each other
Even after all this time

Chorus
From the first day that we met I knew
That what was one has become two
And together we can start anew
Our lives are whatever we both choose
I promise you from this day on
That I’ll be there to right the wrongs
To pick you up when you don’t feel strong
To help each other when it all seems lost

Even after all this time

Verse
I count my blessings every time I wake up
Each and every day
That you and I choose to be together
What more can I really say
Except that baby come and take my hand
So we can live our lives away
It’s nice to know that we are still in love
And that we’re both here for each other
Even after all this time

Chorus

Even after all this time
Even after all this time
Even after all this time
Even after all this… Time


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW05 has my name splashed all over it…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Every week for the past three weeks I have uploaded a video to my YouTube and Vimeo accounts as part of my Song A Week Songwriting Challenge.

These uploads are the start of my tentative experiments with video as a content creation medium as well as a means of spreading the good word about me and my music online.

Video is a scary medium for me as I imagine it would be for a lot of people. Just the thought of having my talking image online for everyone to see, hear and inevitably judge, is as terrifying as public speaking (which we all know is more terrifying than death itself).

Writing comes a lot easier for me as I can sit behind the pen and paper and control what I share with the world. No one needs to see what I look like or hear what I sound like.

All a reader gets from my words are my thoughts and feelings on a wide variety of topics, pure and unadulterated by any visual and/or aural preconceptions. Video on the other hand, destroys the safety the cover of anonymity brings and completely exposes me to the online world and that to me is simply a terrifying thought.

I know that my problem with video is not the fault of the medium but a fault in me due to my self image and esteem in general not being as high as I’d like it to be at the moment.

It’s safe to say that right now, I’m harbouring a lot of fear inside.

So, what do I do about it? They say that the best way to conquer any fear is to do what scares you anyway so, with regards to putting myself out there through uploading videos, the answer is to simply start creating and uploading videos on a regular basis. I know that I’ll eventually conquer my fear with video just like I conquered my fear recording my songs and uploading them for everyone to hear.

It’s the same concept but a different medium.

Now, while video scares me, I also really love it at the same time and I do feel that me creating content on video is one of the last frontiers that I need to explore as a songwriter, musician, producer and blogger.

The benefits of creating video content is that as a medium, video is much more immediate than the written word. It engages more of the senses and as most people retain information more effectively by watching it rather than reading it, the connection of what I currently do with video is a no-brainer really.

With all that being said, I do plan to be uploading other videos in the future mainly centering around the live performance of my songs and covers (done my way of course) and if all that goes well and I’m feeling more confident, I’ll also start experimenting with vlogging and more tutorial based videos as well.

In the meantime, I hope your enjoying the Song A Week videos I’ve put up so far. If you have any ideas as to what types of videos you’d like me to do then comment below or, you can contact me and let me know.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 3 of the challenge is called “Written In The Stars” a song about destiny whether it be created externally through circumstance or internally through a self fulfilled prophecy.


SAW03 – Written In The Stars
© 21/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse 1
I was endlessly searching
For the only one to make my life complete
The one who brings light to the dark
I thought I was destined
To be all alone in this big, bad, brutal world
That was until you came along

Chorus
Coz it was written in the stars
That you would be my destiny
As I cry out in the dark
For you to make the best of me
But if we ever fell apart
Yes it would be a tragedy
But you and I, we have got each other now
You and I, in each others arms

Verse 2
Now that I have you
And you have me, two halves make a whole
You and I are now one
The forces that bind us
Can also repel, if we’re to lose our way
We’re so far away from home

Chorus

Bridge
Written in the stars
Written in the stars
Written in the stars
Written in the stars

Chorus


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then either comment below or, let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW04 is calling me to write…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

Each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

Song number 2 of the challenge is one called Start Believing a song about self belief and the love that comes from and to that.


SAW02 – Start Believing
© 14/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse
I spy
With my little eye
That you are hiding away
But I found you
The game is over now
There’s no more time to play

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Verse
Don’t cry
Coz your tears won’t wash away
The hurt you feel inside
It’s midnight
And the promise of a brand new day
Propels you towards the light

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing

Verse
Now is
The only time for you
To reflect and move along
Say goodbye
To a past that held you back
And not allowed you to be strong

PreChorus
I don’t want you to fear what the unknown brings
Because I know the both of us can face anything

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing

Bridge (Solo)

Chorus
So come and take my hand
And I will get you out of here
Coz all you’ve got to do is start believing
In your world I know you wanted more
But there was nothing left to give
So let me help you to start believing…


If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then let me know here.

In the meantime, SAW03 awaits…

Peace,

Corey 🙂

As I mentioned in a previous post, each and every Monday for 2019 I’ll be uploading a song as part of my self imposed Song A Week Challenge.

The first song written for this challenge is Every Beat Of My Heart a simple love song to get the ball rolling.

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Every Beat Of My Heart
© 7/1/2019 C. Stewart

Verse 1
Once I was stuck in a daydream
In a world where there was no way out
But you provided a way for me
To wake up from all the times I’ve been down

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us

Verse 2
I look at you, you look back at me
And I feel myself drowning in your eyes
Between us there’s electricity
A connection that I cannot deny

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us
Oh, but I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
The bond that keeps us from drifting apart
Is getting stronger because of our love

Solo (Verse)

Chorus
But I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
I’m getting taken back right to the start
Of where it all began for us
Oh, but I know…
That with every little beat of my heart
The bond that keeps us from drifting apart
Is getting stronger because of our love…

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If you have any comments, feedback, encouragement or even song ideas that I could use to keep this challenge going then let me know here.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get on with the next song…

Peace,

Corey 🙂