Welcome


Welcome to my new web site! I am so happy to share it with you.

This is the place where you can experience the expression of my music, my world, my life. Thank you for being here!

Please check out my music, videos, upcoming events and all the other great features on this site.

I am looking forward to providing you with music that means something, music that inspires and entertains, music that is alive.

Peace and blessings to you and yours!

Campus Movie Fest Honors! 

Wow! I just received a wonderful acknowledgement letter from Campus Movie Fest thanking me for the all the music I donated to student filmmakers. My music has appeared in hundreds of student films over the years. I am very happy to have helped so many budding filmmakers find their groove. I continue to provide new music to filmmakers and other industry folk and look forward to supporting some great new projects. Check out my Songs and Instrumentals on this site for more.

This Is The Year!  

Happy New Year!

So far, the new year is off to a great start. The latest...

Gigs

Just before Christmas, I performed at my favorite venue ever, the Joshua Tree Saloon. This is a one of a kind place and I treated it as such. From what I heard, I delivered a great performance. The crowd was awesome and so was the food. I love playing at places that feed me. I work up quite an appetite when I am on stage. I can't eat anything before I perform, but I make up for it afterward. They want me back, so I expect to be performing there again soon. Watch my Shows page for upcoming gigs. I'd love to see you there. Check out the videos on my Video page!

Studio

I am working hard to improve the quality of my recordings. Although I have been working at audio engineering for almost two decades now, it is apparent that I either missed or forgot a lot of stuff along the way. I have been studying with David Campos, an award-winning producer and engineer, for several months now, and I have really learned a lot. David has an amazing online presence with tons of videos that covers every aspect of music production from composition, to studio builds to mixing, master and lots more. He has been a godsend to me. If you listen to some of the music I have redone, like Retrospective or Silence, you will hear the difference compared to other music on my site. I am excited about taking my music to the next level!

Synch Licensing

I have been working for years to get my music placed in TV and film but have had limited success. Even when film folk like my music, they don't use it because they say the recordings are not high enough quality to drop into a production as is. To deal with that, I am working hard on my musical production chops as I mentioned above. I am also working with a music industry consultant from LA who is teaching me and my fellow students how to properly prepare and submit music to film and TV music supervisors and others who are responsible for finding music for the projects they are working on.. I am learning a lot about the film/TV music industry and getting an insider's view on how to get music licensed. This is a real hands on course and I am excited about all the opportunities it presents. It is a year long program, so I have a ways to go, but already I am learning to better focus my music and improve its marketability.

Well, that is about it for now. Just working hard trying to make it happen. Thanks for being here. I hope you enjoy the music!

Where Have I Been? 

Wow, it has been over a year since I posted on this blog. I hope no one has been waiting on me. LOL! So much has happened musically and otherwise in my life, that it is hard to write about it all. Actually, I do write about it a lot on Facebook and but not here. I guess I think of this page as my official music site, so I only post gigs and my music.

The Thomas Fire last December brought about some major changes in my life. I moved back to the Coachella Valley after the fire as we weren't able to live in our old place anymore. But we landed in a fabulous spot here in the desert and I am loving it here. I wrote a song about my experience of the fire and will releasing it this Fall.

Studio Upgrades

I have been slowly building my home project studio over the last few years. Lately, I have made some important additions to the studio including a set of Yamaha reference monitors, a Fender Super Sonic amp, a Zoom effects pedal and a new gig chair. Last week, I found my dream production computer, a MacBook Pro loaded with tons of audio production software. I am very excited about finally having the ability to raise the production quality of my music. It wasn't bad before but music buyers, production companies and others have told me that my music wasn't quite at the commercial quality level they need. They really liked the music just couldn't use most of it as is. With the new computer and incredible software, you will be hearing a new level of production quality soon (once I figure out how to use all this stuff).

Performances

I am excited about the opportunity to perform again in the Coachella Valley. There are some great venues here. My first performance here is coming up Sept. 28 at the End of Summer Bash '18. There will be wide variety of music and other performances, including Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, Acoustic, Spoken Word, and more. I hope this will serve as a spring board to more gigs in the area.

Licensing

One of my instrumentals, "Surf's Up," is under consideration for use in a major ad campaign. This piece is one of my most successful; it has been used in a Kardashian show, a film and a cable TV show. With the new production capabilities I now have in the studio, I am expecting a lot more licensing success in the future.


Stay tuned!
 

Update 2017 

Hey there! Sorry I have been away for so long. One of the things I want to work on this year is improving this web site and the way that I use it. It can be a powerful communication device.

Recording Sessions

I have been working on reassembling my studio and am finally at the point where I can make really good quality recordings. With my new upgrades, acoustic instruments and vocals sound much, much better. In fact, things are sounding so good, I may not even need to use a commercial studio.

I have created several new instrumental pieces. Some are very delicate and beautiful, others are kick-ass and powerful. For the more delicate pieces, I am writing and recording live cello and violin. Just finished the cello parts on two pieces ("Retrospective" and "Leaving") and they sound amazing. Thank you Cameron Shubert for your extraordinary performances on these recordings. Next up is the violin recording. Once that is done, you will hear the result here on my Instrumental page. I expect that both of these pieces will find a home in an upcoming film or TV production.

Because the studio upgrades are working, I am also recording three of my original songs. At least initially, I plan to keep it simple, just acoustic guitar and vocals. But if it sounds like adding drums and other instruments fits, I'll do that too, perhaps as additional versions of the basic, no frills recordings.

Performances

Over the last months, I have been focusing on writing and recording, so I haven't performed much. I did a couple of local gigs that went over really well and am looking at booking more as the season progresses.

I plan to begin broadcasting live performances from my studio soon. I am assembling the additional gear I need to do this with professional grade quality so that everyone has the best experience of my music that I can provide. I am researching which live performance internet platforms are best and will select one this week. I plan to schedule my performances on a regular basis and will be performing new music that I haven't performed in public. Please stay tuned so you get this exclusive content.

Bye for now!

 

Goodbye 29 Palms 

After more than a year of Monday night performances, I played for the last time. It was the longest continuous gig I have ever had. I can't say it was always easy for me to get to Twenty Nine Palms, CA, especially when I didn't have a car. However, thanks to the guidance of Spirit and the generosity of friends, I always made it on time and ready to play.

The 29 Palms Inn is a unique eclectic venue, a small restaurant which barely had room for me; I was jammed in a corner against the wall between the bar and an old piano, at least when I was inside. Most of the year, I performed outside on the far side of the pool, across from the patrons. The sun was often in my eyes and burned my skin until it set. Artist accommodation was not a management strong suit. The crowd was always polite and appreciative and I enjoyed performing for them. However, all things come to an end and it is time to give other local artists a shot at the "big time." LOL!


Adios mi amigos!



 

New Live CD! 

Wow! I can't believe its been weeks since I last posted here! Some good things have transpired in the meantime though.

I started recording my live performances at the 29 Palms Inn a few weeks ago. Now that I am using a great Bose PA system and have learned to use my loop pedal really well, some amazing things are happening. When I played back these live recordings they sounded awesome. So much so, I have decided to compile the best recordings into a new Live CD! Yes!

I am working on editing and compiling the songs now and should have it ready in a few weeks. Not sure what to call it, except good! I think most everyone will be pretty amazed. I know I am.

Two More Tracks Finalized For New CD! 

Wow, I can hardly believe it. Almost two years now I have been working on this CD and it is almost done. Yeah! Just finished final tracks for the new Right From The Roots CD and love how they came out. "Heartbreak Home" is about a woman I met who lived in a shipping container at the old storage place where I used to keep my stuff. She told me about what it was like to live in that steel box. What a story.

I also completed "Night Is Comin'" and it sounds really good. I especially liked the acoustic guitar solo I added today. I wrote this song 25 years ago, but it seems to be more powerful and poignant now than it ever was.

Please check both these tunes out here on my Songs page. I hope you like them as much as I do! Would love to hear from you anytime.

Blessings and Love to All!

Another CD Is Coming! 

The new "Visions" CD I talked about in my last post is now available for sale! In fact, we sold quite a few already. Seems that people who enjoy meditation, really like doing it while listening to this music. You can buy Visions right here in our online Store.

My next CD, as yet untitled, will feature 10 original songs, written and recorded by yours truly, Bob Ballard. I have been working on these recordings for more than a year. Much of the music was recorded in the back of my old RV as I traveled around the country. Sometimes it was challenging to get a recording free of stray noises like passing fire engines or the occasional gale force winds. However, now that I am out of the RV and in the final stages of production, the CD should be done very soon. This time, in addition to our online Store, we will be manufacturing and distributing this music world wide in partnership with CD Baby.

We are very excited about the release of this right from the roots CD. You won't hear anything more real than these tracks. If you'd like to get a sneak preview of the CD, you can listen to and download a couple of tracks free right here and here. I hope you enjoy them and sign up for my email list. Also, please let me know what you think of the new web site. So far, I'm liking it!

New CD! 

I am super excited to announce that my new CD, "Visons", is being manufactured as I write! This CD is my first foray into the New Age music arena. The CD consists of nine tracks of solo electric guitar which was recorded live at the Center for Spiritual Living in Palm Springs, CA. The CD will be available for sale later this month at the Center. It will also be available here on this site soon after.

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