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Be Sure To Visit My Youtube Channel! 

I've placed up over 75 mainly audio's but mixed in with a few videos'. This song I originally wrote around the year 2001 and recorded it in Kirkland, WA, the USA circa 2002. It's actually one of those tracks you loved at the time, but sort of got lost in the quest to writing a hit. Such is life!! Sort of like the concept of the song. 

Written by Michael David Curley

BE SURE TO VISIT ON YOUTUBE 

 

Recent Streams On Spotify! 

The good news is Spotify looks busy, moreover, I don't get the map for ALL the other digital platforms in regards to my own works, but I like the idea of where that can lead to shows.

Recent Streams dedicated to Spotify.

I was told in 2008, that my music was getting popular in Argentina so It's great to see people there still playing it. That relates to shows. All the other countries are exciting also. It's a special moment to know your music is being used in Instagram, Facebook, TikTok. 

Someway written by Michael David Curley

Here's another version!

Michael David Curley

Four Songs Outside Live 

I recorded this group of songs outdoors in the local woods when living in Earlswood, the U.K in 2013. The oddity of doing the work is making sure the traffic couldn't be heard from the local M42 Motorway. As you would imagine noise pollution isn't as bad early on a Sunday morning. So headed out to a tidy little clearing in the trees. Just over 17 minutes in total but nevertheless a solid piece of outdoor engineering. Performance comes with practice.

I particularly like the song 'No Easy Money.'  

Late Flowering Lust, Standing on The Balcony, Each Time A Woman Goodbye, No Easy Money

[Now On Reverbnation]

MDC

 

Standing On The Balcony V Halo (Infringement Still Outstanding).  

It's probably better to read up my exploits in the band Clever Bastards to understand this one, however around 2012 got a U.K solicitor involved over what was officially 'alleged', as the infringement of a song I had primarily and eventually musically co-written alongside now members of the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. The cascading melody and mandolin riff on the original of Standing on the Balcony were instantly recognisable to me when first hearing it on Smooth FM upon returning home from the store.  

I mean, long story short, they used the whole song so going against their own demands simply used the backing track of Halo released for Karaoke (public information), and simply sang SOTB over it. My own song was written way in advance of Halo, which also upon checking noticed the song had already been questioned for similarities to another Ryan Tedder penned track 'Almost Gone.' 

I actually prefer the original of SOTB however in terms of why you need to protect your rights it's necessary. You may get asked what you did write one day. 

I'd estimate around £6-10 million outstanding inclusive of the rights to 'Almost Gone'. 

Michael David Curley

Footballers legs and Anthems! 

I've always actually prided myself on my calves!! Years spent training to be a professional footballer I made it all the way on tour with Leicester City FC Youth Team in 1986 to Malmo, Sweden. Prior to that was trained by a really great guy that used to make us do bunny hopes up and down the Sports hall aged around 10. After retiring from football due to an injury years before always liked to walk, you know? To stay in shape.

Star-Spangled Banner!

You tend to think of national anthems being somewhat overdone and must admit never been one for using the English version of an American classic. I'm thrilled to still have a copy of a version I did around five years ago, outside in the thunder and rain. Lightening above holding my smartphone and quietly singing. That is my only method of performing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Recent Sales.

I did get asked recently about doing some youtube videos of me actually playing. I'm not for doing performance video's unless I'm in the realms of selling - the oddity often is that you are that Peter Gabriel song. 'I'm never where I want to be'. Perhaps with potential upcoming changes to digital streaming, all these uses of my music will at some point lead to something else. 

You'd really have to pay, to see me.

Sounds like a deal in the current climate of wills.

MDC

 

 

 

Things To Do Around Here 

I feel like a terrible host with people turning up and I'm not there physically in the room to meet them! Can I get you something to drink!! Really! Absolutely. 

There's a bunch of work on Youtube!

I decided at the beginning of this blog I was happy to just leave it here: How long? How longs a piece of string? I mean you have to be happy about leaving anything up long term based on reasonings. But in terms of just having something that clearly is dedicated to yourself. Why not? People land on a website short term by something that made them look. Hence the landing page. If they like me want to just learn something quickly. There's something there for their attention. Some people just leave! But they still had to jump onto your site to be there in a unique way. 

Up to date streams. 

I can see all these new avenues appearing where streaming companies attempt to convince the artists to check their weekly figures. Me? I've been checking stream rates more than anything. Based on zero's of cents or fractional returns of what it isn't? Money making/ The increase in the intensity of people who clearly do is always exciting. There is no commercial outlet for my music or so it seems.

That statement finds a way. 

Cheers!

 

The Mans Too Strong (Cover)  

I recorded an album a few years ago called 'Cyclonic', which was a selection of standards and originals mixed with some EDM. Well after a few rounds with the computer it just broke, so I pulled out the hard drive to rescue it. The plan when I had the spare change to do it I would. Turns out it was never on the hard drive once rescued and the album was lost. Other than recording it with the capo high up the neck it was soulful.

Renditions are far more important than a song being covered in my opinion. That stated in releasing a version of 'The Mans Too Strong,' originally by Dire Straits, did it on the day of writing this. Practise really. Do you have the guts to put something out there that you can and actually state you're happy with it? Why not? I mean, if it relates at some point then great and if you don't - how do you know?

Still getting a lot of traction on streams although it would be great to see a steady flow through the website. Not sure if any of the songs will catch on beyond it seems me having to prove to the world that people do actually listen. 

There is no possible or credible way to live on streams but again for the record, it's the variation in companies and consistency I see. I thought I'd just given up at some point however music proves that if you don't at least stay on top of what you did do or write it generally these days just gets taken. I am happy to put a face to the name at the drop of a hat. The question always arises do you still play? Yes. I haven't actually written anything in around three years and currently no plans to currently but, there's a songbook of originals always to be played. 

June 2021 @ Home

I've always enjoyed music most when it's spontaneous! You think of something, and reason you better get it out there! No reason than any other day, just adds up more consistently when you complete it and then have something more to write about.

That's me! You probably do yours much better!

Cheers for looking in.

MDC

An Interesting Summer Parade! 

Thought I'd give this a quick spin - as I was just about to head out the door for a walk in the summer. headphones on! 

Click for Tunes Invitational.

I Doubt It, Another Yesterday Door, Standing On The Balcony (Halo), Love Always Comes & Goes,

Supersonic (Live In Prague), Eugene, Someway, Love & War, Master of My Day, Imagine (live with Alan White).

Michael David Curley

Digital Currency For Music Royalties. 

Not really sure about cryptocurrency in music, as I to be honest like most, don't really understand it. The relevance of telling a person that bitcoin now costs X amount of something is great if you have some. The downside at this point is it's already been taken care of. The ability for it to trickle down in my mind regardless of what the currency is, FIAT or CRYPTO is crucial to its success. Having stated before that streams to me are opportunities regardless of the real-time lack of monetary reward! If you're making even a fraction monthly then surely that must be a good sign - but it could take years! I've only ever seen an increase in that in recent years and not having the touring capabilities it's difficult to guess, who is actually out there.

No the relevance of making royalties in music is that you somehow do: If larger companies start paying out better revenues in a digital currency I'm all for that, based on a stock exchange(s) and prices having an ability to rise and bring some worth to a songbook portfolio. 

You can see from my own charts that the influence of a platform like TikTok even entertains my own music which is great based on its clearly being used. I've always worked on the basis of the music holds up so it travels. I suppose I wouldn't mind being paid out in digital forms of currency. 

Michael David Curley  

The Chicken Song. 

Sat in the music room at my friend Tony's house he started singing a really silly rhyme, that quickly developed into a song. I've always liked the structure of 'If I was a rich man' so changed it to 'if I was a chicken'. It's one of those songs you have to write with another person just to check the radar settings. 

I've always looked at spoof songs with envy in a way because of the obvious reality created. That's really what we did with the chicken song. "It exists", would be my own official statement. Whether people ever find it is really just based on time.

SOUL

A quick glimpse into life at the time!

Derivative works! 

Michael David Curley

An Oddity Of Russian Sales?  

It's exciting to report that there's life out there in Russia based on the streams that I get from Russian outlets such as UMA (United Media Agency) and Yandex: Again having never visited always eager to learn how the music got into any individuals playlists. That's always the objective. 

It's always what I consider the more obscure songs as well, which is great: In writing this never expect an instant reply from anyone and even when you do, it's a shock! That stated, if you are from Russia or anywhere else in the world and read this, let us know where you're from?

We keep on stepping forward, omnipotent by desires, cheers for looking on. 

Michael David Curley.

United Kingdom Are Jokes At Eurovision. 

It's a fairly easy format that was destroyed by the almost now last twenty years of controls over U.K songwriting. We have around 75,000 albums per year released in the U.K and the fourth largest music market next to the U.S. Japan and Germany. If you've heard of 50 of them you're likely to be an expert. In terms of actual songs that are written by writers who write? It's not like the industry doesn't know you're there, they do! You're not at any point ever going to be asked to write a song though. I've met with representatives of the U.K industry twice since being back in the United Kingdom, and other than telling them about Halo, and likely seeming strange when I did, also sang them 'Long Black Veil' in an audition for X Factor in 2012.

I had to do it acapella at the time, which is always interesting! A couple of hours later met with the senior producer of the show and he asked me if I knew anything 5000 people would know. "sure"! I told him. Sang 'Don't Look Back In Anger' by Oasis and he thanked me for my time.

Life was a little confusing at the time and other than messing up my phone number they put me down as a substitute for Manchester so told them I wasn't interested. The little known fact about why the UK scores zero in the Eurovision song contest is they know we don't take it with the same intent as the other countries do! Especially when they know we do have great songwriters here and most to the majority are just clearly ignored.

Just like not asking John Lydon to invest his own time in a documentary about his own life! Typical! 

Mike

 

 

 

A Silence Of Home 

I wrote this one watching the telly just messing around with a riff I ended up with. It developed over a period of around a year and I knew what the chorus was because it seemed to just come naturally. The verses I struggled with for a while until I knew what I wanted to say.

Rehearsed it to where I was feeling comfortable and then literally picked up my chair and headed outside. There was this really nice nook that was covered just outside my kitchen window and it was dark, The breeze was blowing and I always think that based on what I'm stating in the song, just answers to the call. Played on my nylon string I think in time will go down as one of my best songs.

 

Using a Tascam app at the time on an iPad I had, just boosted it up a little in mastering. I like recording outdoors as it's difficult to fake it. So sit back and enjoy a Silence of Home. I recorded another version for University and handed it in as a project, but prefer the original being this one.

Michael David Curley

 

We Were Young We'd Play!  

I'm just gonna keep revolving the videos around most likely! That's the plan anyway, just like a setlist. I've seen that one before. Ahh, but that was on a Thursday. Glamour & Glitz is a top song to be fair. Its piano intro and gradual ascent is a milestone in performance. I've stated it before, if you don't state it yourself it's unlikely anybody else will. But you have to have an upward spiral for anything that you're attempting to get traction too. Me, I like writing in an attempt to just attract enough of an audience that somebody gives a dam about the record. Lifes okay, but it is nice to know your tunes are out there for a living. 

MDC

 

The Cafe Authors (What A Band). 

I always enjoyed 'The Cafe Authors' feeling it had its own European/American culture to it. Musically live as a duet at the time couldn't be touched. certainly in the U.S northwest. The pair of us watched The Proclaimers do it the one night at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard, just to see them perform. Stood there at the side of the stage, great guys and a really wicked band. 

St!nk

A throwback to the noughties. 

The picture there on Youtube was taken in Vancouver around 2000 in the back of my Jeep. Wasn't driving at the time as it was a special occasion. I've not been able to capture that smile ever since. No reason but as photos go I liked it.

Any road up, it's out there now. 

Michael David Curley 

Why I Made A Reverb Pedal. 

As part of my first Foundation degree had to make a device that could be played with an instrument.

Originally having some grandeur plans of alternately tuned guitars etc, settled for an Arduino interface and some tricky little coding in PureData. 

Setting up in the classroom

It's nerve-wracking having to perform in front of a small group of classmates and your tutor to pass the assignments but nevertheless, you do and end up getting used to it.

Reverb pedal on the floor

The pedal itself was fairly basic in design with built presets of anywhere between 250 mill seconds to 1000. You tend to get a nice delay with that, and then the basic reverb is a built-in bit of code I used to program the Arduino.

All sounds complicated and it is, but I left with a Foundation Degree in Music Performance & Technologies: and they don't give them away for free, you really have to earn it.

Plus I recorded this. 

Some more shots from the studio during the recording of 'I doubt It'. 

Cheers for looking in!

Michael David Curley

Only Available Here (Four Songs Outside Live).  

I set this one up over a period of four weeks because in literally playing outside live would be surprised how unquiet a wooded area in the U.K is. Sunday mornings worked out the best in the pursuit of a recording project in the setting up in the local forest whilst living in Earlswood, U.K. 

Live In The Woods - Private Venue, In Warwickshire, U.K

So in setting everything up on my own, also had to relax to the point of wanting to play a well-rehearsed original track. There are four songs with the first being an adaptation of the John Betjeman poem 'Late Flowering Lust', hence the title of the first song. I wrote a chorus and the music and then of course familiar with the poem. The second song on the live release is a version of 'Standing On The Balcony'. The third is the only official release from the set of four being in that I placed it up on Youtube and shot a video for it. 'Each Time A Woman Goodbye', with the final song which in some ways is my favourite called 'No Easy Money.'

Live In The Woods (Four Songs Outside Live).

I was always fairly happy how this turned out as a project because I'm always conscious of singing aloud in a public arena and people not ever inviting it in. That stated, everything was captured pretty much first take by way of versions so what you see is what you get. Free for a download anyways and if you are here because you appreciate the music then be sure to download it into your library for variety. 

Cheers if you do!

Michael David Curley

 

A Great Cover Of 'Supersonic' by Michael David Curley 

Well if you don't say it's great no one else will. It's an oddity of life that when I first put this out on Youtube in 2007 it was an instant play. You'd go out come home and 500 people more had watched it with mostly positive comments. I took it down once it received over 6000 plays along with some others I had.

Some years later I tried again, but the general flow of traffic onto Youtube means you're dealing with far more people who actually upload rather than watch these days: So generally even with my meaningless video playing, it's happily at just over 100 views as it stands.

Live is something I've always striven for, but then in terms of what you've done and what you'd wish to do: Are you a big wave surfer? Do you choose only the big waves to surf, surmising you get the opportunity? That's generally been how I think about music being played live. The essence of this song is being yourself along with no one's gonna tell you what I'm going on about!

Beyond Retro

Anyway, it's up there now for the prosperity of things. We all have a tendency to wish the world away sometimes instead of just saying 'Yeah, I've done that. Why not give it a try!

MDC

 

Writing A Song Using Odd Titles! 

And I can be a better sculptor for my own world now it'sgone! Although the tantric days to alter ways prove clearly we're alone. You only hear me when I'm song, that never wants to carry on. The bottles open for a year now that is spun, And If I was aching for a life you call mistaken now it's now done. 

A gather reaching for a line a Dala's preaching come Alon. Insight confusion in between the laws of Newton sing-along. He only wants you for his song! And never cares to carry on. Two bottles open for a year now that is one. And if was aching for a life you call mistaken it's done. And were the places that you drove a while to face in, Chaccaron? In Cars to temples that were-places you remembered got along. A faulty test there for a song. In pause to question now, it's gone. A bottle empty but the next one's up and on. 

MDC

 

 

Mildly Amusing To Fun. 

I've had a song sat on my hard drive since 2015 that for some reason decided to record off the cuff, and just kept it. I never once rehearsed less knew I wanted to do a spoken word over the top of 'Both Sides Now. It's suppossed to be funny. The oddity of that is that once you've released it people have an opinion. That's likely why I kept it. I've listened to it a few times over the years and what I'm talking about at a somewhat parody level is in fact true.

That's an odd one to release you might believe?

The answer is simple, why not? It's clearly never going to get in the charts or dominate anything over the festive periods but then, it's a musical outlet. That's what these blogs are about. You're sat there watching TV and suddenly think of something funny. Clearly, if you've been around other people have a fair idea of a funny sort of a benchmark. 

At the point you get squashed or mashed it at least proves you had a sense of humour. 

Both sides can: If I don't do it some other person will. Job done!

Mike. 

Leaving Comments On Musical Websites... 

No, I get excited to be fair only realising that it has nothing to do with the music what so ever!! If you're out there and wanting to leave a comment on this website there are two steps you have to do. The first thing is to provide me with an email address and secondly leave something relevant to the website. 

It's tough I know: You're out there selling a product and find some unsuspecting website master who you believe will allow you to write an S.A or whatever it is that you do during the course of the English night. It's okay: I reckon if we had around 1500 people per day then commercials would actually pay off. You have to have some traction for that and this is really just a humble offering of what it is I do have.

A portfolio, exactly! If you like it then great, it really helps me out, let me know! If you don't. Not sure why you're here. 

Leave a comment:

Learn the songs:

Tell me that you did:

Now that's upward motion. 

Cheers for looking in.

Michael David Curley

All My University Work Completed! 

Having just handed in my final project for University actually feel fairly content with the outcome. It's been an odd 18 months based on the pandemic and not being able to attend the campus. That stated campus was already 40 minutes away from my home so having to do courses and lectures online has made it far less intrusive into my day. Less travel time has to be good for the climate. 

Whilst I don't have a large studio I do have a really useful soundproofed area to record in and having just finished off those works likely now able to relax again. They'll, of course, be changes to my working environment at some point however just for now can be at peace with what I've achieved. I never thought at any point prior to having a degree or furthering my official adult education. That stated now it's done, happy to have made it out in one piece. 

Having never been a fan of academic writing: 

Foundation Degree in Music Performance & Technologies.

BA (Hons) Sound Production.

Stuck on the resume for life now!!

Michael David Curley