Archive for December, 2015

Name Now One Man

This is a tune I first recorded a couple of years back and released on my album “Drawn Inward” ( It is a jazz-rock fusion number. I think this is one of my best tunes, and until now I never made a video for it. The recording here is the same arrangement as on the album, but is a new recording/performance which sounds a bit more muscular to me.

December 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

New Jazz Fusion Tracks


December 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Sixties Xmas Playlists

For Christmas, here is a playlist for my 60’s style, instrumental Christmas music tracks.

I wish a very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it, as well as a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year.

December 24, 2015 at 7:24 am Leave a comment

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Installment #14 of “A Sixties Christmas” is “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, here given a surf-guitar/rockabilly setting.


December 23, 2015 at 6:57 am Leave a comment

Away in a Manger

This is my 1960s style arrangement of “Away in a Manger”. It is intended to be similar in sound to something the Shadows might have done had they every made a Christmas album. Apparently Hank Marvin’s Jehovah’s Witness beliefs precluded them ever producing a Christmas record.

The original of the words to “Away in a Manger” is not clear. Some credit them to Martin Luther. There are two well-known musical settings. In the USA, the more popular setting was composed by James R. Murray and published in 1887. Outside the USA, the better known melody is that composed by William J. Kirkpatrick and published in 1895.

In my arrangement I have included both.

December 22, 2015 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

The First Noel

Installment #12 of a “Sixties Christmas” is “The First Noel”, here given a fairly straight sixties ballad setting.

December 21, 2015 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

Good King Wenceslas

Here is my instrumental guitar-rock arrangement of “Good King Wenceslas”. This Christmas carol tells a story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the Second Day of Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king’s footprints, step for step, through the deep snow.



December 20, 2015 at 7:06 am 1 comment

Silent Night

Installment #10 of a “Sixties Christmas” is Silent Night. This setting is not likely what you would expect for this popular carol. It is a slow tempo, surf-ballad arrangement with a nod to Dick Dale in the second half.


December 19, 2015 at 8:04 am Leave a comment

The Holly and the Ivy

Installment #9 of a “Sixties Christmas” is a very surf-y arrangement of The Holly and the Ivy.

December 17, 2015 at 7:26 am Leave a comment

We Three Kings

This is an arrangement of the popular Christmas carol, We Three Kings. No exploding rubber cigars were used.

December 15, 2015 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Deck the Halls

Installment #7 of a “Sixties Christmas” is Deck the Halls given a honky-tonk, rockabilly type of arrangement.

December 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Installment #6 of a “Sixties Christmas” is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Since this surf rock arrangement borrows from a couple of famous movie/tv spy themes, it seemed to make sense to use some famous movie/tv spies as the “gentlemen” in the video. See if you can identify them all; some are easy, some not so much. As always, please share if you enjoyed it!

December 11, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

This is installment #5 of a “Sixties Christmas” — It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. This arrangement is styled after a mid-60’s ballad with a latin feel, with plenty of surf guitar sound baked in.


December 9, 2015 at 7:15 am Leave a comment

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and relatives. To help you celebrate, here is my surf-rock arrangement of “Oh Hanukkah”. I confess I am borrowing a page here from Meshugga Beach Party by arranging this familiar holiday song as if done by the Ventures. It’s still fun.

December 6, 2015 at 7:37 am 2 comments

O Come All Ye Faithful

This is a Ventures-inspired instrumental guitar rock arrangement of  “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”.

December 3, 2015 at 9:46 am 1 comment

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December 2015