December 29, 2016

Back Up Singers & Goodbye to 2016

Over the holidays I watched a documentary that fundamentally has impacted how I feel about music, and even more so about some of the famous songs of the 60’s, 70’s & beyond. In a good way!!!

If you love music, I highly recommend you watch ‘20 Feet from Stardom‘. I never knew the name Merry Clayton (Stones-Gimme Shelter) or Lisa Fischer (Sting-Hounds of Winter) until I watched this doc. I know them now, forever burnt into my musical psyche, and will be listening too and writing music differently from this day forward.

BACK UP SINGERS ROCK!!!!!

That’s all I have to say about that…

Oh and goodbye 2016 🙂

PS. Few new Raito & The Leed tunes coming your way early 2017.

 

April 24, 2016

I had a dream about music revenue

Maybe I had the dream because I am currently selling gear to save up for a specific travel guitar, so I can write more tunes on the road! After all, If my music business was profitable…. which it’s NOT yet, then it wouldn’t be an issue right!

OK, so I’m sure I’m not much different than many other PT musicians out there, in that streaming revenue from my songs barely covers the cost of hosting a website, let alone buying new gear, repairs, video, etc. Ya, I have a full time job, but dang this music thing is an expensive sideline gig, that keeps so many of us in the RED!

How do I make it profitable?

So, I had a dream last night that I delved into the world of video review of gear. I awoke thinking could I help other people decide what gear to buy, and augment my musical revenue through affiliate commissions if people buy the gear I review.

Then I thought… what else is out there for PT musicians to augment their artist cash flow beyond streaming revenue…

What about merchandise? What about referrals to apps? What about online radio? Song reviews? Industry seminars?  What about online teaching? What else is out there???? Licensing instrumentals?

Time to find OUT!

My mind is spinning! Not sure where I go with this…. If you are a fellow musician would love to hear what you are doing to produce multiple streams of income from your music.

March 12, 2016

Shots

Writing a few tunes today. Decided to spare you my vocals, and give you a little Saturday afternoon guitar riff… decided to call it SHOTS 🙂

Hope you are having an AMAZING weekend!!! Wherever you are on this planet… whatever your are going through, we only have one SHOT at this thing we call LIFE, so hope you are LIVING IT to the FULLEST!!!

Raito OUT!

Shots Guitar Riff – 03-12-2016

Writing a few tunes today. Decided to spare you my vocals, and give you a little Saturday afternoon guitar riff… decided to call it SHOTS :)Hope you are having an AMAZING weekend!!! Wherever you are on this planet… whatever your are going through, we only have one SHOT at this thing we call LIFE, so hope you are LIVING IT to the FULLEST!!!Raito OUT 🙂

Posted by Raito on Saturday, March 12, 2016

February 20, 2016

The Game of Love-Keys To The Junos 2016

Happy Weekend To ALL!!!!!!!

Yamaha is having a songwriting contest to win tickets to the Junos 2016, access to the Juno Songwriting Circle, and some other wicked musical prize packages (for the top 3). Having said that, there is nothing I’m asking of anyone. No clicking. No voting. Just have a listen and comment or share if you choose. Yamaha Canada Music has judges who are going to be picking their top 3.
Either way, I have already WON!!! I have been working on this song for almost 20 years, and this contest gave me the inspiration to finish it! To me …that’s a prize all unto itself!!!

January 24, 2016

Need Help w/ Lyrics- Catching Fire Incomplete Song

Reaching out to my ‘artistic’ friends. I have been stumped on this song WAY WAY too long and could use some lyrical assistance. If you contribute, and the song goes anywhere… you will be #socan #copyright credited with dual writing status… #indie #rock # songwriting !!!!

https://youtu.be/FJfagfmw6WU

 

Need Some Lyrics ~ Catching Fire

Reaching out to my 'artistic' friends. I have been stumped on this song WAY WAY too long and could use some lyrical assistance. If you contribute, and the song goes anywhere… you will be #SOCAN #copyright credited with dual writing status… #indie #rock #songwriting!!!!

Posted by Raito on Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 2, 2016

Happy New Year of Songs, Dreams & Dr Pepper

Happy New Year to all you crazy people still chasing your dreams, making a difference, and or living life to the fullest. I’m not going to get into a big review of 2015, as new beginnings tend to make us spend too much time looking in the rearview mirror.Having said that, this is my artistic outlet. As a songwriter, there are songs I have been working on for 16+ years. The past is where we came from, the past has brought us to today, and although it doesn’t define us… we can use ‘snippets of our experiences’ to complete the puzzle pieces of our present and future songs, relationships, and dream chasing! As long as we (you & I) don’t use the past as a crutch or excuse… sky is the freaking limit!!!!

So today, I leave you with an uncompleted song that I have been working on for 16+ years called Dr. Pepper. I thinking it’s a fitting reminder that our lives are a journey, not a destination. I started writing this song in a hospital room while waiting for my daughters heart surgery (FYI 100% successful). My wife crying while drinking Dr. Pepper, someone accidentaly stepping on a Ladybug, & a tea kettle crashing to the floor, are lyrics that lack context unless you were a fly on the wall.

May 2016 be a Year of New Songs for you & yours!

Cheers,

Lee

September 7, 2015

Dark Matter Over Mind- Song In Progress

The long weekend has been productive. Ed Legal & I worked out a little more creative magic. I think it’s got legs! Hope you enjoy.

 

August 29, 2015

Just Keep Creating

Sooooo….Love the movie Finding Nemo… ‘just keep swimming’, ‘just keep swimming’!!!! This popped into my head today, after a 2-hour long songwriting session, with the infamous lyricist/vocalist Ed Legal.

Here are three video highlights. Please only watch if you want to see raw creativity at inception! This is the raw beginning of the creative process …

Please don’t watch if you are expecting Top 40…

Pull The Pin happened last  10 minutes of session:

Mason Jar  (was a song I wrote called Slept In Days… Ed has come up with something I never could have imagined).

Turn  (a song the Ed magically had lyrics for :))

Was a productive 2 hours 🙂

Cheers,

Raito

August 6, 2015

Wish Upon A Shooting Star

Here is an acoustic original, called Wish Upon a Shooting Star, I have been dabbling with for some time. Started writing this one a few years back, and is based upon the cliche of the wishing we all do; wishing wells, shooting stars, coin ponds, etc. I have the Lyrics posted below the video 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

Wish Upon a Shooting Star Lyrics

Wished upon a shooting star. Hope to make my life better.

Realized it was a plane. 747 feel so lame.

Threw a coin in that pond, bounced right back like a billabong.

Cross my fingers, hope to die, poke a needle in my eye.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me & you.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me, not for me and you.

Threw a dollar in that wishing well, prayed to God there is no hell.

God damn, now I’m broke, little birdie whispered I’m the joke.

Held my breath & wished again for little birdie to be my friend.

Forgot to breathe, and I passed out, right down that wishing well.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me & you.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me, not for me and you.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me & you.

Dreams do come true. Just not for me, not for me and you.

June 28, 2015

Not The Only One

Was able to get together last week for a 2nd writing session with Ed, from The Midnight Move. After a long hiatus, feels pretty amazing to get back to writing. I’ve always enjoyed just being the rhythm guitarist at times, and especially finding the right groove for a song. Having said that, I feel some wicked back up vocals coming up soon. (Save that for later 🙂

Ed has written some wicked lyrics here. Hope you enjoy & stay tuned…