G. Michael Vasey is an old friend, met once and known for years. It was with Gary that the Mystical Hexagram was written. He is a well known writer in his professional field and a poet. He released his first fictional work, The Last Observer, in 2013 and has since released a successful series of books on the paranormal. Now he has launched into a new venture and caught a dream…
I Made an Album!
The year – 1972. The Christmas present was an acoustic guitar. By 1973, I was already in a school band formed with my neighbor (who sadly passed away last year). I was writing songs back then and we all saved up money to go and record one in a local studio. It was called Norma Jean. The recording is long lost these days but I recall it was played on the local radio station and at school in assembly. A few years later, I wrote six songs for a local performance of a play and one or two were again featured on radio. Meanwhile, I was meeting people like Sting, Wreckless Eric, Paul Young, Billy Idol, and many more as stage manager at my college students Union. I could tell you a few stories…..but I digress. I would sit for hours strumming in my room but for some reason, I never really did commit to joining a band and seeing what I could do.
I’m the sort of person who just thinks that sometimes, you should stretch yourself whatever other people think and I’m sure there are a few out there who think I still have dreams of being a pop star at age 56. However, I discovered that these days, anyone can do anything if they so desire. Even put out an album!
About 6-months ago, I bought an electric guitar. I hadn’t played in years. I wanted to play it through my iMAC and that is when I discovered that my MAC came with a recording package called Garageband. So, I learned how to use it, how to connect guitar, microphone and so on. My initial thought was to record a few of the songs I had written in the past for posterity and my kids. What I hadn’t banked on was the sudden surge of creativity that I experienced.
By the beginning of December, I had a whole directory of songs. I selected what I think are the best twelve and decided I would tick an item of my Bucket List – make a record. I did some research and discovered that just like publishing, music has gone digital. That means ANYONE can release a record for a small fee. I had to play with formats and navigate my way through learning about outlets for digital music and so on but last week I set up The Early Years and by Sunday, it was out. You can hear it on Spotify, and other streaming sites and buy it on iTunes, Amazon, and so on.
Why The Early Years? Well, it does have three songs on it I wrote back in the 70’s and 80’s and it is something I probably should have done in my early years as opposed to now. My dream is to have a known band or artist record one of my compositions – but, having put out a record, I would like people to hear it and maybe a few will enjoy it too. You never know because these days, anything is possible.
Give it a listen and see what you think. If you like it, tell others for me would you?
Available at spotify, iTunes, Appple Music, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Beatport, Juno, 7Digital, Shazam, Napster, eMusic and more…..
About the G. Michael Vasey:
Growing up can be extremely tough for any kid, but imagine growing up around poltergeist activity and ghosts? G. Michael Vasey had exactly that kind of childhood, experiencing ghosts, poltergeists, and other strange and scary supernatural phenomena. In fact, he seemed to attract it, developing an interest in the occult and supernatural at an early age and he has been fascinated ever since.
His “My Haunted Life” trilogy has been highly successful–reaching number one on bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Now he is presenting the stories of others. The first book in the “Your Haunted Life” series is currently available on Amazon. It’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in the strange happenings of the paranormal world. Then there’s “The Pink Bus And Other Strange Stories From LaLa Land,” a book that lifts the veil on one of the biggest mysteries in human history–the process of death, and what happens to our souls when we die.
He has appeared on numerous radio shows such as
* Everyday Connection,
* Jim Harold’s paranormal podcasts,
* True Ghost Stories Online and
* X Radio with Rob McConnell
sharing strange and scary stories and his expertise in all matters supernatural. He has also been featured in Chat – Its Fate magazine and been interviewed by Ghost Village and Novel Ideas amongst others.
Whether you’ve heard one of G. Michael Vasey’s radio appearances, or read one of his books over the shoulders of an avid reader on the bus, or whether you’ve simply got an interest in the paranormal and stumbled upon this page… You are going to pulled into the paranormal world of G. Michael Vasey, and you will be hooked.
Gary blogs at garymvasey.com
Contact and Connect with Gary:
My Haunted Life Too – A Collection of your true scary stories of the paranormal
Strange Book Reviews – This is my book review site. I like strange books quite a lot!
The Brno ExPats Forum – I started this for ExPats living in Brno back in 2006.
CTRMCenter – This is my professional blog where I write about commodity trading and risk issues.