Victim of Circumstance


  In 1981 I wrote this tune for the band  "Secrets" in response to the assassination of John Lennon. 

A sad day indeed that was for those of us who listened and learned from his passion for bringing peace,  harmony and truth to the world. Was I being naive? Looking back, probably so, but I still have that passion for world peace and I am a very empathic person, so it troubles me thinking about the condition of the world today, 30 years after this tragedy, not forgetting the Kennedy's, King and all the others who fought for human rights and equality. So today I focus on recording music with that message.

The first line was;

"The paper said, the man was dead,  do we need gun control?

Victim of circumstance, never really had a chance,

The times the way they are, you can't push your luck, can't push your luck too far."    

I did not get a chance to record this with the band, but I included this version on my first solo album "Mystic Memories" in 1983. It has been re-released on the NUMERO GROUP label. They will be reissuing all my recordings from that era ('83-'95) over the next several years.


"NUMERO 95" Released on Digital and Vinyl LP 03.05.2021

As escapism from corporate banality turned the corner in the ‘90s, a new generation of vibrant, software generated soundscapes emerged. Communal access to the internet propagated the new hive mind of ideas online, giving way to smoother, stress-free textures. The PC revolution opened the 
gateway to ray-traced playgrounds of color and light, allowing for visions of utopic proportions to manifest themselves on screensavers far and wide. Boot up your machine, load the software on this floppy diskette, and drop out of a reality bounded by the physical laws of the universe.

Numero 95 [Virtual Experience Software  is the soundtrack to the screen saver fever dream we’re all trying to climb back into. Eight droplets of proto-vaporwave, synthesized in vinyl (or digital) form, fresh from Numero’s archive of forgotten sounds. Are you looking for that half way point between smooth jazz and new age? Mac and PC? Quantum Leap and the X-Files? This software is for you.

Housed in a replica floppy diskette, Numero 95 explores an early computer music unbound by scene or region. Eight solo pioneers vibing out at home in their headphones, traveling as far as the sound card would allow. This is music that barely escaped the hard drive and yet percolates at the edges of the algorithm 30 years later. Welcome to Numero 95

Program A:
Quiet Force - Listen to the Music
Barry Coates - Hovercraft
Andrew Gordon - Walking the Lonely Streets
Steve Bach - Rain Dance

Program B:
Angelo Vanotti - Sketches of Anderland
Robert Slap & Steve Powell - Sex Drive
Jordan De La Sierra/Nimbu-Pani - The Lemon Water Song
Jessie Allen Cooper - In My Heart

Review and interview with Roots Music Report

Just had a nice discussion with Robert Steven Silverstein at RMR 
click here to view the entire album review and artist interviews released by Bongo Boy Records  --->> RMR Review 


New Releases 2021

NUMERO GROUP is releasing a retrospective of my earlier recordings from the period 1983-1996 released through Valley of the Sun. Here is what is available at their site NUMERO GROUP LLC

Some eclectic sounds on this one!!!!


Soundtrack Music Album

Sound for Meditation