In current musical news my 11th album of original meditation music is underway. Still untitled, but features my Black Guitar. A recording inspired by the excellent work done by a local luthier on my Black Stratocaster from my gigging days. A guitar that has been in storage for over 20 years. After a clean up, a reset and a restring, it played so good I decided to use it as the base instrument for a new album of meditation music. First time with an electric guitar. All the previous ten albums have featured Taylor guitars, mostly my Taylor NS72. This Black Strat was my my 23rd birthday present from my then girlfriend Catherine Smith. It is from a Japanese batch made in 1981 by Casio in a short lived Midi guitar experiment. The midi part failed, the tracking was too slow, but the actual guitar was amazing. JJ Cale bought one identical, and like me, he replaced the pickups. One of the three original Casio pickups that I replaced is a 1984 Dean Markley purple over-under humbucker. (Looks like a single coil but its actually a humbucker). That pick up in that solid body of heavy wood has a coil setting that is extremely round. A delicate attack phase and a long sustain tail. Unlike anything I have found on any other combination of pickup and guitar. It lends itself to the type of finger played open tuning that most benefits meditation music composition of the style I explore. The writing process has no script or primary intention. It is just a tempo setting, with a click in a time signature, usually 4/4 or 6/4. And then I play the first thing that comes into my head from my subconscious. I don’t even decide on a key. Just sequences of notes that sound pleasing to my ear and require no conscious effort to play. I have completed the first seven guitar tracking sessions and I am super excited about it. Good pitching. Good timing. Good intention and good neutral emotion. It is something special to be playing the same guitar I played like 7 nights a week for years at gigs, after a 2o year gap. A guitar with a story and a lot of players provenance despite it’s unglamorous appearance and cost. I hope to finish the production before the end of this year. Although this type of music can never succeed with a deadline.
Meanwhile my last three album releases are appearing all over the place on playlists on streamed media. Spotify, Pandora, YouTube……. The most played is Sol Serenity off ‘Meditation and Tranquility‘. Approaching 300,000 hits.
The Music links start with the Andrew Brel Music albums produced originally as Bridge Recordings from 1990 to 2000, including the two albums I made with Spike Edney and the fabulous SAS BAND and the Leo Sayer album ‘Live in London’.
Since 2001 I have made ten albums in the meditation music genre including three albums with Hugh Burns, ‘Angels and Unicorns’, ‘Celtic Inspiration‘, and ‘7 Bach Meditations.’
My first 2019 release is called KUMEKA TWO
There is a page presenting some of my favorite songwriting efforts, including songs with Alan Tarney, Spike Edney, Josh Phillips and Hugh Burns as well as the quite remarkable story of ‘The Paradise Key.
Visit my YouTube channel here for a list of songs I have written.
My music marketed by AAH is here. The Art Of Absolute Harmony
You can contact me directly by Facebook private messaging.
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He is a self taught author; asked to recite his first short story at age 6, his ability to tell edge-of-seat stories on the fly without ‘uhm’ pauses was first recognized in English class at Bryanston Primary. A prodigious reader from an early age, a career in music delayed his first publication until 2001. ‘The Emergency Bouzouki Player‘ is a non-fiction first person account of the South African War of Apartheid which has become the best-selling book on the SWA/Angola Border War on Kindle.
Brel’s second book is a novel, published in 2015, ‘One Day in Paris’ recalls one year in the life of Dan Blake, a former soldier who plans an attack on Paris in a Political Thriller which presciently foretold the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, Macroeconomic detail on how elite profiteers work the Armaments Industry underpinning the US economy.
Dan Blake is a complex character, possessed of an enormous skill set, educated to the highest level, trained to be the best of the best. Blake is motivated by a cocktail blend of mental irregularities including; PTSD, narcissism, superiority complexes empowering invincible arrogant over-confidence, depression arising from a failed marriage and furious anger following discharge from the army. A man living with the ghosts of a lifetime at war as an elite British Army officer working counter Insurgency. He finds a new level of power after love and marriage to the daughter of a trillionaire, the US senator, Bob Barrat.
In 2019, Brel contributed to ‘Who Lies Wins’ by Andrea Lee. A story based on actual judgments in Britain’s family-court. reviewed on Amazon as ‘The saddest book I have ever read.” The book deals with legislation currently harming children of broken families solely for the benefit of members of family law. Highlighting the imbalance between profit for members of family law and the value and importance of love between children and their parents. Who Lies Wins became a # new release best seller on Amazon from the second day of release, and remained at #1 for three weeks.
Andrew has a well-read non-profit blog on andrewbrel.com provoking ire and adulation in approximately balanced measure. Total readership of his blog is in excess of 1 million, serving as the primary readership service to attract buyers for Andrew Brel books.
He has several short stories published including:
“Nolan Cash. Bowling Green. The authorized biography of Nolan Cash” and the story of the 1957 terror attack in Bowling Green.
Krishna Vardu Ghan and the Keys for Conduct. A fun self-help guidance book.
“Diane Sutton and the hanging judge” is based on real events in the world of British family-law.
“Blake Sherman’s AR-15” is about gun law in the USA. An American coming of age love story.
These four are intended for use in a book of short stories that has been in progress for 35 years. This book may happen soon, or even, eventually.
Andrew is described in a compilation of replies to this question from friends in South Africa, Greece, England and California as; an athletic liberal humanist, 40 years past-begin as a professional musician, a competitive tennis player, regisseur, raconteur and roué, popular with liberal readers of blog and book. Frequently offensive to right-wing conservatives and sharia-law advocates. His books are banned in all Sharia law countries, where Atheism is illegal. Brel is both gregarious and mindful, occasionally appropriately.
Brel has two sons, 20 years apart. He is a medical school drop out and Computer Science graduate. Conscripted to war once, for 2 years in South Africa’s Border war.
Activism themes in his books include;
Anti-war, awareness of the military industrial complex as raised by Eisenhower, drug laws that create a black market, financing more than 1/3rd of the worlds terrorism simply to service the demand in the USA. Big pharma, working with drug-laws to service demand for commercial benefit by criminalizing users in a for-profit legal system, instead of treating addicts like victims. He has long advocated for universal health care, universal income, in a qualifying situation. End of all criminalizing user drug laws. Equal education for all. Gun law review to criminalize the means and opportunity to spree kill. Sell only to qualified buyers by effective screening. Draconian punishment for crimes of stupidity; protecting Black lives, Blue lives, Gay lives, young lives, all lives.
Brel has placed a high value on Education since recognizing the boundary between education and indoctrination at an early age. Specialist areas of interest and experience include;
PTSD, homelessness; cause, effect and solution. And Military history, especially the Greek war of independence, The American Civil war, The Two Great Wars, The Iran Iraq war and the Angolan Border War.
He is outspoken critic of Kill-for-Fun hunters for many years and is an accomplished dog trainer although currently without a dog. Brel continues as student and teacher of critical thought and information processing. He is a lover of language and travel. Food and drink. And one woman. He has been a hobby collector of marquee stringed instruments.
He is especially opinionated in communication protocols for the social media age, advocating first offense red card for ad hominem offenses that have risen with the advent of this ‘stranger in your living room’ without the courtesy conventions usually accompanying this degree of familiarity.
Brel is the author of 2019’s award winning book in the “Seven words or less” category. ‘Twitter is for kids arranging dates. Only.’ As well as runner up for his other 7 word book ‘Facebook is all about the block feature.‘ He admires the Facebook model where the company owns content which is the product of work by the user, who is actively disempowered from building a sales base by algorithms that shift potential brand loyal views, charging the user advertising revenue instead, to get the content they worked to produce in front of the audience they might benefit from most.
Brel enjoys; breathing, smiling, skiing on water and snow, photography, walking through nature at high altitude and swimming in water above 85F.
He has previously;
performed thousands of gigs as a professional guitar playing musician, emigrated penniless from Johannesburg to London, owned recording studios and a record label, made and lost money in share-trading, developed property, organized meaningful fund raising life saving concerts, lived on very little, indulged an appetite for preparing nutritious food, married and divorced once, watched his home burn down once and flood twice, visited many great vineyards, raised Wallace of Riverbank, for 15 years the worlds finest Schnauzer, written good songs with meaning and on occasion with fancy chords, performed and recorded with extraordinary world class musicians and discovered loyal friendship as life’s great gift and betrayal its greatest teacher.
Believes Britain’s family-law will one day be regarded as the worst offender against children’s rights. Beyond even the nefarious historical crimes of the Catholic church. Waits to see corrupt members of this arcane legal system face accountability when children’s rights are placed above material gain for members of family-law.
Believes religion will be legislated as a hate crime within his lifetime.
Andrew has worked in music composition and production since first being paid to perform at age 15. Has written songs alone and with ‘name’ writers.
Since 2001 Andrew has written and produced 10 albums of healing ‘meditation and wellness’ music which have migrated successfully from the CD era, to streaming media plays all over the world.
He is contactable by Facebook Private message
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