June 23, 2019

Roy begins writing his new book while vacationing at La Copa Inn on South Padre Island.

(Photo by Mary Fletcher, 2019)

I was awakened from the rare luxury of a nap one afternoon by the audible phrase, "You make a Terrible God". No one else was present - just me and God....

May 11, 2019


Production on the new CD, "Now I See" has officially begun! This is a picture my lovely wife Mary took of me working on one of the six lead sheets I've completed so far. The process goes like this:

1. I write songs on scraps of paper or sing them into my phone at stop...

April 21, 2019

Sometimes the things that simmer on the back burner are tastier than what you begin with. In my case, I chose to put two CD's I started on the "back burner" to complete a ten-year-long Duke Ellington project with Randall Keith Horton, a friend who formerly worked with...

December 31, 2018

Or maybe slow down a bit. Or maybe take on less. Or maybe - but none of that seems to be a reality at the moment. I realize things are cyclic - intense activity, much needed rest, lather - rinse - repeat....

I began the year with a desire to create a third CD upon which...

August 19, 2018

"Reflective momentum" aptly describes the tenuous steps I make towards recording my new CD since mother passed away in April. There are days when I am buoyed by her pride in my abilities as a musician and writer. Those are the “momentum” days when I make a ten song gui...

May 6, 2018

It's different for all of us. For me, it was losing my mother on April 4th, 2018. Since then, I haven't wanted to do much of anything, especially make a new CD. Writing this post is a baby step back to the land of the living, where I begin to remember how proud mother...

January 15, 2018

Lelia Drive was where I got my first guitar and began the journey towards making records like the many that filled the airwaves in our home. Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, Jethro Tull, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, Beethoven, Charlie Pride, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, the...

November 30, 2017

Oftentimes, moving forward is just a relentless grind ahead with all the ragged grit and determination you can muster to achieve the goal you've set before yourself . Sometimes, it begins with a step back to regroup, pause, and reflect.

Since my last post here at Raynby...

July 31, 2017

First, next, last - the classic, most basic sequence in any sensible story. The first steps are always the humble knots of a dreamer tying his laces. The next steps are the stretching of legs to run the races. The last steps are the successes that come from a marathon...

June 27, 2017

Growth is good, but pain doesn't seem to share that same wavelength. I've come to realize that effortless growth isn't a very real concept. I now see why many start ups fail. Sure, shortage of cash will definitely end the venture of any less than hardy soul who can't t...

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