Some words from a friend of Terry's: "I always knew he was rather brilliant after hearing him play here and there, but never realised just how incredible a writer he really was, until I was sat late one night with him, drinking brandy, and, completely relaxed, he grabbed his acoustic on a whim and reeled off one gem of a song after another right in front of me. If it had been McCartney or Dylan sat before me, playing their songbooks, I couldn't have been any more impressed by the quality of what I heard, or the intimacy and intensity of performance. It was one pearl after another; intricate and unexpected chord changes, soaring melodies. I sat gobsmacked that someone this talented (and that I knew!), could not be widely known and appreciated.
Terry once told me that when writing/ composing, he hears the final piece, fully formed in his head. All instumentation, vocal parts etc, in place, before he even starts laying down the first track and building up the piece, like a layered sculpture, completely solo, one instrument at a time, in the spare bedroom at his home, on his cheap retro multitrack. I can only therefore wonder, what great music he'd create, in a recording studio. I genuinely believe he could produce a masterpiece of a record, given the technial tools and fellow musicians. He could at least, provide other publishers, producers, performers and musicians, with simply amazing material to work with." John Harrighan.
Some words from Terry Dring: I write music / lyrics of all types (pop, folk, indie, rock, instrumental, scores, children's, advertising etc) and play many instruments. I perform and produce my songs and albums completely solo, in the spare bedroom. I'm not the greatest musician but I hope that listeners can hear beyond my performances and recognise the inherent quality of my songs, shine through in the few pretty random) tracks on 'Magnum Opeless', that I've uploaded here. I've written / produced quality work in many styles on request (many have urged me, to pursue a songwriting career, rather than my steady job) and am confident that I can consistently write enduring (and finacially lucrative) songs for a mutually ambitious publisher or artist / band, who need a genuinely talented and hard working writer. I believe I can provide timeless songs/ tracks/ scores, in whatever styles are needed, no matter what is required. So contact me, even if you don't already hear the type of thing you're looking for in my selections here, as I love a music writing challenge!
Please note that my solicitor holds copies of all my tracks for legal reasons. Also, everything you hear was made at home, on the cheapest instruments & multitrack available. So please bear in mind the technical & instrumentation limitations (for example, I've about half a drum kit only, played cross legged sat on the floor, and only one microphone to record it with, and every single keyboard generated sound you hear on 'Magnum Opeless', comes from a £40 Argos keyboard!) and imagine what might be, if these songs were performed professionally by an artist, musicians, producers- in a studio.
Finally, please note I've simply uploaded a bit of a cross section, of what I thought might appeal to listeners looking for different types of sounds and songs- not necessarily what I consider my best songs. I'm no A&R man though, so may be wrong and think I'm a very eclectic writer and composer, so have much more varied sounds and pieces, than some of the fairly 'safer' stuff I've uploaded here. As I said before, please contact me if you're a publisher looking for a certain type of track. I'm certain I can write it for you.
Most importantly, thank you very much for listening with open ears. Best wishes to you and to yours. Terry Dring.
Copies of all of Terry's songs are held by his solicitor, for legal copyright reasons.
I've always been driven to write music and words. It's just something I simply must do, and over time and through all the interactions I've had through it, I know I can do it well. I'm therefore influenced by, those who clearly share my obsession, for that's what it is, and I don't ever consider that I like to listen to, or that my recordings sound like, only a pigeon holed, particular type of genre of music. I am influenced accordingly, in the most eclectic way. For me, music is either good music or it's bad music- there are no good or bad genres. Influences are legion and there are far too many to list really, but verrrrry broadly indeed then (as I'm being asked the question by Amazing Tunes), and absolutely just off the top of my head:- I'm as likely to be currently listening to anything by a Beatle, Dylan, or B. Wilson, as I am, something by Mozart, G Clark, Beethoven, or Debussy. I'm as likely to be enjoying Grizzly Bear, B. Eno, G. Parsons or J. Newsom, as I might be tuning into, P. Glass, J. Webb, F. Chopin, Fleet Foxes, Beck, High Llamas, T. Rungren, Love, M. Davis, Zombies, XTC, Jellyfish, E. Costello, S. Reich, B. Gibbon/R. Man, J. Cash, B. Bacharach/H. David, F. Schubert, C. King, G Goffin & Brill Building stuff, R. Newman, Teenage Fanclub, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bon Iver, J. Holter, P. Spector, the Smiths, J. Sibelius, J. Sill, Raspberries, D. Bowie, R. Dwight, G & I. Gershwin, S. Wonder, Kraftvverk, C. Porter, Stereolab, K. Bush, Creedence, Flying Burritos, E. Smith, Grateful Dead, Byrds, Cat Stevens, L. Armstrong, Moby Grape, etc etc. All you like minded people, bringing us music, I know just how you you felt!