6/28/2017 9:13:07 PM
Well I think I've come close to maybe 25% of his music prolific output,
having a little over 200 songs at Soundclick while he had about 800+.
He participated in about 40 of my songs, some he played all instruments on,
he was in fact key in TJDP branching out with The Dyall-Tones.
Initially I wasn't thinking of a retro/60s approach to some of my songs but he did them so convincing that I just had to. Separating the two was necessary as TJDP was started to be called an Oldies-type band, when in fact it was just at that time
a fraction of my songs that had that sound, which became somewhat more popular than my more modern styles songs. So TDT was born.
Having personally known him since 1994, when I went to his then studio Artist Relief Studio to record my first solo songs outside of my then band, I will have to admit, he is a musical prodigy, a genius if you will. There's nothing he can't play. He worked wonders on my early recordings! And in 2005 he was the one to introduce me to transferring my then analog recordings into Mp3s and uploading them to online music sites.
I had told him many years ago he should get a job as a session musician in the big studios, but he refused. I also told him to start an actual band and play gigs. Again, that too he refused. I'm my honest opinion, the man had the potential and talent to had become a major player in the music industry, could had possibly be a millionaire by now.
But, the problem was, Lesley is Lesley. He does, and says, anything and everything that pops in his head. Sometimes it is welcomed, sometimes it is not. Oftentimes it's confrontational, as many of you here can attest to. Lesley is the type to have the "It's my way or no way at all" attitude. Musically, it's a good trait. As a person, especially in a social media setting, not so good, lol.
He and I butted heads several times over the years, usually it's been between he and I in person or via email. And it always comes to either a better understanding, or to a agree to disagree point and on to the next project.
But on a couple of times he bought it into this forum and it escalated to an ugly ordeal, enough that I left IMP myself for a few months. What I learned from that is Not to involve myself too much with him here on the Pipeline, which is why I rarely participate in this forum nowadays. More so on anything he already created chaos in. I choose not to participate that may add fuel to the fire.
(In another posting, someone asked why people don't participate in the pipeline, since it's evident there are many new songs being posted by them. Well, in my point of view, it's all those name calling insulting demeaning tirades over politics, and other topics not remotely related to music or how to use IMP as a good promotional platform, all that can be very stand offish, so they stay away).
But in all honesty, I love the guy, was like a brother to me sometimes, as I'm sure he may, or may not, say the same about me. Especially when his lovely wife Vanessa suddenly got sick and passed away. (She was really a sweetheart and the only person who could shut Lesley up with just a stare, LOL. I miss her.)
I was there for him to console him as best I could, but he lost himself in self-pity and substance abuse to the point where he almost died from it in a very short period of time. I in fact had the police check up on him when he didn't answer his phone calls or emails for a couple of days. When they arrived his then landlady had already called for the ambulance for a possible OD. He was taken to the hospital, where he would say, he died, and came back. After that ordeal, he stopped drinking and smoking pot, which was for the best. But the side effect is that he became more outspoken, and, well, the rest you guys already know.
I don't know if he quit IMP or was kicked out, as he had been kicked out a couple other sites in the past. But if he quit, rest assure, he will return. Good or bad, he loves IMP. I just hope if and when he returns, he will return as a more mellow person. And with less angry songs of topics no one else would ever record.
Oh, wait, but that's part of Lesley's uniqueness, isn't it? Like I said.
Lesley is Lesley. LOL