Simon Gomez | The Wind Blows Gently

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The Wind Blows Gently

by Simon Gomez

Covers from writers and artist's I respect. Influenced by Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmy Buffett, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Russell Smith and many more. One original about my father boat. He taught me to sing and at 7 was amazed when he sang a harmony!
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Boats to Build
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2. The Wedding Song
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3. Ngahauranga (The Wind Blows Gently)
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4. Sea of Heart Break
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5. Donna
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6. City of New Orleans
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7. Della's Long Brown Hair
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8. I'm Not Waving, I'm Drowning
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I grew up on Stewart Island (yes, go on and Google it) in New Zealand. I began to teach myself guitar when I was 11, and made my first records in my teens and twenties. Working in as a musician/singer in several countries, I came back to New Zealand in the mid 70's and have travelled extensively since then, gathering ideas for songs. Although I wrote and recorded a lot of songs in the early part of my career, I haven't done so for the past twenty years and now find the songs are comming much easier and more frequently. This EP- CD is the first venture back into the studio since then, and began as a few songs for family and friends. "The Wedding Song" was the first one we recorded for my brother's fiance, who wanted it to walk down the aisle to at their wedding in Fargo, North Dakota USA. That's a long way from Stewart Island I hear you say (cos I know you've been on Google finding out where it...and probably New Zealand is) and you would be correct, however the couple now live on Stewart Island. Just goes to prove Walt Disney was right. It is a small world after all! The songs covered on the recording have turned out to be a "warm up" to a full CD currently in production and due for release in mid 2010. (watch this space) or even Myspace. I thought of blogging the process of this journey on my page, and would be pleased if anyone who thought this would be interesting could send me a message to any of the contact points listed on this page, or directly to love to hear from you. Back to the point.......... we stopped working on the "covers" cd when it became evident we had a lot of new material just waiting to be written. arranged and recorded. If you buy or have bought this recording, contact me and I'll will send you a personalised sample of the new Album as soon as it's released.


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Bill Francis

Simon Gomez - The Wind Blows Gently & Maybe Elsewhere
As a talk and newsman in broadcasting my abiding interest has been the latest breaking news story or a biting interview, yet I couldn’t help but be exposed to and beguiled by the wonderful world of music, the ballast of so much radio. I’ve always had a special affinity with the striving and success of local artists, who to me seemed to have to work twice as hard for recognition as our imported music.

Many years ago I came across a radio friend, Simon Gomez, guitar in hand and voice sparkling, charming a Waihekean Island audience with original music, cover versions and no little improvisation. I was in the company of my Mother-in-law, wife and daughter and when he banged out a song called Bill’s girls I was a fan for life.

Simon’s special talent is shaped by many influences: a New Zealander but with Portugese, Maori and English descent; an early upbringing on Stewart Island where he gained his love of boats and the food of the sea; and then his professional career in music including working with international artists like Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones of the Monkees, Ringo Starr, The Three Degrees and Eddie Calvert. And add to that playing at the pre-wedding party for the second nuptials of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

Much of Simon’s last 20 years has been spent involved with his beloved radio advertising career with his music pursued on a part time basis but then two years ago he returned to the recording studio with an old mate Malcolm McCallum. An eight-track CD, ‘The Wind Blows Gently’ was the result. Not only that, the pair loved the experience so much they immediately started work on writing for another CD.

Now we have ‘Maybe Elsewhere’, a CD featuring nine original songs and three specially chosen covers. You can smell the salt on your nostrils when you listen to ‘Old Men of The Sea’ and how we would all love to be at ‘The Island Singles Ball’. Then there’s ‘I’ll Tag Along’, a brilliantly executed version of the Gordon Lightfoot original and my news instincts were heightened in the pointed, ‘Broken’. But here is an entire series of tracks to savour. Simon Gomez, a genuine New Zealand voice with something to say.

Bill Francis
Auckland May 2010