Glen Naylor

Glen Naylor certainly has a niche market – and she’s doing a magnificent job in it. The Aussie native is making some kids music that stands out for several reasons – my favorite being that it heavily involves the Australian style of lingo that Americans like me can’t get enough of. I mean, Paul Hogan. Boom. Naylor says her songs include “sing-along foot tappers, others involve storytelling and some are lullabies. There is also humor in them and many distinctly Aussie expressions are used.”

Naylor is busy in other forms of music like blues and country, so keep an eye out. There’s a lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Glen Naylor

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in the children’s music genre?

GN:  My sound varies because many of the songs are in themselves quite different.  The stand out feature of my Children’s music is the uniquely Australian aspect.  Some are sing-along foot tappers, others involve storytelling and some are lullabies. There is also humour in them and many distinctly Aussie expressions are used.  I do think that our Aussie lingo will be lost forever if we do not teach it to our children by continuing to use it. Our language is part of who we are, music is a wonderful way to teach kids!

PEV: Calling Bright Victoria, Australia home what kind of music where you into growing up? How is that experience different from that of US music?

GN:  Music in Australia for the most part is not so different to the U.S.  Some of the best music ever written has come out of the U.S and has always been on our airwaves. When I was growing up I listened to Rock and Roll however, I loved the music that my parents listened to.  It was the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and the Gerswhins to name a few.  Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra are still some of my favourite singers.  As a very young child I remember vividly my parents taking me to see the great American singer Billy Eckstine who was touring in Australia. I was in awe of Billy’s outstanding voice and performance which I am sure had some influence on my love of Jazz and Blues. 

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out?

GN: Starting out just over two years ago and being new to the music business I was somewhat overwhelmed! I am extremely fortunate to have a great co-writer Chris Wilson in Melbourne. We work very well together and Chris’ music and arrangements pull it all together. My main focus is lyrics and the melodies.  Chris is a performing, very experienced, talented musician. I am not a performing artist due to my demanding family responsibilities. 

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

GN: Yes! As a first time entrant into any contest I submitted Lyrics into the Australian Songwriters Association Contest.  I came in at No. 10 and I had three on the Shortlist.  The ASA is a very large prestigious annual event for professional writers too, needless to say I was thrilled with that result.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a Glen Naylor song?

GN:  Fun and learning in the kids songs!  Chris and I recently wrote one about Santa. It is a geography lesson with Santa visiting the seven continents on his magical flight.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you sit down to write or work on a song? What is in your mind?

GN:  Very often when I sit down to write, I get a jolt in my brain when I think about how blessed I have been to form awesome friendships with such wonderful people in the U.S. Gene Foley of  www.FoleyEntertainment.com  to whom I speak regularly is a real gem. My Mates in Nashville Gary Allen and Pat Adams have supported me from the start and I very much value their wonderful friendship. Gary was with the Charlie Daniels Band, JJ Cale and many other great artists. Gary has performed with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and so many more. Having my music so highly regarded by these guys is unbelievable. Pat has a great site www.Tennesseeconcerts.com  on which I was a featured artist recently.

PEV: Tell us about the emotional bond between you and your grandson that goes far beyond any other relationship.

GN:  Ah!  Now you are tugging at my heartstrings. My husband and I have raised our gorgeous little Grandson since he was a tiny babe. He is inspiring, a boisterous eight year old, loving, funny and a very clever beautiful child.  Last year he was diagnosed as a “special needs child” he is indeed very special, we are having ongoing assessments presently.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

GN:  Emotions, fun, love ,laughter and life.  I get pleasure from nature, throughout my life I have enjoyed the beauty of the sunrise and the song of the birds, if I do miss it sometimes these days I feel like I have been cheated of something wonderful on one day of my life. In many of my songs I speak of flora and fauna and natures beauty. Chris and I have recently written some Blues, Country and others styles of music, in some of them I talk of love and I am always fascinated gazing at the Moon and the Stars which do inspire me. I can lose myself.

PEV: Your songs have been very well received all over the world – scoring hoards of compliments from many industry professionals. What does it feel like to know your work is so well received?

GN:  You could knock me over with a feather!

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

GN:  Frequently!  I get out some photos and reminisce.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Glen Naylor?

GN:  MY AGE...  I am not going to tell you what it is!

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a career for you?

GN:  Yes. When I found out that I was a finalist in the ASA contest Lyrics. Up until then I had not thought of it as a career and really could never have imagined what has happened as a result.

PEV: What one word best describes Glen Naylor?

GN:   Passionate.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

GN: Amazed. I don’t play around the traps, unfortunately, but I do go to school sometimes having fun playing the songs to the kids.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

GN:  It is my intention to visit Nashville later this year, Gary and Pat have the longest running Rock and Roll Musicians Jam in Nashville. “THE PLAY IT AGAIN JAM” so who knows?  I might even belt out a few of my songs whilst I am there!

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

GN: Tap dancing, Opera, Golf and travelling at every opportunity.

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

GN: Yes a young Australian guitar virtuoso by the name of Joe Robinson, Joe won “Australia’s got talent” a couple of years ago and he was the winner of the “Best instrumental” in the ASA 2009 I was present at that event and I was blown away by his performance, he is brilliant.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

GN:  If I wasn’t writing music and time was not a problem, I would be studying Politics and History.

PEV: So, what is next for Glen Naylor?

GN:  Continue writing with Chris who is multi- talented and now that I have an obsession with song writing, I would like to attend more master classes with Prof. Pat Pattison (Berklee) when he visits Australia, as I have so much to learn and Pat is a great teacher.  Also, I have the added bonus of having friendships that I am delighted with and they are more important to me than what has been achieved with the music.  Thanks and cheers from Downunder.

Some of the new songs can be heard on: www.sonicbids.com/GlenNaylor  my site is www.bonzabobbydazzler.com

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