Coming soon: I am excited to be releasing my new site Bill Parsons • ca
Music composition and arranging for film, television, artistic collaborations, and studio recordings.
Private and ensemble music classes at Royal Conservatory and Home Studio. Musical coaching and/or collaborations in songwriting, arranging, and composing. Also improvisation, theory, and musicianship.
I moved to Montreal during the October Crisis
in 1970, when the separatist resistance was at its peak and Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau had brought in the military. I had just turned thirteen and considered myself a serious hockey player. Coming from the prairies there was not much else a boy could do in the winter, plus the rink was only a stone’s throw from my house, so it was easy to practice a lot. In Montreal hockey was more competitive and the tension between the English and French kids added spice to the game. But after getting my front teeth smashed and my wrist broken by a couple of dirty bastards I called it quits and needed something to occupy my free time.
Everyone back then had a guitar so I joined the ranks and got a twenty-five dollar steel string. I strummed along with Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin and Eagles mostly. When my older brother, Greg, introduced me to the Mahavishnu Orchestra everything changed, especially after experiencing their concert in
but that’s giving the plot of my book away.
Yes, I’m writing a book.
I’m well into the fourth draft of my first novel, P minor blue. I write when I can, between other projects. Here’s the plot.
Beginning of Christmas holidays 1972, Pointe Claire, Quebec. 15-year-old P and his friend Mithy steal a car during a snowstorm and crash. P’s head smashes into the windshield and he loses consciousness. He awakens in the house he grew up in and witnesses his conception. P struggles to uncover the mystery of where he is and why he is there as key moments in his life appear. P follows the memories back into consciousness where he is determined to change the course of his troubled life using his guitar as a divining rod.
I recently did a performance in Montreal at the gallery opening of a show that featured the work my good friend and collaborator, Chuck Samuels. We’ve produced a dozen videos together called MOVIE/MUSIC. Here’s one of them, featuring my group Mosaic.