These links will take you to John McGrails Singles available at Spotify and iTunes

These links will take you to The Headwhiz Consorts Singles at Spotify and iTunes

Why Oh Why

John McGrail

I wrote the lyrics sitting in the back seat of a taxi while I was in Thies, Senegal back in 1990. The music came to me the following May! It's been sitting around for a long time.

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We're Better Than That

John McGrail

Was playing my Gibson ES 335 through my Vox amp plugged directly into the studio. (No sound came out of the speaker as it was a headphone/direct out jack) The sound of it was really cool and I was just strumming and enjoying the sound when this song came out. I think the lyrics came in the moment and then added to while I went on a bike ride a

Was playing my Gibson ES 335 through my Vox amp plugged directly into the studio. (No sound came out of the speaker as it was a headphone/direct out jack) The sound of it was really cool and I was just strumming and enjoying the sound when this song came out. I think the lyrics came in the moment and then added to while I went on a bike ride a little later. It's nice when things just come out and are there! November 2022.

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Cold Puddles

The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

This is a composition written by Babakar Wade for a trio of piano, mallets and english horn. The performance was recorded live at the Rosecliff Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on February 29, 2022. The players are Mairead O'Connor on piano, Lady Brett Fastley on mallets and the english horn part is supplied by Jean-luc Sartre who is actually using

This is a composition written by Babakar Wade for a trio of piano, mallets and english horn. The performance was recorded live at the Rosecliff Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on February 29, 2022. The players are Mairead O'Connor on piano, Lady Brett Fastley on mallets and the english horn part is supplied by Jean-luc Sartre who is actually using an EWI (electronic wind instrument). October 2022

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Hunger: On The Brink Of Insanity

John McGrail

Back story... Years ago when I lived behind Grum's on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights I had a roomate who was supposedly going to visit family in Michigan for a couple months but he said he would send money for the rent and the bills so he had a place to return to. Well that didn't happen. Suddenly my bills were all doubled. I was going to

Back story... Years ago when I lived behind Grum's on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights I had a roomate who was supposedly going to visit family in Michigan for a couple months but he said he would send money for the rent and the bills so he had a place to return to. Well that didn't happen. Suddenly my bills were all doubled. I was going to school at Cleveland State and working 2 jobs. I had to figure out how much I was making and how much I had to spend on rent and bills. What was left over was for food and all the rest. I had a Pell Grant coming I knew but that wasn't for a couple months. After doing some calculations I had $3 a day to live on and that included $2 bus fare on the days I had classes downtown. Needless to say it was a challenge mentally and physically. None the less with music and a sense of humor (albeit a little twisted) I survived. This song came out of that period! Thank goodness for generic bread. 3 loaves for a dollar. Yes there were days where I just ate bread. On weekends I could go crazy and spend all 3 dollars on food! August 2022

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The Grackle

The Headwhiz Consort Moderne Internationale

While perusing some old folders I came across this piece. The original 8 tracks were recorded on an Alesis ADAT recorder using VHS tapes. We put it on the computer and added a few things and voila! We hope you enjoy. July 2022

Humbly,

Babakar Wade

Founder of the HCMI

While perusing some old folders I came across this piece. The original 8 tracks were recorded on an Alesis ADAT recorder using VHS tapes. We put it on the computer and added a few things and voila! We hope you enjoy. July 2022

Humbly,

Babakar Wade

Founder of the HCMI

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