Trey Roque – Singer-Songwriter

SOUNDS LIKE – A soiree where Joni Mitchell, Bowie, Elvis Costello, Lou Reed and Lera Lynn swap stories through songs.

In any event, Trey’s DNA is hard-wired to the 45rpm-school of hitting ‘em hard and leaving ‘em wanting more. Just listen on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube – the whole shebang – and find out for yourself.

NEW MUSIC FOR 2019 – 2018 was a big year for Trey – with a star-crossed love affair and 161 songs to show for it. This means through 2019, Trey will be releasing (at least!) one song per week in demo form on YouTube, and will launch a double album of haunting ballads titled “Intimate Letters”.

SONGWRITING CLASSES – Music is to be shared, and there should be no secrets in making it. To this end, Trey’s been running songwriting workshops – helping beginners achieve their dream of writing a song.

2019 will also see his alternate YouTube channel “Trey’s Way” which truly opens the kimono on what songwriting really means. An open kimono?! That’s gotta be worth seeing, right?

BOOKING – If you run house concerts, a coffee shop, gallery or festival – drop him an email. Let's make a show!

Follow – And don't forget to Like this Facebook band page for news on new releases and shows. Subscribe to his YouTube channel and Spotify playlists. In the words of Geddy lee, “Tell your friends!”

BTW, it's R-O-Q-U-E, as in 'rock'.....

 

Trey's Way – The Blog

Happy Birthday – GG! 

Happy birthday, initials GG!*

Of course, that means Glenn Gould. Sadly, he’s not been around since the 80s to celebrate anything, but that should not mean we cannot raise a glass (of whatever beverage) to commemorate his genius and lavish gifts to music. 

An oft overlooked aspect to GG was the team that helped him perform – his tuner, the partialliy-sighted Verne Edquist (see the book CD318, A Romance on Three Legs), the engineers who worked often with him (see below), his famous wee chair, and the…

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A Roque Magickal Day For All Of Us 

September 24,1991 was one of the most significant days in le histoire du roque. On this SINGLE day was released Nevermind by Nirvana and Blood Sugar Sex Magick by Red Hot Chili Peppers. An embarrassment of riches we had back in the daaaay. 

Theory me this – Nevermind was the last great album of the 80s, and Blood Sugar the last great album of the 90s. One made a virtue of everything learned in music production of the 80s (which is embodied in the avatar of Butch Vig), and the other was a classic rock…

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Story of the Song – Hamlet's Blues 

Of all the bluesiest of Shakespeare's plays, Hamlet stands head and shoulders above the others. Especially if your name is Jorick.*

This tune is about how life's pleasures can shrink to meaningless things if you don't take a chance. Or maybe it's about a handful of simple chords with a tricky little alternate verse. Anyway, some nice phat bass, a cheeky guitar solo, and a horde of BVs on the chorus.

For those of you who think lyrics are the most important thing in a song, here ya go:

Close to a thrill as…

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Happy birthday - Dweezil Zappa! 

The first rule of blogging is – never write in the browser. Yes, verily, even in 217 the fricken thing will crash and zap all you lovely textual textifications. 


Anyway, being of a positive mindset, Trey directed us to a better kind of Zap – that is, Dweezil Zappa, bearer of the flame of his pater Frank Zappa. Currently on a worldwide tour (yay!) but not coming with spitting distance of Praha (ya-booo!). 


The sensibly named Dweezil* (birth name actually Ian Donald Calvin Zappa, after the guys in the…

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Story of the Song – I Can't Bleed 

All the people you love leave a little bit of themselves – or a lotta bit of themselves – in you. For the good and the bad. But when it's been all good and you're struggling to move on, what are you to do?

This is one of my first 'alternate tuning' songs that didn't simply fall in love with the resonant open chords that even the pros fall for (am thinking Elvis Costello, sadly enough). Okay, strictly it's a drop-D tuning, but it was a start. Funny how we get all hide bound by conventions and our…

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Story of the Song – I Said Something (And Now I Know) 

I guess all of us have opened our big flapping gobs and said something we wished we hadn't. This may be a specialty for some (hmmmm?). But let us not get into the if I could turn back time groove. Rut. Snake pit.

I can never write a melody if the chords aren't telling me a story. The movement or suspense of each note is a conversation between a group of people, almost, and I'm merely listening in and taking notes. But that doesn't always mean each sequence and voicing has been sweat over – the verse chords…

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Story of the Song – In The Morning 

James Joyce wrote about Ireland from the comfortable distance of France. Similarly, I usually write about the good side of lovin' when am single.

Leastways, that's how I rationalise it. (whatever it may be...).

While I would love to pen one of those upbeat, uplifting peans to romantic love that encompass all the thrill and joy of finding Someone -– a la Holland Dozier Holland – it's those wee details of living with and around someone that make a love affair so sweet. This is the way I appear to express…

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Story of the Song – Under Influences 

No one needs to be taught that online dating is fraught with many a peril. A getting all gooey-eyed over someone from a profile pic is one of them.

Sometimes a photo captures a person, even when taken by an amateur – the cover for Subject To Change is a fine example, as it's a great composition, and probably one of only a dozen snaps my mum had probably taken in her life by then*. In the same way, this photo of a good lookin' woman sizzled with her poise and intelligence – and I had to laugh at myself…

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Story of the Song – Miss Dalton's Dream 

There's a old story of John Lennon wanting some kind of sound for I Am The Walrus, and saying something along the lines of, "Bring me the sound of a thousand chanting Tibetan monks!". Chanting, "stick it up your jumper". Deep.

(You're at this site and you really need a full refresher on that amazin slice of yellow mellow custard? Hm.)

There's Beck, mixing it up with his breakthrough LP Mellow Gold.

The actual egg of the song breaks open from the chord changes here, and the lyrics jump off of the…

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Story of the Song – Tumbleweed Love 

I was reading a thread on a well-know (in the community) skeptic website, with everyone basically lamenting their sorry love lives. Apparently, overweening know-alls can't score these days - go figure.

The moment of inspiration was one woman's post - simply a gif of tumbleweed blown across a desert road. It could even have been this very one:

via GIPHY

And any Big Lebowski reference, however slight and shoehorned in, is good by me.

Meanwhile, I was listening to a lot of Charlie Feathers, and reruns…

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