Le Deluge by swo8 Blues Jazz

It’s raining here today. It rained yesterday and there are flood warnings in Toronto. Toronto Island is closed to the public because of flooding. Some roads have been closed and certain subway stations have issues with all this rain. All it took was 40 days and 40 nights of rain to cause the first flood. I’m with Noah “Please Lord, make it stop.” 4:33min. 2 MB

Thestoryofmylife by Consumer Perspective

I was talking to CP (Consumer Perspective) the other day. Most people want to know about the lives of others. This is a short look at someone’s life and do keep your sense of humour when he suggests – don’t use the bug zapper on the TV. 1:12 min. 2MB. You can check out, like and subscribe to Consumer Perspective’s Youtube channel. His music is also available for streaming on most streaming sites.

Tribute to Clarence by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Osaka Times in iTunes and with the collaboration of the great American Photographer Marilyn Armstrong of Serendipity

Father’s day is on Sunday and this video is a tribute to Fathers all over. Clarence was my father’s name and the one thing I can be truly grateful for is his love of music. He had two loves in his life, his music and his dogs. The photos in this video are mostly Marilyn’s and are comprised of her lovely bevy of dogs. My father played the organ and was actually very good. The music in this video, hopefully demonstrates what a wonderful instrument the organ can be for jazz. Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel, like and follow to support the artists. Also all our music can be streamed on most streaming sites. Happy Father’s Day to one and all. 3:06min. 2 MB


This is a 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas painted in 2007. It was February when we were in Uruguay and being in the southern hemisphere it was their summer. The gardens were lush and green and the trees on each side of the road reached up and touched over head in the centre, like a canapé.  Wandering around the streets we noticed how lovely the doors on the residences were. This of course is one of them.


O Rio Amazonas by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

This video is called O Rio Amazonas by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes. It is the largest river by discharge volume of water in the world and it is also the longest. The “Encontro das Águas” or meeting of the waters is just beyond Manaus. We are in a heat wave at the moment and that always brings to mind this song. 2:52 min. 2 MB

In aside please pray for Irene, of Irene Design, who is having a medical emergency.


O Rio Negro by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Manaus Where Two Rivers Meet in iTunes

On the north shore of the Rio Negro, the thriving city of Manaus is situated. Access to the city is primarily by boat or airplane. The Rio Negro is 18K/11mi. up stream from where it merges with the Rio Solimões, to form the Rio Amazonas. During the wet season, the river floods the country far and wide, sometimes to a width of 30 kilometres (19 mi). During this season, April until October, it is a succession of lagoons, full of long islands and intricate channels with a lot of water wildlife. A lot of the buildings along the shoreline are build on stilts in anticipation of the annual floods. So picture yourself deep in the rain forest floating down this river of mystery and romance. 3:36 min.


Uruguay is a lovely country. It is situated south of Brazil on the eastern Atlantic coast. The architecture is very European in character and the language is Spanish. One of our memories is of the horse drawn cart that picks up the unwanted, used items from the side of the road. There would be a “clip clop” and the wheels of the cart. Just walking the streets we noticed the beauty of the doors. So I capture these doors with photos and started to create some paintings. This is an 8″ x 10″ painted in 2007, oil on canvas and is called Door # 1.

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Robin’s Egg Blue by swo8 Blues Jazz lyrics by Harris Tobias

This may be the 2nd day of rain and we are about to have two more. Robin’s Egg Blue by swo8 Blues Jazz and lyrics by Harris Tobias was chosen for today since it has a fair bit of discord and rain. This is a little fun, collaboration between Harris and me. We often behave as children in relationships and we hurt others in the process. A little tenderness please. 4:32 min. 2 MB

Omonoia Square by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Efharisto in iTunes

This video is called Omonoia Square from the album Efharisto in iTunes. We stayed in Athens for several weeks and our shelter was a short walk from here. It is where the nitty gritty of life transpires. Once one of the city’s smartest districts, it had fallen into disrepair. The plan was to turn it from a traffic hub into a pedestrian formal garden. Traffic in Athens, like most places, is a nightmare. Deliveries are often made by motor cycle and it wasn’t uncommon to see a motor cycle edge around the congestion by driving up on the sidewalk. All photos are from the public domain. 4:10 min. 2 MB