(The Short Version)
I was born Michael Woodhead on Monday, 7 April 1947, at 2:40 p.m. in the township of Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England.
Shortly after my family moved to Canada in 1953, my father joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, and we were subsequently posted to Canadian air force bases in Nova Scotia (Greenwood 1956-1960), France (Grostenquin 1960-1964), and Quebec (Bagotville 1964-1966). In 1966, we moved to Calgary, and I have been there ever since, although through the years, I managed to visit Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United States.
I've been writing in one genre or another since I was eight years old.
In 2006, I self-published my fantasy novel, Wizard of Arabah, under my pseudonym, Tristan Parrish. For the past few years until the site closed down, I wrote book reviews for TCM Reviews.
From 1998 to 2004, I wrote New Age music reviews for Calgary's Synchronicity magazine, and about six months for the on-line music review site, Wind and Wire.
After I heard the Beatles sing I Wanna Hold Your Hand on the radio in 1964, I started to write lyrics. I soon acquired my first six-stringed guitar, and began to set my lyrics to music. Now, fifty-odd years later, I've written and composed over 400 songs.
I took music theory and a couple of years of piano and singing lessons when I was a child, but I'm basically self-taught.
From 1965 to 1973, I sang my songs -- as well as top ten hit parade songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s -- in public parks, private parties, on radio and television, in hotel lounges, restaurants, and anywhere that people who wanted music were willing to invite me.
In December 1973, I became a Christian. I began to write Christian songs, and soon began to sing my music, as well as lead praise and worship, in various denominations and congregations -- Full Gospel, Pentecostal, Catholic Charismatic, Anglican, Salvation Army, Presbyterian, Baptist, and others -- and in various Christian coffee houses, at Bible studies, and other spiritual venues until 1987. Around that time, I began to question a lot of things about the dogma and beliefs of the Christian church, and I now consider myself to be more a Christian Spiritualist and 'recovering evangelical'.
These days, I'm in the process of arranging and orchestrating the 1000+ songs I've already written, a daunting enough task as it is, but highly fulfilling nonetheless
All of my own tunes have a very melodic, light folk-pop feel to them.
Over the years, I've attempted to land a recording contract, but so far this dream has eluded my grasp. The reaction from various record companies has been pretty much the same -- "We like your music, but it's not what we're looking for at the present time".
Although my appreciation of music spans many genres, my favourite is New Age/Electronic/Ambient music, particularly Space and Ethereal.
Over the years, I've also developed my talents as a writer, arranger, musician, photographer, artist, actor, producer, director, instructor, and publisher.
When not pursiung my creative interests, I currently work part time as an AB Dick offset printer.
As interesting and challenging as my other abilities are, my first loves have always been writing and composing.