A New Year! by Steven Alvarado

Happy New Year all,

2015 was a year full of change for me and I get the feeling 2016 will have even more change. But I don't mind, change is a good thing. I miss New York City sometimes but I do love my new California home. The warm sun and the Pacific Ocean are good for the soul. It's a privilege to be able to see the ocean everyday. 

2016 has unfortunately started off with the loss of our hero David Bowie. It's impossible to believe that he has left us. But we are lucky to have the enormous body of work that he left behind. I've been revisiting my favorite Bowie albums and Scary Monsters is still number one for me. The song It's No Game is still my favorite. My own song Mad At The World from my album The Howl Sessions was always meant as my own tribute to David. I even added my own version of a woman screaming profanities in Japanese.

On the news front, my long contract with my music publisher is coming to an end in just a few months from now. The good news is that they have asked me to re-sign with them. It feels nice to be wanted. I haven't given them an answer yet.

As of now I have no tour plans or studio plans. I'm writing a little. Mostly I'm just living and enjoying life in the sun for now. 

More news later, 


Another one from the archives. From my album MERCY. by Steven Alvarado

The song is DOWN and it's certainly epic rock! The guitar solo played by my old friend Jim Lacey-Baker has got to be one of the best rock solos ever recorded. It spans the length of the song and he did it in one take. During the take in the studio Jim started screaming to stop tape because he felt he made a mistake, but I kept the tape rolling because I was absolutely blown away by what he was playing. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was one of those magic moments in the studio. If you listen close with headphones you can hear him scream right near the beginning of the solo at the first verse. 

Click here to enjoy!

From The Archives! by Steven Alvarado

An old one from the archives. One of my favorites. BENEATH MY SKIN from my album MERCY.

We were literally out of time in the studio and they began to break down the session. (Unplug cables, put mics away, etc). I begged the studio manager saying I just have one more and I can do it in one take. He kept putting gear away and we rolled tape anyway. My screaming vocals at the end of the song were certainly a result of the angst I was feeling trying to get the song on tape. Click the link to enjoy or go to the "Albums" link and listen to the entire album for free!





Too Many in Need by Steven Alvarado

Took a walk in my neighborhood
Two in the morning
By the Skytrain Station

The streets were full of junkies and homeless
And they all wanted something

And what am I supposed to do?
There are too many of you

I too am human, I could easily be you


Junkie Song lyrics © NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP

It's not you, it's me... by Steven Alvarado

Sometimes I'm really good at keeping up to date with my website but often I go off into my world and find it hard to post. Especially if I'm not touring or I'm not in the studio. But I'm going to do my best to update more often. As for now, I'll have some news to post soon.

I've also had a lot on my mind... Mostly about the state of the world and the future. I love reading technology articles and right now I'm reading how technology is advancing so fast that soon everyone will be unemployed. The only natural result of that is everything will be free. I think that's a good thing.