SF and dark fantasy author but also a writer/creator of over 30 how-to music books – Beginner’s Guide to Reading Music, Guitar Chords, Piano and Keyboard Chords, Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary, Play the Guitar Made Easy. Other publications include Advanced Guitar Chords, Advanced Piano Chords, Chords for Kids, How to Play the Electric Guitar, Reading Music Made Easy and Scales and Modes (Amazon author page here). Released EP Jakesongs on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc and on CDBaby.
With a lifelong passion for fantastic worlds of any kind, from movies to fiction, cosmology and art to music, posters, album and paperback book covers I also have special interests which include various social and cultural turning points of human history, including the early 3rd Millennium BCE, the 1800s, early 1900s, 1960s and 2000s when broad cultural and technological revolutions feasted on the body of the status quo. Many of the posts in this blog highlight these themes, with a particular emphasis on the gothic, fantastic, scientific and supernatural.
I’ve been in a number of bands, including Slice, The Harmonics, Starbank and continue to study Flamenco. Although I have a range of fine guitars (a battered 1977 Fender strat, Rickenbacker 360, Westone Thunder bass, Rondriguez flamenco cutaway and several others) my other favourite musical instruments are Sibelius and Logic Pro. My son is a jazz trumpeter, my daughter is studying for her grade 8 piano.
A while ago, I joined society6 with an online store for some of my paintings and illustrations for prints, cards and iPhone cases. Still exploring, but seems productive.
The companion websites to this blog are:
Jake Jackson Art which focuses on my abstract expressionist acrylic art.
Jake Jackson Music which focuses on my music books and album.
Jake Jackson is a long term creative pseudonym of Nick Wells.