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Everything on this page was written, recorded, and performed by myself (unless otherwise noted) in my home studio—Womb With a View—which is detailed on the Gear page. These songs may not be synchronized to other media, broadcast, or resold without my permission. All songs © Gordon Highland (BMI) except where noted. Lyrics available here.

FLASH

ftl_cover_medFLASH is of course my nickname, but also the moniker I use for all my non-commissioned solo recordings: the fun stuff.

Finding the Light

This is the first album I’ve made commercially available, released in fall 2015. It was a total DIY production crafted over the course of nine months, with me writing, producing, performing, and mixing every track in my home studio, whose songs form a loose theme: the fall and rise of a musician.

Guitar and organ feature prominently, though it’s less self-indulgent than much of my earlier material. Just good ole catchy, melodic hard rock. A little hedonism, regret, and nostalgia en route to reinvention.

The amazing cover illustration is courtesy of Boden Steiner.

Visit the official Finding the Light page for purchase links (CD, download, streaming), digital booklet with lyrics, and some fun self-shot music videos. Or preview/buy the entire album in the mini player below.

Old Stuff 1997-2002

Some eclectic selections from the FLASH archives. All are solo recordings, and “Music Inside” features Beckie Leonard on vocals.

FLASH – Invocation: Killing the Muse FLASH (Charlie Daniels Band) – The Devil Went Down to Georgia
FLASH – Surfing With Joe FLASH (Van Halen) – Drop Dead Legs
FLASH – Hangnail FLASH (Iron Maiden) – Wasted Years
FLASH – Music Inside FLASH (The Beach Boys) – God Only Knows
FLASH – Words
FLASH – the producer



Topscoring

Here are some short music cues I’ve created for multimedia productions (video/film/web). Because many of these were meant to synchronize with on-screen events, the timing may seem odd in spots. All were produced very quickly on little or no budget, and I performed all the instruments, except on the the last two tracks, which feature Rod and Chad Caylor on drums and bass, respectively (I co-wrote, played guitar, and mixed).

FLASH – Flashmob FLASH – The Safety Song (with Shae Marie)
FLASH – Warmed and Bound FLASH – ManArchy Orientation
FLASH – Kidementia FLASH – The Soul Consortium
FLASH – ’80s Cheeze FLASH – Action!
FLASH – Important Question? Podcast 1 FLASH – Unprintable: The LitReactor Podcast
FLASH – Important Question? Podcast 2 Pornscore – Checkered Flag
FLASH – The Velvet Podcast Pornscore – Start Your Engines


In 2018, I scored the serialized horror podcast Larkspur Underground, written and produced by Michael Paul Gonzalez in Los Angeles over 11 episodes. Read about that process in this post, listen to the score below, or download it free as an MP3 album version (ZIP) Dropbox

FLASH – Larkspur Underground Theme FLASH – Escape iPod
FLASH – Newsbreak FLASH – Dethbed
FLASH – Evidence FLASH – Crimescene
FLASH – The Scientist FLASH – Purgatory
FLASH – Footsteps FLASH – Soul Separation
FLASH – The Dark FLASH – Accomplicit?
FLASH – Reprieve FLASH – The Facility
FLASH – Sponsor Lounge FLASH – Schrödinger’s Amber
FLASH – Spurious FLASH – Madera Mea Culpa
FLASH – Roadent FLASH – Larkspur Arcade (8-bit Reprise)


TopWinebox (2008-12) (2018-)

In 2018, we reformed Winebox as a band (‘2.0’), along with bassist Chad Caylor formerly of Molly’s Crush (below). I retired the piano and strapped on my ‘Texas Tea’ electric guitar while we pursued a new direction: groovier and sunnier, reworking some classics and making room for eventual originals. We recorded a demo as a three-piece (with drum programming), which I mixed in my home studio, then self-shot these videos one afternoon. A peek into the tasting room while we ready the next vintage.



Previously, in 2008, Winebox had reunited me with Shae Marie (formerly of Molly’s Crush, below). We stripped things down acoustically, playing a mix of our favorite covers from the last 30-odd years. Much of it was singer-songwriter material—and all of it soulful—with classic/modern rock, torch songs, and some jangly stuff. Shae handled the vocals and percussion, with me on guitar, piano, and harmonies. I also produced several recordings of originals in the same musical vein as well.

Winebox – Toasted (Last Call) Winebox (The Civil Wars) – Barton Hollow
Winebox – The Sacred and Profane Winebox (Peter Gabriel) – In Your Eyes
Winebox – Stale Air Winebox (Fiona Apple) – Shadowboxer





TopMolly’s Crush (2003-05)

“A Musical Tribute to the ’80s.” This was a truly professional regional act with some high-caliber musicianship. We covered everything from Billy Idol to Talking Heads with a surprisingly soulful edge and the requisite dose of camp. Known for our genre-defying medleys, we kept the asses shakin’ and the bar tab open. Co-stars: Dirk Manley (Ed Costin), Roxy Britannica (Shae Marie), and brothers Rocko Starr (Chad Caylor) and The Reverend (Rod Caylor). I played guitar and sang all the backups, and produced the demo.

Molly’s Crush – show opener megamix

Demo

Live Tracks

Molly’s Crush (Don Henley) – Dirty Laundry Molly’s Crush (The Alarm) – Sold Me Down the River
Molly’s Crush (The Tubes) – She’s a Beauty Molly’s Crush (The Cure) – Just Like Heaven
Molly’s Crush (‘Til Tuesday) – Voices Carry Molly’s Crush (A Flock of Seagulls) – I Ran
Molly’s Crush (Crowded House) – Don’t Dream It’s Over Molly’s Crush (Billy Vera and The Beaters) – At This Moment
Molly’s Crush (Heart) – Never Molly’s Crush (various) – medley instrumental





TopFurley (1995)

Spawned from a short-lived group called Pipe in late 1994, this reunited the Mr. Salty trinity, adding a second guitar and bluesy vocals. Four-chord modern rock with southern tendencies, spanning Pearl Jam to Collective Soul to The Black Crowes. Best known for “Here I Go,” which got regional airplay, Furley was largely the house band at a Maryville, MO club called Molly’s. Other players: Jon Kluiter, Pat Redd, Darin Casey, and Austin Howell. Darin and Austin split time with Des Moines favorite The McKenzies, for whom I also created a live promo video. Furley continued for another year without me, recording some originals at Westend Studios in Kansas City. In 2008, we performed an impromptu reunion gig in Kansas City.

More live Furley videos onYouTube





TopMr. Salty (1992-93)

Hey, it’s a better name than The Extreme Skid Halen Floyd Peppers, which summed up our influences at the time. My first gigging band came together from a series of internet postings, mutual friends, and some natural-selection jamming. The final gasp of pre-grunge metal, we covered GNR, Poison, Crüe, etc. for beer money, eventually recording a CD of original guilty pleasures called Life, Love, and Mediocrity. Partners in crime: Tony Konecne, Jon Kluiter, and Darin Casey. Previous players included Nathan Carter and Chad Thompson.