The Sand in My Shoes

by Terry Gomes

Released 09/02/2014
Released 09/02/2014
Travel the tropics with Terry and enjoy the lively rhythms, smooth guitar lines, the joyous and reflective instrumental melodies. Let the sand fill your shoes.
The story of, “The Sand in My Shoes”

“I wanted to write and record a short musical project dedicated to my late father and my late uncle. Growing up in a Guyanese family, I was exposed to a lot of Caribbean-based music, including calypso and a variety of other music from South America and Latin America. Later on in life when I began writing and recording, my father and uncle could not really embrace the most of the multi-genre music I was writing. They often cited it to be “too jazzy” or “too complex” but it was what I was into at the time. In light of their passing, I was finally able to channel my energies into doing a project I believe they would have enjoyed and been proud of. In preparation for this, I spent quite a while listening to albums from my early childhood from artists like Hugo Blanco, Jorge Renan and The Sandpebbles of Barbados. These people helped me to recapture pleasant memories and provide inspiration. This EP is the result. They are listed below.

1. Carnivals & Guitars—Jorge Renan (late 50s/early 60s)

I began listening to this album of Jorge Renan, an Ecuadorian guitarist, at a very young age--maybe as young as two! Since it has been a part of my life for so long, I’ve always wanted to do a project highlighting some of its musical influence. I love the exuberance and spirit of the music as well as the intimate, guitar combo, sound.

2. The Sandpebbles of Barbados (1973)

I was introduced to this group from Barbados as a child when I traveled there with my parents. It was my first exposure to Bajan calypso. The rhythms and spirit of these recordings captivated me. Their frequent use of “spouge” (a uniquely Barbadian form of calypso using a dotted rhythm and an ever present cowbell), was something new to me.

3. Caribia—Hugo Blanco (1960s)

I didn’t realize until much later in my life that the lead instrument on this album was harp. Blanco wrote very simple, repetitive melodies but they were very memorable.






Come on in, the water's fine!


August 15, 2017

I swear I'm going to sign off on the master this week and say it's done. The same for the artwork. Really. I am. You believe me, don't you?

August 6, 2017

Nearing completion of the album master and getting artwork in place for my new release. Patience, my friends. Be sure to read other album blog posts at my BLOG link above!

July 1,

Happy Canada Day!
150 years young!

June 19,

Great to have Brian Asselin in today to close out the album's performances with some tasty tenor sax!

16, 2017

I'm so happy to finally have some lovely Paraguayan harp on one of the tunes for my new album. Thank you to Martha Mazzoleni!

May 18, 2017

Nearing the end stage of mixing and mastering will be soon after. Also busy preparing artwork for my album. More details to follow soon!

April 11, 2017

After some delays, today I began editing and mixing my new album with Philip Shaw Bova. We've got a great start on things!

March 21, 2017

Had a fun promo, photo shoot today with Alan Dean and Andrea Cochrane of Alan Dean Photography. Hard to believe it was the second day of spring!

February 23, 2017

One tune on my project needed an acoustic lead and rhythm part.
Today was the day to get that done!

February 16, 2017

I added some extra guitar parts today. Except for one tune which requires Latin harp, most of the tracking is done and we'll soon be starting to mix some of the tunes. I can't wait!

January 27, 2017

Ottawa’s trumpet man, Nick Dyson, put his stellar playing on three tunes, adding some nice tropical vibes.

January 20, 2017

Local and hugely versatile drummer, Jeff Asselin, was in today and laid down perfect parts for two tunes. Professional, well prepared and a pleasure to work with. Jeff’s the man!

13, 2017

We had a great session today featuring a talented, young cellist named Raphael Weinroth-Browne. He played beautifully on a piece from my project that’s meant to convey a walk through the jungle. With January’s bitter weather, a jungle sounds pretty good right now!


22, 2016

Today we had the final session of 2016 with local piano player and trombone man, Mark Ferguson. He added some great playing to five tunes on my project. What a talented and nice person to work with!

December 15, 2016

Rob Milicevic, the drummer for the cool band, Kobo Town, came in last night for our quickest session so far. He did an excellent job on two pieces; one calypso and one reggae-ish tune.

December 10,

Norm Glaude laid down some beautiful acoustic and electric bass parts on two bossas from my new project.

December 3, 2016

We have completed the percussion parts for eight pieces. René F. played a nice variety of instruments; udu, timbales, caxixi, guiro, claves, cha-cha bell, maracas, woodblocks and even a pair of sandpaper blocks that my wife reminded me we owned. I can’t believe that I wrote so many percussion parts!

November 19,

Today marks the start of tracking for my new, full-length “Tropical” album, just ahead of our first major snowstorm. We’re recording at Gallery Studios here in Ottawa with Dean Watson. For our first session, “Congaman” René Fortier laid down some great conga and bongo parts. We’re hoping to have our following percussion session late next week. A great start!

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