Ray Bussard


I am an author and have an author's page on Amazon, under Ray Bussard. I currently have A Beastiary (Sort Of) and Miranda: The Good Luck Angel available for purchase as ebooks. I will be coming out with a poetry book that I also illustrated later this year. Within the next few weeks I'll be publishing my musical version of Romeo and Juliet with my own poetry added to the text. Feel free to give a review.





What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is a healing modality. It's inspirational. A way to get in touch with feelings you didn't know you had. It's a spiritual force for reprogramming the mind and soul. It's a catalyst that propels us forward. It's evolution. It's a mirror that reflects yourself to yourself and allows you to see yourself in ways you couldn't before. It's a doorway that allows you to enter into a new world. It's possibility. It's awareness. It's myth and magic. It's Shiva's cosmic dance of Life and Death.

What is your music dream?

To impact the world in the largest way possible.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The best way to make changes around you is to change yourself. To make the world into a better place, means starting in your corner of the world, your everyday reality....you can only do so much, but your voice counts as much as the next person's.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Stairway to Heaven was the most memorable song from my youth.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Here is my top 10 list: 1. Led Zeppelin 2. The Doors 3. The Beatles 4. Dan Fogelberg 5. Heart 6. Fleetwood Mac. 7. Genesis 8. Styx 9. Chicago 10. Steely Dan. IMHO, these bands combined the best of being amazingly creative and skilled musicians with the highest level of lyrical/poetic expression. In short, I find these bands the most inspiring. This is MY list, however, I remain open to suggestions from more able-minded connoisseurs of music who can direct me to other bands who are as gifted in celebrating the great power of Love, and I welcome your input. Maybe someone will surprise me and won't that be a special day? Lol.

What inspires you to make music?

I was a minstrel in a past life, so it's part of who I am.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

There is always only one message, in various disguises--LOVE in all its multifaceted grandeur.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Best feeling in the world. I feel in tune with the universe. I feel free.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

We need to go back to recording all songs in 432hz. Middle A used to be tuned to 432 instead of 440. For information on Cymatics go to YouTube or google it online, or read here: https://globalfreedommovement.org/432-dna-tuning-and-the-nazi-ization-of-music/

What do you think of Drooble?

I really like it and would like to thank Neli Dimitrova for getting me into it. Thanks Neli.

What frustrates you most as a musician?


Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I wish I had the time to go out and see more local acts, Seattle has a great music scene, but unfortunately, as I'm an author and reader of books, I don't have that luxury.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

It has to start with the quality of your lyrics, your songs. If you look at all of the greatest bands in the history of rock you'll find that the best ones were not only great musicians, but above all else, were incredible poets, or lyrical geniuses. Most bands will audition singers and base their decision on their vocal range or skill at singing, but what's more important is how good of a songwriter that singer is (if you plan on having him/her be the principle writer of the band, which is usually the case, but not always--think Neil Peart of Rush). There are Hall of Fame bands/singers who weren't very good at vocals. Did people care? No. They were moved by the ideas they were communicating. Jim Morrison had a very restricted, monotone vocal range, yet The Doors were one of the greatest bands ever. How about Billy Joel? Tom Waits? Bob Dylan. I could go on and on but you get the idea. If you find a great lyricist who is an average singer you're doing great. If he's great lyricist and a good singer you're doing fantastic. If he's a great lyricist and a great singer (think Robert Plant), well....ya hit it outta the park! Bravo! That really is the smartest way to put a band together in my opinion for anyone contemplating it, and if you think about it, it really does make the most sense. So instead of advertising for a singer, advertise for a songwriter and have them bring in their best lyrics, and make your decision based on that. Just some advice for aspiring musicians who want to make it big or at least make a living at it.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I thought Rose Windows from Seattle, Washington had a great vibe yet never really made it to the mainstream before they broke up. The Good Rats from Long Island weren't too bad either, not great, but decent as far as bands on the radio. Clem Snide from Boston are really good, they have a very Bob Dylanesque vibe.