Ian Rushton

Ian Rushton

 Auckland, Auckland, NZL
BandPopAdult Contemporary

Ian Rushton is UK born New Zealander, producer, and self-taught pianist and guitarist, offering anything from contemporary neo-classical to pop/rock instrumentals and adult contemporary pop and rock songs.

Biography

Ian Rushton is UK born New Zealander, producer, and self-taught pianist and guitarist, offering anything from contemporary neo-classical to pop/rock instrumentals and adult contemporary pop and rock songs.

Host, co-writer and producer for Tsunami Awakening - an international, internet-based fundraising song for relief aid in SE Asia. Endorsed by World Vision, New Zealand.

Your influences?
Elton John, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Supertramp, Mike Oldfield, Genesis, Yanni, Split Enz, Crowded House, Eagles, Led Zeppelin

http://www.blacksandsmusic.co.nz

Lyrics

Filling In Time

Written By: Ian Rushton

Filling in Time

Through the echoes that call
Too many pleading hands,
Now they realise that death has come too soon
Abandoned barren streets
The playground of our children
Is this the time we've all been waiting for?

Filling in time
Washing the stains away
What have we done?
Will there be another day?
Passing the time
Wiping the tears away
Live your life on earth
As you would in heaven

Pieces of glass lie, on the cold tile floor
Fires of this hell won't be quenched by rain
The horizon disappears
Then you disappear
The terror strikes ya
maybe you dreamt it all?

The living blind and seeing Dead
together lie
Innocent eyes look to their
parents & cry

Is God giving us up to die?

This is the Time
We've all been waiting for

What have we done?
Will there be another day?

A Silent Slap Of Time

Written By: Ian Rushton

Shadows fall where she lies
Curtains drawn since yesterday
The truth of our existence
Questions the heart of everything

You've lived in the sunshine,
And you walked in the rain.
Treasures gathered in the good times
Will always remain
Will always remain

The stars began to burn
Through the sheets of clouds
In a moment of infinite length
The silent slap of time

You've lived in the sunshine,
And you walked in the rain.
Treasures gathered in the good times
Will always remain
Will always remain

(bridge)

Dust laid on your dreams
Is sorrow your only prize?
Like a canvas to an artist
Life is redesigned

You've lived in the sunshine,
And you walked in the rain.
Treasures gathered in the good times
Will always remain
You've lived in the sunshine,
And you walked in the rain.
Treasures gathered in the good times
Will always remain
Will always remain

Stranded In Your Heart

Written By: Ian Rushton / Peter Forster

Opened my eyes this morning, you weren't there beside me
As you should be, as you could be
The weeks are dragging, my spirits sagging
Secret emails when no one's home
To keep me warm through nights alone
Tear down these barriers that stretch across the miles
I love you anyway, although you're far away
Whatever happens it's OK

Oh, Oh, stranded in your heart
High and dry, stranded
Oh, Oh, stranded in your heart
High and dry, stranded

Took up my time this morning
Dreams of you still lingering
How it used to be
How it could be
I'm like a whale that's stranded
my restless search has ended
High and dry above the tide
A force that dropped me by your side
Tear down the barriers, and bridge this gap between us
I love you anyway, although you're far away
There's nothing more to say

Oh, Oh, stranded in your heart
High and dry, stranded
Oh, Oh, stranded in your heart
High and dry, stranded
Oh, Oh, stranded in your heart
High and dry, stranded

How it used to be
How it could be

Insanity

Written By: Ian Rushton & Robin Hotter

Insanity 2011

I whispered your name, you never came
Silent rooms, a photo framed
And even when, you are near
It's like you’re, not here

Breaking apart is just the start
It’s insanity, insanity, insanity!

Please, please, just bring me down
Please help me, help me to ground
In some sense of lucidity
It’s the only thing, that hurt me
Please let me, let me be free
Burning in these dying flames

Breaking apart, is just the start
And it’s killing me, just killing me, just killing me
Why when the sun, falls from the sky?
It’s insanity, insanity, insanity!

Green fields and endless oceans
Flooding my - dark clouded notions
Blue skies - withers and fades my cries

Breaking apart, is just the start
And it’s killing me, just killing me, just killing me
Why when the sun, falls from the sky?
It’s insanity, insanity, insanity!
Breaking apart, is just the start
And it’s killing me, just killing me, just killing me

Dusty Road

Written By: Ian Riushton

Dusty Road
© 2011 Ian Rushton

Travelling down this dusty trail
Counting footsteps along the way
Suddenly I became aware of you

You were clearly as lost as I
Your trail went back as far as mine
Not knowing where you’re going to or where you’ve been

Two lonely souls travelling down this dusty road

We journey down this ragged trail
Encounter troubles along the way
But each day I wish to share with you

Two lonely souls travelling down this dusty road

Paid my debts and paid my dues
Nothing left for me to do, yeah
Finding you by my side

Two lonely souls travelling down this dusty road

Travelling down this dusty trail
Counting footsteps along the way
Not caring where we’re heading to
Or what we’ve seen

Two lonely souls travelling down this dusty road
Two lonely souls travelling down this dusty road

Discography

April 2008 "Reaching Out"
by OPT4red (Ian Rushton & Helen Lares)

April 2008 "Reveled"

Dec 2006 "The Cybase project II - second sight"
Another collaborative work from "Cybase"

A second collection of original contemporary adult pop/rock songs from "downunder" in New Zealand, helped by an international cast of "virtual" band members from around the world.

Aug 2006 "Spring Will Come Again"
Another chill-out neo-classical/ambient instrumental offering:

"There is no question that Rushton can play and has orchestrated and arranged some fine ambient background music here. " - Simon Sweetman, NZ Musician Magazine, Oct/Nov 2006

Guest artists:
Vaughn Fowler - acoustic guitar ("Melancholy")
Nick Crosby - electric lead guitar ("Inward Bound")
Ralph Zuener - drums ("Godzone")

Sept 2005 "Black Sands" - A rockier, theme-based instrumental album, this time with more of a rock edge with "Floyd-esque"/Mike Oldfield and sometimes New Age sounds with a definite Kiwi flavour featuring an international cast of musicians.

"This is an album of great musical diversity, of extreme national pride, light and shade, highs and lows. An entirely instrumental work, with many local and overseas guests. Rushton makes his presence felt on angelic-sounding acoustic piano, but there is also some outstanding guitar work (including dobro, slide etc), as well as a tight rhythm section. Adrift sounds like a collaboration between Coldplay and Joe Satriani or Steve Vai. The musicianship is such that even extremes of musical changes sound completely natural and harmonious. But in the end, this is Rushton's baby, he composed, produced and mixed "Black Sands" himself. The CD liner notes don't list individual performances unfortunately, just names. The photography and design of the cover are stunning, although the actual disk is far from professional. That aside, Rushton has a masterpiece on his hands. "Black Sands" evokes such powerful images it is impossible not to be enchanted by it."
- Peter Dent, NZ Musician Magazine, Dec/Jan 2006

Nov 2004 "The Cybase Project"

A 15-track CD of original contemporary pop and rock songs. The album features numerous artist who have collaborated over the internet:

"Incredible. A Kiwi keyboardist/songwriter/producer teams up with several musician/songwriter/co-writers from around the world...and they never meet! They all send their tracks from their home countries via email. The result is an exciting, varied set of easy listening, contemporary, melodic pop rock, with and obvious international flavour. Ian Rushton is New Zealand's answer to Richard Clayderman - a UK-born, self-taught pianist and guitarist. The Cybase Project is his third album since 2002. Rushton never gets in the way of the international soloists; instead preferring to colour the tracks with celestial light. German Wolfgang Menzel is the vocalist/collaborator on most of the album, and he brings an almost Axl Rose quality to the tracks. Contributions come from countries as varied as USA, Canada, Sweden and China! Technology has come so far that you can create an international album without leaving your bedroom."
- Peter Dent, New Zealand Musician June/July 2005

Dec 2003 "Something To Live By"
Piano-based instrumentals

Dec 2002 "All That You Need"
Piano-based instrumentals