Beginning as a singer-songwriter, this is the tree from which the creative branches of Terry's life have grown. He has continued writing and recording throughout the years and defines his life in terms of creativiity and expression. Some of his work is available for you to see, listen to or read on this site. Terry did something unusual for those seeking success in the music industry, when he was on the edge of a major deal with Portrait Records through Hall of Fame Sonwriter George David Weiss, he backed away. This was 1978 and he had been married and had a son which became the focus of his life. As well, he had found a job teaching Music Production and Entertainment Contracts in a college and he loved that as well. After 10 years chasing the dream Terry knew that an opportunity was not a guarantee of anything. There would have been the artistic satisfaction of working with someone like George David Weiss,( What A Wonderful World, Can't Help Falling In Love, Lullaby of Birdland, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and many others) but it was not enough to make him give up the life he had so recently found. 40 years later with 3 children and 2 grandchildren and hundreds of former students that he is still in touch with, it still looks like the right decision. He was not completely quiet durning those years, he wrote children's songs and toured with Canada's Mr. Dressup. He led a group of prominent Canadian Songwriters to start the Songwriters Association of Canada, and he managed a few artists one of which he still manages today.
And yes, he did some writing during those years, but not much. And yes he did some recording, but not much again. But once Terry retired in 2011 he turned his attention to writing and recording again and, it took a few years, but he is now as prolific as he was when he was pursuing his career full time. You can hear the new songs, and a couple of older ones on the Looking West Music page.
"Becoming a teacher was a surprise to me. Although my father had been in education, I did not think that there was a place for me since I had not finished college! But the opportunity arose to teach based upon my experience and success in the music industry, and I have been grateful ever since. 40 years and still the best job in the world!"
Teaching turned out to be the pot of gold at the end of the musical rainbow for Terry. For 40 years he has shared his knowledge, experience and creative journey with over 2000 students. He continues to be a Professor for Algonquin College teaching an online course in Entertainment Contracts.
"When you have to write.... you have to write. It may be a song, a poem, a text or an essay. It is not that I think that other people need to hear me, it is that I need to hear myself. By creating any of the above, something that was in my mind becomes less ethereal and more a physical part of who I am. The fact that others derive something from those writings is a great source of satisfaction over and above my own sense of accomplishment. This part of me is tied in very closely to the music side so..... they both bring me joy!"