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Charles Cornelius Tyler
The lake in the rain
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Nobody came to the lake in the rain
In a veil of pale disappearing

Out of a dream flew the heron queen
With a silvery wing the water kissing

Clouds crowded by
Grey on grey
Born to cry

Rain on the water
The tears of the sky
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Hi folks,

Greetings from beautiful Bali.

This site acts as an archive of my work.

If you like a song and want to download it, click on 'Full song info' for that song and you will see the download link. You can also read the lyrics and any background information on the songs that I may have added.

All my music is available for free - enjoy :)



Why this name?
Charles Cornelius Tyler is the name my parents gave me. Cornelius is a name of Roman origin which has been in the family for generations.
Do you play live?
I still play live from time to time - to select audiences :)
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
It is a really wonderful thing to be able to share in a global community of creative people... music has never been more varied or more accessible...
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Sure - perhaps - depends - given the opportunity!
Band History:
I am really a solo artist for the most part. However I have played in bands occasionally.

When I lived in Mendocino, California - and that was from 1980 - 1984 - I was involved with a couple of bands, the Art Rock band Da-Da mainly - and another occasional band called the C Sharps.
Your influences?
I have always listened to a pretty wide spectrum of music ... for example I like Cole Porter, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Harry Nilsson, Paul Simon, Tom Lehrer, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Ray Davies, Joni Mitchell, the Incredible String Band, Donovan, Pink Floyd, the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Bob Marley... and.... and....

I liked the festival scene in the UK and Amsterdam in the 70s and caught acts like Gong, Steve Hillage, Here and Now, the Pink Fairies, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, the Soft Machine and others - this was the 'psychedelic' period of my life :) I played at a couple of the festivals myself - notably at the Meigan Fayre in Wales in 1975. Daevid Allen was an inspiration - the Gong album "You" was a highlight of the time.

I also loved Elvis and Roy Orbison, all kinds of country music, The Who and the Stones, The Band, West Coast rock - Byrds, Eagles, Poco, Little Feat, Flying Burrito Brothers, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead. And I love the traditional music of the British Isles and Ireland - the Celtic folk tradition - The Chieftains, Planxty, Ralph McTell, Roy Harper, Nick Drake, Pentangle, Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Richard Thompson ... too many names to mention.

I have always liked well-crafted pop like the Bee Gees - Fleetwood Mac - Elton John - Kate Bush - Joan Armatrading - The Police - Sting - U2 - Dido - Radiohead - Coldplay... so many new bands now that I don't even try to keep up. I just hear what I hear - often what friends recommend - I like K.D Lang, 'ethnic' and 'chill' stuff, African and South American music, rap, Indian ragas etc. - and I have always loved Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, George Gershwin, Miles Davis and did I mention Cole Porter? And I love a lot of classical music too... naturally

I have waves of enthusiasm for certain musical styles. A few years ago I got pretty excited about the Indonesian style known as Dangdut - which is a blend of Arabic, Indian, Reggae, Hip-Hop and local Indo-Malay street music. It deserves a wider global audience. Check it out. It is one of the reasons I love Indonesia. The hypnotic sound of the Gamelan and the seductive smell of clove cigarettes are others :)

The older I get the less the distance in time or place or style between different pieces of music matters.......

Right now I am enjoying Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler's album - "Neck and Neck". It's a sheer delight!!
Favorite spot?
Sydney is a great place. I travel a lot for work and these days my favourite destination is coming home.
Equipment used:
I mainly play a Washburn D 30 steel string guitar. I also occasionally play piano, electric keyboards and harmonica...

My recent home recordings have been made on something called a 'Zoom'. Nice and easy to use :)
Anything else...?
Anything else? Well - um - I hope some of my songs survive for a little while after I am gone. Ars longa - vita brevis and all that. Don't all artists hope the same for their work? Then again perhaps all moments are eternal.. and perhaps time is not real at all... and in the end, as someone said, trying to achieve fame and immortality is like scratching your name on an ice cube on a hot day... when the sun finally expands and fries this little planet... well, what was it all for?


Ha ha! Enjoy the days we have, I say! And be kind to each other - and to the planet.
Bronte Beach
At Humayun's tomb in New Delhi
The first Da-Da poster
Me and Chris in Na-Da - Da-Da's last incarnation
Da-Da in San Francisco
Da-Da photoshoot
Da-Da at the Acres 1982
Chris Diurni
Tony Vito and John Bush
Bonnie Kirkpatrick
Me with Tony
Me and John
Harlequin Da-Da
Ma-Ma at Toad Hall 1982
Punk Da-Da
Tony Vito
John Bush and Chris Diurni
Da-Da - me and Bonnie
At the Caspar Inn 1982
Richard Fienbop and Charles Tyler
Charles Laura-Jean and Chris - in C Sharps
Singing in the C sharps
Poster for C Sharps and others
Mendocino 1981
Single cover - 1972
Charles Tyler - Malaysia 1972
At Sussex University 1978
In the Blue Mountains 2005
Cas Concos - Mallorca - 1975
Sept 2007 playing at home
Playing my piano May 2007