Rhett May | Cute Calcutta Boy

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Cute Calcutta Boy

by Rhett May

Remembering the good times in Calcutta India. When boy meets girl...dancing and singing...enjoying life !!
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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Rhett May
If you are looking for something original, then I have the perfect music for you. Rhett May is a powerful force when it comes to his music. His main appeals are his originality, his message, his enormous voice, and his powerful lyrics. We, at Junior's Cave, recently caught up with the mega-talented singer/songwriter as he opened his world to us. I hope everyone enjoys this fun spotlight.

Isaac: Elaborate on who you are and your upbringing.
Rhett: Please see my websites:


which will give you a feel for who I am and where I come from...

Isaac: Was there any one musician that spoke to your heart so profoundly, you were inspired to do your own thing?
Rhett: It was John Lennon, right from the start, his passion and his anger at the Establishment. And his "couldn't care less" attitude if he truly believed in something, I respect and applaud anyone who can speak out against injustice.

Isaac: Which singer/group would you say you would most like to do a duet with?
Rhett: Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones...

Isaac: What singer/songwriter do you most connect with?
Rhett: John Lennon...

Isaac: Out of your entire song collection that you've written thus far, which song(s) would you say is/are the most personal/meaningful to you?
Rhett: “MAMA". This song is perhaps the most poignant, in that it speaks about the inhuman suffering of unborn children whilst in their drug addicted mother's womb.

Isaac: Which singers/groups do you enjoy/like from some of today's music genres?
Rhett: There's not a great deal that I'm fascinated with. Most of what I hear is contrived and 'canned' to sound too perfect. The rawness of the lyric and the emotion of girl meets boy. The get down stuff like "if the van is rockin', don't come knockin'". Is not there anymore? The "simpleness" of love and fun and sun and good times. WHERE IS IT? Music is all about REAL emotion--not manufactured plasticity!

Isaac: What charities are you involved with or support?
Rhett: Charities that actually benefit children that are disabled, intellectually disadvantaged, mentally and physically abused!!

Isaac: Have you (or would you ever consider) writing a song about any of today's particular world issues/problems? If so, what world issue would speak to you the most to write about?
Rhett: Drugs! The use and misuse of drugs and the glamorization of drugs in our community; the global misconception that our kids of today have about the benefits of using drugs. Can't everyone SEE that drugs not only KILL the individual user--but also totally 'stuff up' everyone's lives around them; their families, their friends, their business. That is why I write so many songs with an anti-drug message. You DO NOT NEED drugs to live a happy and fulfilling life. Get high on music and love. How can you enjoy anything, if you are too stoned, drugged, spaced out to feel, experience, enjoy, what you are doing ? I have been around drugs in the street, drugs in music, and drugs in everyday life; I have NEVER EVER succumbed to anything that stopped me from enjoying my life. While everyone was too drugged and too high at parties to give the girls what they were looking for, I was sober and extremely physically able to please them. I've had a ball! But seriously, I have seen it all from the streets and nightclubs of Calcutta. To the music scene here in OZ, DON'T DO DRUGS-THEY KILL, eventually!

Isaac: Why should people listen to your music?
Rhett: People should listen to my music because of my anti- drug messages, my good time boy meets girl songs, and as I keep saying I write 'killer' songs; HYPNOTIC INFECTIOUS Love Songs with an edge that keep going round and round inside your head ! I connect with people's desires, their fears and their feelings; sensuality!

Isaac: Your music is relaxing and chill. What inspired you to toss out these awesome lyrics and cords?
Rhett: Whatever is in my head, my heart, and my soul. I am extremely passionate about my music and I feel that my melodies and my lyrics can reach into every single person's personal experience. Some time in their life I try to create a feel that is unique with my rhythms and yet, try to put myself in their head in their hearts and souls when they love, when they cry, when they hate, when they lose, and when they are happy. We are all human and we all experience the same feelings of love and despair, happiness, and hate; fun and depression.I try to connect with every single one of those feelings and tie them into my songs with chill and passion.

Isaac: How far into the creation of a song do you share any of it with anyone? Who would you play it for? Would it be a chorus, a verse and chorus, or a complete song?
Rhett: I try to share the small steps of creativity only when I am satisfied in myself that this will be a song I am proud of. I will test it out on a friend, James Payne, who collaborates with me from time to time And will also play it for my wife and daughter, but only when I have recorded the demo.
You see, I am a great believer that you MUST be true to whatever it is you have in your heart and your soul when you are creating lyrics, music, and songs. Unfortunately, people who listen to an idea that is in an embryonic stage can totally alter the germ of your original feelings and concepts. Albeit in a well meaning fashion but they can still alter your entire thought processes with one single comment and change what might have been a masterpiece. Did Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin ask people's advice when they sat down to compose their masterpieces ?

Isaac: How much do you let others "mess around with" one of your new songs?
Rhett: I NEVER allow anyone to mess around. I may allow them to look at structure or add an instrument here or there but I try to have the finished tune/melody in my head first including what the song should feel like!

Isaac: Do you have to be a tortured soul to be a singer-songwriter?
Rhett: Yes and No! I must admit that when I put myself in a melancholy frame of mind, a heartbroken state, or a depressed state of mind, deliberately, just as an actor would to get into a role for a film, emotions and feelings do tend to pour out easier.

Isaac: Are your songs strictly autobiographical or are they embroidered autobiography?
Rhett: A bit of both. I have live over the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's and we are now into 2008. I have seen all the musical changes and have been involved in most of them through my life in the music business. I have also have the benefit of living and growing up with the Indian culture as well as Western music and have experienced and seen others live through all the highs and lows of life.
My songs are a reflection of my experiences, my observations, my dreaming, and my fantasies.

Isaac: How long does it take you to process your emotions and turn them into songs?
Rhett: Some have been 10 minutes. Others I have agonized over for months.

Isaac: The best piece of advice you actually followed?
Rhett: Be true to your music. Believe in what you are doing and persevere. Most creativity is 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration. But mostly, you MUST be disciplined to sit down every day and KNOW that you are good at what you do!

Rhett: I have built myself a basement studio and everyone knows that I am not to be disturbed while I am down working and recording...



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