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About Me


My name is Brian Westland. I am an experienced blogger/ESL teacher from Toronto, Canada.

I have been a serious student of American popular music for the last 35 years, and have focused my attention upon the realms of classic jazz, blues, folk, country, R&B, gospel and other roots music from the 1910s to the 1980s. I possess an encyclopedic knowledge of early rock and roll and classic rock from the beginnings of the music in the mid-50s through to the present day. In addition to musical knowledge, I possess great knowledge and appreciation of the film industry over the last century. I possess a DVD collection of more than 1000 movie titles ranging from “The Birth of a Nation” to “The Green Book.”

I have also been an avid birder for the last 40 years. I have garnered a broad knowledge of North American and Asian bird and wildlife species during the years beginning in my youth in the Toronto area up to the last several years spent in China.

Now, in my early 50s, I would like to impart some of the knowledge I have culled throughout the years via gainful employment. I have honed my writing skills in contributions to the music review website, “Rate Your Music,” the Qingdao e-magazine, “That’s Qingdao,” and my own blog, “Pop Music Gumbo” (https://popmusicgumbo.blogspot.com/). I am also the author of the following self-published books on Amazon: “A Guide to Essential Popular Music-Volume One,” “A Guide to Essential Popular Music-Volume Two,” “Ultimate Classic Rock ,“ and “Birds of Eastern China.”

My writing in the past has ranged from sober and academic to humorous and irreverent, and I am comfortable writing in a variety of styles and voices. I can produce numerous examples of my work upon request. Alternatively, my blog, mentioned above, currently contains nearly 100 posts for your perusal.

Given the breadth of my knowledge in the subjects mentoioned above, I believe that I could prove to be a valuable asset for any number of publications that related to my interests. Please feel free to contact me via email if you require further correspondence or wish to receive samples of my work.

Thanks very much for your time and consideration.


Brian Westland

Industries I Write About


Health & Wellness


My Writing Samples

Bob Dylan: Jokerman

A brief career overview of Bob Dylan


Jelly Roll Morton: Biography and Music

A brief guide to the life and music of Jelly Roll Morton


Beatles Songs and Albums

A history of the Beatles and their music


Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer Montanus)

A description and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow and its habits



Outreach Teacher

-teach ESL classes to primary, middle school and high school students in a variety of schools in Qingdao, including No. 2 Experimental School, No. 15 Middle School, No. 5 Middle School and Ning An Primary School

Company: GAC Education

I worked there from / until now


I am author of the following books, “A Guide to Essential Popular Music-Volume One,” “A Guide to Essential Popular Music-Volume Two,” “Ultimate Classic Rock ,“ and “Birds of Eastern China.” which are available on amazon.com and other online retailers.

Company: Amazon

I worked there from / until now


These two blogs feature articles and photographs dealing with my two primary fields in interest, birding and music. Please see the following links for samples of my work: https://popmusicgumbo.blogspot.com/ https://orientalbirdwatching.blogspot.com/

Company: Pop Music Gumbo/Oriental Bird Watching

I worked there from / until /

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