Brian Westland

Editor, Writer

flexibility and versatility are my key assets

I am an experienced blogger/ESL teacher from Toronto, Canada who is currently living and working in Qingdao, China. I am interested in securing freelance writing opportunities in the music/film/pop culture/natural history arenas with related publications.

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” ( 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 mentioned above, I believe that I could prove to be a valuable asset for any number of publications that related to my interests.
Content Types
Article, Ebook, Website Copy, Blog Post
More Information
Sheridan College , Social Services
Location|English, Chinese

Published Content

Blog Post
Azure winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus)

This blog post provides a brief life history of the Chinese bird species, the azure-winged magpie.

November 12th, 2014
Blog Post
Black-billed Magpie

This blog post describes the life history of the familiar Chinese bird species, the Black-billed Magpie.

November 18th, 2014
Blog Post
George Gershwin: Classical Jazz

This blog post serves as a brief biography of the great American composer, George Gershwin with references to his most famous compositions and recommendations to the best compilations of his works.

January 6th, 2015
Blog Post
Jelly Roll Morton: Biography and Music

This is another brief musician bio/buyers guide. This time, dealing with the life and music of the great New Orleans Creole pianist and composer, Jelly Roll Morton.

May 22nd, 2019
Blog Post
James Brown Albums and History

This blog post provides a brief career summary of the great soul/funk singer, James Brown.

May 23rd, 2019
Blog Post
The Beatles: History and Classics

This content is a fairly typical blog post from my blog, Pop Music Gumbo. This post serves as a brief history of, and album guide to, the recorded works of The Beatles.

October 19th, 2014
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