earliest days on guitar I've always written songs and ditties, but
composing and arranging in the accepted sense only began alongside my
growing interest in jazz. Joe Zawinul and Weather
Report made the strongest impression on me, in the late '70s,
and aside from jazz, Stravinsky, Bartok
and Ravel fired my imagination too.
Otherwise, pieces I've written in the last twenty years are generally custom generated to suit the line-up and individuals' characteristics, rather than being 'stock' 4-4-5 + rhythm.
My increasing involvement in education has also generated a raft of original pieces that are multifunctional, intended to work in the broadest range of contexts. Thus a piece will typically comprise main melody, harmony part(s), piano/guitar/bass guide sheets, with the melody and harmony parts all available in concert, Bb and Eb, and where appropriate in bass clef too.
I have also been commissioned over the years to provide pieces for the publication by the ABRSM & Schott.