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Street Beat: March to May 2011

April 8, 2011 - 1:11 pm Comments Off

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3/12/11 Tavares FL (photo by Carol Waldvogel)

Hello Music Fan… I finally posted a fresh Song of the Month: “Somebody Loves You (Like Dino Said)”—I was tinkering with the bass line from Joni Mitchell’s “Trouble Child,” added some Lou Reed street swagger, and topped it off with a Staple Singers-style delivery (a line in verse two is lifted from “Respect Yourself”). The lyrics vamp on a Dean Martin song and tell of an experience I had talking someone out of committing suicide. A song was born. This has become a staple (pun?) of my live set, one of my favorites to warm up my voice. Here’s the full story. Thanks for reading!

In the Press
Hot off the press: I did an Interview with In Front magazine, an English-speaking music and variety magazine based in Spain.

Recently I loaned my song “One Wonderful Smile” to Artists for a Cure. The effort was profiled in Smooth Jazz Times (they cover more than smooth jazz). Check it out!

In the Studio
I Like the Street is finally done and is being mastered (by Tim Breon). I had to pull a song and replace it with another one, a flamenco-rocker called “Love That’s Here to Stay.” Preview mixes of the album can be heard on my Facebook Musician Page in the Information section (assuming Facebook didn’t do another “page renovation”). Because of my involvement with the Monkees summer tour, I’m probably going to delay release until late summer (apologies to everyone who pre-purchased). Meanwhile, I’m working on some new demos and hope to get back to working on an album I started last October in San Francisco with Erik Nielsen.

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I’m still working on my historical fiction novel about the wild life of a composer in the 20th century…eleven chapters down, many more to go.

Thanks to everyone who came to my solo concerts in FL and PA… it’s always great to meet new people.

Now it’s your turn to tell me how you’re doing… keep those cards and letters coming. Play skillfully with a loud noise (Psalms 33:3)!