For my company, Triple Z Music, I composed the score for the press reveal of the 2014 Cadillac CTS which happened just this week. First is the “talking heads” video with my underscore. Then after the executive speech (about 6 minutes in) you’ll see the actual reveal with our 3 musicians performing my piece to some great video. Kudos to our stellar players – Brian Slawson on classical marimba, Valerie Vigoda on electric violin and deejay Neil Armstrong manning the turntables. Listen/watch!
One of the great pleasures of my career has been working with Tom Rush in performances around the country and particularly in his Club 47 holiday concerts at Symphony Hall in Boston. This year Tom revived the Symphony Hall tradition to celebrate his 50 years of music making. Thanks, Tom, for making me a part of this great show with Jonathan Edwards, David Bromberg, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buskin and Batteau, Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien, Trevor Veitch and my fellow house-band members Joe Mennonna and Marshal Rosenberg.
“We go round and round and round in a circle game.” – Joni Mitchell
One day, some years ago, I was standing on the corner of 8th Avenue and 38th Street in New York City talking with Brian Connie. He was one of the many performing songwriter-musicians that I was hired to work with at the time. We had just finished practicing in “the music building,” a decrepit low-rent rehearsal loft space just south of 42nd Street. (This was during the bad old pre-Disney days of Times Square.)
We were talking about why we do what we do. Brian said, “It was the Beatles man! After I saw them, that was it! That’s all I ever wanted to do.” Not one to pass up a great song title, I walked back home to my apartment on 101st and West End and wrote a song: “All I Ever Wanted to Do”. They say write what you know… That was a long time ago and here I am. Still loving what I do.
My new web site gives me the ability to keep doing it and to stay in touch with all my friends, fans and music buddies. Stop by and visit from time to time – and please, sign up for my gig alerts!
My deepest thanks and love to my creative partner Mary Ellen for helping to make it happen. And let me give a very special shout out to web guru Lydia Hutchinson for her advice and talent.