Archive for June, 2010


Natalie Merchant, To See Or Not To See? (Part Two)

All right, so…Natalie Merchant put out album number five since going solo.  The last four were plentiful enough to fill a retrospective or greatest hits CD, so I guess she decided to change things up a little.  The current album is called Leave Your Sleep, and it’s a two disc set with thirteen songs on […]

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Natalie Merchant, To See Or Not To See? (Part One)

I think I might want to go see Natalie Merchant in concert.  Thing is, I haven’t been to a 10,000 Maniacs show before or even seen one of her solo performances.  But I do love her songwriting and admire her commercial success, because it always seemed to me that she never compromised the integrity of […]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes Of a New Project 02

In this next video, I give you a behind scenes look at a current songwriting project.   I go through the optional process of researching my theme, in case it’s one that I haven’t experienced.   My assignment: Working Moms. I’ll have a lot more later, but I wanted to test drive this process. Be your best.  […]

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Happy Father’s Day!!! Here Is a Dedication To You All!

Happy Father’s Day to all who qualify for the respectable title of Dad.   I visited mine today and gave him a DVD style card containing a song I composed.   He is the one man on Earth who means more to me than any other.   And the card was mushy, but he deserves to know […]

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A Peek Behind the Scenes Of a New Project 01

Okay!!! The new you tube channel is up, but I will post more comments later. Here is a new video for a current project! In this first video, I give you a behind scenes look at a current songwriting project. I will start with receiving the proposal, and then doing the optional research and preparation. […]

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Jimmy Dean Joins Big Bad John (part two)

In 1962 there was a sequel, “The Cajun Queen”, describing the arrival of Queenie, Big John’s woman who rescues him from the mine and marries him.  Ultimately, they end up having “one hundred and ten grandchildren”.  This song’s stories are more exaggerated than “Big Bad John”.  The flip-side to “Steel Men” in June 1962 concludes […]

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Jimmy Dean Joins Big Bad John (part one)

On February 23 of this year, Jimmy Dean was elected to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and the induction ceremonies will be held in October 2010.  But Jimmy won’t be there to accept the award.  He has passed away at age 81. Born August 10, 1928 in Plainview, Texas, Jimmy Ray Dean was a […]

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What happened to all those articles?

Hey, Eclectic Friends! “What happened to all those articles?”  That’s what my friend asked me one day.  Almost seven months ago, when my computer crashed, I lost probably three months of work (about 10 articles I wrote).  “Shoulda backed them up..” he said.  Well, I thought that I had.  I’m pretty sure the folder I […]

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A Little Housekeeping…

Hi, Eclectic Friends! It’s about time I check in! Writing a blog is real time consuming.  Way to go with me catching up to the obvious.  I just want to put together decent material for you to check out on a weekly basis.   Be patient through my learning curve, and I’ll deliver some cool […]

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Taking a Closer Look Through Bette Davis Eyes

“Bette Davis Eyes” was originally penned in 1974 by singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss.  DeShannon first recorded her rendering of the song on her 1975 album New Arrangement.  But Kim Carnes’ version of the song became the version that would be cemented in our minds.  I’m sure Jackie and Donna don’t mind too much, […]

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