Archive for the ‘Performing Songwriters’ Category


When Black Friday Comes

Black Friday has evolved in the United States to mean an early morning of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.  It is not a recent pastime, as some people think; it has been associated with the fourth Friday in November for at least 40 years.  There was always a myth that this pseudo-holiday has been […]

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JAMMING WITH STING, ANDY, JOOLS & BRIAN

Very cool video from 1981. Sting is being interviewed by Jools Holland, and then he introduces him to “Brian.”   He calls for an impromptu jam session, and then Andy Summers jumps in to add to the jazz flavor. I always enjoyed the Police era! [kaltura-widget uiconfid=”535″ entryid=”0_1u69r0p5″ width=”400″ height=”330″ addpermission=”” editpermission=”” /] See ya! […]

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IRVING BERLIN – A GREAT AMERICAN SONGWRITER

On this day, 123 years ago, a great American songwriter was born – Irving Berlin.  He is one of those individuals whose compostions have left an indelible influence on songwriters and musicians in the twentieth century.  Only time will tell, but I believe his work will live on for centuries, just like the great composers […]

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WISHING A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SIR DUKE!

“There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.” – Duke Ellington Happy Birthday Sir Duke!  You would have been 112 years old today! That’s some gooood stuff!  And I always liked the fact that he called his music .. “American music”  !!!

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PHOEBE SNOW PASSES AWAY AT 60

Another beautiful voice in music is now silent. Phoebe Snow died today from complications of a brain hemorrhage she suffered in January 2010. She was 60. A beautiful voice, a beautiful mother, a beautiful person. Here is the song that was her breakthrough hit in 1975. God Bless, Dean

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DAVE GROHL FIGHTS FOO IN HIS GARAGE

Award winning songwriter Richard Marx sent this my way. This a cool video for those who are technical and make their own demos in their garage or basement or bedroom. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters fame likes to say the F word a lot in this clip, but what he does reveal is his affinity […]

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MEL MCDANIEL LOSES FIGHT WITH CANCER

Country recording artist Mel McDaniel died today at the young age of 68.  He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the man behind the number one hit “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.”  I don’t claim to be a huge listener of country music, but I do remember him for sure. McDaniel […]

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BARRY MANN AND CYNTHIA WEIL TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS JOHNNY MERCER AWARD AT THE 2011 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME GALA EVENT

Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil will be the 2011 recipients of the esteemed Johnny Mercer Award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Throughout the past four decades, the melodies […]

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JIMMY WEBB ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Multi-talented songwriter Jimmy Webb has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Songwriters Hall of Fame by its Board of Directors. Webb’s election follows Hal David’s decision last month to step down from the SHOF Chairmanship after more than a decade of distinguished service; he will continue as an active Board Member and Chairman […]

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Remembering Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011)

Another notable musical talent has left the earth.  Scotsman Gerry Rafferty has passed away at the age of 63.  From the perspective of songwriting, he was brilliant with his lyrics, but he was considered a one hit wonder.  Because I grew up in the era of his popularity, I appreciated his five prominent singles. After […]

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