Archive for the ‘Performing Songwriters’ Category


Remembering With Love – Teena Marie (1956-2010)

Soulful R&B songstress Teena Marie has died, as reported on December 26.  She was discovered unresponsive in her house by Alia Rose, her daughter, and had apparently died of natural causes.   The Los Angeles coroner said that her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home […]

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New Video Posted For My Song “Christmas Lights”

For those people who have a copy of the CD “An Eclectic Christmas Album”, here is one of five tracks that didn’t make the list. Recorded in 1999, “Christmas Lights” is another solo effort recorded on a Boss BR-8 digital workstation in my garage. I sang scratch vocals and then put the project away, where […]

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New Video Posted For My Song “White Christmas Blues”

My songwriting partner put this video up on you tube recently.  We were in a hurry to show off the song this Christmas time.  It’s low-resolution and will probably be replaced with a higher quality version. This demo was written and recorded by yours truly in 1999 and intended for release on the limited edition […]

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HAL DAVID STEPS DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Today in New York City, Hal David, the legendary lyricist and songwriting partner with Burt Bacharach, announced his resignation as Chairman of  the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  If his name doesn’t ring a bell, his catalog of songs contains at least a couple that you should recognize.  Among the many are “Do You Know the […]

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Cruel To Be Kind – Live From Daryl’s House

I just love this stuff from my day! If you appreciate the classic style like I do, let me know! Drop some comments!

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Getting Ready For Christmas Day With Paul Simon

I have been on the lookout for cool Christmas tunes lately, and Paul Simon has a new one. It’ll be put on a new album due out in March of next year, but it only makes sense if you play it during the holiday season! It is starting to make the rounds, but you can […]

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Bootsy Collins Shows You His Basic Funk Formula

Bootsy Collins is one of my all-time favorite bass players.  He is best known for playing with James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, and is a Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer.  Not only did he play a unique star-shaped guitar called the “Space Bass,” he had a distinctive playing style on his recordings, the kind that […]

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Remembering Steve Allen the Songwriter – Part Two

This is Part Two.  Part One can be read here >> Legend has it, Steve made a public bet with Frankie Laine that he could write 50 songs each day for one week.  They sweetened the wager by ponying up a grand and sharing the experience with fans of the television program by taking it […]

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Remembering Steve Allen With a Treat

It’s October 31st, and while the wife and I turn out all the lights in the house and hide from trick-or-treaters, I will share with you the spirit of Steve Allen! R. I. P. Steverino! (1921-2000) Dean

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Remembering Steve Allen the Songwriter – Part One

Today marks the date, ten years ago, of the passing of a legendary entertainer, Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. If you were to look up the definition of “polymath” or “renaissance man” you should include at least a picture of Steve Allen. He should, without a doubt, hold his own in the modern era with […]

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