1) Much to my surprise — since I was only the standby for the role of Theo — I have been invited to participate in a reunion performance by the surviving original cast members of PIPPIN at 54 Below in Manhattan on Monday, February 6th and Tuesday, February 7th. Although tickets for the in-person performances sold out in a few days, there is a new LIVESTREAM viewing option for the performance on 2/7/23 at 7:00 pm EST. You can click here to learn more if you are curious!
2) I am also very honored to have had some of my memories included in this recent article about the 50th anniversary of PIPPIN opening on Broadway.
3) And you can click here to listen to a version of "Magic To Do" from PIPPIN that I recorded with Doug Hammer and Mike Callahan.
4) Just in time for the Lunar New Year, Molly Ruggles, Carole Bundy and I have released a song I wrote called "A Beating Heart" to various digital music platforms. And you can sample other recent releases by clicking on their titles — "Simple Rules" (written by Molly), "The Beauty All Around" (written by me), and "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (written by Rodgers & Hammerstein).
5) Last year I was interviewed by a woman writing a book about the musical PIPPIN. As I was merely a standby for the very small role of Theo in the original production of PIPPIN, I did not have a lot of anecdotes or insights to share with her. But I am excited to report that her new book — MAGIC TO DO — is now for sale and a couple of my memories did make it into her book. You can click here for a description if you are curious!
6) You can click here to listen to a song I wrote inspired by our tragic human denial about climate catastrophe called "We're Running A Big Experiment."
7) And you can click here to read a blog post by Boomer Eco Crusader which features my song "We're Running A Big Experiment."
8) Pianists Joe Reid and I — and sometimes Molly Ruggles when Joe is not available — are happily sharing our hour-long programs of music at retirement communities around the greater Boston area including Chestnut Park in Brighton, Brightview in Wakefield, Carleton-Willard Village in Bedford, Neville Place in Cambridge, Springhouse in Jamaica Plain, Brightview in Arlington, Fuller Village in Milton, Waterstone At the Circle in Boston, Cornerstone in Milford, Lasell Village in Newton, Newbury Court in Concord, North Hill in Needham, Goddard House in Brookline, Concord Park in West Concord, Standish Village in Dorchester, the Carriage House in Wayland, The Commons in Lincoln, Avita in Needham, Carriage House at Lee's Farm in Wayland, Atria Marina Place in North Quincy, Brightview in Danvers, and the Center Communities in Brookline.
Although we and the residents/staff are often still wearing masks — which makes it very hard to see anyone's facial expressions — we still manage to have a great time making music together. And Joe and I are fully vaccinated/boosted. Please send me a message if you might like us to bring music to YOUR community.
10) You can also find lots of music — along with personal musings — on my blog AMusicaLifeOnPlanetEarth.
11) I was honored to be interviewed by Ed Karvoski, Jr. for the June 2021 issue of the Fifty Plus Advocate. You can click here to read it if you are curious.
12) I was delighted to be interviewed by Loren King for the March/April 2021 issue of Boston Spirit magazine. You can click here to read it if you are curious.
Please feel free to wander around my site and learn more about my musical life here on planet earth.
And THANK YOU for dropping by!
You are welcome to visit my blog — which features at least one song per post— and read about topics ranging from climate change to songwriters (such as Yip Harburg, Dorothy Fields and the Gershwin Brothers), to my somewhat unusual childhood working professionally around the USA, to my time as a standby in the original production of Pippin when I was ten years old.
My 100th blog post features the song "Overjoyed" — written by Stevie Wonder and performed by Doug Hammer, (piano), Mike Callahan (clarinet), and me (vocals).
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In the past, I have been reluctant to ask anyone for financial contributions. However, several people — especially when I was leading nightly sing-alongs via Facebook Live in 2020 — told me I needed to offer a tip jar. So here it is!
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