1) I hope you remain well as 2024 begins to unfold. My latest musical release is one of Burt Bacharach's favorite songs for which he wrote the music — “Alfie.” I also released another original song called “Ode To Water." If you are curious to listen, you can click on the song titles in the previous sentence for streaming links.
2) My next public performance will be on Friday March 29 @ 7:00 PM at the Parish Center for the Arts in Westford, MA. I'd be honored if you can join me — plus musical friends Molly Ruggles, Carole Bundy, Ellen Epstein, Michael Cicone and Brendan Shea — for two sets of music (both covers and originals). You can order very affordable tickets by clicking here ($12 Members/Seniors; $15 Non-Members; $18 At the Door). And you can learn more by clicking here.
3) I recently learned that the four PIPPIN 50th Anniversary performances I was part of last February at 54 Below in Manhattan were voted Best Special Event (Multiple) by the 2023 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards. Hurrah! And thank you to everyone who voted for us!
4) I also send heartfelt thanks to everyone who is listening, "liking" and adding my songs to their playlists! Streaming totals for songs that I've released with pianist/producer Doug Hammer continue to rise — with over 1000 streams on Spotify alone for “Democracy Is Under Attack," “Gold In Them Hills," “Overjoyed,” “In My Life,” and “Waltzing With COVID-19.”
5) If you are curious to listen to other recent releases, here's a list of clickable song titles: “Grateful,” “Asleep At The Karmic Wheel,” "You Took Advantage Of Me/I Could Write A Book" (a medley of two great Rodgers & Hart songs), "The World Within" (by me), "The Babysitter's Here" (by the incomparable Dar Williams), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (by the Gershwin Brothers) and "Can We Slow It Down?" (by me).
6) It was an honor to be part of a musical reunion at 54 Below in Manhattan with the original cast members of PIPPIN on February 6 and 7, 2023. Our four performances sold out months in advance, and our livestream had more attendees — from all around the world — than any previous performance at 54 Below. If you are curious, you can click here for a review in Broadway World by Bobby Patrick, and you can also watch a minute-long video of the final song from the live-streamed performance by clicking here. I am also honored to have had some of my memories included in this recent article about the 50th anniversary of PIPPIN opening on Broadway.
7) You can also click here to listen to a version of "Magic To Do" from PIPPIN that I recorded with Doug Hammer and Mike Callahan a few years back.
8) Molly Ruggles, Carole Bundy and I have released five songs to various streaming platforms. to various digital music platforms. You are welcome to sample them by clicking on their titles — "Simple Rules" (written by Molly), "The Beauty All Around" (written by me), "The Garden Song" (written by Dave Mallett), "A Beating Heart" (written by me) and "The Surrey With The Fringe On Top" (written by Rodgers & Hammerstein).
9) Our planet's climate equilibrium continues to swing more and more wildly out of balance. You can click here to listen to a song I wrote inspired by our ongoing human denial about climate catastrophe called “We're Running A Big Experiment.”
10) Pianists Joe Reid and I — as well as 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. Please send me a message if you might like us to bring music to YOUR community.
11) You can also find lots of music — along with personal musings — on my blog AMusicaLifeOnPlanetEarth.
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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You are welcome to download these songs on a "pay what you can afford" basis.
You can also listen to them on various digital music platforms via links on the right side of the music player at the bottom of this screen.