November 19, 2012
This Thursday people in the United States will celebrate my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. Celebrating our blessings with family and friends while sharing a meal is an excellent use of time. I wish a happy Thanksgiving to all.
November 7, 2012
Superstorm Sandy, also known as Frankenstorm, Slammed New York and much of the US eastern coast last week. My building lost power for over a day, so I got to climb stairs insead of take the elevator. More than a week later some of my friends in New Jersey and Long Island are still without electricity and heat.
Today another storm hit, bringing the season's first snow. The inclement weather is supposed to continue through tomorrow.
Helping those in need is an amazing gift, so I salute all the volunteers and paid workers who are attending to those affected by Sandy.
October 20, 2012
Recently Len Rogers and Tym Moss recorded interviews with me for their radio programs.
You can hear my interview with Len at http://www.rainbowworldradio.com/
Tym's program is being broadcast at a number of sites from October 20 to 22.
February 22, 2012
The frenzy of Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil is winding down. Tourists are heading home. Locals are sleeping late and will return to work tomorrow.
I have been working on new material.
I hope to have my computer fixed soon. I feel lost not having the combination of local files and access to the internet! A technician promises to work on the machine today, so hopefully all will be well soon.
January 10, 2012
Sadly, today marks the tenth anniversary of the US prison at Guantanamo. The song I composed attempts to make a point from the perspective of a common person caught up in a system of injustice.
December 31, 2011
2012 appeared a few hours ago in Asia and will arrive in Salvador in about 7 hours. Before I head out to celebrate the new year, let me thank my fans and listeners for their support throughout 2011.
May you have a very happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.
What a long, strange trip it's been
December 9, 2011
The line from the Greatful Dead's "Truckin'" describes my trip to Brazil. I was planning the trip and booking my travel to Brazil during Hurricane Irene. After working on the task for hours, I booked a flight from New York to Sao Paulo using frequent flier miles. The drawback was that I had to fly to Canada on my way to Brazil if I wanted to use my miles.
A few weeks later I noticed that the departure time for the initial flight was changed. I feared that I would not have sufficient time to make the connection in Toronto, so I changed the flight and airport of departure. Weeks later I learned that the departure time for the flight leaving Canada was changed; then the flight from Sao Paulo to Salvador was changed.
When I arrived at the airport on departure date, I checked in and almost immediately noticed that the display listed my flight as canceled. The replacement flight was late taking off as were the two connecting flights.
Door to door the trip stretched across 28 hours, but now that I am in Salvador I am enjoying daily temperatures that range from about 75 to 85 degrees F.
My thinking has yet to adjust to Christmas and New Years in summer. But I am reminded by Christmas lights.
October 1, 2011
The new album, Perfect, is now available for consumption.
One week until
September 24, 2011
Perfect is released for consumption.
September 10, 2011
Thanks to Keith Brown of WWUH for featuring Angels Watch Over on his program commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. Keith also played Weatherman on his program a week earlier as Hurricane Irene approached!
Thanks also to Arizzona (Unashamed Faith Cafe) and Bill Northrup (Pride Showcase) for previewing the new single, Time,with their liateners.
Time Is Almost Here
August 26, 2011
One September 1, 2011 a new single, titled "Time" is set for release. Despite the recent earthquake and soon to hit hurricane, "Time" remains on time.
New Single Planned
August 10, 2011
Watch and listen for a new single titled "Time." The planed release date is September 1, 2011.
A Timely Song -- Again
July 11, 2011
Perhaps news about phone taping by part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire shows that my 2008 single, Not on MY Space, hit close to home. Enjoy the song!
New Album Progressing
June 26, 2011
Graphic design for the next album is progressing well. It is the final piece to be completed before CD's can be manufactured.
May 9, 2011
I worked today with Mark Christensen and Raphael Fiorda of Engine Room Audio to master songs for the next album. The reference copy sounds good. Soon we'll press the master.
Wrapping up another project
May 1, 2011
Back in the USA and listening to mixes of songs for the next album. A few more minor adjustments and we'll be set!
March 18, 2011
On March 9, Ash Wednesday, an end came to the Carnaval celebration that began the prior Thursday. I was fortunate to escape and relax at a friend’s beach house on the island of Itaprica for the initial three days of Carnaval. But after returning to Salvador, I joined a few million others in the streets for Carnaval’s final three nights to revel in the sights and the sounds of live music emanating from stages set atop tractor trailers that inched along three parade routes. The energy of the crowds and their ability to consume beer and other fluids is amazing. People from all around the globe must have brought their germs with them, because immediately after Carnaval many fell victim to a virus that is being called “criptonita,” Portuguese for the substance that made Superman weak. That seems a fitting epilog to a Carnaval with the theme of superheroes.
Long Distance Song Writing
February 15, 2011
When in Brazil I miss participating in the 21st Street Sessions songwriters' group. Last night, via Skype, I connected with other group members who were in New York. It worked pretty well. We'll do it again in 2 weeks.
Festa de Iemanjá
February 2, 2011
Each February 2 in Salvador is special. People celebrate the feast of Iemanjá, goddess of the sea. Having heard of this special day and having seen a post card image years ago, I wrote the lyric, Flesh and Spirit, which begins:
"Feast of flowers, rhythms, wreaths give witness.
Worshipers flock to the beach
bearing offerings to Iemanjá.
Jangadas set out from the shore.
As mocha arms move the crude oars,
the sea heaves with blossoms brought for this holy day."
This afternoon I'll join friends among much larger throng to join the celebration. The easy blending of a religious feast with a secular street party is typically Bahian.
Alive and Well in Bahia
January 16, 2011
Many thanks for e-mail and other inquiries about my well being in Brazil. Fortunately, in the city of Salvador I am far away from the flooding that has taken so many lives. I remain thankful for your concern and for each precious moment.
Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011.
January 7, 2011
The last two months of 2010 were eventful. Deep in the Red, Black & Blue: Songs for a Great Depression was released followed by Disk Covered 80’s. Thanks for the radio producers who have been playing selections from the new releases and special thanks to Len Rogers and Keith Brown for the radio interviews.
Best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy 2011.
Back in Salvador
December 15, 2010
I recently returned from a few days in the Vale do Capão -- 8 hours by bus from Salvador. The scenery and people were wonderful. I played and sang some of my songs for fellow travelers, who included a disproportionate number of musicians.
December 8, 2010
I landed in Brazil just in time to avoid the cold that invaded the north eastern USA. So, now I and am getting acclimated to the warmth.
I was nominated for a Pride in the Arts Award. Thank you fans!
Disk Covered 80's has arrived
November 15, 2010
I have authored all or part of every song that has been released on my eight prior albums and assorted singles. So, "Disk Covered 80’s" is something completely different for me. I have compressed 11 hits from the 1980’s into 10 cuts. While you’ll recognize the songs, I think you will find them infused with my “alternative world” style. For example, Time After Time and Careless Whisper take on a bossa nova flavor and Caribbean Queen is dressed up in reggae rhythms. Please give it a listen and let me know what you think. This album and the tracks that comprise it are available for purchase only in digital format.
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Deep in the Red; Black & Blue: Songs for a Great Depression
November 1, 2010
"Deep in Red, Black & Blue: Songs for a Great Depression" is now available for consumption. Treat your ears to a harvest of soothing sounds. You'll find sound clips and lyrics on this site. Music is available form iTunes, CD Baby, and other sources.