Valentine’s at the Bistro

Barbara Papendorp and I entertained the diners at L’Hommage Bistro Francais in DC with a couple of hours of American and French standards plus one of my originals (“Without You”). We also took the opportunity to record a video for this week’s Jam of the Week, celebrating Harold Arlen. Here’s “Come Rain Or Come Shine” from the Arlen/Johnny Mercer songbook.

Inspiration from indignation

In the US, we’re now all acquainted with the phrase “alternative facts”, following a contentious interview with an official from our new Presidential administration. “Alternative facts” is nonsense as policy, but is an excellent name for a song, so I wrote one. I think of it as drawing inspiration from indignation (or perhaps frustration) at the current state of our politics. I hope you enjoy it!

“Hanukkah Light” on the radio!

Happy to discover this week that the syndicated public radio music show Upfront Soul added my song “Hanukkah Light” to their playlist for their Dec. 19 show, which is being broadcast this week on the program’s home station, WERU in Maine, and several other community radio stations around the US. You can tune in in your town, or listen to the program online through PRX.

This recording is from “Snowing In Vegas,” the holiday album I recorded with Aaron Myers last year. There’s more original seasonal songs on the album, which you can purchase on CD (or stream at your convenience).

Happy holidays and best wishes for a musical 2017!

Hanukkah Light

Hanukkah starts on the late side this year (first candle Dec. 24), but it’s not too early to start thinking about Hanukkah music. You can hear my Hanukkah “carol” on Aaron Myers’ holiday album Snowing In Vegas. I created a video for the song this year to help spread the light. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving! Some songs for the season

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m happy to offer a few musical “snacks” to add to your holiday preparations.

You can hear these live as well: I’m joining Barbara Papendorp and Amy Conley at their Capital Cabaret at Mr. Henry’s on Nov. 27 to sing about Thanksgiving. Barbara and I will perform more seasonal tunes at Bistrot Lepic on Nov. 30.

Here’s “Thanksgiving For Uncle Rob,” a song about the important non-culinary parts of the holiday, sung by Aaron Myers:

Back in the kitchen, I offer two comments on the meal, sung by Barbara Papendorp: