Tunes on Tuesday: In The Lounge

Why this tune? You never know what songs will resonate with people, and when. I wrote “In The Lounge” in 2011, when I was still traveling frequently for my job at Nokia (remember them?). I usually introduce it as a “lounge song about lounges,” an ironic tribute to the dubious perks of frequent fliers. TonyContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: In The Lounge”

Tunes on Tuesday: Hey Iguana

Why this tune? I wrote “Hey Iguana” on St. Croix in the afternoon after lunch with Amy K. Bormet and her trio (Angel Bethea and Karine Chapdelaine), who were on island for a residency at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted. Amy informally challenged me to write a new song for aContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Hey Iguana”

Tunes on Tuesday: Ain’t It The Truth (WPFD)

Why this tune? For World Press Freedom Day 2022 (May 3), I’m releasing the original recording of “Ain’t It The Truth” featuring Carolyn Malachi singing my song about the challenge of false information and the search for truth. All income from the track will be divided among two fine organizations working to support independent journalistsContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Ain’t It The Truth (WPFD)”

Tunes on Tuesday: Sanitizer

Why this tune? I wrote and recorded “Sanitizer” early in the pandemic, starting the process with a hip drum sample from the superbly useful Drumgenius library (Tony Williams on “500 miles high”). The bass line and chords came next, followed by the simple melody. More than two years later, the pandemic, and the need forContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Sanitizer”

Tunes on Tuesday: If You Could Fly

Why this tune? This week’s tune is another one that started during February Album Writing Month (FAWM) (@fawmers) this year. The song started as a series of questions: “What do you see?” “How does it feel?” which evolved into a musical wish from the singer to stay with the one they love no matter whereContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: If You Could Fly”

Tunes on Tuesday: Island In The Sea

Why this tune? This week I’m previewing the lovely lyrics video for “Island In The Sea,” which you can see this Friday 3/25 at 10 AM EDT on my YouTube channel, when the song is released on all major (and some minor) streaming services. “Island” is in part a love song to my favorite islandContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Island In The Sea”

Tunes on Tuesday: Pi Day

Why this tune? I’m publishing Tunes On Tuesday on Monday this week to celebrate Pi Day (3.14), the annual celebration of our favorite mathematical constant and the food it inspires. I wrote my musical tribute in 2015, a more special Pi Day when the year filled out another two digits (3.14.15). I was a bitContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Pi Day”

Tunes on Tuesday: I’ll Be Here For You

Why this tune? This week’s tune started out as a fast funky instrumental I wrote for the February Album Writing Month (FAWM) project (@fawmers), working off some rather complex chord progressions I had been playing with for a while. Several FAWMers responded to my call for collaborators on the FAWM forum, including Nigel Pattinson, whoContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: I’ll Be Here For You”

Tunes on Tuesday: Waiting

What’s new? After two years of Tunes on Tuesday, I’m changing the format. Starting from this week, I’ll post a new original tune every two weeks. It might be a completed song or a work in progress, which I’ll share with notes on the songwriting process. ⁠I hope you enjoy the new format. Why thisContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Waiting”

Tunes on Tuesday: Mister Magic

Why this tune? This week’s tune is a classic blend of soul, R&B and jazz that reached its peak of popularity in the 1970s. The tune is most closely associated with Grover Washington, Jr, whose recording hit the Top 100 pop and R&B charts in 1975. There aren’t that many recordings of “Mister Magic,” butContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Mister Magic”