I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for new songs, which usually comes in the form of a unique turn of phrase that turns into a lyric or a title. For this new song, a cabaret number called “All I Ever Lost,” inspiration came from Dani Stoller, a talented singer/ actress/playwright I met last year at a cabaret hosted by Barbara Papendorp, another talented singer/actress who I have the pleasure of performing with regularly around the DC area. Dani told us a story of a failed relationship, concluding that “all I ever lost was my TV.” Several months later, that sentiment evolved into this song, which Barbara and I premiered on Aug. 23 at Bistrot Lepic. Enjoy!
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!
Week 151 on the Facebook social community Jam of the Week is all about The Blues. Great opportunity to write a short original song for the occasion.
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 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:
Here’s a quick rendition of my new instrumental tune “As Water Covers The Sea”. Enjoy!
To hear more original music, please check out the holiday CD “Snowing In Vegas,” which I recorded with DC jazz/soul vocalist Aaron Myers. It’s available on CD and through your favorite streaming services: Spotify, SoundCloud, iTunes, Amazon, and others.
Here’s my performance schedule for November 2016: playing for both the DC Jazz Singers jam (Nov 6) and the DC Jazz Jam with guest artist Elijah Balbed (Nov 13). I’m then back at Bistrot Lepic on Nov. 30 with Barbara Papendorp and Daniel Brown.
Just in time for the holidays, the new CD of Aaron Myers’ holiday album “Snowing In Vegas.” We released the digital album last year, and produced real CDs this year for your listening and gifting pleasure. You can order the CD on this site.
This week’s “assignment” on Jam Of The Week was “Autumn Leaves,” which gave Barbara Papendorp and I a chance to record our version for this amazing online musical community. We perform this regularly in our shows around Washington, DC. Our next two are on Oct. 21 (tonite, 7:30 pm) at the Henley Park Hotel (10th & Mass Ave NW, DC) and Weds. 10/26 at 7 pm upstairs at Bistrot Lepic on Wisconsin Ave NW.
Just in time for the holidays, you can purchase the Aaron Myers holiday album “Snowing In Vegas” on CD. It’s a collection of fun seasonal music, and features three of my original songs, including the new DC classic “Stand Right”.
You can buy the CD on this site for only $10 (plus $1 for US shipping).