Updates to the original: As Water Covers The Sea

It was Original Songs week on Jam Of The Week (week 244!), which gave me an opportunity to revisit “As Water Covers The Sea,” an instrumental piece I wrote a couple of years ago. While practicing the tune for the recording, I found a few bits that didn’t sound right to me, so I revised the melody and chords a bit to improve (IMO) the overall harmonic and melodic flow. I’m much happier with the revised version. Hope you enjoy it.

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!

April 2016 news: DC Jazz Jam, Mr. Henry’s, Bistrot Lepic

Here’s my jazz update for April 2016

Looking forward to joining Barbara Papendorp for her “Ladies In Jazz” night at Mr. Henry’s on Capitol Hill. We’ll be singing songs for the season, including my musical tribute to Arbor Day (one of many holidays that needs more songs):

Tonight (Oct. 16): Jazz to default by

I’ll be playing piano behind the fine vocalist Jeff Weintraub tonight (October 16), 8-11 pm, in a duo set at the Black Fox Lounge in Dupont Circle. We’ll be upstairs in the front window, performing a variety of old and new standards and not-so-standards.

Here’s an example of Jeff’s work; this one’s on our set list for tonight:

Hope you can come out and join us as we wait for the end of the shutdown (or the end of our national credit rating).


Photo by Shannon from flickr

Two minute jazz piano

Since I started my new job, my practice time has become more limited, so I’m always looking for new ways to learn new things in a short time. It’s no surprise, then, that I was attracted to Peter Martin’s 2 Minute Jazz Piano series on YouTube. Perfect length for a short tip to work on in a limited (or longer) piano session. For example, here’s a quick refresher on broken 3rd scales, which I should have remembered last week when I had to play a very fast “Cherokee”:

Are there any other things like this I need to check out? Please let me know in the comments.