Archive for April, 2008

This is the Sound of My Voice

April 30, 2008

This is a tune I pulled out of my
throat clearing sound one time when
I encountered a girl who wanted
to sing but was imprisoned in
some strange and common


Who Else Should Be Singing This Song?

April 19, 2008

Swing Tune — Haunted By The Memory

April 15, 2008


I mentioned a song called ‘Haunted by
the Memory’ in a recent post. It is a
big bandish song.


The New York Times Now Has a Songwriter’s Blog

April 12, 2008

I’ve read every post.

I’m not a big fan of the New York Times’ politics, but
their songwriting blog is first rate. There are four
bloggers who are all accomplished songwriters.


The Truth About Love

April 12, 2008

Love is For the Birds

Finally, somebody with the courage, the clarity
and integrity to blow the lid off a toxic scam
that has been simmering for centuries under the
crust of societal nicety.


The Sweetest Moment of my Songwriting Career

April 10, 2008

When I was 23, I went to Europe
for the first time.

It was a great adventure and many of
the highlights took place in Greece,
where I have returned several times
in the intervening years.


The Raw and the Cooked… “catching” vs. writing songs

April 9, 2008

So, one day I called myself to leave a message
on my answering machine.

I was out somewhere, having played a gig. I was
feeling high…


Lessons from a blue eyed lady

April 8, 2008

I once knew a girl.

Well, woman would probably be
the word. I was in my twenties,
and she was about 35. She was
creative and had a great voice,
wrote brilliant songs of despair
and so, of course, I was hooked.


Good Man Gone (Bastard Blues)

April 8, 2008

This is a tune that was inspired by the ‘Muddy
Waters: Folk Singer’ record.

I was listening to it day and night…
you know…the ol’ leave the arm of
the phonograph up so the LP
plays ceaselessly. I found that was a
good way to get music into my
marrow. I’ve listened to a stack
of Al Jolson 78s for a summer.


A Prayer to Ireland

April 2, 2008

The Rawest of the Raw

There’s been an ongoing debate among songwriters
and others in the song publishing field going back
many years. It’s considered settled, but I diverge from
current currents of thinking.