Archive for the ‘songwriting’ Category

What the Moon Saw

February 23, 2009

Okay, so I was visiting a town called Stoupa just outside
Kardimili, Greece one year. It’s on the Peloponnesos, not
far from Kalamata, where all the best olives are born of
those craggy olive trees with the most improbable

I was there at the behest of a lovely woman from Toronto by the
name of Beth who introduced me to her friend, the late Robert


Which Virgin You Like?

December 11, 2008

There are two virgins of the song ‘Christmas Morning’ that you have
not heard. Someone I knew went gaga over the song and tried to
get some radio guy behind it. Apparently, all I had to do was change
a lyric and it was a done deal. Against my better judgment, I fudged
the lyric in a few places for them.


But Is You ‘Good in Bed’?

October 2, 2008

I can’t believe this one is not in several movies already. Maybe I
should check again. It’s called ‘Good in Bed‘. It’s a bit like the kind
of thing Dinah Washington used to sing. She had a very randy
song about her dentist who was seven feet tall and filled her
holes in just the right way.


She’s 30 Now

July 31, 2008

A friend of mine is turning
thirty today. Her name
is Ghazal. She is a Persian
Poet. Among the many
thousands of Persian Poets
I’ve met, she is the only
one turning 30 today.


Wacky Game Show Theme

June 9, 2008

This is a tribute to Wink Martindale.

I had this tune in my head for years. It
was my daffy send up to the unlikely,
concocted emotions you’d witness
in a television game show.


Withal My Heart

May 28, 2008

Gentle Reader:

For years I walked around
singing, “With all my heart,
with all my soul”, and I
thought there must be a
zillion songs with these words.


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


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.


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.