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Lyrical Furniture

I can’t remember where I learned about furniture.  It could have been in the UCLA songwriting class taught by Phil Swann or it may have been while studying with the extraordinary Harriet Schock.  I do know that after it was explained to me, I started noticing that all of the most evocative and moving lyrics I’ve heard have furniture.  So, when it comes to songwriting, what is furniture? If you walk into an empty room, Read more…

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Raw Enthusiasm is Contagious

It’s been a long time since I wrote my 1st song – “me, Steve and the Bear”.  I was 14 and had a visceral, heart-trobbing, tear-jerking, knee-knocking crush on Terry McKenna (i.e.- Bear).  I plunked it out on the piano & recorded it on my boombox.  I might still have the tape?  It was amateur and awesome.  It was full of so much sappy sauce that you got stuck in it.  I remember singing it a bizillion Read more…

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Seriously miss Sando

It’s been almost a year now since we lost our cherished, cynical, ridiculously smart and perfectly tart double bass player, Sanderson Poe.  He was a musician’s musician – a rebel through and through.  A man that knew his mind and was not afraid to say it.  He was also one of the sweetest, most dear people I have ever had the good fortune to work with.  Loyal and musically adventurous, he added spice to our Read more…

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Top 5 Favorite Types of Change

Who likes change?  Not me.  At least not to my computer/phone/fax/twisty-turny-button filled things that are supposed to work better and quicker and smarter (and do, but only after you have spent 26 hours re-learning how to make them work!!!). I just got a new device.  A new work computer.  It has taken me an obscenely long time to figure out how to print a Word doc on this new, very quick and stealthy PC.  Even Read more…

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