Story Behind the Song: “A Place to Meet Jesus”

Back in February of 2011, at an open mic performance in Huntington Beach, California, I announced my intention to release a recording of a song Al Lowry and I wrote in 2010 called "A Place to Meet Jesus" "in the next month or so": Well, it took more than five and a half years, but … Read more Story Behind the Song: “A Place to Meet Jesus”

Story Behind the Song: “Help Us Understand”

I’d chosen the week of September 10, 2001 to be a solid week of songwriting. I got off to a respectable start that Monday, repurposing a melody I’d had left over from an abandoned musical theatre project by writing new lyrics and adding a musical bridge. The result was a Christmas song, “Santa’s Best”, which … Read more Story Behind the Song: “Help Us Understand”

Story Behind the Song: “It Might Be Memphis”

The large majority — I’d guess 75% or more — of my songs are written starting from the lyrics, whether I write those myself or get a lyric from a collaborator. “It Might Be Memphis”, which I’ve come to call my “wishful thinking” song (a more positive spin on it might be to call it … Read more Story Behind the Song: “It Might Be Memphis”

Story Behind the Song: “It Started in a Manger”

The year was 1982, and I was attending graduate school at USC in Los Angeles, California. I’d been attending the Newman Center (a small Roman Catholic church geared toward college students) near the USC campus and was planning to attend a Christmas party there. I don’t recall much about the party, but I do remember … Read more Story Behind the Song: “It Started in a Manger”

Thirty-Four Years of “Lust”

Somewhere around thirty-four years ago, back in 1981, I was attending college in the small town of Potsdam, New York at what was then called Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University). I’d become very interested in a young woman I’d met via the college’s theatre club, and I’d thought we had a plan to … Read more Thirty-Four Years of “Lust”

Story Behind the Song: “Just a Little Kiss”

This month I thought I’d introduce a second track planned for my forthcoming pop-flavored album (working title In and Out of Love Again) and tell the story of how this particular song came into being. The song’s title is “Just a Little Kiss”, and I’ll let you have a listen before getting to the story: … Read more Story Behind the Song: “Just a Little Kiss”