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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: “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

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

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

You Get What You Get

Back when my daughter, Nicole, was a little girl in the mid-1990s, I had a busy career in the computer industry. I’d be working long, often stressful, days, and I’d get home fairly worn out on the energy front. Nicole’s bedtime would roll around, and I was, more often than not, nominated to read her … Read more

The Challenge of Fostering Creativity

About a week ago I read a blog entry entitled “Are Schools Inspiring Creativity?” by Dr. Michael D. Tebbano, one of my high school music teachers who later went on to become an educational administrator. The blog advocated placing more focus on fostering creativity in public schools, which are largely relegated to following “19th Century, … Read more

Crossroads

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a real blog entry. Sure, it’s technically only been a little over a month since I wrote my “This Blog Has Moved to Blogspot” entry, but that was only a housekeeping blog. I wrote it mainly so anyone who’d been reading my blogs on MySpace would … Read more