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Video from April, 2014

I’m posting six videos here from a gig back in April at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. We had a Zoom Recorder going that night and captured these songs live, among others. Personnel on the songs are Dorothy McDaniel – bass, Alpha Stewart – percussion, John Temmerman – sax, Me – guitar. Numbers 1, 3, 5, […]

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“All The Alligators” II

I co-wrote the song on the video below, with my friend Tom Naue a long time ago . He and I wrote the words, which for a rockabilly song, are a little different. I wrote the music, which just happened to come out rockabilly. On the video, that’s Dorothy McDaniel on bass and vocals, Alpha Stewart […]

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“On Your Street Someday”

The title above is to one of our original songs, and I’m posting a video below of a performance of it. It’s live, we’re jamming, and OK, things get chaotic. But I like the energy. Dorothy McDaniel on bass, Alpha Stewart on drums, John Temmerman on sax, and that’d be me on guitar. Recorded at Silvies […]

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Boom!

Video of a live performance: “Boom Boom Boom,” first time we ever did it with sax. Not bad. Recorded at Silvies in April, on Chicago’s north side with a Zoom mini-recorder. Dorothy McDaniel on bass, Alpha Stewart on percussion, John Temmerman on sax, and me  on guitar. The song’s also on our Live at Custer Street album. […]

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Summertime

The video below was recorded Saturday, May 14 at Silvies on Chicago’s north side with a Zoom video recorder.  That’s John Temmerman on sax, Dorothy McDaniel on bass, Alpha Stewart on percussion, and me on guitar. Man, all three of my cohorts did themselves proud on this number. The surprise thunderclap after the song was a […]

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Zombies Stink (& Vampires Suck) from show at Silvies

The live version of Zombies Stink (& Vampires Suck) below was recorded Saturday, April 19–the night before Easter–at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. Alpha Stewart is on drums, Dorothy McDaniel on bass, John Temmerman on Sax, and that’s me on guitar. It was a fantastic night. If you’d like to  compare the live version with the studio version, […]

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About “The Thrill is Gone”

Spring, 1970 I heard it the first time. It jumped from the car radio like a revelation: B. B.’s solo that kicks off “The Thrill Is Gone”. Man, that thing told the unvarnished truth without wasting a note. I bought the 45 that day. I played it till my stereo needle destroyed the grooves. The tune matched […]

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The Nanayang Polytechnic Symphony Orchestra Rocks Out

I’m posting a link to a  video I ran across. Singapore’s Nayang Polytchnic has a Symphony Orchestra. I don’t know what they usually play, but on this they’re rocking. Their exuberance  is wonderful. The piece they’re playing, “Rock n Roll It!” turned out to be by a fellow I know, Mike Reineking. He’s from my home town […]

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The Basic Components of Songs

Originally posted on Song Classes:
Songs are made of components. Almost all songs have verses and choruses, and many have bridges. Some have pre-choruses. Occasionally there are intros and outros. All songwriters should be familiar with these building blocks of songs. Introduction: This is usually a short passage that logically introduces the song to the…

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If You Need Somebody

I’m going to post video here of the song “If You Need Somebody,” the lyrics to which I scribbled down one night long, long ago in PKs down in Carbondale, before a show. A few months later, that summer up at my sister Linda’s place in Naperville, I got around to putting the words to […]

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