Tag Archives: songwriting

“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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Pushcart Annie

The song “Push Cart Annie” concerns an old woman who lived in my home town down in the Ohio River Valley back in the 1960s. She was what people here in Chicago call a scavenger, someone who looks through the alleys for stuff they can sell.  Unlike scavengers up here, though, she didn’t cruise the […]

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Zombies Stink (and Vampires Suck)

OK, I’ll state right now that I’ve enjoyed more than my share of both zombie and vampire tales. Still, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I think maybe, just maybe, both zombies and vampires have been have been overused for several years now–in books, movies, TV, and comics. One day it […]

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“He Flies”

Summer before last, I was playing guitar and looking out the window at the backyard. The thought drifted up in my mind: it’d been a couple years since I wrote a song, and could I even still do that? There was a little bird sitting on the cable line coming into the house. I started […]

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“The Time Awaited”

I’m posting a video of this song of ours from our last show at The Heartland. I wrote this one (back in the mists of prehistory), and I’ve always sung it when we play out. It occured to me, though, that Dorothy could probably sing it better, and I suggested it to her. That was […]

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