Archive | February 2013

On The Sunny Side Of The Street

February 28, 1930 Ted Lewis is recording On the Sunny Side of the Street!

day 327

All right, I just cleaned the kitchen, recorded this song, tried to find Dylan’s keys for this house and was getting frantic about packing for the Poconos and Claudia just said let’s not go and I said thank god!  Not that I don’t want to be in the Poconos but sometimes getting out of the house is too much. I’m getting too old to just pick up and go, so here i sit, very comfortable on my couch!

I use On The Sunny Side of the Street in my jazz repertoire but the original melody has a lot of notes and now I’m getting too old to sing a lot of notes so I reduced  the melody a little so as to not tax my brain.

Cause I’m getting too old to tax my brain, cause if i tax my brain i have to nap.

Good night!

You Raise Me Up

February 27, 1981 Happy Birthday Josh Groban


Boy I wish Casey was home to sing this one! He owns this song!

Last night this damn car outside my window had its alarm going off every 20 minutes and it kept the entire block awake. I guess the battery finally died, but there are a bunch of nasty notes on the car for the owner to find whenever he comes back for it.  I didn’t write them.  But I read them!

Tonight was a fun gig.  I sang for three hours straight.

Well, Happy Birthday JG!  Here’s to you!!

A Hundred and Ten in the Shade

February 26, 2002 : John Fogerty performs at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights. (via


I had headphones on just about all day working on a hundred and ten different projects and came up for air only to play John Fogerty’s One Hundred and Ten in the Shade. He’s one of my favorites so I didn’t mind the break and I did get to play a little guitar, but mostly today I was busy busy and working my brain.

Claudia put food in front of me and I ate it and if she needed to tell me or ask me anything she had to wave her arms and dance around in front of me to get my attention and then repeat everything a couple of times.  She’s used to it.  She’s a very good dancer.

I like being busy, and then I like being done so I can relax with the family!

more tomorrow.


While My Guitar Gently Weeps

February 25, 1943 Happy Birthday George Harrison!


I really have an appreciation for guitar players now.  After trying to play guitar all week and these damn callouses on my fingers, my fingers are the ones weeping, and the guitar is  saying to me please stop playing me and go back to piano.

Just came back from Ann Ruckert’s Songwriters Circle.  I forgot tonight was the last Monday of the month and I had planned a rehearsal, so i brought the rehearsal to the the gig – Amy Pinnella and Jen Houston came to sing backup for me.  I think we sounded great if I do say so myself. We’re doing a Willie & the Swagga set this Wednesday 2/27 a 7pm at the Red Lion. I promise i wont play guitar!

Happy Birthday GH!


Killing Me Softly With His Song

February 24 1973 : Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly With His Song hits #1!


I have always loved Killing Me Softly and for years I tried to get young singers I was working with to learn it, to sing it…and I don’t know if they thought it was too difficult, or dated, or I don’t know what but it wasn’t until the Fugees covered it that i started having success selling it!

Singers take note.  It’s a great song to learn and sing.

Well, we’re in PA still and we went to church this morning.  Nice service kind of hippy dippy but we enjoyed it. One weird thing, the paraded all the kids out and then brought them back in at the end.  I dont know maybe they had their own service down the hall.

It’s snowing a little it.  We had homemade pizza for dinner.  My wife is the best.  And now we’re in the parking lot borrowing wifi from the deli up the road.  well, they advertise free wifi.  Does it matter that they are currently closed?  I’m not sure. it shouldn’t!!!

I’m nearing the end of this year long project.  Today is the 323rd day of videos and my plan is for a year.  It’s lookin like April 6 will be the last in this series.

I have some ideas for continuing the blog but still thinking about it.

Here’s today in music’s video, Killing Me Softly With His Song – another one I recorded at home before we came to the country.