A few years ago Claudia and I were asked to submit a song for I think it was a Revlon commercial. We didn’t get the gig but this song, Let It Go, developed out of the little jingle/songlet we wrote for that submission.
I forgot how much I really like this tune and how much I like to sing it myself. We’d recorded a version of it originally with the fabulous Ms. Sophie Buskin! I think I’ll resurrect this one and play it at tomorrow’s (June 24th) Songwriters Circle that I’m hosting at the Red Lion. Lots of great talent coming down (in fact I believe that Sophie’s fabulous dad David Buskin is on the bill) for this SGA circle we do every last Monday of the month.
AND by the way, tomorrow is Claudia and my 29th wedding anniversary which we will be celebrating at the Red Lion with her parents and my mother and Dylan we probably be gigging there so he’ll join us and we’ll probably go all out and have fries instead of a salad with our veggie wraps in honor of the day. Okay, so this year is a low key anniversary, but just you wait until our 30th!! Cooking up something big.
ps. Ok. So. I thought i’d leave Claudia to her writing and record this myself and somehow this video is upside down. (anyone out there know how to flip a video on vimeo?) LOL oh well! more next week. hopefully rightside up!
Hey Justine (Skip Brevis, 2005)
Happy Fathers Day to me and all my fellow dads!
A bunch of years ago I was in line with Claudia at the supermarket reading all the crappy magazines at the counter (it’s the only time i read them, i swear) — reading about all the celebrities and their bullshit and who’s doing who and who wore what and who’s fat and who’s skinny and who gives a shit, and then that night we went to my son’s friend’s house for a dinner party with parents from his school. His friend’s mom was named Justine and I had a conversation with her husband and he told me stories of following the Grateful Dead around in his younger days ( I was never a deadhead but did like them and had lots of friends who were devout deadheads) so when I went home I listened to a lot of Grateful Dead which reminded me of the other groups i listened to in my youth and I went thru Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane and Little Feet and then i went to bed!
The next morning i got up and wrote Hey Justine using these elements:
1. Celebrity magazine
3. Grateful dead groove and style
Justine is a cool name!
Hey, if you’re around Monday night – 6/17 — tomorrow night, i’m running another Piano Clinic at Ripley Grier. 7pm so come on down for tips and tricks of the trade.
ps Let me know if you like this new angle for my video. Featuring the big left hand. 🙂
more next week.
a rock opera
A couple of years ago we brought our rock opera Winner Take All to FringeNYC and had a ball doing it. The show itself though had begun twenty years earlier in the west side club Sweetwater’s, but after about six weeks there, it lay pretty well dormant until a couple of readings and then the Fringe in 2011.
This song, The Rain Does Pour (Brevis & Brevis, a long time ago) is from Winner Take All (A Rock Opera). Here’s the setup: Ricky, a rock and roll guitar player and one half of a star crossed young couple, is killed and goes to Rock and Roll Heaven. While he’s off having a crazy time with a couple of dancing angels and some hotsy totsy devilettes, his girlfriend Casey is back on earth, feeling guilty for his death and, alone in her room she sings about him.
Check out the website and if you’re interested in seeing more of this show or reading a script or hearing the music or are interested in opening your theater to it, I’ll put you in touch with our agent at Paradigm.
more next week…..
Karma’s My Bitch (written by Brevis & Brevis 2013) is a song we wrote not too long ago and I have hopes of recording it at some point with Willie & the Swagga. I’ve been playing it live and it’s fun. Fun to sing along to…. Come on, you can sing it. Karma’s my bitch! Karma’s my bitch! I like the idea behind it. Let Karma work it all out.
Well TONIGHT Monday, June 3 at Rockwood Music Hall I am debuting Willie & the Swagga — our first gig and i thought that it would be the album release party but we’re about 2 weeks away from having it mastered so we will set a date for that party soon.
It’s been a crazy, busy month and that’s just how we like it!
“You get what you get cause it all comes around again and again!”
Hope to see some of you tonight. Otherwise… more next week!