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!
Lola’s Theme (music by Skip Brevis, 1990)
This song was written for “Lola” obviously, but who was Lola? There was a restaurant in the late 80’s early 90’s called Lola on 22nd Street between 5th and 6th. It was co-owned by its namesake and host and manager Lola, a sassy smart businesswomen who loved music.
I came into her club, hired to make a show out of her gospel brunch on Sundays, and I began a long stint at Lola. We had just came off the road with touring companies of Beehive, and she asked if i could start a band there in her front room. It was more like a long hallway and you wouldn’t expect there to be music in there but she did have a piano so this is how the Stingers got started — me with a drum machine and a little synth bass and 5 of the best singers! We had a magnificent run there.
Lola was innovative and tough. She would bring in all the great tap dancers for one night with me on piano, she had Gospel night, Latin night, ect and we did all kinds of shows and music.
One afternoon she asked me to write a theme song for her and I did and today’s song is the theme I wrote for her. I’d play it when she came in the room, when she walked by the piano — I played it a lot and this is how I first wrote it, as an instrumental. Years later my buddy John Malino put words to it and he still plays it with his band The John Malino Band.
Lola got sick and moved to Florida and she passed away a few years ago. I did get to see her once there when the Stingers played at Jimmy Buffet’s club, and she thanked me for all her great musical memories and I thanked her for years she let me play, drink, eat and develop the Stingers in her club!
I know a lot of musicians and singers from those days will remember Lola as I have. She was one of a kind.
more next week!