It Don’t Get Better Than This

February 13th

Spent the day in a variety of studios.  Working on this tune, It Don’t Get Better Than This, for Willie & the Swagga, with Luca Tozzi, justjohn & Jen Houston.  Took a break from recording to do a quick video.

more tomorrow.


September 13, 1965, the Beatles release Yesterday in the US!

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Back to the Beatles and Yesterday might be their biggest hit ever.  And such a simple song.  Paul McCartney, a string quartet and magic!

Today I sat in front of the mic all day doing some backround vocals for our original songs.  The day just flew by.  It’s already night and I only got to 2 songs in 6 hours, but it’s all good. I’ll pick up where I left off tomorrow. Of course tomorrow I’m going to say I should have done more yesterday!

Oh well.  Gonna get some pinkberry and watch the Yankees play the Red Sox and then Claudia and I will catch up on some more of our stories.  Thank god for in-demand.

see ya on the flip side.

Reach Out I’ll Be There

September 3, 1966 The Four Tops’ Reach Out I’ll Be There enters the charts

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My favorite version of this song is sung by another one of my favorite singers Michael McDonald.

And as Stevie Wonder said of Michael McDonald, “He’s got that thang in his voice!” That thang is soul.

I’ve worked with Michael and he is a great guy and a natural talent. I had the honor of doing 3 pianos with myself, Stevie and Michael. We were supposed to be playing all Stevie songs when Stevie stopped the show and started playing Michael’s Takin’ it to the Streets. Pretty amazing.

Michael did 2 albums of Motown songs which I use as a reference for hip motown arrangements  and blue eyed soul singing.

OK. Summer’s over.  It was a rainy Labor Day. We didn’t get to swim but went to lunch and relaxed.  Claudia and her dad fed watermelon to a family of deer at our front door.

Back in the city now! Tomorrow I’m going to clean my work area and get recording my vocals on Claudia’s and my original stuff. I figure if I write that I’m going to clean, then I will. So remember I said I’m going to clean, damnit.

Here’s my version of Reach Out I’ll Be There.  More tomorrow.  🙂

First Time I Met the Blues

July 30, 1936 Happy Birthday Buddy Guy!

I saw Buddy Guy play with the David Letterman band last week and he was great!!!

There’s something about blues singers —  they are like fine wines that get better with age.  And they have their thing — I guess I can call it their groove and it is SO locked in.


Norman Gold, my piano teacher in my 20’s, said it was like a merry-go round that goes on and on and doesn’t stop or start. It’s a steady pace and you have to jump on and flow with it.

All great musicians have their own personality, feel and groove.  For example I once did a session with Will Lee (Letterman’s bass player) and it was a corny little jingle but he made the click (musician term for metronome) dance. His feel was so strong. I remember what he said to me.  Very funny.  He said when you’re recording, if you screw up, screw up bad so everyone will have you do it again right. Cause if you just do a tiny flub everyone might think it’s okay and then you have to live with that flub over the airwaves.

Happy Birthday Buddy Guy!

And for your birthday tribute, I’ve got First Time I Met the Blues!  I’m in L.A. today but recorded this yesterday before I left.


All You Need is Love

July 22, 1967 The Beatles’ All You Need is Love is #1 on the UK chart.

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Alrighty then! Another Beatles tune!

We’re in the studio tonight working on original music. Just spent three hours on a mix and Claudia walked in and wants some changes. I hate it when she’s right.

We need to finish soon because Pinkberry closes at 11 p.m. Some people need a cocktail or a beer after a hard day’s work but all I need is a large pomegranate Pinkberry with fruit and nuts on it and I’m happy.

So, all you need is love and Pinkberry.