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The First Available Downloads Coming Soon.

I have spent the greater part of most every day of this past month doing one single thing: making sheet music. Arranging my songs.

Because, very soon, these songs will be available for licensed download. Even in this day where music is passed around freely, regardless of copyright -- I found the Samuel French score for The Last Session at some online trading post -- I'm not going to let that prevent me from putting my things out there.

Last night, Jim and I were invited to a palatial private home for a beautiful meal with very classy people. They had a piano there, freshly tuned, and all the chairs from the living room circled around it for a little concert.

Since we've been friends with these people for several years, I had sung for them once before, but it was an unplanned event. (I jumped on the piano after dinner and just took it over, not giving them any choice in the matter. Jackie Gleason's widow was one of the guests, in fact).

Maybe it's counter-cultural to be…

A New Family.

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When Jim works, he likes things to be a certain way. All of it has to do with creating the atmosphere he needs to give the audience the whole show, with absolute concentration. Anything that disturbs that concentration is not desirable.

The pillars that create this atmosphere are the crew members. And the crew member that he interacts with the most, and through whom he lets all his wishes known, is the stage manager. The stage manager, for a performer, is the greatest person on earth. Or he can be the worst person on earth, but those you just try to stay away from.

Here at the Aventura, we have Jimmy Rodgers.





He keeps Jim purring like a kitten.

Rehearsing New World Waking in Miami

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As we walked down the hallways of the beautiful Coral Gables Congregational Church, Jimmy and I heard the choral strains of "Gabi's Song" coming from a room at the end of the hall and we both got chills. He said, "I hear your music."

It's still startling to me to hear someone I don't know playing and singing my songs. It's almost like seeing someone using my toothbrush. The songs are so personal and the notes so very, well, my OWN that it's almost embarrassing, like they're going through my underwear drawers.

But then, when I feel my eyes starting to well up, all of that fades away and I'm filled with intense joy. I have a feeling my face was beaming.


INSIGNIA is a select group of singers put together by the Anthony Cabrera based on their skill level, but also, he said, on their sound -- their ability to blend. And wow, blend they did! Even at this early stage of their rehearsal period, their sound was breathtaking.

I told them a few st…

Florida is sunny and warm.

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"Not since George C. Scott has an actor impersonated righteous outrage with the skill and intensity that Jim Brochu brings to Zero Mostel’s paint-blistering jeremiad against colleagues naming names during the 1950s in Zero Hour."

Wonderful new review of Zero Hour by Bill Hirschman in the indispensable blog, South Florida Theatre Review.

Bill is one of the first critics to really hone in on this great aspect of Zero Hour. Zero was a down-right  frightening human being. He could also be cruel. The story of Jim asking him for his autograph on the street corner in New York and Zero imperiously and loudly screaming, at the top of his lungs, with absolute sincerity, "YOU'RE NOT WORTHY!" is not a story unique to Jim.

I keep thinking we should start a blog with nothing but stories people have told us about Zero. Some people absolutely hated him.

This inner rage. Jim channels it like a wide-open spigot and it's completely believable. And the comparison to George C. Scott is apt. Jim has that edge, which is interesting because he has the reputation of being a comic actor from the baggy pants school of comedy.

But, when you think about it, all those old comedians could do "rage." Jackie Gleaso…

Zero Hour In Florida. We Love Our Crew.

Tonight is opening night for Zero Hour at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.

Since it's a brand new facility, having opened in October, many people in the area are still in the process of discovering it.

But, man, is it beautiful. It sits right on the water, with a towering glass lobby. We even get a water view from the dressing rooms!

The stage is also wide, with tall fly space. And the chairs are also comfy, with lots of legroom.

I would love to sing a concert on this stage! Maybe we can plan something with the Miami Gay Men's Chorus. I'll be meeting them soon on this trip. Their group, Signature, will singing New World Waking in the Spring.

I'll have photos and video soon.

A Curious Statistic.

“Apart from playing Steve Schalchlin’s music frequently on my Music Theatre radio show in Australia, Broadway at Bedtime, I find myself drawn to recommending his music for my vocal students for professional auditions in my position as Vocal Coach. A curious statistic is that every student, who has sung one of Steve’s songs in audition, has got the gig!”

WILL CONYERS
Director, Music Director, Vocal Coach, Actor, Singer.
Host, Broadway at Bedtime
Green Room Awards Association Inc, Music Theatre PanelThat was the very surprising email I got in response to request I issued on Facebook. Because we're going to start selling my music online, Watchfire Music asked me to provide some quotes from singers, or other people involved in music who had ever used my songs. Because, honestly, I know you may not believe this, mom, but I'm not that well known. I gotta hawk this stuff!

I'm now the guy in the cyber alley opening by trench coat, sheet music stuffed in all the pockets.

When a dis…

Steve Gets Signed to a Record Label: Watchfire.

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Something has been brewing for the past week that I don't want to announce because the papers weren't signed. But, if you look around this site, you will see that the "free music download" page has disappeared.

That's because my music has now been licensed for download by Watchfire Music, an "inspirational" record label. We signed the contract today.






It all happened so quickly and so easily, that I'm almost caught off-guard and am not exactly sure how to plot this new career twist, not that I've ever plotted my so-called career.

Paul Zollo and I were emailing/remembering. Back during my tenure at National Academy of Songwriters, I put my "songwriting career" on hold. Or, at least, that's what everyone told me I was doing. And even I thought that's I was doing, but really, I was learning how to have a career. I just wasn't writing that many songs, or singing out in the clubs.

Because my job was to help other songwriters get …

I Love The Snow.

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I love the snow. Yes, it's precarious trying to walk around, but I think it's amazing. I say bring it on. I'm enjoying actually going through a real winter. Here are a few snapshots I took on the streets of New York.