Showing posts from January, 2014

Sing Along With Steve Contest.

In response to a fan's request for recordings of my songs with more harmonies, like we did at the Metropolitan Room gig, I suggested, on Facebook, that people make their own videos, singing along with the CD, and that I'd post them here.

The first one came almost instantly, from "Lynn McC" in England, singing along with "Rescue," and featuring all the rescue dogs which were saved by a group called Futures for Dogs. If you want to make a similar video, perhaps spotlighting your pets or other halves or whoever (or whatever) has rescued you, post it and I'll repost it here.

I also encourage you to use any of the songs from Tales from the Bonus Round or the Bonus Round Sessions CDs (because they're mostly piano and vocal, with lots of room for singing along).

An angel dies

I am on the road in Olympia Washington right now. But I just got the news that Don Kirkpatrick, the first angel of The Last Session has died. Don was the first person to give us money to produce TLS and he made it possible for many of the fans to come to New York and to other places around the country for reunions and to see various productions. I will write more about Don later. But I wanted the readers of this blog to know that this is a sad day for us all. Don was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.If you do a search on Don's name plus my name you will see that he was mentioned in many articles about the show. I was very proud when he was mentioned in the People magazine article they did for us during the run in NY.

Lyric sheets/chords for Olympia.

Downloadable mp3s and pdfs here. Listen to the songs. Learn the harmonies and sing along. Everyone is included. 

Listen to the live concert.

I've uploaded the sound board mixes of the Metropolitan Room concert to my Google Drive. Go and see if you can hear them.

How did it go last night?

Thanks to Stephen Elkins, Jake Stewart and Bill Goffi , last night I got to fulfill an all-time fantasy I've had since coming to New York. And that was to sing my songs with full harmonies coming from my own band to a packed -- and I do mean PACKED -- house (whew!) at the Metropolitan Room.

 And we even almost had a rehearsal this time! (Okay, it was an hour beforehand and all we did was jam on the harmonies, but still...).

People have been asking how it went. So, let me put it this way.

If I told you how good the night was, especially with Jim Brochu in top form, tearing down the house as the audience roared with laughter and then raised the roof singing along as the townpeople in River City ("Trouble" from the Music Man) it would sound like I was boasting.

 Last week, I was the beggar with his hand out, pleading PLEADING for people to buy tickets to my little show. (11 reservations as of last week). And today, I’m a braggart, as I remember a whole audience with …


I saw Peter Napolitano the other day and he asked if I would provide feedback for something in which he's involved, which I had not seen. I said to him, "Please don't ask. I will tell you the truth." He said, "I've been through the BMI writing class. I know exactly the kind of feedback I want."

Then, today Seth Godin wrote about this very subject.

"Applause is great. We all need more of it.

"But if you want to improve, you should actively seek feedback. And that feedback, if it's more than just carping, will be constructive. It will clearly and generously lay out ways you can more effectively delight your customers and create a remarkable experience...".

That's good, but I still hate giving feedback to performers and artists -- even when I have a strong opinion, which I always have. It makes me feel vulnerable about my own work. Am I living up to the expectations that I make for others?

On the other hand, I love teaching. And ho…

An Explanation of How Fire Stairways Work.

There has been so much gossip and stories surrounding the fire in our building, where Daniel McClurg died, that I went looking for, and found, a good article about how these stairways work in fireproof buildings.

Firefighters used that stairwell for hoses because it was closer to the burning 20th-floor unit than a second stairwell. Because doors were opened for firefighters to access the stairwell, the attack stairwell filled with smoke that overcame the couple. McClung and his husband entered the stairwell on the 38th floor, but didn’t make it past the 31st floor. Cohen remained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell on Monday, FDNY chief of operations James Esposito said. JAVIER MORGADO/HO McClung (right) and his husband Michael Cohen (center) got married near Boston in 2013. Cohen remains in serious condition as a result of smoke inhalation. “I believe he is still in very serious condition in the hospital,” Esposito said.

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Two More Videos from the Fire.

Fire in our high rise this morning.

About 11am, we suddenly smelled smoke. Checked the kitchen. Nothing was on. Saw smoke seeming to come from the lighting fixtures. Opened the door to the apartment and the hallway was filled was smoke. The instructions on the door said to STAY INSIDE APARTMENT in case of fire. (Two bodies were found in the stairwell, including a dead dog, which was left in our hallways for a moment.)

I grabbed my camera to take videos of our plight. Here is the first one, looking down the ten floors to the fire below. Our balcony was alternately smoky and then clear, depending on the direction of the wind.

It was very frightening to know we had no place to go, no exit from the building. The smoke was acrid, so we breathed through wet towels and waited it out.

Soon, the black smoke turned white and we knew the worst was over.

Jim and I are both fine but we still can't go downstairs. Luckily, we have plenty of food.

Will update soon.

Went Out Briefly, New Year's Eve.

I'm not quite up to par, yet, but I felt good enough to go out and sit down for a nice dinner. As it happened, Jim was scheduled to sing at "founder's night" at the Players, with cabaret legend Steve Ross as his accompanist. The 125th anniversary year of the club founded by (among others) Mark Twain and Edwin Booth, the premiere Shakespearean actor of his day.

As part of the historical they asked him to perform, from his new show, Character Man, a song called "The Late, Late Show," which was originally from a Broadway musical called Do Re Mi, music by Jule Styne, book and lyrics by Comden and Green. In the show, he intersperses the verses with the true story of how, as a young actor, he sat before the Board asking for membership. A Board filled with all of his personal heroes of the stage and screen.

Gloria Jubilus - Christmas 2013

For the new year, can I brag on "my" choir as they sang and played the Gloria Jubilus from the Mass I've been composing. Mark Janas conducting the Christ Church Bay Ridge sanctuary choir. Kalle Toivio, organist.

Happy New Year

We celebrated New Years at The Players Club. I took this shot of founder Edwin Booth illuminated by the Christmas tree.