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The Chick-a-Boom analysis

August 26, 2014

For over forty years I have been asked, “What does chick-a-boom (don’t ya jes’ love it) mean? Read the rest of this entry »

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Miracle in Woodland Hills

April 23, 2014

My blog has had some kind of connection to music, so when I decided to post this entry I couldn’t think of what could bring this into focus and then I remembered I had written a song recorded by Frankie Laine called, “Dammit isn’t God’s last name“. Very much related to this blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stephen King Knows Me

August 8, 2013

It’s not exactly true that Stephen King Knows me but my friend Rudy, who I have known for fifty years e-mailed me and said,”Stephen King knows you”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chuck E.’s in Hollywood

March 13, 2013

Chuck E. Weiss is truly an American original. You should not miss the opportunity to see him if you get the chance. Read the rest of this entry »

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The National Anthem

February 5, 2013

I watched the Super Bowl and of course the National Anthem was performed. I thought that Alicia Keys did a terrific job. I’ve been reading about all the people criticizing her performance because she delivered the song in her style. The operative word is “style”. The National Anthem is a song, and throughout history a song is subject to interpretation, and that’s the beauty of a song. It’s not a prayer, it’s a song. When I did my version I chose to call it,” Defence of Fort McHenry”. Yes, the original spelling of defense was with a “c” instead of an “s”. The melody is from a British song called,”To Anacreon in Heaven”. I went into more detail on my blog “Defence of Fort McHenry”.

Songs have always been subject to arrangement so why should this one be any different. In my version I decided to change the time signature and the meter. I also accentuated the point that America is our home where we live, as Americans. I didn’t feel like I was doing anything immoral or sacrilegious. I leave the final decision up to the listener but all artistic presentations are personal and require the touch of individuality.

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My Day With Bob Welch

June 13, 2012

After Chick-A-boom had run its course I joined up with the Harris twins and we signed with Capitol Records. Read the rest of this entry »

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Me and Pops…….Part Two

May 13, 2012

The band was composed of accomplished musicians and all easy to get along with. Read the rest of this entry »