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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »