Friday, April 27, 2018

"Delilah" (Tom Jones cover) (with Righteous Jolly and Kwamee Geez) (excerpt)

"Terry & JR (Gammy & JJ)" (live at Manny Brown's)

I wrote this tune about my grandparents this week and debuted it at my neighborhood bar.

I recall the carefree moments of kid adrenaline and family love, running around their yard in Dunellen, New Jersey. I wasn't allowed to touch JJ's guitar, but, as a photo that's famous within our family proves, I did.

When I turned eighteen, they restored that old Gibson and gave it to me. I wrote some tunes like "Future Tense" and "If It Helps You Dream..." on it.

My mom often feels that they are somewhere in the vicinity, checking on my dad during his ongoing time of need. They're free to fly, and fly they do. Thanks, guys. Love you!

did you ever meet
Terry and JR?
she played the fiddle
he played guitar

Terry and JR
stayed together for life
like John and June
the way the old people used to

back in them old days
when the phone stayed on the wall
and we weren’t always on call

did you ever meet
Terry and JR?
now they’re free to fly
and fly they do

mashed potatoes and
Camel cigarettes
the smell of the laundry vent

country music station
and fresh-cut grass
running round the yard
under the clothesline
everything was fine
Terry and JR
were always nearby

Terry and JR
I called ‘em Gammy and JJ
‘cause I don’t talk too good

they’re right down the road
right near where I live
you can visit anytime

sometimes I go and sing
sing their favorite tunes
crazy times like this
I do imagine that
they’d know what to do
Terry and JR

"Blueberry Hill" (Fats Domino cover) (live with Righteous Jolly and Kwame Geez)

"Blueberry Hill" (Fats Domino cover) (live with Righteous Jolly and Kwame Geez)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

"Mrs. Tyler" (For Stella Tyler) (live at Newtown Book & Record Exchange)

This is, I imagine, the debut of this song that I wrote in 2007. In it, I imagine spending an Indian Summer day with the late, great sculptor Stella Tyler. Her old property - now split between Tyler State Park and Bucks County Community College - is one of my life's great spiritual recharging stations.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Just Show Up

JANUARY 17 - “I feel actually quite lucky!” a posh English toddler announces while sliding into the chair beside me. Accents like this only surround me when I leave the apartment. Although it would be pretty interesting to get up for a 4 AM pee and hear a little English ghost child talking to me. “A li-uhl much wah-taw then?”