What’s New, Pussycat?

Am I a Tom Jones fan? No, but how can you not respect a guy who’s got the balls to throw his underwear into a screaming crowd of women night after night? You know… I’m 41 years old. I’m told by my older tennis friends that I’m still a youngster in the grand scheme of things, and sure, I’m not gonna argue with that. Still, I wonder at this point how much personal change is possible at my age. I’ve made remarkable progress over the the last 5 or 6 years, just in the self-worth sense alone, but I still REALLY admire those who have the gift of the gab – this easy-going ability to engage with people they don’t know and charm them. My wife has it. Many of my friends have it. Me though, I don’t know. It’s one of those things that I wish were different about me. I mean, I have no desire to throw my underwear into a crowd of scraming fans, but I’d sure like to be able to engage with people more easily. There are lots of people I admire in that regard. At the end of the day, though, I suppose I have a special kind of fearlessness. Many of my friends who are so adept at social interaction would never even dream of taking the risk of getting a pilot’s license, or running their own business, or even standing in front of a crowd of a couple thousand people and singing a song. Yet, for the life of me I can’t figure out why anyone would be remotely interested in talking to me. Go figure.

Anyhoo, I’m way off the track. So what’s new with me anyway? Well, I have no new songs to share (well I do, but it’s a cover version of “This is the Thing” by Fink, and I don’t have the rights to share it, so … oh well.) I do have some things I CAN share on the horizon though.


1.) “O Danny Boy”: My latest choral endeavor will be my own original arrangement of “O Danny Boy”. I know… you’re probably thinking, “Does the world REALLY need another arrangement of “O Danny Boy?” The answer, of course, is no… no it doesn’t. But I’m doing it anyway, so there. I was born to sing this song. I’ve sung it countless times in front of probably thousands of people all told. I wanted to wait until I attained a reasonable competence at this recording thing before I attempted to do my own version of it, and here we are. I don’t know when it will be done, but it’s coming along in what little free time I have available to work on it.

2.) The Making of “Excelsior” : As promised, this is still in the queue. It will be a little while yet, but I do want to share the process of creating this song from arrangement to the final master.

3.) Collaboration with Mr Bill : You who are reading this blog TODAY will likely not know who Mr. Bill is. For those interested, he’s an electronic musician who lives in Australia. He creates his own brand of glitchy-electronica. My favorite work of his was as one half of the tandem called “Electrocado”. Their second album, The Hass Effect is AWESOME–one of my favorite electronic albums. Anyhoo, I’ve arranged and recorded some choral-esque vocals to contribute to a track Mr. Bill is creating for use in his live sets. It’s very exciting to work with such a unique talent. More on that as it develops.

I’ve got more stuff in the hopper, but nothing concrete enough to talk about yet. Mostly I’ve just been incredibly busy at work, and while I’m not complaining….. it seriously cuts into my music making time.

As my beautiful, and unbelievably charming, wife would say, “Later, peeps!”

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