19- The Musical: Songs

I have been working on this musical for nearly two years now. It is an important topic. It might be as important today as at any time over the past 100 years.  I’m happy to work with the talented Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw, my creative partners, on this. ...

The Rooster's Wife

It is a long drive, but well worth it for us, to play for a crowd of vetted, committed music lovers. Janet Kenworthy has made it one of her life’s missions to build a heavenly musical oasis in the middle of North Carolina. Is there an award for people like...

The Accidental Accompanist

I spend most of my work days writing and recording music, with some work nights devoted to playing and singing. But with my musical-in-progress, 19: The Musical, I have fallen into the role of music director. And since the show is still in the workshop phase—I and my...

Saving the Everglades

I just finished scoring a presentation film for the Everglades Foundation that taught me a lesson in the value of leverage. This foundation is working to solve an environmental catastrophe: Florida’s Everglades are being destroyed by algae, fed by the run-off...

The Lure of Small-Town Theaters

On Saturday April 6, my doughty jazz band,Chaise Lounge, will head out to Washington, Virginia, a tiny town with a population of 127 at last count. Despite its size, this village in Virginia’s horse country has a wonderful music venue: The Little Washington...

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