Music that makes me smile

Next on the Beatles’ playlist of indefinite length: “I’m Only Sleeping”

I have always loved this tune. It’s fun and irreverent, and most of us can relate to not wanting to get out of bed! I often assign it to young singers & accompany them on the ukulele or guitar, and it’s a big hit.


Check out the original on The Beatles’ Revolver, and listen for the brilliant George Harrison’s backwards guitar track!

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New Music – Beatles edition

The Beatles have long been one of my favorite pop song writing groups, and their tunes often lend themselves to jazz/cabaret arrangements. These two happened to be next to each other in my book, and in the same key, and quite by accident, I realized they fit well together. I have always loved For No One because of its direct yet strangely comforting language. Most of us have had a relationship end in a lopsided way, and there’s not a lot we can say except it hurts, and not a lot a friend can do but acknowledge that pain, which is so much better than saying “there are plenty of fish in the sea”.


Following it up with Fixing A Hole feels a little like moving on, figuring out a way to make what we *can* control a little better. Unfortunately, I messed up the words and I’m using a travel uke that doesn’t like to stay in tune, but I’m posting it anyway because nothing is perfect, and I had a lot of fun making the music.

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Sonnet Slammed

I have had the honor of being a part of a “Sonnet Slam” on Big Willie’s birthday the past two years. Since I can’t be there in person, I’ve recorded them where I’m at, and production values aside, they are such a joy to do. Do you have a favorite sonnet?

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A New Beginning

In the midst of this trying time, as we move our teaching online and our performances are confined to our homes, yards and balconies, my websites were hacked. I used the *ahem* opportunity to start fresh, so here I am.


Wishing you all the best as you find your way in this new time, and know that I am here if you want to work or just chat about life and art and nothing in particular.


In love,


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