Last week a couple of friends suggested I write a “turkey song” for Thanksgiving. I like challenges and even though I had a full week working on a commissioned song, I also wrote two giving thanks songs and one turkey song. I decided to go with the turkey song. And I think you’ll agree, it’s a real turkey!

I was just reading how Thanksgiving is the year’s biggest wine drinking day. I hear it’s also the day a friend or family member is most likely to give you the bird!  So in light of that I thought a silly song was called for.

This is one of those fifteen minute songs I mentioned last week, although I did spend a while tweaking and trying out different melodies. It may never get off the ground but I feel it has wings. Man I’m sick of turkeys (and turkey jokes) already and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

Don’t you be a turkey. Remember to click the FOLLOW button above and if you like this song … send it to family and friends.  It’d better than giving them the bird!        HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Facebook (Song #5 of 52)

Some songs take fifteen minutes to write and some take fifteen years. “Facebook” is a song I started a few years ago and put the final touches on just this week.facebook button

When it comes to social media I’ve come a long way, though I’m still a bit of a Neanderthal compared to some of my whiz friends. I kinda know what I’m doing.
I no longer call it Spacebook or Myface! And I don’t talk about how I’m going to get LinkedUp! You can imagine the looks I used to get from my teen-aged kids. Now I’m hip. Whoops, can’t say hip anymore.

With the expansiveness of social media and the way things keep changing it can be hard keeping up. So I’m hoping maybe everyone … from nerds to Luddites … can relate in some way to this song.

If you are a low tech friend I’ll steer you … Click on “Follow” at the top right of this page to get the latest song each week!

Rogaine (Song #4 of 52)

rogaine buttonNext week, I’ll be back on keyboards with a crazy song about Facebook!

For this week I had written a peace song. Any other week it would have been a good choice, but it just didn’t seem like the best song to help commemorate Veteran’s Day. I appreciate the great sacrifices many generations of brave men and women have made for our country and even though they fought for our peace and freedom, I thought there was a chance a peace song could be considered poorly timed or taken the wrong way and deemed really inappropriate.

I have entertained many military groups over the years. So I am posting a clip of a parody song I did as part of a show for the National Guard Convention a few years back.

Don’t Take My Picture (Song #3 of 52)

Although I’ve had the pleasure of playing with some first class country artists including singer/songwriter Tim Cifers and guitarist Scott Tucker, my music usually leans more towards rock, blues and jazz. So it’s been fun lately to hear country in some of my stuff. Maybe it’s from moving to the mountains of New Mexico where we look out the window and huge wild horses are sometimes staring back from two feet away. That brings out the country in you! It also keeps you regular. It has the same effect on me as if I were the one eating the hay.
Country music is great for bringing out the humor too. This week’s song has a touch of country and is based on a true story about a bad photographer whom I refer to as my “friend.” Here’s a little secret, it’s actually about my wife.
It’s ironic the way her photos turn out because Amy is an amazing painter, highly creative and generally brilliant. And I’m not just saying that because I’m afraid of being snuffed out with the pillow. She’d think of a more creative way than that. No, I feel comfortable revealing this because I figure no one, including Amy, will actually read the blog. But see what they’re missing?!! If the next song is never posted… YOU’ll know what happened!! Of course, the cops will never believe it was murder. They’ll take a look at my last few photos and say, “God he looked awful. He was obviously on his way out.”
I figured Halloween would be a good time to look though our old family photo albums. Everybody looks wonderful! Except ME. What the?! Oh well. After years of bad photo traumatization, writing this song has been therapeutic. Let me know if you’ve had a similar “bad photographer” experience!