Ive been rehearsing every day coming up with an inspiring new Musical show based on my life. Each song in this show will be taking the audience through my life’ beginning with my early days as a guitarist and songwriter through my first completely nervous audition in Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace Hotel etc.
I will be singing many songs that Ive never sung or recorded before that are FUN for me to sing along with some of my original songs. Ive also arranged many fun medleys (tributes to some of my favorite composers like Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Burt Bacarac, Michel LeGrand).
I will also be putting up links to some of my rehearsals and also some songs you can download.
To be continued..
I decided for my new Years goal I would just try to record and upload 3 songs a day. ANY 3 songs.
Because I am a ‘recovering perfectionist’ it will help me to just crank out the songs and not stop for my perfectionism to kick in.YAY!
I realize (now that Im 54 years old) that I wasted far too much time reworking, editing, reviewing,analyzing and retaking a song which sometimes hindered me from finishing anything. Can you relate to this? Im sure many do this which leads to procrastination. SOOO I figured by making the decision to just record these songs (as quickly as I can) it will also help cure my procrastination issues.
SO perfectionsim and procrastination,will both be dealt with at one time!
Starting this week. 3 songs a day! Woohoo. Imperfection is my goal now, NOT perfection.
Here are the 3 song combinations that are my first project. These are all songs that I have been rehearsing over the years and that Ive never recorded.
OK HERE GOES!
30s, 40s STANDARDS (Guitar only)
These 3 songs are all just beautiful old standards that are normally done with piano or string arrangements. These songs are so purely great on their own so I figured my guitar and simple vocal might be enough to convey the beauty of these songs.
1. MY FOOLISH HEART
2. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN
3. IM GLAD THERE IS YOU
STREISAND SONGS IVE NEVER RECORDED
These are 3 Streisand songs that Ive never recorded. The frist two i sang maybe thousands of times each over the years in various production shows while impersonationg Streisand. the 3rd song is a current bStreisand song that I just found and thought was quite pretty.
1. DONT RAIN ON MY PARADE
3. UNUSUAL WAY
ORIGINALS IVE NEVER RECORDED (Guitar only)
These are 3 songs I wrote with my songwriting partner Archie Evans Jr. back in my 20s! (GOD I was young!). he and I worte over 60 songs together. he passed away a few years ago so these are a bit sentimental and a tribute to him.
1.YESTERDAY HAS COME AGAIN
2. I SAID, HE SAID
3. THOUSAnD REASONS WHY
60s STANDARDS (Guitar only)
These are 3 gorgeous well written songs from the 1960s. Normally these are highly produced arrangements but the simplicity of just my guitar and vocal I thought was enough to highlight the beauty of these songs.
I just love the duo “Civil Wars’. Hussband and wife team. I love the simplicity of their songs but the harmonies are what makes them spectacular.I attempted to record these songs with my own back up harmony tracks. These are fun to sing.
I was in high school when these songs were famous. They were like the background track of my teen years.
1. THATS THE WAY I ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE
2. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE/WITHOUT YOU
3. ALMOST OVER YOU
MARVIN HAMLISCH (Guitar only)
These 3 songs were all written by the popular , late composer Marvin hamlisch. The first two are relatively obscure and the last one Im sure you all know.
2. THE LAST TIME I FELT LIKE THIS
3. THE WAY WE WERE
1. DYSFUNCTIONAL LOVE RELATIONSHIP MEDLEY
3. BARBRA EARLY YEARS
1. WHERE IS IT WRITTEN?
2. WHAT ARE YOU DONG THE REST?
3. GUITAR MELDEY
1. ITS TIME
2. BIG TIME
3. THIS TIME AROUND
1. BA BIMBA
2. LA LETTER
3. JE TAIME