Music

I will soon have my CDs available for download. Here are some other miscellaneous recordings for your enjoyment.

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This one is a co-write with Melissa Mermin, who contributed greatly to the lyrics. Every new technology is used for courtship right away (think of cars!) and the internet is no exception. Online dating is a unique modern odyssey. I did it quite a bit about ten years ago and I’ll never forget it. I love this song. Enjoy.

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I once read an article on frogs in Smithsonian, and found out that they don’t just breathe with their lungs, but also with their skins. I thought, “I think I know what that feels like!” Little pieces of this song have appeared over many years, and it came together during a welcome reconciliation with a best friend. I have cried singing this one too.

This recording was made at a house concert in December of 2009.

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Once upon a time, my housemate, Jim Scobee, showed me how to heat up milk with honey on the stove before bedtime. Usually it put me to sleep, but this night it kept me wide awake. I stayed up all night and wrote this song.

I didn’t cry from about ages 13 to 25. The first thing I cried about after the drought was the second verse of this song. I’ve cried many times since. I think tears have great healing powers.

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This is my hymn to the Central Coast of California, and to my volleyball friends.

It taps into a different place than any of my other songs. I started to play it one night at the Steynberg, just slow guitar notes, and suddenly people started to laugh. Somebody said, “What are you seeing up there?” I realized I was looking up at the ceiling and daydreaming, and I said, “I am seeing all the other things this song is about, besides the Central Coast … it’s about freedom, and love, and hope … and shedding your uniform.”

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“Driving” was my father’s favorite song of mine. He loved science fiction. I sang it for him the last time I saw him.

I pumped my fist in the air the first few times I played back the guitar solo.

My housemate Harlan calls this song “2024.” I love this, except that I plan to have to change the date one fine day, so I can keep singing it.

If you have a Mac, try downloading this song and playing it with the iTunes visualizer.

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Here’s my version of the great 40’s song by Ben Oakland and Milton Drake.