Words & Music

What comes first...music or lyrics?

One question I get a lot is, "when you're writing a song, what comes first the music or the words"? Typically, the music comes first for me. I'll be working in the lab (I'm a scientist by day) and around…

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Running in the Family

Recently my father gave me an old sepia-toned photograph of my grandfather proudly standing alongside his band mates....no, not a rock band, Rock didn't even exist yet! The picture was taken circa 1932 and it was a group portrait of the…

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Delete, delete, delete

There was a time when writing a love letter was an art form! You'd go out and buy the  perfect stationary, (which cost way more than it should have), take your time to write as clearly and neatly as possible…

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Embrace the Notion...

Global Love...an interesting concept indeed. Everything else is going global these days: technology, economy, arts, culture, etc. What about love though? In my song Global Love, I talk about the concept of there being an intangible  source of love that surrounds us…

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The Sidewalk Cafe

One of the very first songs I wrote many years ago was a jazzy ballad called The Sidewalk Cafe.  When I wrote it, I imagined this fictional place at the end of a long dark street that was lit up…

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