Monday, September 24, 2007

music on blogs

I should already know the answer to this, as I am a musician with recordings for sale, but I am interested in hearing what the latest thoughts are on the legality and ethics of streaming music on blogs such as this one without asking for approval or being sent music or using music that is not already posted for free by the artist? I would love to share what I have been listening to more often, and as an artist, I encourage such use of music as another outlet for exposure. I don't want anyone posting files for downloads of whole records as thievery, but a sample tune or two would be fine. I am aware of the whole issue with internet radio fees but I am not sure how that relates to this.

Show People on iTunes

That's right. So now you can get the Show People CD on iTunes as well as And you can buy a hard copy of the CD at CDBaby. What in the name of all that is holy are you waiting for?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Show People

You can't just tell them
You have to show people

A bunch of us were singing at the piano bar at Frank's Steakhouse in North Cambridge years ago. It's a legendary joint in the part of Cambridge that becomes pretty suburban and Irish. The last vestiges of Tip O'Neil-land and times still hang on, Frank's being one of them.

Amidst the regulars scuffling up to sing "Danny Boy" and "The Unicorn" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," were sometimes Chris Toppin, Hilken Mancini, Winston Braman, a bunch of other people who came but would not sing, and me.

The piano player, a rather flamboyant chap, would look at us askance, trying to figure out if we were there on a goof, or subsequent times, if we were the people who he remembered being there before, the scraggly bunch who actually could sing and knew the words to some classic old tunes. We were.

He once asked on the microphone, "who are you people? Are you show people? You must be show people!"

When our side project, the Bathing Beauties, finally gave up trying to be a real band, Top and I decided to soldier on and finish the songs and recordings we had started sporadically in fits and starts over the better part of 10 years. That project needed a name. Show People. It is all recorded, mixed, and NOW MASTERED. So if you downloaded it before, it now sounds better on disc. I think Kevin will upload it at If you need a new version, I am sure. But you can go get it at CDBaby. I want to send it out to some college stations, but I'm sure it will take my sorry ass a while to do so. But if you are involved in such an endeavor and would like to request one, send an email to or post here. Eric Masunaga mastered it and made it sound infinitely better, great, in fact.

I will also post some tunes here as time goes on.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Hey all -- Not sure what this blog will be ultimately, but I envision it as a step up from the web page and message board, as well as my newsletters. Maybe it will replace the board and newsletter, or maybe I will just send out a new link to the newsletter when I make a new post. I think you can subscribe via RSS feeds.

As for content, I think of this as a place to share some tunes I am listening to, some images on my mind, perhaps some of my daly outrage. maybe even some works in progress. To that end, my next post includes some words, music, and Blackberry snapshots from my Labor day weekend. I will also share some tour images and thoughts.

At the risk of this becoming an adolescent-level journal, I would still rather err towards sharing some of my raw inspiration. But please don't take it as any more than that, even though some of this might end up in finished songs someday, most of it will be "of the moment," and hoping to achieve some web-based Zen. Most of the time, though, I know I will swing and miss. Just like most of life. If we bat .300, we are doing great.

Speaking of which, just back from a great Sox v. Jays game pitched by Beckett. A win.