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"Any Song" EP Released Today, September 9, 2017

These four tracks have been about three years in the making, from writing to recording to scrapping to recording to mixing to mastering, and they are now up on iTunes and Spotify. I recorded most of what you hear last December and March with my friend Andrew Berlin at The Blasting Room.  Andrew has mixed all of my records to date, and he mixed this one too. We brought in a couple musicians to flesh out the songs. The credits are posted below. Happy listening!

Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Hammond B3, Rhodes, Bass: Tim Hanauer 

Bass: Chris Beeble and Stewart Myers (Stand Together)

Drums: Mark Raynes

Electronic Drums: Adam Haag and Andrew Berlin

Backup Vocals: Christopher Jak

Percussion: Peter Knudson and Andrew Berlin

Whistling: Andrew Berlin

Mixing: Andrew Berlin

Mastering: Fred Kevorkian

Production: Tim Hanauer

 

"Dream a Better Way" in two shows, July 2016

Check out the season finale of Royal Pains on USA Network and then watch Born This Way on A&E. Comedy and catharsis, both are good for the soul.

"December Days" in Brazilian Telenovela, April 10, 2015

Coming soon to a Brazilian television near you, "December Days" is slated as a character theme in the popular Brazilian telenovela, 'Sete Vidas,' Seven Lives. Hold tight, Brazil, I'm on my way. Anyone know how to make a good caipirinha? 

Anything's Possible - New Single, January 5, 2015

The new single is now available at iTunes and CD Baby!  Anything's Possible in 2015!!

 

"Dream a Better Way" in Boxtrolls PSA, November 2014

 

Teaching a Songwriting Workshop, July 9, 2014

I'm teaching a free songwriting workshop on July 9th from 7-8:30pm at the Fort Collins Old Town Library.  You must be 16+ and you must register to attend; REGISTER HERE.   There will be limited lecture and plenty of writing. Bring your guitar, ukulele, or banjo.       

 

"Candy Heart" for Valentines Day Download, February 14, 2014

Sweeten up your day with a free download of "Candy Hearts" from my Wind Up Toy EP.  Just click on the "Lyrics" menu, find the song and download the MP3.  Happy Valentines! 

 

"This is" on Rissoli & Isles AND "Hit by Love" Giveaway, December 19, 2013

From now until New Years, download "Hit by Love" right here for free.  Visit the Lyrics page and download the MP3. And, then, check out my song, "This is" on Rissoli & Isles (Tears of a Clown) on TNT on February 25, 2014. 


New Youtube Video for "Dream a Better Way", March 29, 2013

I just posted my first video to Youtube.  It's bare bones; but I think that's the way it ought to be--just me and my guitar.  When I recorded this song originally, back in 2009 for Time for Change, I was sitting at the kitchen table with the same mic set up I used for the video.  I probably did two or three dozen takes to get it right. I remember it as having been one of the hardest songs to play well--it was so frustrating that I was ready to cut it from the record.  Sometimes the easiest song is the hardest to get right.  Making the video was a whole lot simpler.  Three takes.  Send it into the interwebs.

 

Download for a Difference, March 1, 2013

I'm thrilled to be a part of the downloadforadifference.org campaign from Whole Planet and Whole Foods Market.  My new track, "Hooray for Love" is part of the digital compilation with these amazing artists: Bonnie Raitt, Andrew Bird, Ingrid Michaelson, Alabama Shakes, The Civil Wars, Matt Costa, Josh Ritter, OK Sweetheart, Ivan and Alyosha, Katie Herzig, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Josie Dunne, Phox, Tyrone Wells, Deer Tick, and Foreign Fields.  Download all 18 tracks for only $5.  You'll be glad you did.

Twitter Giveaway, February 20, 2013

I'm new to Twitter, so I'm giving away three signed copies of my record, Time for Change, to my first 100 Twitter followers, you know, to get things rollin'.  Click here to go to Twitter.

Download for Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013

Spread the love.  Click below for a free download of my song "Candy Heart" off my Wind Up Toy EP.  You could even send it to a friend.  Happy Valentines!!

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Shape Shifter now available @ CDbaby and iTunes, December 2, 2012

The new record is now available at iTunes and CDbaby.  Many thanks to all the folks who worked with me to make the record happen: Juliet Sisnroy, Andrew Berlin, Jason Allen, Christopher Jak, Mark Raynes, Karl Alvarez, Peter Knudson, Michael Kirkpatrick, Rob Borger, Clint Baker, Jake Pappas, Jeremy Lawton, and Jason Livermore.   Happy listening!!

Shape Shifter

 

Preview Shape Shifter here!! November 28, 2012

Listen to exclusive previews of "Your Heart in Mine" and "Hooray for Love" from the new record right here.  Shape Shifter will be online December 2!!

 

Sneak Peak of Shape Shifter in Piedmont Healthcare Ad, October 2012

The new record, Shape Shifter, is done... musically speaking.  We're just working out the artwork and getting it ready for digital release.  This recent TV ad for Piedmont Healthcare features a track called "Your Heart in Mine."  Stay tuned for more sneak previews!!  

Shape Shifter LP En Route, September 18, 2012

The new record, Shape Shifter, is in mastering this week and should be ready for your ears late October. Fifteen new tracks!!  I'll keep you posted when the release date is final.

 

"Dream a Better Way" in Piedmont Healthcare Ad, August 3, 2012

"December Days," in Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, June 16, 2012

Check out my song "December Days" in the new Blue Lagoon mini-series on Lifetime. The movie series is a remake of the 1980 film version involving two high school students who are stranded on a tropical island.    All they have to eat is coconut meat and sand worms.  Fortunately, they find an old volleyball named Wilson and they all have a good time.  Or, I could have made that last part up. Guess you'll have to watch and see.

 

"This is," in Jesus Henry Christ film trailer, April 16, 2012

Cool trailer.  

 

"Go" in Blue Eyed Butcher... The Movie of the Week, March 3, 2012

Catch "Go" in Blue Eyed Butcher, on the Lifetime network on March 3rd. It's pretty creepy, so you might want to watch with a buddy.

 

Writing the next record and other news, February 17, 2012

I've been writing diligently to prepare for the next record.  I've a record's worth of material, but I usually like to over-write, come prepared with a couple extra songs in case something just isn't working at mixing time.  With Wind Up Toy, I recorded ten and only released five.  Maybe someday I'll rework the other five, maybe not.  There's almost a flair of old-time country to a few of the new ones--a folk quality.   Tracking starts in July.

A couple more placements came this week too: "Candy Heart" is in the new Adrianna Papell website promo, and an instrumental of "This is" was used in the tv show, Shameless, on Showtime and in the film trailer for Jeff, Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel, due in theaters March 16.  

 

"Dream a Better Way," on Jane by Design, February 6, 2012

Looks like I'm going to have to get hooked on a new Tuesday night show.  ABC Family is airing my song "Dream a Better Way," on Jane by Design tomorrow night, February 7, in the episode, The Image Issue.  The show stars Erica Dasher and features Andie MacDowell as the steely boss. So, would you or wouldn't you want to get sent to the bosses office??

 

Three Songs on 90210 Tonight - January 24th, 2012

I'm not sure if I could be more excited!  Three songs, really?  If you tune in to 90210 tonight you'll catch three songs in one episode.  The new episode, "Mama, Can You Hear Me," airs at 8pm on the CW and will include "Out of my arms," "Metal Boy," and "Drive me home"-- a song that I record and mixed at home but never released to record.


"Next to you" on 90210, Yes, Seriously - November 8th, 2011

I'm growing incredulous.  Five songs in one season?  Maybe I could pop in and do a quick acoustic set... if only they'd resurrect the old Peach Pit.  The man behind the bar, the ab man, they call him, well, I'm starting to think he likes my records. I can't tell you exactly where you'll find my song "Next to you" in this week's episode, "Vegas, Maybe," but, maybe, just maybe, it'll be playing in the background in the bar.  It's pretty chill like that.

Keep your ears peeled.  Catch the episode on the WB Tuesday, November 8th.

 

"Go" to air on 90210 - November 1st, 2011

I'm getting hooked. I can't help it.  The new 90210 continues to feature my songs and so I have to watch, and watch... and watch.  This marks three weeks that the WB hit show has included me in their production. It's probably about time I send a bottle of wine as a thank you.  Red or white? 

Watch 90210 this Tuesday, November 1st, to catch my song "Go" in the new episode, "Naomi Throws a Party."  I'll be throwing one too.

 

"Dream a better way" and "Just the way" air on 90210 - October 4, 2011

Watch 90210 on the WB tonight, October 4, and catch my songs "Dream a better way" and "Just the way."  Both songs will be featured tonight on the episode "Let the Games Begin."

This is a double first.  Not only will there be two of my songs in one episode for the first time, but this will mark two episodes in a row.  I'm psyched!

 

"This is" airs on 90210 - September 27, 2011

The last time I watched 90210, Shannen Doherty was dating Jason Priestly.  Someone, maybe Luke Perry's character, was kicked off the football team for smoking crack.  The kids still "studied" at West Beverly High.   And, I'm pretty sure Kurt Cobain was still alive.  That was the last time I watched 90210, that is, until my song "This is" aired on the 90210 episode "Greek Tragedy" on Tuesday night.  Things have changed.  If you missed it, you can check out the iconic American drama at cwtv.com.  And, you can download the song for free right here by joining the email list.

 

"Metal Boy" on The Lying Game on ABC Family - August 29, 2011

ABC Family's The Lying Game will air my song "Metal Boy" on August 29th.  "Metal Boy" was the inspiration behind the title and the artwork for most recent EP, WIND UP TOY.  Happy watching!

 

"Making it better" on Necessary Roughness on USA - July 6, 2011

Check out my song "Making it better" on the USA network TV show Necessary Roughness tonight on the episode "Anchor Management."  It airs at the beginning and again at the end of the episode. 

 

Wind-Up Toy Prepared for Launch - January 30, 2011

I'm excited.  It's the perfect contradiction of mellow and upbeat, a true paradox, if you will.  It's a hopeful, optimistic set of songs.  If you've downloaded the sneak peek of "This is" then you already know what I mean.  If you haven't downloaded the first track yet, you can do so freely when you join the email list.  Digital release on February 1, 2011!

Wind-Up Toy EP

"This is" from Wind-Up Toy EP - January 17, 2011

When I first began to work on the songs for the new record, I was calling it The Way Back.  But, the closer I got to releasing the songs, the more it occurred to me that the new songs generally lacked the nostalgic element that the title implied. What I started to create took on a new life that was apart from its original intent.  The ten songs I went into the studio with and recorded were steadily whittled down to the five on the EP that I am now calling, Wind-Up Toy.  The title is thematically more fitting for its songs.

 

I may still release the remaining songs that didn't make this cut.  Perhaps they require some revision and then I will be happy to release them.

 

Here is the sneak peek; it is the first track: "This is."  Click on the music player above or join the email list to download it free!  Wind-Up Toy will be released February 1st.  Happy listening!

 

EP: Sneak Peek on 1/17 - January 6, 2011

Mastering touches are being added to the five tracks: This Is, Candy Heart, Metal Boy, The Wedding Song, and Let go.  I'll be releasing a sneak peek of the upcoming EP on January 17th!!

 

New/Old "Dream a Better Way" - Original 2" Tape Recording

Dream a Better Way

This is the original 2" tape version of the track. I went with a simpler acoustic version on the Time for Change record instead of going with the original recording. So, this is it. This is the one that didn't make the record. This is the one from the ABC show, Castle, the GMC Terrain commercial, and the Adrianna Papell designer clothing ad. Needless to say, it seemed time I send it out there into the interwebs so that it might crawl among your playlists.