It has been a while since my last update. Frankly, I haven’t had a lot to share since my CD Release Celebration in November, which was a very gratifying experience. Definitely a highlight of 2021. The video turned out great too, and can now be viewed on this site, by going to “Media” and clicking “Videos.” Note: The performance doesn’t actually start until 5 minutes into the video.
As a result of that performance, the Jabberwackers blues and jazz band asked my trio (The nucleus of the large ensemble I performed with at the Release Party) to perform between their sets at Brown’s Diner, just before Thanksgiving, and that went well too–thanks, to all who came out. I feel fortunate that those two gigs fell in the lull between COVID surges, but then things spiked again, and we decided to wait until things settle down before booking more gigs. Now that cases are dropping, I hope to start lining up some more performances–stay tuned. My nursing home gigs were also largely cancelled, but are slowly picking up.
So, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on, but I did want to mention a few things, while also simply wanting to stay in touch. On Sunday, March 13th, from 6 – 10 p.m., there will be a big benefit for Miranda Sullivan at the Commodore Lounge, hosted by Debi Champion, and I will be performing a song or two around 6:30 that night. There will be many songwriters on the bill–some of them hit writers, and others probably only a step away from having a hit. This event was originally scheduled for January, but got snowed out. Hopefully, good weather will prevail this time. Please come out.
Miranda was in a head on collision shortly before Thanksgiving, spent a month at Vanderbilt Hospital, and has been slowly getting her strength and her life back, but with no income and bills piling up, she needs help. Donations will be gratefully accepted, and I believe there will be a silent auction, so if you have something to sell that will help the cause, please bring it. For anyone not familiar with the Commodore Lounge, it is in the Holiday Inn on West End Ave. at 28th Ave. South.
Congratulations to Holly Butler on the release of her debut novel, “Me, Myself, and Marilyn.” This engaging story about Kelly Jean Cavanaugh–a struggling Hollywood actress and budding songwriter–seemed at first to simply be a kind of romance novel, but it is really about a woman not only struggling with her acting career and her love life, but most of all with her own self esteem. She starts getting visited by the spirit of Marilyn Monroe, who she has been impersonating at conventions and private parties to make ends meet. Marilyn’s advice is often sound, but not always welcome. Written in first person, the story, the places Kelly visits, the conflicted feelings about her affairs, and even the juicy love scenes are all very believable. Is there any hope for Kelly? I suggest you get the book and find out. I really enjoyed it.
BTW, if you have a copy of my “Messages” CD and have liked it, I would love it if you would post a review on Amazon. I heard that if you get 25 reviews, it gets more promotion, though I don’t know exactly how that works. Hey, good promotion never hurts.
Well, that’s all for this edition. Spring is just around the corner, so let’s enjoy. Be well, stay safe.