|EXCERPT: "... If you listen you’ll quickly find poetic verse and bare
emotion that boost these fourteen songs to a higher level of cool.... The
opening track “The Little Things You Do” is an enthusiastic love song,
but it’s followed by the Clash-esque “Pick Up the Gun.” This tune shows us
a montage of gritty scenes and includes the lyric “fool me once, shame on
you, fool me twice I’ll kill everyone.” That tune and the others written
by James Power tend to have a darker edge than those by his band-mates,
including his brother and long-time collaborator Michael..."
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The tribute that Jerry Lawson
(former lead singer of The Persuasions)
and I recorded in honor of the incomparable
Reverend Claude Jeter of the Swan
entitled The Man in Room 1009 is now
Now on iTunes Click Here
|I recently got together with
the legendary band
THE UPTOWN HORNS
for an amazing recording
session for the song
IT'S REALLY LOVE (LA-LA-LA)
|The week after our session, they
performed with Sam Moore,
Elvis Costello & Sting at
President Obama's Innauguration
|During their long and highly
acclaimed career, they have worked
with many of the top performers of
our time including James Brown,
The Rolling Stones, The Ohio Players,
Pat Benatar, Solomon Burke
and Robert Plant.
|In November 2009, Keith Lewis and I spent a
very memorable day with Music Historian &
Urban Harmony Authority DR. CHARLES
We visited with Dr Horner to gain further insight
and commentary for Keith's documentary
A LESSON IN A CAPPELLA.
For years I listened to Dr Horner's Urban
Harmony radio program on WXPN in
Philadelphia. His knowledge, and vast collection
of memorabilia (including cylinder recordings of
the Fisk Jubilee Singers that were
roughly 100 years old!), left me speechless.
Hopefully, the day will come when others will
view the enormous contribution of early R&B
and Gospel singers as the classic art form that
Dr. Horner, Keith & I know it to be.
|More information on this meeting can be
found here - ClassicUrbanHarmony
|From Poetry to Song
|The New York Writer's Coalition is beginning a new podcast
series for 2012. I will be composing & performing songs created
from poems collected by the show's host, Laura Solomon.
The opportunity to collaborate with these talented writers
has been an extraordinarily rewarding experience!