Saturday, October 7, 2017

Steel in My Soul

My latest recording...  "Steel in My Soul" is my ode to the struggle between my Christ and Hitler.  John Lennon once said, "We're all Christ and we're all Hitler; we want Christ to win."  The God in me fights the devil.  Written 24 years ago, having the chance to record it properly with great musicians and my wonderful producer is such a privilege.  Music is the greatest expression of my soul and I wrote back then that "Passion and truth is all we need... God is the greatest dramatist... that I resist the better angel and I am a bitter stranger... that which doesn't kill you makes you stronger."  And then it ends with Paul Williams's great line from "Phantom of the Paradise," which says it all.

Steel in My Soul

There is laughter in the air; there’s a voice on the wing.
God’s the greatest dramatist in everything–
Resist the better angel, ’cause it’s a bitter stranger.
What doesn’t kill you keeps you out of danger.

Saints alive! Saints alive!
In the hidden heart.

I don’t know where I come from,
Don’t know where I’ve been.
But I’ve got steel in my soul.
Ain’t no luck in the air….
I know all that I need is passion and truth.
Give me back my youth
and I’ll give it to you.

Running like mad in the waking dream,
(I) can’t get back to the living connection.
I can’t find shelter for my own protection.

I’ve got steel in my soul, steel in my soul, steel in my soul –Ain’t stealin’ my soul.

Won’t make the Faustian bargain, gotta retract the deal.
Mephistopheles will have to find another soul to steal.

And a mysterious comfort puts its arms around you
and holds you close and tells you,
“It’s alright. It’s alright.”
“Sleep tonight. Sleep tonight.”

[Alternate ending: tribute to Paul Williams/”Phantom of the Paradise”:
"All the devils that disturbed me and the angels that defeated them somehow...
come together in me now..."]

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Cape Cod Adventure

From Boston to Hyannis to Orleans and back... my trip to Cape Cod was colorful and inspiring - from Chatham to Wellfleet to Brewster to Provincetown... the galleries, the flowers, the Hopper-inspired cottages, the great art community...and that wonderful book store.  Also stopped off in Boston for the wonderful Matisse show: Matisse in the Studio.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Making Fun of Pain

 Making Fun of Pain
Here's my new song that communicates the pain of our world today... with a positive message in the end from the Robots...  dedicated to Paul Williams and the Robots of Daft Punk.
Listen here:

Making Fun of Pain

Breathe until you drop dead.
Break the spell that’s in your head.
You’ll see the sparks will fly away
until the Earth is round.
Again, you’ll find the black meets white.

Then you’ll stop making fun of pain.
You’ll find the truth can help you on the way.
The world is so fragile.
Stop causing it pain!

Believe the time has come at last
to break the patterns of the past.
You’ll find the God within heals
and takes the pain away.
Now you can go on to the next life...

    Robots Dance
    Robots Sing
    Robots Rule!

Consciousness will reveal
that we cannot truly feel
the way the Earth can move us to the stars
a-way to find the planet Mars.----

    Robots Dance
    Robots Sing
    Robots Rule
    Robots Love
    Robots Drive
    Robots... Alive!
    Robots DIE!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Paul Williams & Daft Punk

I posted this blog about one of my greatest influences in music back in 2013.  Paul Williams has gone on to do so many incredible things in his life over the years... and still going strong in his 70s.  

I really love his collaboration with Daft Punk on a gorgeous piece of music: "Touch." 

Here is Paul talking about his collaboration and his life and work with addictions.

He not only inspired music in me, but my first live Rock Opera back in the '80s, "Acceptance," which was based on "Phantom of the Paradise."  

Watch "Daft Punk Unchained" - a great documentary on the group and their innovative techniques and style.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blah Blah Land

What has happened to American culture?  It's a sad, sad situation, if you ask me.

Here is a big example of Hollywood trying to shove its mediocrity down our throats.  In spite of critics falling over themselves going crazy over "La La Land," I thought it was terrible... neither lead could sing OR dance, the songs were blah... there were some good scenes... but mostly this film has been ridiculously overrated.  I LONGED for Fred & Ginger... Is this what we've come to?

The Oscars have fallen by way of The Grammy's with its embarrassing nominations. “La La Land” got more nominations than “Gone with the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “The Godfather,” “Schindler’s List,” “Return of the King,” “Ben-Hur”. . . I could go on for quite a while because “La La Land” got more nominations than any film ever made, except for "Titanic" and "All About Eve??"

This is indicative of the downfall of American culture. Listen to Paul Joseph Watson - I agree with him - American culture has fallen into a pit of sludge.  It's up to Americans to stop supporting these people who call themselves "artists."

The only show on television I've seen lately that is worth watching is The Young Pope - a very creative, controversial, provocative take on Vatican City and the first American pope.  Jude Law is marvelous in this role and each episode is a surprise.  I like the soundtrack, too - it's fun and entertaining, unique and colourful, especially the opening theme song, taken from Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower."

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Love of Digital Photography

My love of digital photography essentially started with a photograph I took at Coney Island of the original Nathan's (I also did a painting of the picture).  That was back in the early 2000’s.  I’ve expanded my love of digital photography greatly over the past almost 20 years... and have gone through a lot of cameras.  I love taking pictures of cityscapes, cafes, flowers, colourful scenes and whimsical subjects.  I’ve posted close to 7,300 pictures on Flickr and use my art and photography to express myself in music. Here are some of my albums:
Skies of Drama

Saturday, October 22, 2016


I wrote this song on John Lennon's birthday back in 1986!  This is a new updated recording.


I don’t believe any more than anyone.
I can’t believe what’s been going on.
I can’t explain my believing to you.
Those excuses are nothing new.

It’s not an easy time to live right.
You’ve been blind, now possess insight.
Understand what I believe to be true.
Revelations don’t come out of the blue.

Black is darkest and white is bright,
but the world is really not so right.
In the context of day and night,
it’s the darkest before the light.

Revelations come to me.
Open my eyes so I can see.
Let the truth come clear to me.
It’s a promise that will come to be.
Revelations in my face
no cloud-like vagueness or empty space.
Reality close in on my time.
(It) gives me the start to my uphill climb.

I am seeing a clearer me.
I have seen the brightest light.
Faith that lives inside is deep -
a purer vision; the highest height.