Digging For My Musical Roots

 As I write this blog I’m in St. Louis enjoying a welcome vacation with family and friends. No matter how often I come back to the city of my birth I’m reminded how this city, and my family, have planted my musical roots, and why coming back to a place of strong...

Hitting The Wrong Note and Why It Matters

Out of all the concerts I’ve attended in my life one of the most memorable was seeing Billy Joel perform at my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1978 (perhaps it was 1979?) in support of The Stranger LP, a hugely successful record, part of the rock...

What Is A Standard?

Typically when thinking of the musical term “standard,” most associated with those brilliant songs from the canon of The Great American Songbook and the classic singers that performed them, what comes to mind are images of nattily dressed men in suits, ties loosely...

One of New York’s Shining Voices

On Sunday Morning Sunshine I’ve always made it my mission to not only play the music and artists we know and love, those who originally brought us the enduring music from The Great American Songbook, but to also highlight singers and musicians  whose talent and...