In my twenties I was singer-songwriter living in Sausalito, CA. There I taught songwriting at the former Family Light Music School. I was fortunate to be not only a teacher but a student of a master of the Chicago Blues, Michael Bloomfield. During my tenure at the school, I wrote a book called Songwriting: How To Write Music and Lyrics published in 1977. That year I moved Los Angeles where I wrote and performed songs in west Los Angeles. In 1979 I won a prize at one of Len Chandler and John Braheny’s L. A. Songwriters Showcase performances. Then suddenly, at thirty-two, I gave up songwriting to write screenplays and, more recently, novels.
I always planned to return to songwriting someday, and it seems I have. Most of my songs begin as the soundtracks of dreams. It always takes me a minute to realize the music is not from the radio, but from the dream itself. Frankly many are not worth getting up and writing down. The others I carry into my studio and record whatever music and lyrical elements I recall. I’ve finished most of the songs now. I’ve performed them in and around Seattle, and more recently around my new home in Boise, Idaho. Here are some examples of my material from my Seattle days. I’ll be filming more recent songs soon. Please, use headphones or earbuds. The sound quality is well worth the effort, and thanks.
Bueno, the Roan
The song is in the voice of a man trying to guide his lifelong friend back to the humanity of their youth, when they rode horses among the forested hills of northern New Mexico.
Santa Fe County
This is the story of a man who leaves his young girlfriend behind in Texas to become who he calls the Poet of Santa Fe County. Though his ambition costs him the prospect of a happy life with her, it is a price he is willing to pay.