“Love at the Five and Dime” – July 2023
“Love at the Five and Dime” is a 4-minute song about a couple named Eddie and Rita, whose love for each other emerges while Eddie visits a Woolworth’s store that Rita works at. Yet their relationship becomes uncertain, as Eddie struggles between his love for Rita and his music career.
It’s a tribute to the late Nanci Griffith (1953-2021)—the Grammy-winning “folkabilly” artist who originally wrote the song and who has been one of my main folk music influences over the years.
This is a remix of an earlier version of the cover song. The release date of the remix is July 1st, 2023 on music streaming and download services; some of the popular services as such are linked to via the icons above to the right of the main menu.
This Town EP to be released in June 2023
The This Town EP is a collection of four folk rock songs that express themes of family and friendship. The tracks include:
1. This Town
2. With a Little Help from My Friends
(John Lennon and Paul McCartney) (feat. Brent Mason on electric guitar)
3. Across the Great Divide
4. United We Stand
The release date of the EP is June 19th, 2023 on music streaming and download services, such as through some of the popular ones linked to via the icons above to the right of the main menu.
“The Lord’s Prayer” (Remix) – March 2022
I’ve traditionally been a rock musician, while occasionally the tender mercies of folk and inspirational music balance it out. This culminated in the release of a single in 2021 called “The Lord’s Prayer,” which is a modern folk music version of The Lord’s Prayer found in the Bible (Matthew 6:9-13). I recited the prayer over the years, yet recently decided to put it to music.
The prayer has been adapted to music before by others, such as in the form of a traditional church hymn or a contemporary Christian song, including music with lyrics loosely based on the prayer. I sought to put it to modern folk music, with the lyrics verbatim with the prayer and the music more hip yet humble as can be done with folk music. This is taking into account that the prayer has traditionally been a sincere prayer, so it would be appropriate to have a song fairly consistent with that.
In 2022, I decided to release a remixed version of the song, that is, “The Lord’s Prayer” (Remix). The remixed version features Grammy Award-winning guitarist Brent Mason, and it is complemented by a lyric video on YouTube.
The cover art for the remixed version (shown below) depicts a painting called “Sermon on the Mount,” by celebrated Danish painter Carl Bloch (1834-1890). The sermon would have occurred around the time and place that Jesus would have introduced The Lord’s Prayer to his disciples.
“Snow Angels” (Remix) – November 2021
“Snow Angels” (Remix) is a festive song for the winter holidays. This is a remix of the original version of the song released several years ago; the remix is set for release on November 15th, 2021. It features Grammy Award-winning guitarist Brent Mason, and Canadian Juno Award-nominated musician Annabelle Chvostek on mandolin. The song is complimented by a stop-motion animated music video on YouTube.
Updated music video of “1950’s Rock ‘n Roll” – September 2021
Music broadcast on nationally syndicated Coast to Coast AM radio show – August 2021
The song “1950’s Rock ‘n Roll” was featured as bumper music on the August 1st, 2021 episode of Coast to Coast AM. The song can be heard toward the end of the first hour of the episode. On the first Sunday of every month, host George Noory presents emerging artists for some of the Bumper Music selections, which the song was a part of. (Thanks to Coast to Coast for taking the opportunity to share the music.)