Until you click on the other songs below, you are listening to:
MRS. PAUL McCARTNEY
my cute-as-a-button homage to my first true love
Dreams Do Come True
Cryin' In Your Arms
Internet Love and Hate
I get to rock
What Is Your Name Again?
That's When It Happened
A perfect song for Steve and Eydie
Open Your Eyes
I did this vocal with
Cher in mind
End of the World For Me
Soon It Will Be Christmas Day
a lush dreamy instrumental
reworking of End of the World For Me
a vocal version of Soon It Will Be Christmas Day
Can't Spot Your Lies in the Dark, Instrumental version.
This would make a great jingle
Can't Spot Your Lies in the Dark, Vocal version
upbeat very retro pop
There are some people who deserve my public thanks for the blessing of their friendship,
which has inspired me both personally and creatively:
Doris Kenner Jackson of The Shirelles, whose essence led me to write a song called
The Lady Made of Diamonds, Silk, and Pearls, and she most
Del Shannon, one of the most warm, fun people I've ever been around
Joe LaBracio, known to the music world as Joe Long, the heart and soul of The
Four Seasons from 1965 to 1975.
There has never been a more magnetic person on
this earth. Joey, I treasure every moment I spend in your presence, and I love
you more than words could express.
Alan O'Day, who wrote one of my favorite songs, Helen Reddy's Angie Baby, and
Rock and Roll Heaven, and who is remembered for his own 1970s hit,
Alan, when you befriended me, you quickly become lodged
deep in my heart. I keep trying to cough you out, but I get nowhere.
In late 2008 Alan released a new CD. Check out his website:
I am my truest self when I am creating a new song.
There's a special kind of frustration to being a talented songwriter in the 21st century who
should have been sitting in a colorful cubicle in the Brill Building of the 'sixties. My songs
tell stories. They have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Even my sad love songs make people
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So I finally decided to accept my niche: No matter how contemporary I try to be, my songs sound
as if they were hits in the early seventies. I think they're a cross between Carole King and
Carly Simon, with maybe a touch of a female Gordon Lightfoot thrown in. People say I
sound like Grace Slick of The Jefferson Airplane or Joan Baez or someone who would sing the
theme song to That Girl.
Turn Cryin' in Your Arms
I used to write songs that could've been hits for Helen Reddy or The Carpenters, The Captain
& Tennille, Olivia Newton-John, or Anne Murray. I finally came to realize that instead of aiming
for the current music market, maybe my songs were meant to be in TV shows and movies that
are set in the 1960s and pre-disco 1970s. Or for any kind of project that needs a retro sound
But then, in mid-2008 I "found myself" on another website, where my songs have finally been
exposed to the masses, and I realize that the breakdown of music into so many sub-categories
gives me a chance to reach kindred spirits who still like the sound and feel of a time
when songs were melodious and had meaningful lyrics, even if you can't dance to them!
I used to say that I offer my songs here for their potential to make their mark in their
own unique place: the past.
And....that they may be kitschy but they sure are catchy!
BUT I don't believe that anymore!
YEP, I still believe they're catchy.
But kitschy? Not so much.
I fully believe that almost all of my songs could be rearranged to fit today's current market.
And yes, that is a DARE...to any producer, artist or group, A&R man (do they still exist), music
publisher, or anyone else who is wise and talented enough to hear the HIT behind my arrangement.
or Danger Zone
or Dreams Do Come True
into a pop hit.
Just remember, they're all copyright protected...so contact me before you try.
FOR THOSE WHO SAVOR THE DETAILS.....
Upbeat, carefree, and lighthearted is how I seem to come across, even with my saddest lyrics.
Thus a new and valued friend began calling me "Happy Retro Girl". And so that I have become.
Who are my influences, you ask??
The Beatles were my first conscious influence. In my early songs you can hear the influences of
two quite disparate groups, The Eagles and The Cowsills. I recently realized that I might have
been influenced by Maria Muldaur's Midnight at the Oasis.
I was compelled to write songs every time I heard Dolly Parton's Here You Come Again,
Linda Ronstadt's early hit Long, Long Time, and Lobo's Don't Expect Me to Be Your
Two songs that made a deep impression on me were Crosby, Stills, & Nash's Our House and
Simon & Garfunkel's Keep the Customer Satisfied. Both songs had such fascinating
The former bled seamlessly from verse to chorus and back, its tempo constantly
changing. The latter's lyrics and beat were so all over the place, they were impossible to
pin down. I was drawn to the complicated, the minor chords, and the ability to tell a complete
story in less than three minutes.
In my quest to be contemporary, I've tried to fashion songs that would be perfect for Cher,
Whitney Houston, and even Boys II Men. I guess it didn't work.
My dream is to hear Barbra Streisand sing Moondrift, a haunting and erotic melody
that requires someone with a tremendous range in scale. A Mariah Carey or Celine Dion could
do justice to it. Anyone want to drop them a copy?
I think one of my trademarks is that even in my saddest songs of heartbreak and most
joyful songs of love, my lyrics are tongue-in-cheek.
In The End of the World For Me the verses go,
"Take my life in your hands, take my freedom away."
"Tell me all your demands, tell me lies every day."
"You make all of our plans, you have all of the say."
"But don't leave me again or it's the end of the world for me."
It's happy, sappy, snappy, and corny, but it gets across both the love and the pain, along with
the fact that she, Wink Wink, doesn't really mean all those submissive promises.
In another song, one of tremendous pain and loss, is the line "Do they cover poison in my
health insurance?" And in yet another, inspired by the loss of the same love, is the line
"I gave up mental health for you," incongruously matched with an upbeat, rocking tempo.
This girl might be suicidal but she never lost her sense of humor.
Most of my songs have been sent to me in dreams. One time in a dream, Alanis Morissette sang an
almost complete song to me. I woke up and wrote it down, but was afraid to finish it because I
was sure it must be an existing song that I'd heard in passing somewhere. (Truthfully, I stopped
listening to current music when all of The Beatles were still alive. I'm proud to say, however,
that I discovered Steely Dan in 1993 and Hall & Oates in 1999.)
In that song, What Is Your Name Again?, is my infamous opening line, "I woke up early,
had to answer nature's call. Where was that bathroom? I think it's somewhere down this hall."
It's about a gal who spent the night at the home of a guy she met the night before. The lyrics
all came from my dream, and it's one of the very few songs I've written that have absolutely no
connection to my own life. I still think it's Alanis's.
"Never been here with my baby snake" was a line I dreamed. The tune was
good, but I don't have a snake, baby or otherwise, so I turned it into a
song called "Never Been the Kind," and the lines, "Never been the kind to
give when I could take..." and "Never thought a day would come when I could
Within its melody is a subconscious homage to a couple of songs by David
Gates and Bread and The Association's Never My
Love. It's one of the few songs I have that lyrically can be sung by either
gender, and it's about as close to country as I get. No minor chords. Well,
maybe a couple.
My masterpiece, Moondrift, came in a dream as "Ride along with the mystic." I didn't see
where I could go lyrically with that, so it somehow became "Ride away on a moondrift." I
thought I'd made up the word. Boy, was I shocked to learn ten years later that Sammy Cahn had
co-written a song by that name. I now think of the opening line as "I'm a lonely fish stick."
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