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Psychic Jay Bell Finds My Car Keys And Other Stuff

To understand the mystery of Psychic Jay Bell, we need to go back in time for a brief setting of the story, which finds me delivering singing telegrams, frequently dressed as a Flasher. It was the most fun job I … Continue reading

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Jesse Winchester

One of my all-time songwriting heroes and favorite singers has passed, sadly way too young at only 69. Jesse Winchester wrote beautiful, distinctive songs from folk to funky. His tunes were covered by many other artists and songwriters, whose respect … Continue reading

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Multitasking in Jamaica? No way, Mon.

Whenever I’m in south Florida, I like to drop in on my expat Jamaican friends for a home-cooked Caribbean feast. This is the opposite of fast food. It takes hours to eat and days to digest. Just thinking about it … Continue reading

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New Song: “How ‘Bout That Game”

I have to let you know right up front, the idea for this tune comes from the lovely and talented Lisa Firestone.  (More about her in a minute*)  It’s one of those clever song ideas that made me laugh, then … Continue reading

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“All These Atoms” Wins A Posi Award

In a shocking upset and thrilling finish, my tune “All These Atoms” came first in the featured “Most Uniting Song” contest Sunday at Orlando’s Marriott Airport Hotel. “All These Atoms” was a longshot underdog, going off at steep odds behind … Continue reading

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Six Months To Live: The Story Of Evy McDonald

NOTE: By request, I have excerpted this story from my book, Atilla The Gate Agent: Travel Tales and Life Lessons From A Musical Laf-ologist. During 1990 I lived in the Cayman Islands, working as an entertainer at a posh resort. … Continue reading

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Business And Life Lessons From Songwriting?

Yes, amazingly, there’s a correlation. Here’s a short list: 1. Influences Are Important Or at least count for a lot. For example, there are many great love songs in the world, but there are a lot of other songs — … Continue reading

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You CAN Buy Happiness

(Scroll down for more photos…) Three years ago a large group of us visited a girls orphanage in Bali. Many of these girls are not orphans, but their families can’t afford to keep them. Still, the girls are generally happy. … Continue reading

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Laughter, Silliness, Songwriting, Creativity

Here’s an interview I did recently with emPower Music and Arts, about living the humor lifestyle. (A great website and resource, by the way.) Greg,sharing laughter sounds like a pretty fantastic job description, but I bet it’s harder than it … Continue reading

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How To Be Funny (from someone who had to learn it)

Some people have asked me lately how to be funny, and my first response used to be, “How the heck should I know — I’m not funny.” But on the other hand, people have been laughing at me a lot … Continue reading

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