I am first and mostly a songwriter. I write in many styles, including
early jazz, folk, rock, country, blues. I have also written songs for
a street theater/cabaret production based on scenes from Tennessee Williams'
A Streetcar Named Desire, mostly for the women in the play.
sing my own songs as well as jazz standards, and I have performed with
the Apollo Jazz Group, a swing band; and the San Francisco Starlight
Orchestra, a 20's and 30's big band. I have also performed as a dancer
with many bands, including Mal Sharpe's Big Money in Jazz and the Preservation
Hall Jazz Band. I studied modern dance throughout my childhood, and
Isadora Duncan dance in adulthood, for over 15 years. I have danced
in numerous festivals and parades, both in New York and the Bay Area,
for the past 20 years.
the early 80's, I was a member of the Coop, a musicians' cooperative
in New York, where I performed my songs at a popular local club, the
Speakeasy, as well as Gerdes Folk City and other well-known clubs.
I lived in Nashville in 1988 and was in the chorus of a weekly TV show,
Bobby Jones Gospel -- quite a departure for me, and I loved it. Our
chorus also appeared at the Nashville Summer Lights Festival and in
the Tennessee Repertory Theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
I moved back to New York later that year, then to San Francisco in 1995,
where I have performed my songs at various venues and at the annual
Bay to Breakers race.
grown up with classical, Broadway, and folk music, I consider a good
melody most important in a song, as well as lyrics that make sense.
I love the process of songwriting, though I agree with Randy Newman
that it can be "agonizing." (But exhilarating too, Randy!)
I love performing, and consider recording a necessary evil -- though
it gets easier over the years, thanks to technology and a more positive
recently put together two CDs with Bill Ring from old recordings. The
first is Bootleg and the second is Going Free
a compilation of songs of the soul with spiritual
themes. I wanted to make as many of my songs available as possible,
even though the sound quality is not up to my usual standards. In the
future I will rerecord some of these songs.
the meantime, my CD, Lady in Waiting, is available on CDBaby.com.
I'm really into variety, and this album includes many styles: romantic
Celtic-type ballads, swing, bluesy folk, and a medical marijuana song.
available from CDBaby.com is my previous album, 10 Years Before.
These are songs I performed with Bill Ring and Ironwood many years ago.
Eleven of the songs are mine. "The Night You Told Me (My Body Was
a Must)" was written by Rick Barse and Nevele Adams, both deceased
and dearly loved. The last four songs are four of Bill's best and some
of my favorites. Altogether over 70 minutes of music! The style ranges
from folk to blues to rock to country. Click
song titles on the song lists above hear them. Click the button
to purchase CDs or MP3 downloads.
My earlier releases include:
Dinosaur Blues (2000) Released at
the Burning Man festival.
Nobody Dances (1999)
Cool Dolphin (1995) With Bill Ring.
Folk/Blues/Country. Most of the songs from this tape are on 10
Years Before, or on Bill Ring and Friends.
About Time (1990) Mostly jazz standards
plus White Birds (included on 10 Years Before.)