Some Cool Projects I've Worked On Recently

   I guess these things come in waves. I've had occasion of late to produce a number of 60's covers for different clients. Pete McIlroy, a longtime fan of folk duo Ian & Silvia, commissioned sweet new versions of four of their biggest songs. The very next week, JD Buhl flew in from Oakland to sing a medley of "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Everybody Loves a Clown". (Gary Lewis & the Playboys, don'tcha know!) And I'm staying in the 60's groove for the rest of the month recording a new batch of ten songs for our app, "Sing Harmonies", including more retro stuff: Beatles, Paul Simon, CSNY, and others. Mighty fun to revisit songs from my salad days!
   Here's a taste of a 2017 instrumental of mine that turned out quite well. It's not a 60's cover, of course, but to me it does sound reminiscent of a 60's movie theme. It's called "Dance of the Catalan Gypsies".
Nick Carter (No, not the Backstreet Boy and not the private detective) is a singer-songwriter who's threatened for years to record an album of his original material. He's finally decided to pull the trigger and the first four songs we've tackled came out great. Here's a sampling.
   Over the years I’ve produced a number of “place” songs—you know, those heartfelt odes to one’s city, state, or country. A few additions to the genre came through Studio X recently that turned out quite well. One is “Marianas”, Rob Koenig’s groovin’ piece about his Pacific island home. Another fave is Brad Cole’s love letter to his windy hometown, “Oh Chicago”.  And ironically, “Stars and Stripes of Freedom”, a patriotic flag-waver, was sent in by longtime client Wayne Jacobs, a lifelong Londoner (go figure!)  Hear a few snippets here. 
In-between clients this year I produced my wife Susan Ander's newest album "Loop de Loop". It's chock-full of left-of-center percussion and layered vocals. Here's the first track "Dark Rich Soil". You can hear more of the album on Susan's site, and you can download this song for free.