What Child Is This

“What Child Is This?” has words written by Englishman William Chatterton Dix in 1865. Subsequently set to the tune of “Greensleeves”, a traditional English folk song, the carol is actually more popular in the United States than in its country of origin today. My version is a jazz waltz.


November 30, 2022 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Run Run Rudolf

This is my instrumental cover of “Run Run Rudolf”, a Christmas song written by Chuck Berry but credited to Johnny Marks and M. Brodie due to Marks’ trademark on the character of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was first recorded by Berry in 1958, and released as a single on Chess Records. It has since been covered by many artists.

November 29, 2022 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

For Once in My Life

“For Once in My Life” is an original instrumental ballad.

November 23, 2022 at 7:36 am Leave a comment

Theme from “Dead Giveaway”

Theme from “Dead Giveaway” is an original instrumental in an early 1960s style. Specifically, it is intended to sound like the theme from a British movie or TV melodrama from that period as played by the Shadows.

November 22, 2022 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Autumn in New York

This is my arrangement of “Autumn in New York”, originally written by Vernon Duke in 1934.

It was written without a commission or for a specific show, but Duke offered it to producer Murray Anderson for his Broadway musical Thumbs Up!. The play opened on December 27, 1934 where the song was performed by singer J. Harold Murray.

Many versions of the song have been recorded over the years by numerous musicians and singers. The only version to achieve chart success as a single in the USA was that by Frank Sinatra, which reached No. 27 in 1949.

November 21, 2022 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Some Days I Am Hopeful

“Some Days I Am Hopeful” (some days I am not) is an original instrumental in a jazz-waltz/fusion style.

November 20, 2022 at 7:48 am Leave a comment

Pick Up the Pieces

This is my cover of “Pick Up the Pieces”, which was a huge instrumental hit for the Average White Band in 1975. Consisting entirely of Scottish musicians, the group formed in London in the early 1970s and is considered one of the best funk bands of all time.

November 19, 2022 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Today I Have None

“Today I Have None” is an original instrumental ballad.

November 18, 2022 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Island Shadows

“Island Shadows” is an original instrumental intended to sound like something the Shadows might have done in the earl to mid 1960s.

November 17, 2022 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Are There Some Things

“Are There Some Things” is an original instrumental ballad.

November 16, 2022 at 7:53 am Leave a comment

B-Side Blues

“B-Side Blues” is an original 12-bar guitar-rock-instrumental intended to sound like something the Ventures might have recorded in the early 1960s to serve as the “B-Side” to a single or a “filler track” on an album.

November 15, 2022 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

There Is No Time Left

“There Is No Time Left” is an original instrumental ballad.

November 13, 2022 at 7:47 am Leave a comment

Toast to Joe Beam

“Toast to Joe Beam” is an original jazz/bossa nova instrumental tribute to the great Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.

November 12, 2022 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

“Once Upon a Fairy Tale” is an original instrumental in a pop-rock style.

November 11, 2022 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Cheap Phil’s Honky Tonk Blues

“Cheap Phil’s Honky Tonk Blues” is an original instrumental intended to evoke the feel of an early 1960s Ventures 12-bar blues-based track used to “fill out” an album or serve as a “B-side”. Both the Ventures and Shadows discographies are full of tracks like this. In many, many cases, I actually prefer these tracks to the “featured” ones.

November 10, 2022 at 7:52 am Leave a comment

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