Archive for August, 2016

Love is Blue

This is my arrangement of “Love is Blue”, which sat at #1 in the USA for five weeks in 1968. That is an amazing accomplishment for an instrumental. The Ventures included a cover on their 1969 album, “More Golden Greats”.

August 31, 2016 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

In My Life


This wonderful song from the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” is largely the work on John Lennon. It is justifiably one of their most highly regarded tracks.

August 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

Things We Said Today

This song was written for the movie “A Hard Days Night” but was not included in the film. It did appear on the album. I had originally planned to do an arrangement similar to the original. However, once I dug into it the melody and changes screamed **SURF**. So that’s what I did.

August 29, 2016 at 6:07 am Leave a comment

Catch Us if You Can

In 1965, the Dave Clark Five were featured in a movie (directed by John Voorman, who went on to direct “Deliverance” among many other movies) titled “Having a Wild Weekend”. “Catch Us if You Can” was one of the main hits from the film score. While starting like the original, my arrangement quickly veers into rockabilly territory.

August 28, 2016 at 6:47 am Leave a comment

The “In” Crowd

A #13 hit for Dobie Gray in 1964, it was taken to #5 in a jazz/instrumental version by Ramsey Lewis in 1965. Of course my version is surf-rock/Ventures style.

August 27, 2016 at 6:42 am Leave a comment

The Night Before

This is my somewhat surfy version instrumental cover of the Beatles’ “The Night Before”, which was featured in the movie “Help”.


August 26, 2016 at 6:37 am Leave a comment


This is my instrumental arrangement of “Michelle” — another of those pretty, sort of sappy Beatles tunes. It was released in December 1965 on their album Rubber Soul and was composed principally by Paul McCartney.


August 25, 2016 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

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August 2016