On a business trip to Chicago a few years back, I had a riff that was sticking in my head from the start of my trip. I was only going to be in Chicago for about 4 days. I’ll tell you something about the windy city, there are plenty of cool blues and jazz clubs that you have to go to, to immerse yourself in the flavor of the city. I was privileged and able to go to just 2 in my 4 day stay. The first one is called B.L.U.E.S., in which is a small club with a tiny intimate stage that packs them in nightly to hear some real great players. Lot’s of local musicians play there as well as some up and coming newbies – don’t miss that club. Another club I was able to check out was Rosa’s Lounge in which , I thought was blues at it’s best. There is so many other clubs I would liked to have visited–but alas 4 days and on a business trip, I just could not do it, as they say it, “there’s always next time”. Well back to the riff in my head. As said, the whole trip and my club hopping brought me around to thinking how I can tie this riff into a song. So with the riff in my head, I wanted to get back home to my studio to see what I could work out. Wait a second – if I have a riff, what about some lyric’s? My trip to Chicago was coming to an end and I summoned up an Uber on my Iphone to take me back to the airport and home. The Uber picked me up and we proceeded to drive through town and onto the freeway towards Midway airport. Then I saw it – First one billboard than another ” Pink Monkey” it was a strip club – I fell in love!!!!!  (not only with the strip club by the name Pink Monkey)19740099808_07bae95806

Now I got my inspiration mojo to start feverishly writing. I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper from my brief case and started to Pen the lyric’s – Ohh – The Pink Monkey – as I got to the plane it struck me from where my journey started and where I would end back to. New York to Chicago (and a layover in) Baltimore to get back to New York the words just flowed out as I sat in (BWI) Baltimore Airport waiting for my flight back to New York.

Please Enjoy 

“The Pink Monkey”

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On a business trip to Chicago a few years back, I had a riff that was sticking in my head from the start of my trip. I was only going to be in Chicago for about 4 days. I’ll tell you something about the windy city, there are plenty of cool blues and jazz clubs that you have to go to, to immerse yourself in the flavor of the city. I was privileged and able to go to just 2 in my 4 day stay. The first one is called B.L.U.E.S., in which is a small club with a tiny intimate stage that packs them in nightly to hear some real great players. Lot’s of local musicians play there as well as some up and coming newbies – don’t miss that club. Another club I was able to check out was Rosa’s Lounge in which , I thought was blues at it’s best. There is so many other clubs I would liked to have visited–but alas 4 days and on a business trip, I just could not do it, as they say it, “there’s always next time”. Well back to the riff in my head. As said, the whole trip and my club hopping brought me around to thinking how I can tie this riff into a song. So with the riff in my head, I wanted to get back home to my studio to see what I could work out. Wait a second – if I have a riff, what about some lyric’s? My trip to Chicago was coming to an end and I summoned up an Uber on my Iphone to take me back to the airport and home. The Uber picked me up and we proceeded to drive through town and onto the freeway towards Midway airport. Then I saw it – First one billboard than another ” Pink Monkey” it was a strip club – I fell in love!!!!!  (not only with the strip club by the name Pink Monkey)

Now I got my inspiration mojo to start feverishly writing. I grabbed a pen and a piece of paper from my brief case and started to Pen the lyric’s – Ohh – The Pink Monkey – as I got to the plane it struck me from where my journey started and where I would end back to. New York to Chicago (and a layover in) Baltimore to get back to New York the words just flowed out as I sat in (BWI) Baltimore Airport waiting for my flight back to New York.

Please Enjoy 

“The Pink Monkey”

 One Last Time as the Summer is Ending

Let’s go Surfing!

Figure we give it one last shot, or should we say “WAVE” while the weather is still hot and the water is even hotter!

Surfing was a song that was written in collaboration from my first band, The Lampshades. I came up with the bass riff and the band joined in and contributed to make the basics of the song. I wrote the lyrics and sung the song. This version still has the basic’s and lyrics intact, although it was re-imagined with some new twists to the song.

 Would like to thank all the Photographers from Unsplash for their awesome photos that were used in this video
 Julie Macey – https://unsplash.com/@jules144
Teddy Kelly – https://unsplash.com/@teddykelley                                                                       
Chris Osmond – https://unsplash.com/@chrisosmond                                                           
 Connor Murphy – https://unsplash.com/@conner3400                                                             
Abigail Lynn – https://unsplash.com/@shmabbss                                                                     
 Vladimir  Kudinov –  https://unsplash.com/@madbyte                                                           
 Joschko Hammermann –  https://unsplash.com/@hmmrmnn                                                 
Joey Pilgrim –   https://unsplash.com/@joeypilgrim                                                                 
 Christopher Campbell – https://unsplash.com/@chrisjoelcampbell                                     
Andes Wideskott –  https://unsplash.com/@wideshot                                                             
 Frank McKenna – https://unsplash.com/@frankiefoto                                                               
Jade Rousseau –    https://unsplash.com/@calamityjady                                                         
 Sherry Zhu – https://unsplash.com/@sherryxzhu                                                                       
Steve Halama –  https://unsplash.com/@steve3p_0                                                                     
Patrick Tomasso – https://unsplash.com/@impatrickt                                                               
Charisse Kenion – https://unsplash.com/@charissek                                                                 
Yoann Boyer -https://unsplash.com/@yoannboyer                                           
Jeremy Bishop -https://unsplash.com/@tentides
Zachary Shea@zacharyshea
I hope I got everyone — if i missed someone apologies

 The release of the first single off of “Electric Collaborations”

Surfing!

Surfing was a song that was written in collaboration from my first band, The Lampshades. I came up with the bass riff and the band joined in and contributed to make the basics of the song. I wrote the lyrics and sung the song. This version still has the basic’s and lyrics intact, although it was re-imagined with some new twists to the song.

 

Would like to thank all the Photographers from Unsplash for their awesome photos that were used in this video

 Julie Macey – https://unsplash.com/@jules144                                                                        Teddy Kelly – https://unsplash.com/@teddykelley                                                                       Chris Osmond – https://unsplash.com/@chrisosmond                                                             Connor Murphy – https://unsplash.com/@conner3400                                                               Abigail Lynn – https://unsplash.com/@shmabbss                                                                           Vladimir  Kudinov –  https://unsplash.com/@madbyte                                                                      Joschko Hammermann –  https://unsplash.com/@hmmrmnn                                              Joey Pilgrim –   https://unsplash.com/@joeypilgrim                                                                    Christopher Campbell – https://unsplash.com/@chrisjoelcampbell                                        Andes Wideskott –  https://unsplash.com/@wideshot                                                                Frank McKenna – https://unsplash.com/@frankiefoto                                                              Jade Rousseau –    https://unsplash.com/@calamityjady                                                          Sherry Zhu – https://unsplash.com/@sherryxzhu                                                                   Steve Halama –  https://unsplash.com/@steve3p_0                                                               Patrick Tomasso – https://unsplash.com/@impatrickt                                                          Charisse Kenion – https://unsplash.com/@charissek                                                                 Yoann Boyer -https://unsplash.com/@yoannboyer                                                               Jeremy Bishop -https://unsplash.com/@tentides

I hope I got everyone — if i missed someone apologies