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May 31, 2019

Before I pressed the Play button on my CD player to listen to Jimmy Yessian’s new CD, The Future, I thought about Jimmy’s sometimes rough sometimes smooth, yet always soulful deep voice. And even though there’s a country feeling to the man, I thought about his almost d...

June 30, 2018

It’s summertime! Yay! I’m reminded of vacations and fun road trips. Are you old enough to remember the AAA Trip Tik? I loved those things. Rather than pull out a giant map of your destination, that you had to pull off the road to even read, they made a small ‘flip char...

June 1, 2018

Paul is probably my favorite pop songwriter of all time. The first time I saw him perform was in Central Park in 1979 with Art Garfunkel. My second Paul Simon concert was his Graceland tour with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This past Memorial Day, I saw Paul at the Hollywo...

May 1, 2018

Has this ever happened to you? You put on a CD. After a while, you leave the room, then come back in and are surprised to hear a totally different artist. But then you realize it’s the same CD, the same artist. You just caught something in the vocal—wait is that Olivia...

March 31, 2018

         Are you one? Several of my friends in the songwriting community, although not vampires, have expressed interest in placing their songs in films and TV shows. That was always a dream of mine. In fact, one of my earliest goals was to step into an elevator and he...

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year, Everyone! In the last issue of Bill’s Newsletter, I announced that Shelly Peiken, a songwriter and author in our music community, had been nominated for a Grammy in the field of Spoken Word for her book, “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter.” She’s in wi...

November 1, 2017

Last week, I had an amazing experience. After watching Vice President Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” and hearing him speak after the film, I was moved by his hope, optimism and belief that we can make a difference in the climate crisis...

September 30, 2017

Art Podell is at it again. Not one to sit on the sidelines and simply watch the world go to ruin, but not one to march in the streets either.  Art is dealing with the current political malaise by doing what he’s always done—writing a song about it. Art first entered th...

August 28, 2017

Laura Zucker hit the ground running 10 years ago when she started a second career as a songwriter. But after producing four CDs, and winning too many song awards to list here (, Laura came up against some challenging realities about women in the mus...

May 1, 2017

Whether it was a vaudeville act in an old movie, Miss Piggy on Sesame Street, or Bugs Bunny in a cartoon, I always enjoyed watching someone “get the hook.” It made me laugh. To “get the hook,” if it’s an unfamiliar phrase, is when a musician—or actor, dancer or comedia...

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