The Legacy Project
After many years of entertaining audiences around the world, largely performing music written by the great song writers of the 20s 30s and 40s, I am embarking upon a project to share my own collection of original tunes. During my lifetime of playing live music and entertaining, I wrote songs in fits and starts. Most of these songs had never been heard by my fans. I hadn't made it my priority to put myself out there as a songwriter. The songs range in style and influence. I hope you will all like this music. The first of the entire collection of my original tunes is "Letter Letter," a two volume set of some of my best originals. These tunes range from Jazz and Funk to Old Style Pop and Swing Tunes.
We have two volume CD sets currently available, and you can pre-order your very own copy of the limited edition 2 volume vinyl pressing right now. The first 50 will be numbered and signed with an enclosed personal message. For those who are interested in the recording project and the history of these songs, order a booklet complete with pictures and stories.
We want to continue recording the remaining 20 songs. Some of these songs are currently in production but many have yet to be committed to paper or tape. As you may be able to imagine, it is costly to record and produce a project of this magnitude. If you would like to donate to the project, we would appreciate your support. Purchasing the physical copies of the LPs and CDs and merchandize is helpful. We have special packages that show our appreciation for your contribution. If you prefer, you may simply make an additional donation by contributing via paypal, or you can reach out to me via email or the contact form on this website.
A Special Thanks to Our Generous Friends
A special acknowledgment to Tony and Paula Levy who have made the project a possibility with their generous donation that launched the Double LP "Love Letter" specifically. We are so eternally grateful for your support.
Photo: Sherry Rayn Barnett
This collection is 25 of the 47 original pieces that I plan on recording. This 2 volume set includes the musical contributions of 56 different musicians. Some of the best! I was blessed by these fabulous players who brought my compositions to life. There are so many fantastic solos that celebrate this music. I am very enthusiastic. It was recorded in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, The Bay Area, and Fife and Tacoma WA. The collection encompasses many styles from pop, jazz, hot jazz, swing, funk, bossa nova and straight up pop ballads.
I have already been asked whether this is a “best of” or “greatest hits,” but neither of those summations would be accurate, since a small percentage of these tunes have been previously released. This collection represents most of my best tunes and others are there because they just seemed to fit. I say ‘most’ because there are several really good tunes that did not make the collection because they diverge stylistically enough that they seemed out of place, but they will be released electronically as singles.
This collection is in two volumes. There is a distinct difference between Volume One and Volume Two of the collection. Volume One represents mostly my early years of songwriting. There are a few exceptions, but those match the style of the earlier work. Volume one is funky, jazzy, and even a little cool. Volume Two are songs that fit within the style of earlier music with one exception which is “Front Porch Rockin”. That song is a ballad in a relatively contemporary style. I use the word contemporary to mean post 1970s. It was written in 1989 with a Randy Newman flavor. Front Porch Rockin’ is the seed that sprouted the project. Have a listen!
Love Letter 2 volume Collection of Original Music
We have two volume CD sets currently available, and you can pre-order your very only copy of the limited edition 2 volume vinyl pressing right now. The first 50 will be numbered and signed with an enclosed personal message. For those who are interested in the recording project and the history of these songs, order a booklet complete with pictures and stories.