If you like this song, Everyone Wants What We Got, buy the whole album on CD Baby! Musically and lyrically, my album Boston Nashville will take you places!
Sometimes I do fill-in work for big bands. Above left, I'm on alto sax with the Blue Note Big Band. Above right, it's the New Legacy Swing Band, on alto sax and clarinet. If you want to hear an old-fashioned clarinet big band solo, scroll to 55:45 in the New Legacy Swing Band concert. You may have to open the link to full screen to get to the scroll bar at the bottom. My clarinet solo lasts until about 57:13.
Who's On My Land is a streaming-only single, available on cdBaby. This paean to Americana sounds like a folk rock classic though it was just composed recently. It possesses a "Levon" type of feel, and all the horn/organ/guitar trappings of Americana music. It is NOT included on the Boston Nashville album. Download it here on CDBaby.
Here's my song influenced by Houston style blues, namely the work of Texas Johnny Brown and Joe Scott, for their employer Don Robey and his artist Bobby Blue Bland. Ukelele chords, common in 1920s sheet music, were eventually incorporated into jazz guitar. Houston was a place where they combined the jazz, r&b, gospel, and blues. Texas Johnny Brown was influenced, like many urban guitarists of the time, by Charlie Christian. So he put some diminished and augmented chords into his blues!
So here's what will happen when you buy this song (and feel free to set your own price): Around Christmas 2017 I will add up all the sales of "Stuff I'm Saving" and donate that full amount to Houston disaster relief.
May 22, 2017, was the 30th year since a tornado devastated Saragosa, Texas. The song I wrote about it has lived on. Above is a 2013 rendition by a group in Fort Worth, Texas.
The "Michael and Nung" music video combines composition and performance with the video and editing art of Nung-Hsin Hu, rendered in New York and Connecticut. Mike's composition for three clarinets (b flat, a, and bass) is called Kaleenka Suite. It's Mike's "classical" side during a residency at i-Park Foundation.