According to the BMI catalog (and they should know) I have written and recorded 233 songs thus far. This number surprised me a little but also got me to thinking on the subject.
Of course many of the 233 pieces are forgotten even to me. So I thought I would compile a list of songs that I have written and recorded that are still “active” and at least on occasion make their way into my live performance repertoire. Here is that list of precisely 40 songs in my original repertoire.
House with Four Chimneys
Sweet on You
East Hennepin Swing
Goatee and Shades
Tales from the North Woods
Through Rose Colored Glasses
Sasha and Dinu
Long Ago, Far Away
I recently saw the film of the William Luce play “Barrymore.” Christopher Plummer reprises the central (and nearly only) character. The play depicts the great American actor John Barrymore in the last year of his life. Plummer, as usual, is great.
My interest in the film is natural since I did see the play at the Music Box Theatre in 1997. The play and Plummer impressed me greatly then and although there was a 15 year interlude between the play’s run and the film it still does. I am glad they preserved and in some ways enhanced the original stage version.
The play leans heavily on Shakespeare which is understandable since John Barrymore essayed many of the Bard’s main characters. The whole thing meshes together in a very natural and poignant way while mixing in many a well placed soliloquy.
To be honest, it was first seeing the play in 1997 which is responsible for my own recent found respect for the greatness of Shakespeare.