The sound of her voice: My 5 favorite Linda Ronstadt songs

About 25 minutes into the Sugar Bowl between Georgia and Baylor, I realized the Linda Ronstadt documentary was on CNN — and I realized I wasn’t recording it. Football could … Continue reading The sound of her voice: My 5 favorite Linda Ronstadt songs

SiriusXM’s Johnny Carson channel is the best thing they’ve created in years

I’m a devotee of all-things SiriusXM, and even if I were considering dropping the subscription ($44.99 for two vehicles), my mind would have been changed at the beginning of October. … Continue reading SiriusXM’s Johnny Carson channel is the best thing they’ve created in years

How to Play Kenny Rogers’ classic hit, “Lady”

Kenny Rogers has had many hits, but this is arguably his most beautiful song. It was written by the great Lionel Richie, and it’s super easy to play. It starts … Continue reading How to Play Kenny Rogers’ classic hit, “Lady”

I’m Still Standing: Elton John cover + chord progressions, lyrics

Elton John’s 1983 hit, “I’m Still Standing,” is my favorite song from the Rocket Man. I am not playing it in the original key. I’m playing it in A. If … Continue reading I’m Still Standing: Elton John cover + chord progressions, lyrics

“PYT” by Michael Jackson: Cover Song of the Week (with Tutorial!)

For anybody in the 1980s but especially for those of us just hitting puberty in 1982-83, Michael Jackson was the biggest musical influence on everybody. Still is. The man earned … Continue reading “PYT” by Michael Jackson: Cover Song of the Week (with Tutorial!)

Easy, easy, easy: How to play “Rosanna” by Toto

One of my first memories of pop music growing up was being at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, in the pool, and hearing Toto’s “Rosanna.” Sure, I was at “church camp,” … Continue reading Easy, easy, easy: How to play “Rosanna” by Toto

‘Oliver!,’ ‘Rock of Ages’: Stage productions with Oklahoma flavor

I wouldn’t consider myself a theatre geek. Instead, I’m somebody who enjoys anything that happens on a stage: plays, musicals, dance, orchestra, concerts, you name it. I’m a musician, and … Continue reading ‘Oliver!,’ ‘Rock of Ages’: Stage productions with Oklahoma flavor

Yacht Rock Original: “Everybody’s Girl”

I’ve loved all-things yacht rock before the genre even had a name. Christopher Cross, Toto, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Hall & Oates: love all of it. And after … Continue reading Yacht Rock Original: “Everybody’s Girl”

Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

Last week, I got to see the legendary Steely Dan although I certainly, remorsefully didn’t ever get to see Walter Becker. I wrote about the gig at the River Spirit … Continue reading Cover & Lyrics: The secret to playing Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”

Review: Steely Dan’s Tulsa show a party for Walter, total fan delight

On a night when country star Jason Aldean got all the headlines for playing in Tulsa, his first gig since the horrific Las Vegas shooting a week and change earlier, … Continue reading Review: Steely Dan’s Tulsa show a party for Walter, total fan delight

Audition for Tom Petty cover band upstaged by conversation with Old Grey Wolf

I’ve played in my fair share of bands over the years, and at one point I aspired to be the piano man for a popular Dallas-area Tom Petty cover band … Continue reading Audition for Tom Petty cover band upstaged by conversation with Old Grey Wolf