Soak In The Sounds

Soak In The Sounds

You kind of get the New Orleans sound by osmosis. You’re at the Mardi Gras parade; you’re 5 years old, you’re catching beads. You’re not paying attention to the sounds of the rhythm, but yet, they’re there. When the marching bands are...

Music Challenges

My dad played piano, so there was always a piano at the house. I was in a band in 4th grade and had friends back then that are still close friends now — we were all into music. We all took piano lessons. We all loved the same styles of music. We got into high school...
The Commitment

The Commitment

I call my Hammond B3 organ “The Commitment.” I bought it about a year (maybe two years) after I bought my first brand new car, a Honda Civic Hatchback. I could pack all my keyboards, speakers, really my entire rig in that car. My two daughters were young at the time...

Yeah Yeah Yeah

“Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” is a song written to honor Huey “Piano” Smith, the famous early New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll artist, pianist, songwriter and bandleader. Huey wrote the timeless songs “Rockin’ Pneumonia” and...
Do What You Do Best

Do What You Do Best

After college, I was very much into the New Orleans funk thing. But all I was playing was wedding & tuxedo high-society gigs, where you played a little of this and a little of that – some jazz, some dance music, and then you went home. I was doing well and...
My First Instrument

My First Instrument

When songwriting, I write using various instruments: piano, organ, guitar, bass or voice. Each instrument brings something different out of me. Since I’m not very proficient at either, writing on guitar and bass forces me to keep things very simple. Composing at...