“How Deep Is the Ocean?” (Irving Berlin)

How many times have you heard the song “How Deep Is the Ocean” since 1932 when it was written by Irving Berlin?!  Well, whatever that number is, I hope you’ll listen to my version from my album All This Love, available on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, etc..  I wanted an uptempo arrangement for this tune and album co-producer Lori Mechem delivered just that!  This version features fantastic instrumental solos by both Lori Mechem and tenor saxophonist Evan Cobb.  Enjoy!


“Good Things” (Joe Davidian/Joe Freel)

My album, titled All This Love, has a total of twelve songs and eleven of those are cover songs – classic pop and jazz standards written by some of America’s finest songwriters. But, my goal was to include one original song, if I could write or co-write it, and if it felt “good enough” to be included in the collection. I asked Joe Davidian if he had any instrumental tunes I could try writing a lyric for – he gave me the wonderful medium swing music for what became track #6 on the album and offered to let me attempt writing lyrics for it. The song has essentially 8 lyric phrases that took me 4 to 5 months to write. At first my lyric ideas were all over the place, then with Joe’s help, I tried writing just about one idea – the passage of time and being patient in life for good things to come your way.  It’s very difficult to write good lyrics! This lyric is inspired by real life – I am truly loved even though it seems like it took forever to happen!

I hope you like this tune and enjoy Joe Davidian on piano, Joshua Hunt on drums and Roger Spencer on bass for this recording! Here’s the lyric to “Good Things”:

Fine wine will take its time to ripen
As did my heart once I let your glowing light in
Into the darkest of my hours where I loosely clung
You shone brighter than the morning sun

Flowers will blossom when they’re ready
And so did I from the rays of hope you sent me
As sure as spring must follow winter, true love is never late
For good things will come to those who wait

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Hear “Good Things” on iTunes


“You Taught My Heart to Sing” (McCoy Tyner/Sammy Cahn)

The simple truth of the lyric of “You Taught My Heart to Sing” (McCoy Tyner/Sammy Cahn) really speaks to me. Some people come into your life for specific reasons, often so they can help you see yourself in a different light. They help you see “the bigger picture” about who you truly are AND who you could become.  I am lucky and blessed to have several of these types of people in my life. They are the reason I recorded this song for my All This Love album, available for download and streaming at iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and other outlets.  My good friend Joe Davidian arranged and performs piano on this recording. I asked for an energetic arrangement of “You Taught My Heart to Sing” for this project, and Joe delivered!  He altered a few time signatures from the original, added some strategic measures, inserted some classic Joe Davidian piano voicings and wow, I so love what he created!  McCoy Tyner and Sammy Cahn are masterful composers/songwriters and I hope you enjoy this rendition of their beautiful song! Check out my version on iTunes.