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Pouring Out My Soul In Song

Of course, they’re forecasting torrential rain tomorrow. Just when I’ve got my first gig since July. Tomorrow night is my latest return engagement at The Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. I’ll be doing a set of my own songs at 6:30pm with a little teaser at about 6:15pm for anyone who gets there after we do our sound check. The prognosticators of precipitation are predicting that most of the deluge will occur during the daytime. Hopefully it’ll be somewhat dry by the time any of you may venture forth to hear me play. And I’ll be dry at least until my set is done.

If you’re curious as to what this lawyer’s songs are like and how and why I go about writing them, you’ll have to check out the blog post on the Cornelia Street site, which, of course links you to their earlier interview with me from my last outing in July. So this is kind of a meta–blog post of a quasi-meta-blog post, if you will. And while my lawyerly paranoia always makes me feel like I’ll be playing to a room where my audience consists solely of the Cornelia Street staff, it hasn’t happened yet and people in addition to my friends and relatives usually have a good time. We certainly do up on the bandstand.

And while I’m grateful for the recognition of my talents as an attorney and teacher, anyone who writes and performs his own music wants to be appreciated as an artist as well. So, come on down tomorrow if you can or tell your New York friends to check it out. My dear friend, Cathy Thorpe, will be sharing the stage with me, singing the girl’s tunes as my soprano ain’t what it used to be. And Jerry DeVore and John Bishop are a great rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively. And I’ve been told that tomorrow is the anniversary of President Ford signing the Copyright Act of 1976, our current copyright law, which makes for a truly auspicious occasion.

And please also check out my prior posts as well, leave a comment in the box below and maybe even take my copyright quiz. It’s fun, free and you might learn something. And now, back to the woodshed….

The Blog Is Back

Dear Readers:

It’s been way too long since I lasted posted anything on my blog. It’s not that there hasn’t been anything interesting to write about in the realm of copyright, music, my cats or any other myriad topics like “why can’t Roger Federer convert two match points?” No, I’ve just been too focused on other things: launching a new business for classical and jazz composers, assisting my clients with their legal issues, teaching college classes on music publishing and the recording industry, losing 20 pounds, doing a gig at Cornelia Street Café, writing new songs in preparation for an October 19 gig and finally learning to hit a one-handed topspin backhand.

However,  my friend and professional butt-kicker, Nancy Tierney, tells me that if I really want my law practice and my new business – which I hope to launch in the beginning of next year –  to soar, I’ve got to keep this blog thing going on a regular basis.  So, I’m going to update the blog by starting with some re-posts of articles that originally appeared on BMI’s Songwriter101.com site, where I am a member of the “faculty” (check out the site in a month or so for some new articles on Grand Rights and other topics) as well as some new musings written just for you.

So, if you’re interested in music, tennis, copyright and cats, please check back here regularly.  And if you haven’t already done so, please take my Copyright Quiz. Nancy says I should post something once a week and I’m going to try very hard to do it because I really don’t want bruises on my behind.  Comments are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks for reading.